Let me tell you what kind of concert go-er I am. I’m the guy that’s usually towards the middle, or the back of the venue. I’ll nod along to my favorite tunes, and if I’m really feeling it, might bounce up and down on my toes. Occasionally, I’ll clap along or pat my thighs to the beat. Rarely, if ever, will I position myself at the front of the stage. Even more rare is me not caring about how I’m perceived and letting loose. I might yell here or there, but I’m not obnoxious about it (I don’t think). That all changed last Monday when I went to see Ra Ra Riot at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA.
As I was standing towards the middle of Mr. Smalls surrounded by a sea of Yinzers (Pittsburgh natives) waiting for the opening act to go on, I saw a slight opening at the front of the stage. At that moment there was an internal struggle inside me, I wanted to be close to my favorite band, but I wasn’t sure I could handle the pressure of making eye contact with the band mates. I know that sounds funny, but in some way, I felt like I was performing for them and I wanted them to know that this outwardly shy guy was inwardly doing stage-dives he was so happy to see them again.
Within the first five minutes of Ra Ra’s act, my inhibition melted away. Ra Ra has such a strong, positive vibe and fun energy to them that you can’t help but loose control when they hit you with their beats. The room was packed with fans dancing and singing along to hit after hit. The room was seriously electric. A few times lead singer Wes Miles commented on the energy in the room and I think I even saw him say to one of his band mates, “Wow, these Yinzers really like us!” Ok, he didn’t say that, but he was digging the Pittsburgh crowd. If you look to the bottom right of the stage you can see me in my Bucos hat bobbing along.
Ra Ra comes across as a band of normal people who just like to play music and make people happy while doing it. If you ever get the chance, even if you’ve never heard their music before, check out a Ra Ra Riot in concert – you won’t be disappointed. Consume Review Repeat gives Ra Ra Riot Tour of Light tour a 10 out of 10.