Last night Dispatch, an independent indie/folk/jam band with a touch of reggae, became the first musicians ever to perform at New Jersey's Red Bull Arena. The concert was impressive, to say the least.
Dispatch's last tour, entitled Zimbabwe, filled Madison Square Garden for three consecutive nights. Last nights the crowd seemed less like sardines in a tin can and more like swedish fish; dancing loosely inside a large, bright yellow arena. A banner around the 2nd deck of the arena emitted this yellow glow, changing to red and tan and green, that decorated the general admission floor audience as they sang almost every lyric.
Several times during the course of the night guitarist Chad Urmston and bassist Pete Heimbold stepped away from the mic in awe as the audience continued to sing the lyrics, including background vocals and harmonies. During 'Bang, Bang" the audience seemed to split into two sections as some chose to sing Chad's line: "Wake up to tell me," while others echoed with Pete's line: "Come on wake up!"
The set consisted of all three band members ziplining down from the catwalks of the arena, red bull helmets, and, of course, an encore from atop their trusted van Wimpy, who was parked to the immediate right of the general admission crowd.
The Red Bull Arena began its concert venue with an amazing crowd and a veteran band. Time will tell who plays there next!
Here is the set list:
Here We Go
Then the acoustic set began:
Silent Steeples (completely floored my eardrums...)
Prince of Spades
Past The Falls
Turn This Ship Around
Cut It Ya Mash It
Bats in the Belfry
Pics and video will be uploaded as soon as Pete sends them to me.