Sons of Hermann Hall: what an odd venue for such a huge band. The room caps at about 200 people, and boy did all 200 of those people show up on that strangely warm January night. The Maine took the hearts of all those people during their 1.5 hour set, no opener present, but a 5 foot screen bearing videos of various 8123 artists.
The show began promptly at 8pm. The Maine handed out playbills that gave that night’s setlist on the back page to everyone who walked into the room. Although the setlist wasn’t followed exactly, fans new and old had something to look forward to. Th band started off playing newer songs such as These Four Words and even an acoustic rendition of an old favorite You Left Me.
After a few songs, a fan that clearly had one too many to drink, brought up 5 bottles of beer to the stage during the middle of a song. Not wanting to ruin the moment, John passed out the beers to the band while not skipping a beat. Apparently this fan had bought the whole band beers last time they were in Dallas and happily did it again.
Everytime I remind myself that The Maine is a band, I get all reminiscent and happy over the music they’ve produced. Not only is the band amazing recoded on their many albums, the energy and passion they bring to the stage is unparalleled. If anyone ever needs reminding of why The Maine has such passionate and dedicated fans, they should go to a show in their city. Not only will it leave you smiling, it’ll leave your ears begging for more of this music that can’t be placed into a specific genre.
Words and Photos by Alyssa Kromelis