|He looks more devious in this|
picture than real life.
Almost every time I have seen them play has been at the same venue. It's the closest place they play to my home, but it still takes about 45 minutes to get there. I believe the building is a youth center during the week, but on weekends it is a showplace for bands. They get some great groups in there. We are in southern Illinois and that night they had a group from Evansville, Indiana and one that had driven all the way from Nashville, Tennessee.
I have worked with youth for about 20 years and have dragged kids all over the country to various events, trips and sometimes concerts. I have been to more than my share of events geared towards a younger crowd, so I know how this works, but I believe I am beginning to reach the end of my days in these settings.
|I think he has a bee in his shirt|
I tried to capture some video of what was going on in the 'pit,' but the room was too dark to get anything of quality, so you will just have to settle for my descriptions. I hope you appreciate them, because in order to get the scoop, I had to put myself in harm's way fighting to stay on my feet. I have been in plenty of mosh pits and done the crazy slam dancing and thrashing, but I have outgrown it. When I look at it now, it seems stupid. I can't believe I ever used to enjoy getting hurt.
|He didn't duck fast enough|
|Don't forget to protect your face|
Despite my age and reluctance to jump right back into another night of that chaos, I did have a good time. In fact, the band has asked me to serve as their band manager when they go on tour this summer. I have agreed, but have concerns about what this experience on a daily basis will do to my
- Review contracts
- Work the merchandise table
- Find safe places to park the van for sleeping
- Guard the van while they sleep
- Maintain the tour blog
- Confirm show dates
- Lug equipment in and out of van
- Ward off crazy fans and groupies
- Navigate to the next stop
- Taste test for poisoned food
- Keep track of the money
- Make sure they bathe
- Never sleep
This summer, I am those people.