|Ira of Yo La Tengo|
I always love a good rock show.
But tonight, (sigh), what magic.
Georgia, Ira + James.
No opener, two sets with just me, them & about 200 people. We were all super sweaty from dancing and the summer heat.
At the start of the show they spun a Wheel of Fortune style wheel to determine what the set would be. "S Songs" was the winner, meaning only songs that start with "S" would be played. This insured a favorite, "Stockholm Syndrome" to be played & when it was I closed my eyes intermittently, dancing and singing along, pretty unaware of my surroundings. Yes, I was That Girl. But only for That Song.
I stood in front, 2nd row, for the entire first set smiling with a giddiness I haven't experienced over live music since all ages shows at First Avenue during high school and early college. A few songs into the second set I gave up my fantastic vantage point for cooler air in the back accompanied by drunkards laughing and talking over the magical music. But it didn't matter; Yo La Tengo was playing.