There’s a certain epiphany I have at tremendously outstanding live shows. That’s when I look around to realize that I am dancing far harder than anyone else in the crowd. This happened to me tonight at the Old 97’s at 1st Avenue.
The intense blizzard did not stop the show from happening nor did it deter all the diehards that braved the streets & highways to enjoy their music. Living close, I joyously hiked there in my boots, which were actually fun & challenging to dance in.
Some of my own highlights were hard hitting & dance friendly numbers like burning “Question”, emotive “Indefinitely”, mischief minded “Niteclub”, crowd pleasing “Rollerskate Skinny”, enigmatic “Champaign, Illinois” (where Rhett channels Bobby Dylan), rambunctious “Every night is Friday night” (you gotta love any song that rhymes freak with week), dance exploding “Time Bomb”, cheeky “Barrier Reef”, convincing “Dance With Me” & long gone “Won’t be home”. They also featured some damn good tunes about Texas where I refined my loco twisted 2-step like “A state of Texas” & “West Texas Teardrops”.
The overall experience was long & passionate. 28 songs on the list & they did some requests too. The vibe was fresh & alive. Rhett kept giving us high props on showing up in the midst of a full on blizzard (20 inches dump). He also ranted that Minneapolis is one of the “coolest cities in this country”. To that we say: thank you kindly. Glad you noticed.
Among the many times I’ve seen the 97’s, this was clearly & definitively one of the best. C’mon back soon now y’all.