I so rarely get to unhunch from the cubicle to go out to shows that last night was a real treat. My flourescent-treated pasty skin and I hopped on the metro to see Owl City at DAR Constitution Hall.
One of the biggest thrills of the night was the fact that the opening groups were excellent. Anyone interested in discovering great new indie-rock/electropop music should spend a couple minutes checking out Paper Route and Lights.
When the main act came on, we were pretty surprised with his set-up. Owl City is an electropop musician, and he theoretically could have just pressed "PLAY" and lip-synced along all night. Instead, he had 7 musicians on stage with him, and a half dozen sound engineers on either side of the stage.
Owl City did the vocals, synthesizer and guitar. He also had 3 other synth players, percussionist, violinist and cellist.
Plus, those string girls doubled as backup dancers on songs that didn't need strings. Highly entertaining.
The show was totally different from what I expected, partly because I really had no idea what to expect from the concert. Owl City's music sounded so different live, and I think better. It was cool seeing that real live people could actually perform his compositions, rather than leaving it to the computer like in his album.
The audience was fanatic over Owl City. I would say a good majority of the crowd was middle-high school girls, and hearing them all scream in sync for him was enough to leave my ears ringing more than the music itself. In fact, the teeny-bopper fans left me hating puberty all over again. The girls in the box next to ours were up dancing the whole show, blocking our view with their awkward shuffling and hilarity.
One other thing - photography was banned at this show, at the artist's request. REALLY!?!?! There were hundreds of people in the aisles taking pictures the whole show, but I was afraid to bring out my bad boy until the last couple of songs.
I also learned that I could have requested a photography pass from Owl City's press folks - and that would have gotten me stage-side for some truly cool pictures. I'll have to remember that one for future shows.