Since ending my band almost 6 months ago, I have been to zero shows. I haven't really felt like seeing any music (I know that sounds bad, but it's true). The month of June we saw 3 shows, all of which left me feeling really inspired and really happy to have been able to see such amazing musicians and performers. All were people that I listened to in the 90's and are still around rocking today.
Our friend Michael was in town playing with Heather Reid. She was in a band in the 90's called The Murmurs (which I loved) and Michael was in Letters to Cleo (which I also loved). The music and lyrics were beautiful and I left the show feeling really happy that I got myself out of the house to go watch and listen.
Next was Veruca Salt. This was not only one of my very favorite bands growing up, but also Nina Gordon and Louise Post were 2 women who heavily inspired me to pick up the guitar. I had never seen them with the original lineup. Jen and I had been so excited about this show, we talked about it non stop the week leading up to it. Jenni was a bigger fan than me back in the day, and had seen them a few times (And also crowd surfed at a show in 95). I was in a band with Jen for 13 years and never in my life had I seen her so excited at a show as I did when watching Veruca Salt. I think I can safely say that Jen, Tamara and myself all missed being in a band while watching this show. In fact, I believe Tamara went out and bought herself a new beautiful drum kit to be delivered in their new state and home.
Next was Robyn. Man oh man. Cat and I were so excited for this show. We are HUGE Robyn fans. We saw her two nights after Veruca Salt, and I was ready to shift from Rock n Roll to some dance. We got there when the doors opened and made our way to the very front and sat on the ground. You know, the way girls do when waiting to see Justin Bieber. I still can't believe we were in the front row of possibly the best show I've ever seen. The crowd was so loud, the loudest crowd i've ever heard at a concert. Robyn was amazing, and every time she would walk to the side of the stage that we were standing I would scream and try to reach my hand out to touch her. I don't know what happened to me. I became a 35 year old super fan girl. It was kind of amazing.
see what i mean? Makes you want to sing along and dance, right?!
June was so fun! I'm so happy that Cat and I went to 3 awesome shows and got to cheer and dance and break my 6 month dry streak of having no interest in music. Phew! It was really empowering to see all these women, aged 35 and up, putting on such great shows and selling out places. I'm so sick of turning on the radio and hearing about "these hoes ain't loyal" and "I know you want it". Ugh! Make it stop! Come on girls, plug in your guitars or lace up your dancing shoes, I want to hear more ladies on the radio. There are 3 musicians above to help inspire you.
* vidoes posted were from the shows, but not taken by me. Found on youtube*