Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers

Last Friday I went to a show! A concert! I saw Hank Green, Harry and the Potters and Driftless Pony Club. Probably the nerdiest show I’ve ever been to. Seriously.

For those of you who do not know, Hank Green is one half of the vlogbrothers. He writes a lot of songs about Harry Potter and science. It’s all horribly nerdy. And then there is Harry and the Potters, the original Wizard Rock band and Driftless Pony Club, headed by Youtuber Wheezy Waiter. It was just one giant nerdfest.

The show was at the Black Cat, pretty much an indie rock institution in Washington DC. The only other time I’ve been to this venue was in college when I saw The Aquabats. Even though I’ve only ever been there once, I love this venue. it’s small and the stage is low so you feel closer the the band. It’s dingy and grimy, just the way a punk rock venue should be.

This show was full of underage kids. It was really a different experience because of that. I also felt a little old when Hank Green asked how many people were under 21 and more than half the venue raised their hands. I’m not saying it was a bad thing, but it did stop me from pushing closer to the front.

The music was really great and I had a fantastic time jumping around and dancing. Not a lot of people around me were dancing, which is really their loss. Their lack of outward enthusiasm didn’t stop me from having a great time. I told myself that I would dance and have a good time no matter what the surroundings were.

This was my first time seeing Harry and the Potters after being familiar with them for years. It was both the silliest and the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. No joke. They do short songs all about Harry Potter and it’s just…so good. During their last song “Save Ginny Weasley” they threw a giant stuffed snake (the Basilisk we were saving Ginny from) into the crowd, which was such a fun idea.

Driftless Pony Club was cool too. I sort of lost my momentum during their set. There were two openers before HatP (Andrew Huang and Rob Scalion), and I have never listened to DPC. I saved my energy and lightly danced. They were really good though!

Hank Green was the final act to go on and it was really fun! “Accio Deathly Hallows” was one of my favorite parts. He also did a cover of Taylor Swifts “Shake it off” which was ridiculous. For the encore he sang The Ghostbusters Theme song. No joke. Members of Driftless Pony club came out as a ghost and Ghostbusters. And then Hank sang the songified version of his and his brother’s argument about Batman which was amazing.

After the show I hung around to get my poster signed by everyone! I actually managed to get everyone! When I met Hank he asked me what was on my shirt. It was my Gunarolla “YouTube’s Greatest Tragedy” shirt which he thought was hilarious. And then Andrew Huang (Gunnarolla’s best friend) walked buy and Hank pointed out my shirt. Andrew and I took a picture together for him to send to Gunnarolla! That was a great moment!

Also, as a bonus I ran into youtuber Lesliefoundhergrail, which was awesome. She does this really great series called “One Time Stories.” It was great talking to her!

This was a super fun show! I really recommend seeing any of these bands if you can!

And now: Pictures!