The wonder of live music.

So, I’ve been starting to go see more live music lately. I love live shows. I think the energy is great, and the immediate feedback between the artist and the audience can elevate good music to the level of greatness.

And that’s not just true for bands that you might already like. For example, I love Rush (@rushtheband). I see them as often as I can, wherever I can. Their music to great, and their fans are pretty rabid sometimes.

But there are songs that I’m not a big fan of. “Earthshine,” for example, from the Vapor Trails CD. It’s not that it’s a bad song, by any means, but I find that I skip it when I’m listening to the CD.

But…

When they play it live, for some reason it takes on a life and energy that, for me, doesn’t come through on the CD.

That’s what’s great about live music. You can enjoy the songs you love, and oftentimes discover a gem that you might have previously overlooked.

So, as I said, I’ve been seeing more live music lately. Whether catching The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (@mmbosstones) on a lark and discovering a little band called The Interrupters (@interruptweets) , or entering to win (and winning) tickets to see radio station acoustic sets and catching artists like Ingrid Michaelson (@ingridmusic), Echosmith (@echosmith), or Scars on 45 (@scarson45), the appeal of a live performance is undeniable. Or even, going back to February of this year, catching an incredible blues voice in Sara Robinson (and the Midnight Special) opening for George Thorogood (@thorogoodmusic) in Las Vegas. I really looking forward to them touring again.

Take, for example, The Interrupters. Categorized as Ska, they opened for Boston’s ska-masters The Mighty Mighty Bosstones here recently. They may have Ska roots, but their self-titled debut CD is a power, punk-heavy offering that I might never have otherwise encountered. One part protest music (“Liberty,” “Take Back the Power”), and 8 parts Ramones’ manic energy and short song running time, lead singer Aimee Interrupter jumps in your face and attacks with the husky growl of a young Joan Jett, forcing you to pay attention and hear what she has to say.

And it’s a message worth hearing in today’s world.

But I digress.

By contrast, a band like Echosmith, 4 siblings (at least 1 of which is under 18) is a happy, pop-radio friendly offering. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Pop music is a perfectly acceptable endeavor, and they pull it off nicely. More than competent with their instruments, they played an acoustic set to prove it (the true test). My daughter then caught them at the Vans Warped Tour a couple days later, proving they could play the festival circuit and handle that crowd and succeed there, as well. As they develop, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the poppiness slowly decrease as they begin tackling more mature material. I’ll be interested to see how that works out for them in the future.

It’s easy when you’re younger to do this. To take a chance on music you’ve never heard, because you’re open to it all. My daughter has discovered the joy of realizing that you might like an opening act you’ve never heard of better than the band you came to hear in the first place. It’s incredible to feel like you know something very few other people know.

I hope to continue doing this in the future. I’ve got 3-4 shows I’d like to see in the next couple months in the small venues here in Salt Lake City. What a great town for music. I never realized how big a music scene we had.

I encourage everyone to go out and find those little venues in your town where bands come to play. The atmosphere is usually great, the vibe is awesome, and you just might discover something you would have been unaware even existed. Open your ears, open you mind, and you just might have a little fun along the way!

Just because you’re not 18 any more doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little fun!

Keep on Rockin!

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