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Basilica Block Party 2010

14 Jul

Last weekend I hit up the Basilica Block Party with some peeps from work. Weezer was the main act and based on the ringing in my ears into the next day, they were worth the ticket. I’ve seen Weezer before in concert, but never an outdoor one like this, and never as a headlining act. They really put on a good show and Rivers was even scaling the scaffolding around the stage, tossing toilet paper to the dudes in the porta potties and kicking beach balls back into the crowd.

St. Mary Basilica

St. Mary Basilica

Basilica Block Party

Basilica Block Party - Minneapolis Skyline

The night started at Joe’s Garage with some really bad service (they most likely didn’t want to serve us happy hour prices and were trying to smoke us out so we couldn’t order) but eventually we ordered us up some cheap beers and apps and got cracking. More beer followed, as did some shots, and, incase you didn’t know, all music sounds infinitely better when you have an enhanced blood alcohol content. Once inside the gates, I was expecting the beers to be overly priced and underly sized. To my surprise the beers were only $5 and were 16oz. Of course, they were only Buds and Golden Draft Lights, but a beer is a beer – well not really, but at this point in the day, who was I to question what sort of beer went into my belly? Although there are many acts scheduled to play, we sort of got a late jump on things, but I did happen to catch the end of the Grace Potter & The Nocturnals set. They play sort of a country/rock combo and they are fairly high energy. The band sounded good and she looked good and all was right with the world. Plus, the day itself was really great and that just makes everything better.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Weezer was then scheduled to start at 9:00 and so we all headed back to the main stage, which has the city of Minneapolis for a backdrop. Seeing as I had never been to one of these things before, it was actually really cool to have the city in the background of the concert like that. The crowd was great too. It was so crowded and packed that simply trying to venture to the porta potties would be like trying to venture off in search of Colonel Percy Fawcett (look this up if you don’t know what I mean). Frankly, it would be better, easier and a whole lot more “in the moment” to simply pop a squat or let it all hand out and just whiz where you stood. Really, who’s going to notice? I didn’t do that, but some of our party did venture off in search of the Biffies and were never heard from again… ok, so they were, but they just had to watch the entire concert from farther away and by themselves.

St. Mary Basilica

St. Mary Basilica

Basilica Block Party

Basilica Block Party - Main Stage

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Seeing as we were all super packed together, you would think it impossible for me to find a sweet pair of aviators on the ground, but you would be the most wrong you could ever think of. So, yes, I looked down at one point and found some sweet shades. It was cool. Weezer then proceeded to play all the songs you would expect them to and the lights and the beer and the crowd and the cooking demonstration in front of me all made it a very awesome concert experience. Plus, my money went toward a fairly decent cause, which was the restoration of the Basilica of Saint Mary. All in all, a good time.

Aviator Shades

Aviator Shades

And as a final note, I checked out some of the past acts at this thing and it seems like they get better every year. I’m pretty sure that Weezer was the biggest name act they have had and I’m anticipating another big name for next year’s show.

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer

Basilica Block Party Weezer