Rockcrowd #10 was probably my most disappointing yet. I had high expectations: Brett Dennen with Dawes opening @ The Fox in Oakland
Brett Dennen is someone I've been geeked out on since at least June 2008. We saw him in a small venue setting in March of '09, then again at Outside Lands '09 where he put on a soulful, happy set outdoors.
Dawes was one of our favorites from Outside Lands '10.
First of all, the sound seemed to be exceptionally crappy in the Fox that evening. I don't know if it is where we were sitting, peculiarities of that evening, my own personal funk-mood or just the fact that we are starting to notice these things more now that we are attending so many shows.
Secondly, I had seen both these groups in more intimate settings previously - this was a "big show" and you could feel the distance between performer and audience.
Third - this as my view:
If you want to stand up and sway and dance - why not go be on the floor? When she finally sat down, another person came down from her seats behind me to take what was deemed the prime dancing in the balcony spot. Don't get me wrong, I love dancing at Brett shows - it just wasn't a good setting for it.
Anyway - I still love Dawes and Brett Dennen - I'm just going to kind of forget this evening and spend more time with videos like this:
Walk Away Watch Me Burn from Brett Dennen on Vimeo.