Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Summerfest Concerts

Summerfest is back once again, and I was fortunate enough to go on the first night to see Three Dog Night on the M & I Classic Rock Stage. The problem with watching a band that had it's heyday in the '60s and '70s is that, well, they're old. People's voices change over time, fingers slow down, etc. However, Three Dog Night night sounded great. They played all of their big hits like "One," "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," and "Joy to the World," but they also played some of their lesser known songs like "Shambala" and "Never Been to Spain," a personal favorite of mine. All in all it was a fun show, with an energetic middle-aged crowd.

Sunday night we managed to watch three different bands, from all over the spectrum (and which I hadn't heard any of them going into it). First up was Parlor Mob, a band from New Jersey that Michelle had heard about. Playing to a small crowd at the Zippo stage, they still were fun to watch, playing music that sounded like Wolfmother and Jet, which isn't a bad thing. Next up was the Sweet Tarts @ Jo Jo's Martini Lounge Stage. A cover band from the area that plays mainly pop and country songs, the Sweet Tarts were a lot of fun to watch, and could cover pretty much any song with their dual lead singers. Finally we caught The Polyphonic Spree, an elaborate 23 person band/choir. I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it before. Everyone was standing on their seats, hands in the air just soaking up the cheery music. The band then made their way through the crowd after a robe change, where every was giving them high fives and pats on the back. It was a bit too loud, left my ears ringing all day on Monday, but definitely worth it.

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