Last night I took my 12 year old daughter and her cousins to the Too Fast For Love concert at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. The line up included I Fight Dragons (a new band out of Chicago), Travie McCoy & The Lazarus Project, Cobra Starship and 3oh!3. I had no idea I Fight Dragons or Travie McCoy were on the tour, so that was a nice little added bonus. Also, I had somehow won two free tickets (it still remains a mystery what contest I won them from – I thought it was at the last concert I went to, but found out last night that it was not them), so four for the price of two tickets made it an even sweeter event.
Its hard to describe I Fight Dragons. I was so distracted by the guy playing Rock Band on stage – with monitors set up to allow you to see his progress – and the chick bouncing around with a Nintendo glove that I don’t remember any of the songs or what they sounded like. Point being? Stop with the freaking gimmicks. They were selling CDs for $5 for this brand new band (and I love to support a new band) and we didn’t bother buying one because, honestly, if they need all of those gimmicks, the music alone probably isn’t very good. I mean, really, Nintendo is cool and all, and yes, I get the nerdy, nostalgia niche they are shooting for, but really? Nintendo on stage? I think I’ll pass.
Travie McCoy was not bad, but he wasn’t very good. Also, his sound didn’t really fit in with the headliners, Cobra Starship and 3oh!3. They are more alt-rock sounding, and he was, well…the only way I can describe it is a mix between R&B and pop. Neither of which I am particularly fond of. (Yeah, my musical tastes don’t vary too much) Let’s put it this way: I didn’t leave the concert, but again, I don’t remember anything he sang. The fact that he boasted over and over again that he just moved to Miami didn’t win him any brownie points with me, either. Who cares?
Now, Cobra Starship…how to describe this act? In a word, they were awesome. Not as awesome as let’s say, Blink 182, but they were pretty awesome. They engaged the audience, their music was hard and fast and catchy. At one point they pulled a girl onto the stage and had her sing/rap a verse and rewarded her with a skate board signed by everyone on the tour. I like a band that involves their fans. I really, really like a band that involves their fans. When I see a lead singer running back and forth across a stage, touching the hands of all the teenagers that are reaching out to them, well, it warms my heart. That’s what going to a concert is all about – an experience. As we were walking out, I heard a girl crying to her friend, “I touched him!!!!!!!!!!!” $26.00 for a concert ticket, to touch the hand of the musician you adore is a pretty good deal. Its probably something that kid will never forget.
In fact, Cobra Starship was so awesome, and spent so much time engaging the crowd, that they ran late and took up some of 3oh!3’s time on stage. 3oh!3 barely spoke to the audience, they came on stage and rushed through their entire performance. Honestly, I went to the concert for Cobra Starship, so I am a little biased. I only know two songs from 3oh!3 and I can’t even tell you which albums they are off of! But they did play great, they were very energetic on stage and you could tell they were having a great time. They played excellent live, which is contrary to what I’ve heard about them. I wasn’t expecting very much, so I was pleasantly surprised (don’t you just love when that happens?).
All in all, it was a great concert. It lasted about four hours, which considering I paid $63 total for the tickets, and we had four people there, it was worth every penny in its entertainment value. Also, I won 4 VIP tickets to see Hole (OMG! Hole!!!) at the Fillmore in Miami Beach on July 2nd, so it really, really was worth it especially for me. And my little one was able to spend an evening with her cousins doing something fun, so it was win-win all around.
Its summer time, which means concerts galore in cities around the country. Take the opportunity to buy tickets to see your favorite band perform a live show! My husband and I already have three concerts lined up for the remainder of this year. I’ll probably be seeing Hole with girlfriends in July. Then we have the Vans Warped Tour on July 24th, and the Goo Goo Dolls in August. Its going to be a great summer!