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A concert! I went to see Delta Rae in Concert!

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Thursday, 21-Oct-2021

Or, the day in when Ben goes to a concert!

Wait…

That can’t…

That title line can’t be right. It’s a pandemic! The world is ending! There can’t be things like concerts, can there be?








Huh! Ben goes to a concert!!!


Okay, so yeah. I wore a mask, stood away from everyone, and was a kind of “social anti-social public hermit” like thing. But you know what? I WENT TO A CONCERT!!!



Now, full disclosure here – I was supposed to go to TWO concerts this week. Walk The Moon with my neighbors on Tuesday, and then Delta Rae flying solo on Thursday. But I was feeling a bit under the weather on Tuesday, and the neighbors were kinda tired out too, so… in the spirit of “Yes, the pandemic is still a thing” I decided to call it, and take some extra time to rest and recover.

Once Thursday rolled around I was feeling back up to… well, not a full 100%, but at least a solid 84.3%, give or take 0.25%, so I figured that it’d be clear to go on… AN ADVENTURE!


That’s…

That’s kinda the whole story.



Sort of like hiking, I don’t really know what to type up about the show. It was fun, the opening act was cool, and they played lots of songs that I liked, and even sang along to. I danced! Yay me!



I guess there is one pretty interesting part of the show, though… You see, I was feeling pretty bummed that I’d skipped the Walk The Moon show on Tuesday, and was definitely partially regretting my choices. I knew it was probably the right call, but… maybe it wasn’t? My brain was all confused and on the fence, you know?

Then, the Universe (yes, capitalized) gave me a sign. I was clearly told that, yes, I’d made the right decision.

What was the sign? Well… an interesting thing about Delta Rae is how amazing they are as performers. Their shows are tightly controlled, their aesthetics are on point, and their stage presence is off the charts. They’re unapologetically THEM, and they present it perfectly. Part of that is, in all the times I’ve seen them live, they’ve never covered another band’s songs, at least that I can remember.

But this time, at the very end of their set, during the Encore, they covered something. I like Walk The Moon, obviously, and my favorite song of theirs is called “Shut up and Dance”. When Delta Rae broke into a cover… I was ecstatic! Confused, since there’s absolutely no link between the bands that I know of… but the fact that they covered the song I was most excited to see, and most sad that I missed…

Well, that’s a pretty good sign in my book.

Delta Rae in Portland – 16-Oct-2019

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Wednesday, 16-October-2019

Sarah and I don’t really go out that much, but this was our second concert in as many weeks.  I’m pretty sure that we deserve a medal, or at least a minor commendation, for that level of non-hermitude… right?

Anyways, we had a blast at Angels and Airwaves.  We’d already bought Delta Rae tickets a while back, but having just had such a good time at another concert doubled us down for this one – We both love Delta Rae, and the last time we saw them in concert was glorious, so we were psyched for this one.

 

The venue?

The Douglas Fir Lounge – upstairs it’s a very 70s-ish lounge.  Walking to the bathroom there, I expected to see disco balls, bell bottom pants, and a lounge lizard or two.  Maybe afros?

But downstairs, it was awesome.  A small enclosed space with great acoustics, log-cabin style walls, and high ceilings… but most importantly it only held maybe 200 people, and probably less.  Sarah and I were second-row, standing room only, getting to rock out nearly on stage with the band.  Not a bad setup, not at all.

 

The show itself was amazing – Like Angels and Airwaves, Delta Rae knows how to put on a show.  But unlike Tom’s “unique” stage presence, Delta Rae led a perfectly coordinated dance of a concert.  They’re clearly all artists who take their stage presence extremely seriously, and put a huge amount of work into creating a specific vibe and ambiance.  Everything was intentional, perfectly balanced, and exactly on time.  It was amazing – like a perfect dance.

We had a great time.  Enjoy the pictures! We even commandeered a set list off the stage after the concert was over!