One of my absolute favorite things, and Sierra can attest, is attending a concert, any concert (although I do prefer bands that bring some serious energy). When considering my constantly raspy and crackly voice--like a boy going through puberty--and my inability to get any song lyrics right, I would not call myself a musical person. Nevertheless, nothing puts me in a better mood than watching people share their music on a stage. Add a drum beat, a guitar, or better yet a trumpet, and the night becomes my kind of dance party full of singing the slightly wrong lyrics to multiple songs that hopefully no one can hear.
Two weeks ago I was procrastinating (I know, bad bad, tisk tisk, I should def be doing my homework), but I really wanted to get some space from school. Sometimes you just need it, or at least I do. So, I did some research. I always use the Bandsintown app (highly recommend) and I found that the band X-Ambassadors was coming to New York. Needless to say, I WAS PUMPED.
Side note: I recently learned that experiences prolong your happiness relative to short actions like buying a jacket. Experiences provoke a sense of excitement and happiness when you think about the future, and equally bring you excitement and happiness when looking back on the experience.
So, looking across the library table to my friend, I mentioned a little "hey let's go to New York and hit up a concert." She casually said yes. I sent her the link to some tickets. We gave a little "wait actually" look to one another. Then, we quickly jumped to a little "treat yo self" smerk. That was that. Click. Click. Click: we were going.
For those of you that don't know who the heck I am talking about when I say X-Ambassadors you might have heard their songs "Renegades" or "Unsteady." If you look them up I think you'd be surprised by how many of their songs you have heard. Anywho, let me get to the gist. I got excited all week and then I went to New York that following weekend. Now, let me clarify. I was not a huge fan. I have listened to some of their songs and I've always thought that they have a good sound, so I thought the concert would be fun. My expectations were nothing absurd.
My final report? INCREDIBLE. I know I am known to be someone that isn't that harsh of a critiquer, but I am being fully real with you right now. They were INSANELY TALENTED. I had no idea how Sam Harris, the lead singer, could FREAKIN SING AT A NOTE SO HIGH I DID NOT EVEN KNOW IT EXISTED (as if I even know what notes are). But seriously. The talent of the entire band, including the backup vocalists, paired with the jumping, lively energy Harris emitted the entire night, and the respectfully moving dedication he gave to those victims of gun violence, morphed me into an X-Ambassadors fan within a span of two hours that went by way too fast.
Smiling as I look back on some videos, I have made a list of some concerts coming up that would be fun to see (plus a few in San Fran to ensure Sierra gets her fair share in California). Enjoy the pictures (or just scroll past them). Nevertheless, definitely definitely hit up a concert outside of your area or if you find something and want a friend to go with, pick me! Pick me!
p.s. This list is cut down to concerts I have heard are amazing or one's that I think would be very fun (with bracketed comments around those I have seen and recommend for sure). If the venue is smaller, that is also the best of the best kind of experience.
- Feb. 25th or Feb. 27th Quinn XCII: NYC [if I didn't have a conflict, I would 100p be at this concert]
- Feb. 26th X-Ambassadors: San Francisco [read everything from above if you are conflicted]
- Feb. 27th Mat Kearney: San Francisco
- March 2nd Alesso: NYC
- March 7th BORNS: NYC
- March 7th New Politics: San Francisco
- March 10th The Naked and Famous: San Francisco
- March 13th Mat Kearney: New Haven
- March 14th Andy Grammer: San Francisco [amazing live and a feel good concert full of happy songs]
- March 15th Coasts: NYC [saw them two years ago, electro-indie rock band from England that is a guaranteed good night]
- March 21st Justin Timberlake: NYC [had to add this to the list because killer dancer and singer, fun girls group kind of a concert]
- March 27th James Bay: San Francisco [more low key concert, but you'll fall in love as he is amazing]
- April 3rd: Daughtry: NYC
- April 4th Bleachers: NYC [such a fun concert!!!]
- April 14th Clean Bandit: New Haven