Lost in a sea of camouflage and “COMME des FUCKDOWN” beanies, I searched for familiar faces on stage through the hazy remnants of grape Swishers. Showbox Sodo was packed with all ages at A$AP Rocky’s sold out show. Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q and A$AP Mob dominated the warehouse while passed out kids were escorted away after a night of debauchery.
I was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming aroma of popcorn as I walked into the Neptune Theatre for my first time. Watching from the back of the bar, the stage was illuminated by the logo of Seattle’s notorious coffee company, “Starbucks” as special guests Poor Moon played. The theatre was the perfect setting for the second “Little Big Show,” a concert series created to benefit Seattle’s art organizations. As Poor Moon finished, I scrambled my way up in front to witness the much anticipated Real Estate. Their performance, humble, intimate, and exceeding all expectations. Real Estate performed widely acclaimed songs as well as one unreleased track. As the crowd dispersed after the last song, I met up with guitarist Matthew Mondanile as he made his way through the people outside. Pulling out a pack of Camels, concert attendees came up to praise his band’s performance. One eager girl asked if the lead singer was take. She left disappointed after Mondanile responded, “He’s actually engaged.” “Seattle’s alright,” Mondanile said, “my favorite city is probably L.A.” Preparing for a plane ride to Coachella tomorrow, their stay in the rainy city was brief. He witnessed the resurrection of Tupac at the Coachella festival last weekend. “It’s kind of creepy that they can do that with holograms,” he laughed. We parted ways as I made him promise to play at my funeral.
Real Estate at the Neptune, one of the best shows I’ve seen in awhile.