Concert Series: Imagine Dragons/Awolnation

This is the first of many concert posts. You can’t live in St. Louis and go to only one concert. Music is everywhere here.

How perfect is it that my first concert in St. Louis was with my two favorite bands? So perfect! I’m really happy they decided to tour together. I’m pretty sure they got together and said Hey, you know what would make Dera happy? If we toured together. Then there were high-fives all around as they realized what a beautiful thing they had created.

I found out about the concert after I
browsed The Pageant’s website during the summer. The Pageant is a concert venue in the Loop. I’ll explain what the Loop is in a later post, but basically it’s where you go to have fun off-campus. The Pageant is really easy to get to; it’s about a 20-minute walk.

Upcoming Shows at the Pageant:
Grouplove: Monday, Oct. 8
Alabama Shakes: Tuesday, Oct. 9
Waka Flocka Flame: Monday, Oct. 22
Matt & Kim: Sunday, Nov. 4
Regina Spektor: Thursday, Nov. 8
Ed Sheeran: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 (Already SOLD OUT!)

Young the Giant, another one of my favorite bands, was here in the spring, but I missed it because back then I was still in high school and living in California. That made it kind of difficult, yes.

So anyways! The concert!

Imagine Dragons opened for Awolnation, but I tell you that half of the people at the concert were only there for Imagine Dragons. And Imagine Dragons did not disappoint! The Awolnation fans that had never heard of ID before were mesmerized by the crooning voice of Dan Reynolds. The energy was high as the band belted out fan favorites such as Tiptoe and It’s Time.

Forty-five minutes wasn’t enough, but sadly they had to clear the stage for Awolnation. What Awolnation’s lead singer Aaron Bruno lacked in melody (it’s more screaming than melody) he made up for in stage presence. Bruno can perform, I tell you. He took his shoes off; he lay on his back on the floor and sang; he crowd-surfed. The crazy fangirl that I am, I made sure I was in the front row (it involved some pushing, but you do what you have to). It was worth it: I touched Aaron Bruno’s hands and we made eye contact. He also fell on me while he was crowd-surfing and it was awesome. I literally had his back!