I know, right? They are coming at a blistering speed right now. Today, I have to get the post up about last night, because #9 is already tonight.
Luckily, we are finding time for rest:
This concert was at The Greek in Berkeley, so we headed over early and got some yummy Chicago-style deep-dish at Zachary's. Sam had a sleepover the night before, so he was pretty tired. We decided to show him the fine art of college lawn napping, a skill I mastered - in fact I was known for sleeping on pebble beds as well.
As you can see, we played in the shadow of the Campanile, Mary's favorite semi-building, semi-instrument type of structure. It gave us our first opening act. We heard it warming up a bit, so I wandered over close. Before the 6pm struck, I decided to experiment with a field recording of the playing. Given that I was starting off with the noise of something industrial whirring and lots of conversations, I just went with raw capture. I knew the wind would be difficult, but you have to get the full Bay-Area experience, eh? The recoding includes a guy asking help "getting to the Greek" and finishes with The Battle Hym of the Republic. I didn't capture the whole concert, because this was my first long soundcloud phone recording and I didn't know if I had restrictions, plus TBHOTR is a good close.
Campanile at UC Berkeley by cameronmaddux
Then we headed to the actual concert. Now, I am not a big fan of Dispatch - and I don't mean that in a negative way - it is more from ignorance. We are ironically "discovering" them in the midst of their Reunion Tour. We learned to enjoy a couple of their songs from Pandora suggestions. Then Mary liked how involved the band is with social causes, especially in Zimbabwe. This concert was more attended on a lark.
It turned out to be incredibly worth it. We knew The Greek to be a phenomenal venue: outdoors, trees, people, music. All quite lovely.
Nice jams. Glad we went. I am officially a Dispatch fan.