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Liam Finn @ DC9

So after all my fretting I had a great time last night. DC9 is like a block from the metro (thank you turbogrrl for explaining what they should on their website!) so that was cake. I walked in and of course there was the immediate "ugh, frowny hipsters" and it was PACKED because they hadn't let anyone upstairs yet so I ended up standing outside the bathroom with some other loiterers. And in a first in my DC showgoing experience, commenced to converse with them, friendly-like. Long story short, they turned out to be from my hometown and were funny and mocked me for going to NA and were all shocked that I'm as old as I am and good times were had.

The show itself was exciting. Liam Finn is very... compact. I ended up being able to stand about 4 feet away from him the whole time. They played a very informal and comfortable set; my favorite parts were, of course, when he got behind the drum kit and worked that magic. The crowd was a typical young DC crowd plus a few Crowded House fans who looked exactly like the kind of people I see wearing Genesis t-shirts at Genesis shows. I mean apart from me. BUT ANYWAYS. My point about the typicalness of this crowd is that they almost unanimously showed their appreciation for the music by standing very still and frowning. I danced awkwardly and grinned because damnit - the music is good.

I thought I was going to go right home after his set but instead found my loitering friends and hung out with them for another hour. Turns out she played the drums for 2 years so we had a great chat about that, and he also shares the dubious title of "Systems Analyst" so had a mutual chuckle. There were lots of NZ expats in the audience and I gently grilled one of them on why she would ever leave - and she certainly didn't sound overly amorous of the US. Finally came time to go so I wandered over to Mr. Finn and thanked him for coming and asked him to please come back.

Definitely one of the best showgoing experiences I've ever had in this city.

You know what's amusing and tempting? PaganFest at Jaxx. If any other one person says they might go it might tip the scales...

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yoshimi
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
wait, did you go see the liam finn/christine fellows/weakerthans show? by yourself? because that's just weird, since i'm likely going to the same show, likely by myself, in orlando in a few weeks.

i guess if you can do it, i can do it, right?
snidegrrl
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
The show I saw was actually Liam Finn / Miracle Fortress / The Most Serene Republic! I stayed for the second band (who were good!) but didn't see the third one.

You can totally do it! Also please go up to Liam after his set and be like, "man, I heard about your awesome show in DC a few weeks ago. you're already a legend!" or something. OK you don't have to do that.
yoshimi
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
actually, it looks like he's ditching my tour for eddie vedder, so i will not get the chance. durn. but thanks for the assurances of okayness re: going to a show alone ...
snidegrrl
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Not cool! But I mean, wouldn't we all want to go play with Eddie Vedder.
peregrin8
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
yay! I am so glad you went and had fun and made the metro and all that good stuff.
snidegrrl
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Me too. I always forget how painless it really is.
salami_salome
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Your intrepedity pays off! Glad you had a good time. =)
examorata
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Sounds awesome!
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snidegrrl
Mar. 20th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Or can surf and snowboard in the same season. ;)

I do like a love story. :)
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snidegrrl
Mar. 20th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
It was very much like many interactions with people I've met from the tidewater area - NA has a mystique! A mystique of snootery. Which is richly deserved.
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snidegrrl
Mar. 20th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I've found that many people roll their eyes a little when you say that you are a systems analyst. This is mostly from talking to people in my classes though.
omphaloskepsis
Mar. 20th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you had a good showgoing experience!
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