While the masses were all hitting the bars for green beer and shots of Jameson on Friday night, the real party was the P.O.S show at First Avenue. His latest album, Chill Dummy, came out on vinyl on Thursday so everyone was ready to party in celebration, and party they did. The opening acts were very diverse but the majority of the crowd (those who weren’t wearing flashing green headbands and getting too drunk to stand by 8:30 PM) received them very well.
First up was Invisible Boy, headed by Chris Bierden, a local singer and bass player with his hands in many different projects. Invisible Boy’s sound was very different than that of P.O.S, with indie vibes that reminded me of Belle & Sebastian and Neutral Milk Hotel. The crowd wasn’t super polite the whole time, but everyone was also still filing into the venue and getting their drinks. Their set was jam packed with music with a few pauses to say “thank you” to the crowd and to P.O.S.
Zuluzuluu, another well loved group of locals, was next to hit the stage. Their beats were perfect for the half drunk, half sober, and fully ready to jam crowd to sway and shimmy along to. Zuluzuluu is almost always popping up on bills for shows around the city but Friday was somehow my first time seeing them, and I was not disappointed. They were the perfect positive but powerful complement to Invisible Boy’s dreamy vocals and P.O.S’ gritty sound.
When P.O.S left the stage everyone seemed to hover by the merch table hoping to meet the performers while they decided what to do with the rest of their St. Patrick’s Day night. On my ride home I passed so many people throwing up on the sidewalks and felt so thankful that I spent my evening with like minded people singing along to some of my favorite songs.