I admit it. I’m a bit of a music geek.
Okay, not just a bit.
I pretty much moved to Vancouver from Van Isle in order to have the opportunity to get to more shows. Being from a small town, I seldom saw (interesting) live music and when I finally got to go, it was such a novelty. And it still is, and I like to go A LOT. Even better when I get to do photography at a show, but sometimes I just like to go and be a part of the vibe.
Last night was one of those. I bought my ticket to see Dan Mangan at the Vogue Theatre ages ago. I knew I was a fan when I had been streaming his album Nice, Nice, Very Nice online so often that I went to Red Cat Records and bought it so I could listen to it in the kitchen on my old ghetto blaster too.
That’s the thing I like about Dan Mangan – he seems so Nice. I knew it would be a great show, and it was. The feeling in there was happy, the music was great and I was entertained. I like good (and positive) stage banter…
side note – actually, the stage banter and songs from one of the openers, The Burning Hell, was hilarious! So much fun to listen to – check them out here.
…and I think the best moment was in the second song, when one girl came dancing down the centre aisle, and immediately followed by at least a hundred other people dancing to the front. It was like a movie. I would’ve bet that it was staged, except for the huge smile on Dan Mangan’s face.
Great show – if you’re lucky, you were there or you’re going on Saturday.
I had my little Pentax Optix camera from 2003 (it just never dies) with me so here’s a few of my lo-fi shots
side note - I think I first saw a show of hers in Saskatoon in the Jazz Basement in the late ’90s…
Dan Mangan’s music is awesome – check it out here and then go buy it.