Living in the Seattle area of WA has been wonderful. In general we just feel at peace here, and the music scene has been good to us as well. We have been looking forward to seeing the local band Say Hi for quite some time, the first time was a couple years ago when we ended up Tac sick, and me hurt on the day of the show. Then Tac was rear ended on the freeway the day of the next Say Hi show we wanted to see.
So when Say Hi was announced as one of the bands playing for Seattle’s “concerts on the green” free concerts in the park nights, I was so happy! The kids were thrilled to be attending with us, the boys clarified with me at least 10 times that they were actually coming with us. What a great opportunity for them. Emma even brought a friend, we had a fantastic time.
The weather was perfect, like it usually is here in the summer. Warmish, sunny, cool ocean breeze, and then as the sun went down it was time for jackets. Right behind the stage was the Space Needle, and my sons had a good time watching that as well.
Say Hi mildly yet unreservedly delivered some excellent music. I was so taken in with the way Eric Elbogen sang his songs in the park. He played and sang like he was on a stage, in an empty theatre, just singing because he likes it and because the words in his songs actually mean something. I think I would have been nervous to sing like that; so open and exposed in such a big spacious, somewhat loud place, yet he appeared to be assured and confident.
My kids thought he was witty when he would say “this is a song” and then start playing it with out any further introduction. They thought they were witty when they would cheer after the songs and yell “hi” (since the name of the band is “Say Hi”)
Say Hi was fun to watch, played a little something from their next album, told some jokes, reassured us that their awesome vampire songs were written before Twilight, and in general were such a pleasure to spend a Friday night with.
Plus, they list Joss Whedon as one of their influences; you know, the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so you know they are cool. Also they are funny and when you visit their myspace page and listen to the tunes, read the “bio” section too.
Also, I almost forgot to mention the super cool opening band “The Tea Cozies.” They were seriously fun to see, and I am hopeful that I will see them again some time.
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