I don’t have TikTok. I don’t want TikTok. Sure, my friends will send me some short clips every now and then but I honestly just don’t have the time to spend mindlessly scrolling another social media site and, if I downloaded it, that’s exactly what would happen so I’ve just avoided it. That being said, I understand the power that the app has. Although I have my own opinion on TikTok stars and may or may not think that there is no longevity in careers launched by the app, there’s something special about going to see a TikTok star live in concert so that’s why I found myself at The Fillmore in Minneapolis on Saturday night.
Although Meet Me @ The Altar definitely seemed a bit out of left field compared to the other two acts, this opening band instantly had me falling in love. Okay, maybe I was in love with this band before they even took the stage but their live show was everything I could have asked for from this young pop-punk band. They came to the stage with an undeniable sense of power and a very apologetic attitude that spoke to my soul. Vocalist Edith Johnson encouraged the audience to move to their infectious sounds but, really, the audience didn’t need any encouragement. Although in my mind, these guys were the outliers on the tour, the audience was eating up their set note by note. With only seven songs in their set, I feel like this band absolutely had a chance to layout their classic pop-punk sound while empowering the women in the audience (which is a key point of this band and another reason why I adore them so much). I could have watched another few hours of this band without getting bored but all good things must come to an end and, although very bummed as they left the stage to make room for the second act, Meet Me @ the Altar’s set had mee feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever the night would bring.
As I stood there watching this young kid perform on Saturday, I realized that his music still isn’t for me. It’s just a bit too young and trendy for what I can get into but, yet again, I found myself completely captivated by him. Between his energy and his ability to rile up the audience with very little effort, the power he brings to a stage can not be ignored. The young audience was screaming along to every single word as they pushed and shoved their way into a sweaty mess. Although I felt no connection to Jxdn or his music, watching the connection everyone else had with him was amazing and led to a flawless first Minnesota headlining show.
I don’t think I will ever download the TikTok app and I definitely have some opinions on the longevity of careers that are launched off of the platform but I will absolutely continue to go see these young social media stars live as they roll through town because of the connection that they seem to have with their fans. It adds something to the live shows that I think some of the other concerts I frequent lack. Although I can’t quite put my finger on it yet, I’m thinking the reason for this “special sauce” is the accessibility that seeing a star on your social media feed on the daily brings to the fans but, again, I’m not quite sure. Even though being at shows like the one on Saturday night definitely makes me feel my age, I will continue to go to shows like this just to try and figure it all out while enjoying the electric energy that always comes with these shows.