30/30 Night Fifteen Recap | Night Sixteen Deets
Now that we’re over the hump, I’m feeling better about life. It’s not that I don’t enjoy marathon partying, but this girl could use a break. I’ll be heading straight to Detroit once these 30 days are over, and I’m looking forward to the glorious night of sleep ahead on my one night off before the trip. For now, the partying is still in full effect, and we aren’t slowing down. Last night we chilled out to the sounds of Boca Chica and Nik Westman and the Central Plains at the Smiling Moose. It was my first time seeing Boca Chica perform, though I’ve heard their songs many times.
There’s always that moment where you see a band you’ve known about for a while and have heard their recordings, but have no idea what to expect from them when it comes to their live performance. This was a moment as such. I don’t know if they were having an off night, or if the lead singer’s vocals are always turned up that high, but they could have turned her vocals down a bit. While I try to stay positive during my reviews, I couldn’t help but be a bit disappointed with the set. I don’t think it had anything to do with the level of talent the band possesses, I just think the vocals needed to be turned down a bit. I think I’ve made my point.
They opened their set with the adorable “Lake Erie,” which holds a special place in my heart considering I grew up less than five miles from its shores. It might be the most polluted of the Great Lakes, and I might not ever enter that lake in my adult life for fear of e coli poisoning, but who cares – lakes are romantic, right? I found Boca Chica’s shining moments to be their quietest. I think the intensity of their live sound takes away from the delicateness of Hallie’s voice. I would love to see them perform an acoustic set.
Boca Chica’s trumpet player was the highlight of the night for me. He sat in on a few songs during Nik Westman & the Central Plains’ set, and I’ve never heard them sound better. Nik’s band would benefit greatly from performing with that dude during every gig. I think they need to steal him from Boca Chica. The brass added an element to Nik’s sound I have never heard them produce before. I’ve seen them play countless times, but this was by far their best. It’s amazing what a little trumpet can do. I particularly enjoyed their song, which I want to say is called “Take Me,” but I could be completely off. I took it from the chorus. I can’t find the lyrics. That song was the best of their set. The only suggestion I really have for these fellas is to get rid of the comic sans on their Myspace. Sheesh! They’re about to hit the road with Boca Chica, so we wish them happy travels! For additional photos from last night, check out HughShows.
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