‘STS9’ @ First Avenue

2013-04-12 09.59.44
I’ve been to a number of festivals with STS9 on the bill as well as in the same city they’ve passed through, but this was my first time officially catching them.
When I arrived at First Ave and saw the size of the line to get in, I was pretty surprised.  I realize STS9 has been around for over 10 years and probably has a pretty loyal following, but I guess I just wasn’t expecting a crowd that big.  Needless to say it was packed inside and the crowd was really excited and energized waiting for the 5 members to take the stage.

I assumed I was in for quite a show with this sort of buzz and anticipation.  When the band took the stage around 9:30PM and kicked off their nearly 2 hour show, the crowd went crazy, and didn’t stop moving the entire time.  The lights were a great compliment to the 5 guys on stage clearly enjoying what they were doing and feeding off the crowd’s energy; even if they seldom addressed the crowd.
This all probably sounds like a great time right? For everyone in the audience, except for me, it was!  However, after a few songs I felt like I got it.  I was obviously seeing a different show than everyone else.  I could see how STS9 would do really well in a festival atmosphere, especially outdoors.  The unusual amount of white dudes with dreads seemed to confirm this.
I ended up leaving after an hour, which according to Twitter was the end of Set I (of II).  I couldn’t do another hour of what felt like a rave my parents would enjoy attending.

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PJ Mudd

PJ went to his first concert at age 13. He's attended over 200 concerts and multiple music festivals including Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, Lollapalooza in Chicago, and the inaugural River's Edge Music Festival in St Paul. He volunteers his time managing social media accounts for different artists. PJ is a First Avenue Member and was a staff member in college delivering their printed calendars to stores in order to earn free tickets. He has been contributing to his own live music experience blog, TotallyLiveAtPJs.com. He grew up in Eagan, lived in Columbus, Ohio, and now calls Minneapolis home.

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