Last night the Fella and I went to Alt-J's (@alt_J) second Kansas City concert. I saw them back in December for 96.5 the Buzz's Christmas shows. Apparently, they almost didn't play that night because they'd missed their first flight to KC and their bass player was sick. One of their sound check guys filled in and the show went on. They sounded amazing. I was hooked from their first song, gyrating along with lead singer and guitarist Joe Newman (and that boy can move his hips).
So the band felt so bad about being one man down (even though they sounded
I was enamored by Newman's posture throughout the entire concert. He has this way of cocking to one side and I'm amazed that he can play a guitar with all of the movement he does in his songs.
The concert was held at the Midland. I used to go see the Kansas City Ballet's production of the Nutcracker every year here when I was younger. This venue is gorgeous. When it was first built, it was the third largest (and certainly one of the most grand) theaters in the country.
When I first heard that the Midland was bought by AMC and closing down to be converted into an event space, I was not pleased. I thought they were going to gut the place and strip it of all of its architectural charm. Thankfully, they have not done that. In many ways, revamping the theater into an event space has revitalized the theater and made it more useful. Countless events and concerts are held here. They're booked practically to capacity. It's so nice to see a KC gem live on!
An interesting fact came up at the concert last night. I wouldn't normally equate a 96.5 the Buzz concert with interesting facts, but there you go. Turns out, Kansas City was the first city in America to play Alt-J on the radio. Way to go KC! We beat both coasts!
I was initially perplexed by this because Alt-J is so incredibly popular and local radios rave about them all the time. But I suppose it makes sense because a lot of people I talk to about the band don't know who they are and their first album wasn't released until May 2012 so they're relatively new. Looks like KC is ahead of the game on this one!
Needless to say, last night's concert was absolutely fantastic. When Alt-J comes back to KC, I will definitely be there!
Have you ever been to an Alt-J concert? What's the best concert you've ever seen?