UMS 2013 I miss you!

Last weekend was brilliant, no? I don’t have to tell you. If you are reading this, you were probably there, and I saw you on the street and it was perfect. But now that the dust has settled, I can honestly say without a doubt my favorite show of the weekend (although not an actual UMS show) was Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Five days after the show and I am still tapping my toes to the “Son of a Bitch” song.

In my book, any good performance must deliver on three things- unity, revelation and awakening of the spirit. There was a sense of unity, a common goal between every instrument and musician on that tiny stage and tiny roof. Nathaniel was able to reveal the universe when he cried out his lyrics to the crowd. And most importantly, the music awakened the spirit of the spectators–people were clapping, singing along, dancing. Losing themselves for a brief moment. Sometimes I’ll be at a show and 70% of the people are looking around the room, texting, ordering drinks and the music misses us. Not on Saturday afternoon with Nathaniel and the Night Sweats. What a show.

Until next year UMS–I’ll be thinking of you fondly.


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