Where do I begin to write about my evening last night? I can’t even think, but maybe that’s just still from the ringing in my ears from being in the 6th row from the stage, front and center. For a week or 2 now, I had plans to deliver 2 gold UR2/SM58s to fun. at the Milwaukee Summerfest. Well, mission accomplished! My friends and I drove up to Milwaukee yesterday afternoon and braved the afternoon thunderstorms. We were worried they were going to affect the show, but the storms ended and the skies cleared up into a beautiful Wisconsin evening right as we were meeting up with Gordon Reddy, the FOH for fun. I walked up with my friends to Gate 13, where he told us to go and we are talking to the security lady. I had on my Shure shirt, and I’m explaining how we are here to drop off mics and we’re with Shure, and she’s like, “Okay, okay, but what’s your name?” so I say “Brooke Giddens” and she’s like, “Oh okay that’s all I needed to know, go on in, up the stairs to production.” Haha, my friends gave me crap the whole walk up there like “Man, you’re on a first name basis here!” It was really weird. I’d never really had my name down on a special list or anything. It sounds totally cheesy to say so, but it was kind of cool, I have to admit.
Next, we met up with Jason, who pointed us in the direction of Gordon. Gordon was so friendly; he definitely took care of us. We exchanged the gold mics for a black one with a gold grill, and fun. began immediately using the mics we had just brought. It was exciting to see them be excited about them! We talked to some people backstage while fun. did their soundcheck and we just hung around and watched. We eventually went up and sat behind the FOH guys and just watched the soundcheck for awhile. Gordon introduced us to Jack, the guitarist of fun. which was cool! He also hooked us up with wristbands that got us pretty much everywhere.
After that, we just explored the Summerfest. We walked around and killed some time until it was time to pick up our tickets at will call. We walk over to pick them up and they’re Section 2, Row F, seats 22-25. We’re like wow these are probably pretty awesome seats, so we go back into the Marcus Amphitheater and see where they are and they’re literally front and center. It was amazing. They were definitely the best seats I’ve ever had at a concert by far. Honestly, I wasn’t going in expecting anything too crazy. I figured it would just be a normal show, but it was so much more. Every single band was good. Family of the Year was fantastic, they played so hard and their drummer was incredible. Seriously, maybe one of the best drummers I’ve ever seen.
Next, came Walk the Moon. I’ve been a fan for awhile, and I was excited to seem them live and they definitely didn’t disappoint. They had such a good stage presence and were just having fun with the whole thing. Then it was time for fun. Fun. was incredible, like incredible. I don’t know how to describe it, they kept saying that the crowd last night was the biggest they had ever played, which was crazy to me. I mean, there were a LOT of people there last night, but I guess I had just kind of imagined that fun. was playing arenas and stuff with all their Top 40 hits. You could tell the band was just completely humbled by the entire experience. The crowd involvement, the amount of people, Nate Ruess couldn’t wipe the smile off his face! Our mics sounded incredible, and it was really cool for me to see the power of wireless and really acknowledge it. This was my first big show since I’ve began interning at Shure, so now I just have so much more knowledge of microphones and wireless systems and I definitely notice and appreciate the mics more now. Nate Ruess would be off stage and singing, he would run through the crowd singing and you could still hear him. It was just really cool to see wireless in action.
Any who, this blog post is just running on and on, and I could probably turn it into two blog posts if I wanted to! This week is just filled with good music. Tomorrow will be my 22nd birthday, which seems crazy. I don’t know how I got to 22, it feels like yesterday that I was 16 and learning to drive. I’m excited to spend my birthday at the Q87.7 Piqniq though and see endorsers Silversun Pickups, Capital Cities, and Atlas Genius! Work is good, people are good, life is good.