Before the Opener: The Current Birthday Show (Night Two)

Here’s the first in my new series of before and after thoughts on concerts and other events. I’m not a music blogger, but I’m going to try to write up what I know (with minimal research) and what I expect about a show – then I’ll come back and we’ll see how reality lined up with expectation.
So my first real concert of the year is a doozy, The Current’s 10th Birthday show. This show is the final night of their 10 days of music so I expect a little extra insanity from guests and DJs alike. I’ve been a founding member of The Current since day one and while I don’t love everything they play all the time, I appreciate the variety, the exposure to local music, and the awesome people who make it happen. I’m thrilled to get out and celebrate with them all!
Here’s the lineup for the evening:
  • 7 p.m. doors and Transmission VJ set
  • 8 p.m. PaviElle
  • 9 p.m. The Trashmen
  • 10 p.m. J. Roddy Walston and the Business
  • 11 p.m. Atmosphere
When deciding which events were worth the time and money, my boyfriend and I both opted for this show – but for VERY different reasons. Me? I’m in it 75% for The Trashmen, 15% J. Roddy, and 10% Atmosphere. For the boyfriend, Atmosphere is definitely the big draw. I do think it’s awesome that the first artist to play on The Current will be the last to play their massive 10th anniversary celebration.
Young Trashmen

If I had to pick one genre of music to define me, it would be classic rock and roll. Like Buddy Holly, early Beatles, Beach Boys, etc. It’s what I grew up listening to, it reminds me of my Dad and other important people from my life, and it just satisfies me. So this lineup, for me, is all about The Trashmen. Until recently, I had no idea that the song “Surfin’ Bird” originated here. MSP doesn’t really seem like a surf mecca. I grew up watching Back to the Beach with Frankie and Annette over and over and over so I’m digging the old school surf rock. I’m pretty excited to see them perform live.

Not so young Trashmen
PaviElle is kind of the filler act for me. It’s nothing personal, I know I’ve heard their music on The Current but I couldn’t tell you what it sounds like. At least once I’ve heard it and said “Oh, that’s the other act for the concert, I kind of like it. I should try to remember what it sounds like.” I don’t remember what it sounded like. This is already testing my desire to keep these “pre-caps” minimally researched as I feel horrible that I’m not sure if PaviElle is male, female, or a group. The Elle is making me assume female, and my very vague memory of the music backs that up. But if I’m going for an honest account of my pre-show expectations then we’re going to go with “I have no expectations, except for fairly generic Current-esque music I kind of like.”
I fell in love with J. Roddy Walston and the Business when I first heard them on the air (I want to say they showed up about a year ago?). At least one of their early songs had a bit of that old rock and roll vibe I like so much. I’ve fallen from love to like since then as they’ve gotten a bit funkier, but I still like their sound. The music seems like it will translate to a good stage presence and I’m pretty excited to see if I’m right. And hey, I know at least one song tune and title (Marigold) which, for me, means they must rate pretty highly. I really don’t have a good memory for songs.
If hip hop spent more time on crinolines
& aprons, I might be more into it.

Okay, Atmosphere. Atmosphere, Atmosphere, Atmosphere. Not going to lie, I’m not a huge fan of hip hop (does he count as hip hop?) but I’ve also been proven wrong about this fact a number of times lately (Doomtree). I absolutely love that Atmosphere started The Current ten years ago and now is closing out the final show of the anniversary concert. I still remember sitting in my car on a cold January morning, wanting to go into the coffee shop but refusing to leave my car because there was someone on the radio singing about *my* home, this place I love so much. It was AMAZING. That was a defining life moment in so many ways, showing me that there was a world of music in Minnesota I didn’t yet understand. It would take a few more years to actually discover it, but I credit that day for helping me down the right path.

I anticipate that Atmosphere’s set will be loud and a bit overwhelming. I may have to give up my usual front line spot for something a bit further back, but we’ll see. This part of the show isn’t really in my comfort zone, but it’s a zone I’m willing to try on for size. Also, my boyfriend is excited and I find the enthusiasm of others to be rather contagious. If nothing else, I will enjoy watching him and the crowd.
So that’s what I know and what I expect from the show. Check back tomorrow to see if reality matched expectations!
P.S. I’m looking for a more clever name for this new series. Something about openers or preconcert notions, I’m open to ideas!

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