Saturday, August 30, 2008

DNC, the night I was a Rock Star [aka the BEST NIGHT of my life]

Wednesday night, there was a concert at 30th & Larimer called Unconventional '08. The lineup was Nada Surf, Cold War Kids, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Silversun Pickups. I was in the FRONT row for everything but SP. I stood directly in front of Matthew Caws, lead singer of Nada Surf. He sang directly at me for most of the show. TB was a little weirded out but I am pretty much in love with Matthew. I asked him to play "Your Legs Grow" and he told me to find him later and he'd play it just for me as he couldn't remember all of it at that moment. He later took a video of me, then the rest of the crowd. In case you didn't already know I'm a sucker for rock stars, well... I am. Note the huge "HOPE" sign made of bicycle rims behind the stage. The temperature was perfect, the crowd was full of energy, and I've never experienced anything like it in my life. Here's the night in photos. [Unfortunately blogger does not do them justice.]

Nada Surf

[I love Matthew Caws]

Cold War Kids

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Silversun Pickups

Later that night...

Did I mention that VIP party I wasn't allowed into? The one in Manifest Hope Gallery where Ben Gibbard, Zooey Deschenel, Jonathan Rice, Jenny Lewis, and Matthew Caws all played together? The one attended by Moby, Sarah Silverman, congressmen and delegates alike? Well, "No" is my least favorite answer so, thanks to congressional candidate Ron Shepston... PARTY TIME!

Why yes, that is Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschenel.

And Matthew.

Ohh LOOK! Jenny Lewis!

Zooey Deschenel, Jonathan Rice, Jenny Lewis, Matthew Caws, and...

Yes that IS Ben Gibbard on piano.

Events for which I have no photos:
TB and I were walking around between CYHSY and SP and we walked up to the window of one of the galleries. Looked inside to the right, and there was MOBY! about two feet away from us. I eventually got into that galley after Moby left with the help of a beautiful hippie chick. I was walking out the door of the gallery when Sarah Silverman walked in and right into me. She was told she had to be somewhere else so ran off. TB snuck his way around back of the gallery and watched the show standing right next to Sarah Silverman. After the VIP show, I found Matthew Caws and told him he owed me a song. We talked and felt it was too loud around to play such a quiet song. He tried to find me later and looked from across people but the huge crowd kept us on opposite ends of the alley behind the gallery. It was the only disappointing part of the most incredible night ever.

Friday, August 29, 2008

DNC Business, OBAMA!!!!

Waiting for Obama outside the Westin. I had to leave before he came out unfortunately.

Oh!Bama's Speech at Invesco!!!

[Al Gore]


Sí se puede! Yes we can!

DNC Business, part 760382

Manifest Hope Gallery
[2990 Larimer St., Denver]

DNC Note

A lot of people complain that Obama is simply a pop culture icon, a celebrity, that his campaign is a spectacle. This is what I have to say to that:

Never before in my life have I waved an American flag. Until tonight.

Do you know what it's like to feel a stadium full of people chanting YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN!

Something incredible is happening. Something stronger than quixotic chatter or infatuation. I have never seen more people care about this country, care about politics than I have with Obama's campaign. I have never seen so many people have hope in my young life. If that's not something...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

DNC Business, some more

Today I marched in this protest:

It was anti-greenwashing, and as usual was spotted with anti-war signs too.
We marched down 16th Street to three different buildings housing companies that are guilty of greenwashing.
Shouting shouting shouting:

Before that, Hello Kavita played a free show in the Virgin Megastore courtyard.

I love them, so it was an ok trade off for not winning tickets to see Rage Against the Machine, but that would have been incredible and will be historic.

Before Hello Kavita, I joined a very long line of people spanning about two blocks. We all wore white shirts and read a speech delivered by James Wilson during the Constitutional Convention in 1787 followed by the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.

Day 3 and I still haven't been arrested! Thank goodness.