There was no shortage of shows that you could have gone and saw this past Tuesday night. Any one of them would have been a good choice considering the talented bands playing like Cave Singers, !!!, Portugal. The Man, and yes even Insane Clown Posse. But,for me, the thought of going and seeing anyone other than Bon Iver never even entered my mind. And, I was not disappointed. In fact the Bon Iver show at the Mesa Arts Center actually exceeded my expectations.
This was my first ever show at Mesa Arts Center and holy sugar sticks is that place nice. Our third row seats didn't hurt the experience, either. The opening band, Megafaun, put on a great performance and managed to win over the crowd by playing some awesome music and showing a lot of love to Phoenix's own Dry River Yacht Club and local eatery Two Hippies Beach House.
I've made it pretty clear in previous posts that I am a huge Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver fan and have probably listened to his debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, from start to finish so many times that I'm sure that even my iPod got sick of it. To see the album that I've listened to so many times before by an artist who I consider to be the bees knees (and only ten feet away from me) was truly extraordinary.
Bon Iver puts on one helluva show and I can not wait until he swings back around. By the way, he did mention that he will have a full orchestra next time around.
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