'Swim'ming in Indy

08.31.2011So, I have this problem where I really like concerts and spend a lot of time and money on them. This was the case Monday night when I went home for the Jack’s Mannequin and Guster show. My friend Megan and I ordered tickets a few months ago after I had created my class schedule for this year, knowing full and well that I would have Tuesday classes starting at 10:30 in the morning. This was not a deterrent. I drove home after class was over at 3:00 on Monday and went straight downtown to meet Megan. We were some of the first people at the venue at 6 pm for the 7 pm start-time. It was a little unnerving at first how few people were there, but once the opener (Lady Danville) started playing more people filled in the spaces and it was a generally decent turn-out. Lady Danville reminded me a lot of The Weepies and I was totally digging it. Then Jack’s Mannequin played a heck of a set. I’ve been to a few Jack’s shows in my day, so I was expecting energy and an all-around good time, which I got. I have to admit that it wasn’t my favorite performance by them, but it was still fun. They even played a few new tracks from their upcoming album “People and Things” set for release in October. Check out “Platform Fire” if you want a sneak preview. Guster was awesome too, per usual. I saw them freshman year at UD when the newly founded but not-yet-named Charity Concert Committee brought them to UD. The lead singer put a disco-ball on his head at one point, attached to a cape, complete with built-in microphone so he could still sing and play harmonica. My favorite part of their set, though, was when he made up a song on the spot about how he bought antique furniture at a store in Indy and he’ll always remember it. Funny stuff! Unfortunately, I’ll have to attempt to remember the concert without pictoral evidence, because I forgot to charge my camera pre-show and my phone died before Jack’s even went on. Yikes. This is what happens when I get up at 6:30 in the morning, go to class, then drive home—scatterbrained doesn’t even cover it. Next time, better planning. And perhaps I won’t try to drive back to school at 6:30 the next morning for my 10:30 class…although, I made it back with plenty of time to spare!