Review: Vampire Weekend at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburgers had quite a choice to make Tuesday night: Head to the Trop to cheer on the Rays against the Texas Rangers in the deciding game of the ALDS, or head to Jannus Live to see Vampire Weekend?
Some folks didn't have to choose. Down in the pit, your humble Soundcheck editor was standing next to a guy who could watch the game on his cell phone, thanks to a Slingbox on his home TV. So standing in the middle of the Jannus Live courtyard, between the sets of Beach House and Vampire Weekend, we watched Ben Zobrist drive in Sean Rodriguez for the Rays' only run, live as it was happening. Can you imagine? Between that and Moon Pie, it's quite a time to be alive.
But we digress. Let's focus on the concert, which drew a sold-out crowd to Jannus Live, proving that Tampa Bay music fans really can support hipster New York rock. Sean Daly was there, and he writes in his concert review:
The band's hop-hop-shuffle culture clash is neither a gag nor is it gag-inducing. It's pretty dang fun actually, tony waterfront references, grammatical fetishes and Congolese soukous rhythms included. ... VW made a relatively jarring entrance, kicking into the pogo beat of Holiday, off latest album Contra. And just like that, 2,000 sweaty, packed-in hipsters commenced bouncing, cool-kid cardio that lasted for 70 feel-good minutes.
Click here for Sean's full review of Vampire Weekend at Jannus Live.