I know, I know. I'm two months behind on posting. Lots of shows and lots to write. Expect an entry soon. I had to post something now, though, for a special reason: as of yesterday, it has officially been a year since I started coming out to Detroit shows. :) It all started with The GO at the Magic Stick 11/30/11 and snowballed from there. I'm pretty proud.
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I spent the day driving to St. Louis with one of Detroit music's biggest supporters, Neil Miller, and my friend Stephanie. It was an incredibly impromptu trip, but I couldn't think of any better way to celebrate my one year than with The Sights in Missouri.
We hadn't told the guys we were coming. I'd always wanted to do that: show up out of state unannounced. When we got to St. Louis, Neil sent Eddie a text saying that he'd be dancing with Beatle Bob that night and I sent Kyle a picture of the Arch. Surprise!
The Sights were playing as a three piece, with Jarrod on drums. Since they had some extra room in their van, they brought Andrew Hecker and Nicole Allie with them on their short, less-than-a-week-long tour. It was good to see some other familiar faces in the crowd, representing the Motor City.
Even with a different line-up, The Sights continue to impress me. They continue to impress everyone. I constantly bring a rotating cast of friends with me to concerts. Every single one has fallen in love with The Sights. IE: I got a text the other day from my friend Chelsee saying that she had "How Do You Sleep?" stuck in her head. Mission "Get My Friends to Like Better Music": In Progress.
GONN played after The Sights. I hadn't heard them before, which is surprising since they're right up my alley. (I've been listening to a lot of '60s and '70s music lately, and GONN is directly from that era.) I only saw part of their set since it was pretty crowded inside, but I could hear the rest from outside. It was a great soundtrack for an even better night.
I just got back from St. Louis a couple of hours ago. I'm exhausted and work in the morning, but this needed to be said: I honestly cannot thank the metro Detroit musicians and their supporters enough for all they've done for me in the past year. Whether you guys realize it or not, you've helped me through an incredibly rough time and let me be part of a community that makes me feel at home, no matter where we are. I love you all and am looking forward to (hopefully) many, many years of wonderful memories and experiences to come. Support local music. <3