Decemberists Rain On Millennium Park

So, do you think the Pritzker Pavilion or the City of Chicago was ready for the crowd that bombarded Millennium Park last night? My friend that I went with has been to a few shows and has never seen a third of the folks that were there. On the pavement, lining the sides, all the way into the garden areas far away from any view of the stage. Crowded yet orderly, so it wasn’t as bad as it might sound.

The set was beautiful and pleasant as some 80? members of the Grant Park Orchestra added a touch of classical, great depth, and cymbals!, all heard crystal clear on the most unbelievable surround sound system. The real fun started when the orchestra left the stage along with band.

Upon the band’s return Colin invited those in the back to come on down and fill in some of the unoccupied seats and aisles. I can only imagine the jaw-dropping of the organizers and peace officers after his comments. Hell this was supposed to be a classical music show! Two minutes later his wish was granted as several hundred folks ran past a few security guards, one of which seemed to be taking the whole thing personally like we were crashing his backyard party.

Once down with the well-dressed Colin added a few lines of The Smiths’ “Ask” as his crew started up “16 Military Wives”. There was plenty of singing, jumping, clapping, all being carried out with a team effort. Even those in opera glasses joined once they understood the younger folks were just there to have fun, and not rape their daughters or steal purses. The last song wound down with those on stage falling to the ground and the audience screaming as they were being consumed by a whale.

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