By the third and final night of these concerts, the crowd had gotten so bold that not only did they stand, they rushed to the lip of the stage to cheer on The Hold Steady as they rocked out hard. It was no surprise since openers Titus A brought the show down to them (them being a bunch of brash and seemingly intoxicated teenagers) as lead man Patrick Stickles opened their set screaming from the front row. Couldn’t imagine Andrew Bird doing that.
So the word spread rather quickly Friday that this show was taking place in two days. The university’s AB Board has been dormant, so it came as a surprise to me and many others that this show was even happening at all. I am not that familiar with the band but I did like their last release enough to check them out. The sparse crowd of 100 or so were treated to a fantastic set. They were sounding awesome in the ‘hall’ and kudos go out to the techs who know how to mix and light a band in that room. I also have to say again how much I appreciate the fellas who hook me up for these shows. Thank you guys.