By: Derek Jung
This is now my third time seeing the cult jam rap rock trio in the last 3 years. Each time has been in very different environments. The first was a private-ish birthday party at Madison Live! where I commented that the band kept it super fun, but played the hits with such familiarity that they were straddling the line between comfort and staleness. The second was a middle-of-the-road mid-afternoon set at Bunbury Music Festival during which the band fed off the energy of the crowd and an impending thunderstorm to create a memorable set.
This time though, unfortunately, the energy was not present at all. Despite the band playing well past 11 PM, the solid Tuesday night crowd in attendance had dangerously low energy for the vast majority of the show. It was one of the sleepiest crowds that I've ever experienced at the theater. The worst part was when the band went off stage before the encore. The clapping and cheering died almost immediately and didn't start back up again until the band returned to the stage. Why they even came back, I don't know. The crowd certainly didn't deserve it. To add to this, the mediocre sound of 20th Century Theatre struck again. It took a good four songs before you could hear G. Love's vocals through the muddled mess of bass and drums. One of the drummer's toms' mics was even unplugged for a few songs. It was so bad that the drummer, who was getting visibly frustrated, got up in between songs and went side stage to talk with the monitor tech. The sound was magically fixed for the next song. Incredible.
In short, I don't think I'll be catching G. Love again at 20th Century. Wasn't worth the trouble.
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