We finally were able to start going to concerts again and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats were the first band of five we have scheduled to see. We had heard the band before, but always only audio. We liked the music – good ol’ rock and roll – and had watched a couple of videos, but nothing prepared us for the show we were about to see. So, on August 17, we set sail for Bend.
When we go to concerts at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, we stay at the My Place hotel, two blocks from the venue. This allows us the ability to walk to the concert, go early and have dinner first, then head to the venue. We were a little late for dinner, so we just stopped for a beer and people watch on a patio.
The gates were already open when we got there, so we got our beers and headed down and found a place left center stage, right up front where we like to be. It was unusually quiet with few early arrivals and still was quite awhile to first band, so Peg went a got us a couple of gyros and we had dinner while making new acquaintances and checking on a security worker we know (Hope you’re doing well, Tim!). It hadn’t filled to anywhere near capacity by the time the first band came on.
We’d never heard the name of the lead off group and weren’t impressed anyway – nothing made them stand out – other than the lead guitarists flying hair review. They had a small following of those already there and they provided decent music while waiting for the Night Riders. The wait was worthwhile. We were not prepared for the energy of the band!!
Concerts range from the poor to “Once-in-a-Life-Time”. Like Pink Floyd in 1994 in Germany. Although not on that level, Rateliff and the Night Sweats were one of the most enthusiastic bands we’ve seen. Everyone in the band looked like they were having a great time; in the groove, interacting with the audience, playing off each other. In other words, infectious.
This is why we attend concerts. First, we love music and second concerts give you the chance to see what a bands stage presence is like. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats were having fun! The tall guy on the left was the bass player and very entertaining to watch. Rateliff himself was having a ball. And the music! It sounds so much better live and interacting with the band! The stage was set up with the bass speaker array lining the ground in front of the stage. I don’t know if the PA system is owned by the venue or not, but this night they had a good sound tech and they had spot lights in the mixing booth. So, we got a good sound and light show along with the band.
Basically, if you like rock and roll, you’ll like Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
Next up, Modest Mouse.