I stood at the front of the stage at Royale in Boston, with a swarm of Kimbra fans huddling behind me.
(Thank you, by the way, to the two guys who let me sneak in front of them for the first three songs! My photo pass had no adhesive…)
Kimbra was set to appear after the opening act-The Stepkids-and the audience was antsy. Not quite ants in the pants antsy, but hopefully you get the picture.
The Stepkids really surprised me. Here’s the thing–it’s tough to be an opening band for a main act that is so highly anticipated. Sometimes people just show up for the main act, or aren’t attentive to the openers. Sometimes the audience is just plain rude to the opening act-when I saw Fiona Apple in Boston this past summer, I was appalled at how rude the audience was to the opening act. Little did they know that he was also part of Fiona Apple’s band. Also, I know people who saw Muse as an opening act, so watch yourselves! Everyone has to start somewhere and, you know, opening acts are there for a reason. Are you up there, performing in front of a huge audience? No? Ok.
The Stepkids had a great energy, livening up the audience that had been standing there on what felt like hot concrete for an hour. They smiled, they talked to the audience. They made me smile in return. I know it’s cheesy, but it’s true. When you see a musician so happy to perform, it has to make you smile.
Their tunes reminded me a bit of the Talking Heads, mixed with indie, and older funk. It was so much fun to listen to and dance to. The audience loved it and The Stepkids were great with the audience. I spoke with them after the show and hope to interview them at some point!
But who are we kidding? This post is mostly photos. It’s fun, no?
By the time their set ended and it was time for Kimbra to join the stage, the audience had filled every nook and cranny of the venue. I turned around to look at the sea of people and became instantly overwhelmed. Holy cow!
Someone in the audience said, “You know, she probably doesn’t even need the microphone”, and I see what he was saying. The projection! The articulation! How does she have such a huge voice? It slices through your every fiber-incredible!
At the time I did not realize that it would be her last stop in the United States for the tour, and she really gave it her all. Though I have heard she does for every show…but still. Wow.
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I left the show completely and utterly exhausted, but I am glad I went.
Side note: I know this is pretty late for a concert that happened almost a week ago. I blame some unexpected illness and Sandy. Sandy knocked out the internets, oh no!
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I know, what a way with words! Is it time for bed? Is it ok for a musician to say that before the sun is coming up? I know I’m tired and tomorrow is the favorite of all holidays…Halloween!
Goodnight, Kimbra fans! Thank you to Warner Bros. Records for the photo pass!