Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Harlem at the Hub

After work last night, I ventured out to the Hub (shhh it's a secret) and arrived just in time to see Harlem perform. With a new album out, unreleased unless you look for it on Youtube, I was interested in how my top-ranking party dance band were progressing musically.

Three points I feel need to be mentioned at this point:

1. As a band, performing for a paying audience, get it together. I understand you have been on tour for three weeks before arriving in Sacramento, but come on! Second song in, the drummer (Curtis) played waaaaay too fast, and instead of slowing down a bit, they lost all fluidity when the lead singer (Cummins) started yelling and decided to start over. This is 1/4 of the way into the song, and just lowered the confidence level I thought these Austinites possessed. The whole set they were unsure of what songs to play, which again, ruins the flow.

2. Cummins at one point mocked the crowd's rather quiet style of dancing (you know, the type where most just bob their head or tap their feet), saying that at other places, people dance. Hey, man, I was dancing! And so were other friends of mine who were willing to put up with your bitching.

3. While I enjoy the fact that there is at least someplace for people to go see a show in Sacramento that doesn't cost a whole paycheck to go to see artists perform, it saddens me that we as members have to keep it a secret, because of whatever issues the police or the city has with a music venue for all ages.

I'd say that overall, the Harlem performance was only meh*. I didn't stay for Mayyors, and I missed the English Singles, so maybe my opinion would be altered if I was able to supplement my experience with Harlem.
Note to self: listen to new Harlem album (Hippies) online.

* My Personal Rating System:

WOOHOO!= I can't believe how great that is/was...I'd pay anything to see that/them

Yay! = This should be fun...Interested, in a good way.

Meh. = This is/was cool...I don't regret paying for it, but I'm ready to go home now.

Um? = Don't really get it, but I can't think of anything better to do at this point.

EW! = Let's blow this popsicle stand...I want my money back.

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