Photos by Langen Goldstien
My gut told me something was going to happen on Thursday night weather-wise to affect the show but I tried to be optimistic. At times, when driving out to Somerset, Wisconsin, the sun would be shining and I would lose the feeling of worry I had but, at others, the sky would be dark and sinister looking and that’s when I thought about just turning around. Maybe it was a bit of PTSD from the chaos that ensued when weather hit the Fall Out Boy show just a couple of weeks ago but my gut had a strong feeling in it and, one thing my mom always told me, go with your gut.
The movement started the night off flawlessly with their classic reggae sound. Although the crowd was still trickling in as they kicked off early at 5 PM, there were clearly people in the audience who knew who this band was and were ready to get the night started off right. Although I thought The Movement’s sound was a very classic reggae vibe, there were still nods to everything from rock to reggae to rap buried in their sound. Whether you picked up on those elements in the music or not, The Movement was a dynamic band to listen to and watch. All of the members seemed to be in their own world, doing their own thing yet, somehow, all came together to give you a cohesive feeling. I felt bad that there weren’t more people in the audience during The Movement’s set but I was beyond thrilled that I got to experience it and, although reggae may not be my normal cup of tea, you will be able to find me at the next The Movement show.
Atmosphere is a hip-hop duo consisting of frontman – Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ – Ant (Anthony Davis). This is one of those groups that I could listen to on repeat for days on end but absolutely have some favorites from their lengthy discography. Lucky for me, those favorites are what they played and they played them in an impeccable order. Obviously you weren’t there so me going song by song will do nothing for you but let me tell you, the amount of energy and love that both Slug and Ant brought to the stage was staggering. I was in awe watching the way Slug both commanded the audience yet treated them with a sense of respect and love at the same time. It made for a dynamic set and, although the rest of the night wasn’t going to go as planned, I was beyond thankful I got to experience Atmosphere before the night went to crap.
Although all of the songs seemed to have a slight organic jam element to them, they also felt completely organized and perfect. It was hard for me to decipher if it was actually a jam moment or just part of a song at times being that I don’t spend much time with this band but that mystery also added to the excitement of the set. Another exciting thing about their performance on Thursday was the surprise appearance of Chali 2na from Jurassic 5. Although he was only utilized in a couple of songs and to introduce the band, I feel like Chali 2na brought a sense of excitement to the stage and audience alike making Slightly Stoopid’s set super dynamic at the end of the night.
Here’s the deal. I had been here before and feel like the venue learned from some of their mistakes during the Fall Out Boy show. The staff was quick to tell people to stay and wait it out and reassured people that the show was not canceled. This is something they did not do at Fall Out Boy which led to a lot of confusion and frustration among ticketholders. From handing out flyers stating that the show was not canceled and having people riding around the parking area in golf carts using megaphones instructing people to just wait, I really like that the venue covered their butts this time but it didn’t work. Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not let up and, after waiting for about an hour, my boyfriend and I decided to call it and head home. It wasn’t much longer after that that I saw that the venue had also gone ahead and posted that the show would not be resuming.
I was partly relieved that it wasn’t another mistake on my part to leave (I gave up on the rain delay during Fall Out Boy and left only to find out that they ended up restarting the show) but also super bummed and discouraged. First, I really did want to see Sublime With Rome. I have only had the opportunity to see them once but I remember them killing it so I was excited to experience it again. Second, I just felt like this venue was cursed for me. I mean, what a coincidence that this has now happened at back-to-back shows at this amphitheater. Although I was bummed, I was beyond thankful for the magic I had gotten to witness on Thursday night.