A few weeks ago, I went to a show at Johnny D’s in Somerville. The show was made up of four bands: Madame Psychosis, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, Sarah Rabdau & the Self-Employed Assassins, and Johnny Blazes & the Pretty Boys. All the bands were very good, which was part of what made the show so fun. Another factor was the crowd. Namely, that there were a number of people in the crowd (myself included), who knew how to blues dance, and did so a great deal throughout the show. 🙂
There was a lot of dancing, particularly for the last band, Johnny Blazes & the Pretty Boys. Before their set, only a few people (myself included, of course), had been dancing. When this band hit the stage, they got the dance floor packed with their very first song. They played a great variety of catchy covers and danceable beats. And the band had an amazing energy throughout their entire set, which only made the crowd love them that much more.
I was struck by something one of the singers said to me after the band closed their set. He thanked myself and my friend for dancing (we had been blues-ing it up the whole time, of course). He said that our dancing got more people to get up on the dance floor, and also made the band amp up their energy to a whole new level. They were able to feed off of the energy the crowd produced by dancing, who in turn fed off the band’s performance energy. And it created a great symbiosis. I knew exactly what the singer meant; I’ve felt the same thing as a performer myself. Few things can match the rush of a crowd spontaneously dancing to your music.
So the next time you’re at a show, and you want to see a band’s absolute best, my advice is simple: dance. Blues dance. Or swing. Or whatever floats your boat. Nine times out of ten, this will bring out the best possible performance from an artist or band. It will make the show more enjoyable both for you and for the performers. And after all, isn’t that why we go to performances, to have fun? 🙂
If you have any thoughts, questions, or experiences of your own you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!