Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Devil Makes Three at The State Room 11/21/09

umm...holy crap. E P I C!

Dunno what was in the air, but last night goes down in history as one of the "crazier" shows in recent memory. Think back to the Zephyr days when people were spilling out of the joint and the entire dance floor was filled with sweaty, jumping, almost moshing bodies with smiles aplenty...PHEW! The Devil Makes Three really tore The State Room up last night!

After an outstanding pot luck dinner, we arrived at The State Room around 9pm to find the show sold out with a bunch of ticketless w00ks outside trying to bum their way in. Thankfully the ticket god came and swooped up the rest of our crew and we made our way inside just in time to see the lead guy from Boulder Acoustic (?) Music Society take a running leap and stage dive into the crowd! What a sight! He crowd surfed for a couple minutes and then the sea of hands deposited him back onstage for their final number. This was a harbinger for what was to come in the next couple hours.

I first saw The Devil Makes Three this past summer at High Sierra Music Festival, at the prompting of a good friend - YOU JUST GOTTA SEE THIS BAND!! Always game for a new band, we rolled over to the Vaudeville tent to find it packed out on all sides, with more people than I've ever seen at this stage! I felt like I had to see what the buzz was all about and weaved into the tent to find 500 of DM3's closest friends getting their boogie on, screaming the words to every song. I was blown away with the power of this acoustic music trio and the following that they had. Their music was catchy, groovy and wild! I immediately vowed to not miss a nearby DM3 show again.

Fast forward to November 21, 2009 at The State Room, and a similar scene ensued. The usual music loving crowd turned out, but there were also another 200 people I've never seen in SLC, ready to party. The first tune seemed a little mellow and I actually wondered if the band was going to 'bring it'. Well, at about the third song, this dude next to us takes his shirt off and the game was on! He began to jump around and about 50 others joined in and The State Room's first MOSHPIT (I kid you not!) was born. Girls, guys, leisure suits, pleather, plastic, you name it- people were throwing down....HARD. Somehow, they all knew every word to every song! It was like High Sierra Vaudville tent all over again in SLC, UT.

I could not stop dancing and jumping around with all the crazy people all night long. We all mixed in and out of the moshpit, people spilled drinks on the slippery concrete floor and every once in a few minutes, someone would slip and hit the deck. A pal would pick'er up and BOOM - they were going at it again! At the end of each song, it seemed like every person in the crowd cheered as loud as they could. It was extremely energizing.

The band noted their sincere appreciation toward the end of their 90+ minute set, stating something like: "This is our last show on our 10,000 mile tour around the US and it was one of the best shows we've had. Thanks!" I agree - The Devil Makes Three is an act not to be missed and I feel comfort knowing that somehow SLC can still conjure up the absolutely EPIC energy at shows!

I think The State Room is the perfect venue for this age-old SLC euphoria phenomenon - perfect dance floor, great sound, and great staff taboot. Just get your tickets in advance people, because I expect we'll start to see a lot of sold out shows over there.

As for how the tapes turned out...well, I've gotta work on my discipline as a taper. Unfortunately, there are no tapes of last nights show...we'll have to just recollect and giggle to ourselves at the wonderful experience we all shared.


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