It almost felt like everyone made a stop at Urban Outfitters before showing up at the Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday, July 28th. Lemme tell ya, premo people watching for the year happened here. And I have to say, all was pretty much a good time except the big clusterfuck of a crowd in the beer garden by the stage while Spoon was on. Never in my 15+ years of concert going have I been in such a messy crowd of people shoving, grabbing and being downright mean just to get out of the crowd. It was very uncomfortable. Ok, ’nuff said about that. John Vanderslice was a highlight playing his indie-pop tunes. He came out at the perfect time, late afternoon with sun shining and the crowd pretty much non-existent. Britt Daniel was spotted many times (by my friends as well as myself) meandering thru the beer garden and into Caffe Vita. Next up on stage was Aesop Rock. Not my cup of tea so headed into the Comet for some PBR tall boys then out for some food at the Six Arms afterwards. Made it back for Spoon where we ran into the aforementioned crowd of unpleasantness.
Spoon was great. If you are on the fence about Gagagagaga — just go see them live. It will set you on the right side of the fence. Lots of older stuff too — especially from Girls Can Tell including my favorite Fitted Shirt. John Vanderslice even came out for a jam session. I’m not a fan of jam sessions but this was a keeper. Quick little factoid: Spoon recorded at John Vanderslice’s studio and JV was contributing producer on Gimme Fiction.
Will I go next year? Probably so — the people watching alone was priceless. Next stop, Austin, where I get to see Spoon again!