As a two time Bonnaroo veteran, I think it’s safe to say that I really enjoy going to shows. I love live music. Nothing quite compares to being in the middle of a crowd belting out the lyrics of your favorite song. You might be out of tune. You might not know every word. But that’s the beauty of it. So long as you’re enjoying the music in whatever way you can you’re doing it right.
Growing up, music was always a big part of my life whether I was performing or trying to find the right kind of music to study to. My music selection range is about as wide as the Mississippi. Country, Indie Rock, Electronic music, and Rap are about the core of my music tastes. Fortunately enough for me, I was able to find out that one of my favorite bands was coming to Memphis a couple weeks ago! Foster the People was going on tour and thankfully decided to make a pit stop through Memphis playing at Minglewood Hall.
Never having been, I didn’t know what to expect. I had seen a video of the show they performed the night before in Nashville, and the venue looked big and spacious but it seemed like everyone was so far away. That was the complete opposite of what I experienced at Minglewood. As I’m sure everyone knows the closer you are to the stage the better the show will be, and that’s exactly how Minglewood was. It was an intimate single story venue where no matter where you stood; you had a great view of the band. The sound was seamless, the bass was deep, and the lights really helped emphasize their performance. We all know every show isn’t complete without a good beverage, and good thing Minglewood had it covered. There were plenty of cash bars around the crowd so it was convenient enough to get yourself a drink and get back to your spot without missing too much.
While the venue was great, the performance was even better. They brought so much energy and got the crowd so much more involved than I thought they were going to. When they played “Pumped Up Kicks,” I don’t think I’ve ever sung any louder. Listening to their music, I don’t imagine a lot of energy, but boy was I wrong! They really are great performers, and I would most definitely go see them again. Overall I had a great experience at Minglewood, and I can’t wait for a chance to go back!