On Wednesday, July 10th one of Timmy's and my favorite bands, Audiences, will be playing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. The last Audiences show we went to was April 20th, so, Timmy and I are pretty bummed that we won't be able to make it to this one! Considering July 10th is Timmy's birthday and the performance is at the first venue we went to specifically to hear Audiences, it feels like we were meant to be there. We are going to be in Dublin on vacation, so, of course I am excited about that, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't really bummed that we can't make the Audiences' show.
If you live in the Chicago area, I cannot recommend enough that you check them out! The show will at 8:00 pm and it will be free. You can get more details about the show here.
Here is Audiences performing "Ghosts" for Audiotree:
Today I was trying to figure out which of the Audiences performances that Timmy and I have went to was my favorite; I realized that it was just too hard to choose, even though there have only been five, because each time has been special for its own reasons.
Was it the first time we saw them perform, which was at a Reddit meetup at the Irish American Heritage Center? Timmy and I have a hard time agreeing on music; we range from thinking each other's music is okay but not great, to we will tolerate it if we don't have to hear it often. Before Audiences, the only other musician we both loved was Ingrid Michaelson. So, there was something extra special about discovering Audiences, as Timmy and I both love them equally.
The second time we saw them was at the Hard Rock Cafe. This one was meaningful as it was first time we went to see Audiences specifically. Also, Timmy and I, in our infinite social awkwardness (especially me) actually managed to go up after the show to introduce ourselves. I was quite impressed with the singer Billy's skill for remembering people (he remembered me from posting a blog entry about Audiences).
The third Audiences show we went to was their record release show at the Metro. It was the first Audiences show we saw at a more "official" venue. This experience was amazing because there was such a great turnout, and we could just feel the excitement everywhere in the room, as performing at somewhere like the Metro is an honor.
The fourth Audiences performance we went to was at a record store for Record Store Day. It was an interesting experience watching a performance right in the middle of the record store. Since it took place in a record store, it was a more intimate performance with a turnout of about 30 people or so. It was also a BYOB event which was a nice perk.
The fifth and most recent Audiences concert we went to was at the Tonic Room. This performance was awesome because it was the first time we brought friends to an Audiences show (we don't know many people in Chicago, aside from coworkers). We also really loved the venue as it is a small bar, which meant no matter where you stood in the bar, you felt part of it all. I also really loved the two other bands they played with (so much so that I've checked their sites several times to see if they were going to be playing in the area again).
My point? No matter which Audiences show you go to, you know it will be amazing; so, if you haven't already checked them out, please go do on July 10th!