by Brittney Corridean
In Fishtown, The Fire was raging with music fans Wednesday night as artists Dikembe and Weatherbox took the stage. On a scale of one to ten, the level of sweat was punk. Not just from the heat of all the bodies pulsing to the music, but from the vigor that came out of it. The first thing that I noticed walking in was that every square inch was already packed on both sides of the place, the bar and the venue. In between sets the crowd would trample in for a quick drink and then rush back out so they didn’t miss a second of the show.
First to perform was Dikembe, who actually happen to be friends of the California originated band Weatherbox. They have a very dynamic sound and while watching them perform, it was hard not to feel excited. The singer’s raspy voice definitely gives them a distinguished sound and makes you aware of their stage presence.
Before Weatherbox took the stage, you could find lead singer Brian Warren walking around the bar smiling and talking with fans. The admiration and respect on their faces during conversation was apparent and that type of interaction is always good to see when going to a show. It makes you feel a little more connected to the music and the individual members, not just a concert-goer but a true devotee.
Once they came on, within seconds of the first song the audience was moving viciously. The crowd was completely enthralled and had a vivacious energy that you were getting a taste of whether you wanted to or not. Some of the songs they played came from their new album, Flies in All Directions, which was released just this past spring. You could feel the sweat and the heat coming off these guys during the whole show which kept the momentum going throughout. At one point, the drummer was moving so fast it almost sounded like a bird flapping his wings. I was in awe.
One of the best moments during the show was when a familiar song started to play and the entire crowd chanted the chorus back; it was incredible to see and hear the audience know the words and sing it so harmoniously. You could tell that the band enjoyed seeing this happen and I’m sure for any musician that has to be a moment of complete elation and satisfaction.
Even as the show came to its end, you could still see everyone watching the stage intensely and hanging on to each note being produced. The band was completely present and gave it 110% the whole time. It was definitely a The only advice I would give to those who go see these bands perform, is be prepared for the room to come alive and wear sneakers.