Tapes n Tapes at Rock and Roll Hotel by dcjasmine
“Is anyone else sweating through their pants?”
Although it might be hard to remember with our current snowpocalypse, Friday’s Tapes ‘n Tapes show at the Rock and Roll Hotel was on an unseasonably warm night, and frontman Josh Grier was feeling the heat. As more and more people packed into the sold-out venue, he wasn’t the only one sweating through his pants (as verified by a show of hands).
Tapes ‘n Tapes didn’t let that slow them down, though, and they kept the rock going well into the night. The crowd was pretty excited for the first part of their set, especially when they played some of their more popular songs like “Hang Them All” and “Cowbell.” We were packed in pretty tight in the beginning, and there was even some dancing going on, but then it felt like everyone spread out as the heat just got unbearable. They also started playing a lot of new stuff, which seemed a little less accessible to me.
I don’t know if it was the temperature or what, but that was one crazy crowd on Friday. One of the couples in my immediate area was dancing to the house music they had playing in between sets, and then all of the sudden it took a turn for the hot and heavy.
Not long after that, a drunk college guy had the brilliant idea to light up a cigarette, even after being warned by the girl who gave it to him that he couldn’t smoke inside. I’ve never seen the security guards at Rock and Roll move so fast–three of them were on him before he finished his first drag. Apparently, they thought he was responsible for the suspicious weed smell that appeared right as Tapes ‘n Tapes took the stage. Where did they think they were, Nissan Pavillion?
Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable show. They even took the time to decorate a little bit, with the blue snake lights you can see on the mike stand in the photo above. Not exactly Martha Stewart, but it’s something.