Halloween, Alaska kick off Summer Music & Movies in Loring Park
|Photos by Warren Wills|
This show, the local quartet's second to last of their summer tour, didn't seem like it or at least, they played like they're in full swing. Sure, it was a standard 45 minute lead up to the after-dusk movie with nothing too abrasive or so entrenched in esoteric styles that it would upset either the stroller crowd or the elders of the audience. Not only was this choice of band apt for the eclectic audience that tends to gather for the ensuing film (in this case, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), they also paralleled the feeling of anxiety in the air as everyone was abuzz about the looming, ever darkening clouds overhead.
The band geared up for a few more tunes, leaning into it a bit more for the last few. The wind picked up, the clouds grow darker and the sun was now completely obscured from view. The feverish thundering that lit up the crowd for their final number was an ideal choice, especially for the hip kids toward the front, noticeably more here for the show than the movie. Maybe the remaining three nights of the series will also be lazy summer evenings or just a prelude to the crème-de-la-crème of mingling Minnesotans at the Great MN Get-Together. I didn't stay for the movie, unlike the majority of those who made the pilgrimage, yet I had gotten more than my fill of picnic-ana for the evening and prefer to watch my films without the threat of rain.