Last night I went to the Listener show at The End and despite the fact that they didn't play Wooden Heart, I still had a good time (okay, maybe I'm still a little bitter). I loved the venue, the vibe, and the people there. It wasn't over crowded and there was seating for people like me who like to sit back, relax, and take it all in. When I got there kidDEAD and Spoken Nerd were performing and it was unlike anything I had heard before--like a hip-hop spoken word. Very Interesting, very cool, and definitely worth a listen. Ross (kidDEAD) was really cool and let me take some photos of him after he played. Thanks, Ross!
I had two favorite parts of the night. One was when The Homeless Gospel Project went on somewhat of a rant that started with him essentially telling people to be what they want to be and ended with Ferguson frustration.
"I just want to tell you that you figure out what you want to do and do it. Don't listen to what anyone says. I don't care what you do, just do it. But don't be a cop. This is a safe place. There is sexism and racism and homophobia in this country, but this is a safe place. We have to stand up against that shit. If you see someone getting beat up, you gotta stand up. If you see someone being discriminated against, you gotta stand up. There are people being paid to protect this country and they're not. They're killing innocent black teenagers. So don't be a cop. You can be anything, but don't be a cop."
I didn't agree with everything he was saying, but I loved the passion in what he was saying. I wish you could have heard him. He was so cool and I loved listening to his music, his voice is so unique. If you haven't done so already, I recommend checking him out. The Homeless Gospel Choir
My second favorite thing was seeing how people responded to all the music throughout the night. People on the verge of tears because of a lyric that hit home with them, spontaneous laughter, rocking back in forth in their chair singing along, smiling ear to ear, and understanding head shakes and nods. I may have enjoyed the audience's reactions more than the musicians performances themselves.
Dan Smith of Listener is so powerful to watch live. Similarly to The Homeless Gospel Project, he exudes so much energy and passion when he preforms that touches you deeply when you see it. All I can say is that it is very moving in a way that cannot be described.
Also, their drummer definitely caught me taking his photo... oops!
But really, check out Listener. You won't regret it.