The show was colorful. There was effective use of multi-media, strobes, bubble blowing machines, a mystery person tossing paper airplanes from up above, and of course confetti. We also received a surprise visit from the Ghostbusters Marshmallow Man!
|A bit like an ugly sinister looking Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters?|
|Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man - he was evil remember?|
The sound was not perfect and it would have been nice to have one acoustic number without all of the hullabaloo. The dancing and arm waving crowd on the floor appeared to be pleased and the Congress Theater was packed for the second of two sold out shows. We stood and sat (fold up chairs for the taking) in the back of the first floor, on a platform, stage center. If we were on the floor and in between the throngs of people, claustrophobia would have definitely set in. Everyone down there was sweaty arm to arm. This concert was not for anyone with a seizure disorder (strobes and lights) or fear of crowds. We missed the opening acts, Kimbra and Tokyo Police Club. Apparently I did not get the memo that the show start time was moved up to 6:30 pm so we caught the tail end of Tokyo (the last 3 minutes of the last song). So I will not be reviewing these performances although Tokyo and their horns did come out to play with FTP and that was pretty cool. I have not heard good things about Kimbra's solo performances but at this point it would be rumor and not my opinion. Feel free to comment at the end of the blog entry!
Here is a review also from Becca Waterloo, a trustworthy source with discerning music taste and a passion for all good music and good music venues:
Take a look at the video here that I took to be your own judge:
Between Becca and I, we give the show a 3 out of 5 guitar rating for excessive heat and sweat, no acoustic vocal moments, a one song encore, and slightly over the top schtick ("Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!). See photos and soon to be posted video for validity.
Helpful tips of the day:
Dinner before at the Paladar Restaurant and Rum Bar next door is a good spot to start your night. Needless to say, they serve rum flights. We opted for mojitos, coconut and blackberry, shrimp cocktail (served in a tall ice cream sundae glass with lots of cocktail sauce), salad with spicy guacamole and salad with candied pecans, apples, and blue cheese. These choices were all refreshing for a hot night but we look forward to coming back for the entrees. This restaurant was recently reviewed by The Hungry Hound and did get busy by the time we left at 7:30pm. Becca says that Old Town Social was great for a pre-show bite too.
With regard to parking, it is zone 102 or meter. I was carrying zone parking passes for the Wrigley area and for Bucktown (both valued highly). I found a man standing outside near his home and asked him if he was willing to trade for one of his 102 passes for one of my highly coveted, hard to get passes. He said something like "I do not need your stinkin' pass" (thankfully he did not say "lady") but kindly, catching us by surprise, went into his home to fetch us one of his anyway. Hey, my stinkin' pass near Wrigley is worth $25 bucks on a Cubs home game day! We have been generous and have donated passes to Cubs game patrons on occasion so I believe what goes around comes around. Thank you Mr. Stranger for making your donation to our stinkin' cause.