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!

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ONE OK ROCK – Philadelphia, PA

It’s another concert post! I am extremely grateful to have been able to see two of my favorite bands, two weeks in a row!

This time I went to go see Japanese Rock band, ONE OK ROCK! I did a bit of traveling for this show too! It was in Philadelphia, so a bunch of friends and I all piled into a minivan and made the 3 hour trip to Philly.

We stayed in a hotel outside of the city (because it was cheaper) and our local friend met up with us and we took the train in. The show was at the Trocadero Theater in the Chinatown area of the city, so we stayed around there.

Tiffany, our local friend, took us for some chinese food. I had some Soy Chicken and Rice. It was delicious. We also had some duck, but it was really fatty and because of my diet I can’t eat really fatty foods. No duck for me.

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After we filled up on chinese, we went to go get some bubble tea and stand in line for the concert. The bubble tea was really good. Normally when I have bubble tea it’s in smoothie form, so I’ve never had it in the “regular” way. It was really delicious! I just had the black milk tea (or this shop’s “original” flavor). The shop was called Tea Magic, it was small but seemed really popular. The bubble tea was definitely a good treat on a day where the sun was shining and we were standing outside for a long time.

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Standing in line wasn’t too bad. My friends and I took a lot of pictures of each other (we must have seemed a bit annoying to others, but whatever). And after maybe an hour or two of waiting we got to go in! TheĀ e Trocadero Theater is a kind of small venue. There is the pit and then there is a balcony with an awesome view. Originally I wanted to to stay in the pit and my friends went upstairs, but it became crowded and a bit claustrophobic so I went to join them upstairs. It was a good decision. You could see the entire stage and it was comfortable.

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ONE OK ROCK is an amazing band and it’s worth going to see them live. So worth it! This is actually the second time I’ve seen this band perform, the first being earlier this year in NYC. They played the same set, but it was still really good. My favorite song of theirs is Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer. Of course they played that song! I really recommend going to see ONE OK ROCK. They use a lot of English in their songs, despite being a Japanese band (sometimes half or most of a song will be in english). They are going to be on the Vans Warped Tour this year so that will be a really great opportunity to see them!

 

As for what I wore to the concert, I kept it simple. We were traveling before hand and I didn’t know how much time we’d have to change so I wore something that was cool but also comfortable to travel in.

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My shirt is from a shop in Japan called Spinns and I threw on a pair of acid wash jeans from Forever21.

The Aquabats!

One of my favorite bands since high school has been The Aquabats.

 

Wait, you don’t know who The Aquabats are? You’re missing out. They are a super fun band from Orange County, CA. The main thing about The Aquabats is that they are super heroes. Yep. They make really fun music (ranging from Ska to Synthpop to Rock), have choreographed fight scenes during their concerts, and even a TV show!

 

Last weekend The Aquabats finally came back to my area on their 20th Anniversary tour. This was the third time I’ve seen them, and quite possibly my favorite. I went to the show with my boyfriend. Normally I’d go with my brother and sister, but seeing as they both live in different parts of the country from me, that was a no go. But it was cool to see one of my favorite bands with my boyfriend (actually one of the few same interests we have…but that’s for another post).

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The MC Bat Commander

This show was a different experience than the rest. The Aquabats concerts normally have a rough crowd at them, surprisingly. Lots of mosh pits, crowd surfing, and general roughness. But since the band started their own TV show on a kids network (The HUB) there were quite a few kids around. Some of them up front, right near all of the pushing and jumping. There were a few issues, but mostly the kids seemed to have a good time.

 

The Aquabats are seriously one of the most fun bands around. They have silly songs like “Burger Rain” and “Magic Chicken” (which is about fried chicken, seriously). Their shows are so much fun and it’s a real treat when they come into town.

 

One really cool thing that happened was during a song called “Hey Homies!” There were pictures and videos of fans projected up onto the screen and the picture I had taken before the show was one of them! I kind of freaked out a little bit! I didn’t expect them to use a picture taken just an hour before the show! It was super awesome seeing that up there.

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The picture that was used in the silde show!

I’m so glad I went to this show. There really isn’t anything like seeing one of your favorite bands live. Just letting loose, singing at the top of your lungs and dancing to your hearts content. I was sweaty , wet (The Bat Commander likes to throw water on the crowd which is nice because it gets hot in there), and exhausted but I was just so happy. That’s something I think a lot of people need. Just a night to let loose and enjoy themselves.

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My boyfriend and I with the matching shirts we bought. We’re disgusting.

Have you seen your favorite band live?