When: January 13, 2017
Where: The Rave- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Who with: Little Samm
2016 had been a record concert year, Bruce Springsteen, twenty one pilots, Panic! At the Disco (TWICE!), and many more. It was only fitting that 2017 start off with a bang, and did it ever. After two years of waiting, Vinyl Theater, lead singer- Keegan Calmes, keyboardist- Chris Senner, and drummer- Nick Cesarz, returned to The Rave like hometown heroes. The Milwaukee band, quite literally, descended to the stage to kick the night off with their new song “My Fault”. Vinyl Theater debuted all of the songs from their sophomore album, Origami, along with favorites from their freshman album Electrogram. The band has improved incredibly since the last time I saw them live, and the crowd knew it. The audience jumped and danced almost as much as Keegan did. The new songs took on a different tone, one in which the audience seemed to enjoy. The new songs are less synthesized and take on more of alternative rock sound. Even more surprising is the band’s first ever “slow song” as Keegan put it, called “Thank You for the Good Times”. The ballad was dedicated to the fans for helping the band get this far. The show was covered in lots of fun surprises like the cover of “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers and “Fix You” by Coldplay. However, the best surprise came from Keegan announcing that everyone should hang around after the show because the band was going to do an impromptu meet and greet. After the show ended some people began to leave others stood and waited to see if Keegan was serious. Lo and behold a line began to form and the band came out to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans. We waited eagerly in line until we finally met the hometown heroes. They signed our tickets and thanked us for coming out. It is always so reassuring to meet members of a band you love and find out that they are in fact genuine and kind human beings. We thanked them for a great show and ventured out into the chilly Milwaukee night, stopping for our traditional McDonald’s ice cream cone before heading home
-Meeting the band.
-Keegan’s quote before the new song “30 Seconds”- You have a birth date and an end date, all that matters is the line in between.
-Keegan rocking a purple jacket that reminding me of the uniforms The Beatles wore for the Sgt. Peppers album, or the military style jackets Michael Jackson used to wear.
-The whole crowd chanting “I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier.”
-Getting ice cream with Little Samm.
-** Bonus- I knew the meet and greet was impromptu after befriending the security guard monitoring the fan line. He wasn’t sure what was going on, but he wanted to make sure we were all safe, he was a great guy.
Keegan tweeted that there would be snacks, alas- no snacks.