Suffice it to say that when I'm presented with free tickets I will make time to see said show. The show in question was what I assumed to be merely a local show showcasing talent from in and around the surrounding desert landscape, the sweltering city of Tucson, Arizona to be more precise.
As often happens with such events there was a little drama beforehand which incidentally only made the night as a whole even more worthwhile. Kids are great, don't get me wrong but sometimes the minding of such can be quite the task involving hurdles and unseen obstacles that only make one wish the mere thought of a 'cleansing night out' was uncluttered by such weighing concerns (Shit! Bring them with I'm sure the assembled crowd won't mind their ankle biting and ceaseless question asking antics).
As is often the case at the start of many a show the venue was 'cricket noise' quiet, within which time I found a few moments to try to 'give away' the unused ticket, unsuccessfully I might add.vGaining entry we found to our dismay that an act had already played, departed the stage and left the general area. Wait, wasn't this shindig supposed to start at seven? It was seven fifteen and as is sadly the case the opening act, Look to the Sky, found themselves with an array of bruised posteriors by way of horrid time management. I was especially miffed at the realization as this was the band I was hoping to catch (so if you are reading this Skyler, or any member of said band, please get in touch as I would still very much like the chance to see you guys on stage).
One of these acts, Allegaeon (whose moniker I can never spell correctly) immediately perked me up. Having been witness to an especially hilarious video, 1.618, by them I was very interested to see how they would act on stage. Said video...
At last Allegaeon hit the stage and bam... presence (in a huge way). It's been a long time since I've seen an act who has had so much impact on an audience so quickly. As a band Allegaeon ripped up the stage within no time whatsoever, threw the crowd into a seething frenzy and played with an overall blissful aura of having a great time, a blast! There's only ever been a small handful of acts I've seen that have brought such a feeling of unabashed joy to the crowd in so short of a time. I'll openly admit to being somewhat of a stranger to the tunage they're known for but for being in such a situation and in their presence I'm strangely assure of several things. This is an act that are all about the fans, they know how to have fun and they can play with confidence. Watching Michael Stancel and Greg Burgess nail the solos with nothing short of ease was a pleasure to witness. I'm eagerly awaiting another bill in the immediate area with the Allegaeon name across it, a bill that promises a great night guaranteed.