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Walk the Moon Recap

Let me tell you a story:
A couple weeks ago, my friend Vicki said her friend Carlos was getting people together to go to a free concert at Congress Theater.  I said sure why not.  Free concert?  Anything but country.
Last week she sent me the link to register and when I did I almost didn't believe Walk the Moon was headlining.  Carlos was all excited about The White Panda who I hadn't heard of before, but seriously... WALK THE MOON!  For free!  I was there.
Then Vicki had to cancel, but I didn't care and after checking around to see if a few people were free, I decided to go alone because I was not missing that concert.
Then Carlos still wanted to go and apparently everyone canceled on him too.  
So Carlos and I went together.

Last minute they changed the venue from Congress to Joe's on Weed Street.  This was part of the Budweiser Made in America Festival (which is seriously such a genius event, they have to get so much return on that investment).  I'm not sure why they changed the venue (although I'm very curious), but the capacity went from 4,000 to 1,000.
Carlos & I arrived around door opening time to find a huge line and some of my friends that I haven't seen in a while.  
Side note:  this trip to Joe's on Weed Street was such a college flashback for me.  Summer of '08 I spent many Tuesdays at Joe's for their $2 pitchers (and free popcorn).
Once I saw my college friends I started talking about how excited I was for the concert and the $2 pitchers.  They looked at me like I was crazy and said the beer was free.  What?  They didn't even know it was a concert.

After some drama at the door (they "reached capacity", many people left the line (including my college friends), but somehow they kept slowly letting people in... it was weird).  The moral of the story is Carlos & I waited it out and we made it in, just in time to grab a free beer and position ourselves before The White Panda started.

I really enjoyed The White Panda.  They reminded me a lot of Girl Talk & they were really fun.

I saw Walk the Moon before, but I never saw them headline!  I loved being there for their longer set in such an intimate venue (1,000 people is not a lot!).  We were pretty much 5 rows back during their set, it was amazing.  I didn't use zoom or crop on the photos!
I even got to hear them do some songs I hadn't heard before!  
One song that was fun was "I Can Lift a Car."  I always thought this song was cute, but the crowd got so into it!  It really surprised me!  One line I knew would go over well was:
So you kissed me
On the futon
Oh I hope you like it in Chicago
When I saw them in Cleveland, I could only imagine that line in Chicago.  And now I got to experience it!  
They handed out these light saber foam things (that's what I'm going to call them).  I really didn't want one and the people around us kept giving them to me.  Over and over. I think I threw 3-4 into the air (don't worry, I was polite and held on to them for a bit before tossing them).  And then the confetti... there was a little in the middle and then during the last song (predictably "Anna Sun") there was so much confetti.  I kept getting it in my mouth as I sang yelled the song!  (I even found some more in my clothes as I changed into my pajamas.)
At the very end the drummer threw his drum sticks into the crowd and one hit me in the head.  I didn't know what happened and by the time I figured it out, I watched someone pick up the drumstick and walk away.  Maybe he was tossing it to me since I'm such a great fan ;).  I really messed that up.  But hey, I can now say I got hit by Walk the Moon's drumstick.
I just can't help how much I love them.

They even drove over from Cincinnati:
(via)
And...they said they're taking the summer off touring to write some more music!!! I cannot wait!  I also cannot wait to see them again in September!  Maybe I'll get to hear some of that new music.

Successful Tuesday night!  Cue me listening to all their music all day... on repeat.

p.s. I think they should have short people discount to standing concerts.  (Yes, I know this particular one was free.)  It takes a lot of strategy, neck stretching (which causes pain by the end of the evening), and tip toeing to see anything around all the tall ones.  So yep, I think a short people discount is a great idea.

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