Sunday, February 23, 2014

"Faded From the Winter"

   Sometimes I go to a concert and it just feels special.  Not because it has the most amazing light show, or because the crowd is ridiculously amped, or even because the band is one of my all time favorites. Sometimes. when at an event like this, I just know I am in the right place at the right time.  I like to think of it as, "musical kismet".  The Iron & Wine concert, held at the Fargo Theatre in North Dakota, was just one of these events.
   First of all, I love Fargo, ND.  It holds the perfect balance of Midwestern values and, "arty-farty," quirk.  In short, it is a wonderful town to safely go out for a night of musical entertainment.  Specifically, the Fargo Theatre located downtown, provides an excellent venue for some of the cultural entertainment available in the area.  This being stated, it was the perfect environment for an Iron & Wine concert.
   Without making this post a book about my love of Fargo and concerts, I will mention a few key elements that may clue a reader in to a possible, "musical kismet," situation.  For example, it is early the day of the show and you are stalking some of your favorite downtown vintage hot spots when you see a tour bus pull up in an alley.  A motley crew of characters on the street cluster to see who is in town and you find they are more interesting to watch than the bus.  Later, on your way to the show there are rag-tag bunches of teens sitting clustered in the doorways of closed shops.  They are singing while playing guitars and street patrols are stopped nearby to listen, not to break it up.  Inside the venue people are excitedly trying on concert t's and a friendly stranger tells you to, "Definitely buy that sweatshirt.  It is a good color on you."  During the show people are animatedly dancing without pushing or intruding on your space.  You look around and see yourself swimming in a sea of flannel shirts, and you just happen to have one on too!   You are singing well loved lyrics while everyone else is singing them too, and all of this is happening with the divine smell of buttered popcorn wafting from the lobby.  
   It is my opinion that Iron & Wine is a fine group of musicians  It is also my opinion that the Fargo Theatre is an ideal music venue.  It was just, "musical kismet," that they finally met.

Vest:  Ruff Hewn
Sweatshirt:  Fargo, ND Concert 2013
Skirt:  Thrifted
Boots:  UGG australia
Purse:  Banana Republic
Scarf:  Pashmina  
Brooch:  Hand-me-down from Mom
Earrings:  Lucky Brand
Nail Polish:  essie (Dive Bar)
Iron & Wine Albums:  "The Shepherd's Dog," "The Sea & the Rhythm," "The Creek Drank the Cradle"
Venue:  Fargo Theatre


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