There was an episode of Growing Pains where Mike had a crush on a girl he saw at school. At the big dance, they flirted from across the room. He finally summoned the fortitude to approach. He was greeted with a scratchy, high-pitch “hello”… cut to his disappointment, confusion, and a commercial.
I’ve always loved Vulfpeck. They’re playful, funky, amazing musicians, and they rotate instruments a bunch. The first time I saw them was outdoors on a huge stage. No lights, no theatrics just funky tunes and witty banter.
Tonight was a chance to bring all that groove to the huge, gorgeous, newly renovated theater knows as The Kings Theater.
Truly spectacular. Every detail renewed and lovingly attended to. That’s what $93 million gets you. Built in 1929 as a Loew’s movie theater, it was abandoned in 1977 not to be touched till 2010. Five years later, the King’s Theater is a spectacular venue rivaling the best in NYC; certainly the most glorious in Brooklyn. Excitement builds. I start flirting with the band from across the street before the big dance. Vulfpeck on the marquee, stocked merch table, running into friends, catching up with Hair-tie and his crew, more and more flirting with an excellent night.
We discuss seats. I don’t want to sit, we need to dance. The band was coming on but the huge doors between the lobby and the theater blocked the sound too well. We found our seats on the balcony. Lots more room than expected and a great view but still not quite danceable. That wasn’t an issue after all.
Much like Mike Seaver at the big dance, my dreams were crushed when the beautiful band opened their mouth. Instead of a high-pitch squeak, we got a muddled mess. I tell myself that this is just the first song and things will come together soon. I look at the floor section in relation to the speaker towers and try to guess if it is any better there. I try not to be a sound-nazi and just enjoy what I get. The scene it tame and “Chadtastic” (that’s a word right?). People seem quite happy staying in or near their seats. head bops and body-wobbles dominate the movement from the crowd.
The sound doesn’t improve. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s experience though. On the ride to the next event, I play some studio Vulfpeck for the lady, “Oh this is not what I heard at all.”
I expect that their sound will be better at Hulaween this year and look forward to hearing them then. I am also cautious about seeing another show at the King’s Theater. Some acts are so particular about their sound (Nine Inch Nails is playing there soon) and shouldn’t be an issue. The space is also well set up for electronic music (easier to mix) and theater.
Overall, I gave a miracle, saw great friends, and deepened my appreciation for quality sound. I’m sure I did half as well as Mike Seaver.0 likes