TN @ MusicNow Festival in Cincinnati!
March 6, 2015 at 8:21 pm #14950
I hope it’s more than 4 songs, but here’s the setlist:
I Need My Girl
Well, when you add up the track lengths you end up with 19.5 minutes, so it looks like we’ll only be getting those 4 songs.March 11, 2015 at 2:48 pm #14957
Bought cheap seats @ $25 just to go because it’s in my hometown and close and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. Plus, on the off chance that they announce at the end of the set that they’re going to go play a full National set at a small bar like MOTR or the Comet, I want to be there hahaMarch 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm #14958
Did you just buy one ticket? Because if you did you’d be welcome to have a spare 2nd row floor seat I have for free.March 11, 2015 at 5:24 pm #14959
<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>bikemail wrote:</div>Did you just buy one ticket? Because if you did you’d be welcome to have a spare 2nd row floor seat I have for free.
I picked up two with a friend of mine, but if you’re open to it I could totally give my seat to a friend and take your extra spot.March 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm #14961
Sure thing! If you can, message me on reddit or last.fm (username is also bikemail) and we can iron out the details there.March 11, 2015 at 5:45 pm #14962
Right on, just sent you a message on last.fm!March 12, 2015 at 7:31 am #14965
What time are you guys going to be there? Apparently the music starts at 7:00pm according to the website. I am just wondering if I should get there earlier just in case they have something beforehand? Also, I might head down to Cinci early and stop at the Contemporary Arts Center and check out “A Lot of Sorrow” for a little while before going to the show.March 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm #14966
I’m planning on trying to get to the venue around 6:30 or so. The CAC is an awesome place in general (As is 21C nextdoor!), and The National exhibit will be really cool, I’m sure.March 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm #14967
Where is the best place to park when I go to the CAC?March 12, 2015 at 7:44 pm #14968
@cincysymphony just posted a video on Instagram of them playing This Is The Last Time with the National. That wasn’t one of the 4 confirmed songs, so maybe this set will be a little longer than advertised.March 13, 2015 at 1:56 am #14969
This was posted on Facebook by whoever runs the MusicNOW Facebook page…
“What was originally going to be a 20 minute set has grown to 30 minutes plus with potential encores, so in addition to an amazing concert and festival experience on Friday with an array of artists and musical styles, you’ll also experience more of The National.”March 13, 2015 at 5:13 am #14970
That’s fantastic news! I didn’t see the post, can you link to it?March 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm #14971
I was mistaken, it was actually on The National’s Facebook page. Here is a direct link to the post on Facebook…
The comment is at the very bottom and was in response to Danielle Gronefeld’s post where they said “You’re only playing 20 minutes….what’s the point. :-(”
and then the rep for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra FB page responded saying “What was originally going to be a 20 minute set has grown to 30 minutes plus with potential encores, so in addition to an amazing concert and festival experience on Friday with an array of artists and musical styles, you’ll also experience more of The National.”March 13, 2015 at 2:41 pm #14974
Sweet! I knew that would happen. I wonder what other songs got added to the mix. Is it too much to hope for Murder Me Rachael? hahaMarch 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm #14975
So I went down to to the Cinci Contemporary Arts Center from Columbus yesterday before heading over to Music Hall for the MusicNOW show. The CAC was under renovation so many of the exhibits were closed off. When I first arrived the girl at the reception desk told me that they were having sound issues with “A Lot of Sorrow” (the video was playing but no sound). When I heard that my heart sank, but I went ahead and went down to the Lower Level where they had “A Lot of Sorrow” playing on a giant screen. Thankfully the audio was working when I got there. They were playing it off of a Macbook that was sitting on a podium next to the screen. Whoever started the display didn’t put the Quicktime player into full screen mode so you could see Quicktime’s title bar and menu and the name of the .mov file they were playing. I am curious how big that file is since it was a 6 hour performance. When I arrived it was towards the end of the performance. I think I watched the last 20 minutes of it. When I left the room and waited for the elevator I met a young couple who told me they drove all the way from Tennessee to see The National at the MusicNOW festival. I think they said they drove 3 hours and 45 minutes. This was going to be their first National concert. I felt bad and informed them that the show was only going to be around 20-30 minutes. As I recall I don’t think they knew it was going to be a short performance. After that I went to check out the exhibits that were open and then before I left I went back down to the Lower Level to watch a little more of Sorrow but they had stopped playing it for some reason.
Then I went back to the Fountain Square parking garage and headed over to the Music Hall and parked in the Washington Park underground garage across the street from Music Hall. I got to my seat which was in ORCH 2 Row 3. The performances of the various works by the Cincinnati Symphony was good and I enjoyed it. The piece by Caroline Shaw was really good. After the intermission it was time for The National to perform with the CSO. The whole band was there except for Aaron Dessner whose wife is having a baby.
Here was the setlist…
This is the Last Time
I Need My Girl (sans CSO)
Fake Empire (w/Louis)
I timed the performance and it was about 40 minutes from start to finish including the time it took for them to take their bows and leave the stage and them come back out to perform the encore. So maybe closer to 35 minutes actual playing time which was pretty much what I was expecting after that Facebook post on The Nationals page the other day.
The performance was good but as they were playing with a orchestra I felt they were holding back a bit. I don’t know if it was just me and where I was sitting, I really couldn’t hear the Symphony that well.
I guess I was prepared for the short time that The National was going to play since I knew that before coming to the concert, but I am really curious how many people in the audience knew this going in? When I went to the lobby where I hung out a bit after the show I met two young girls (who were also from Columbus) who noticed my National T-shirt and asked me if I knew if the band would come to the lobby to meet fans. I told her I didn’t know. This was their first National concert and one of them did say they were pretty underwhelmed with the show (I assume because of how short it was).
So overall I had mixed feelings of the show. Yes it was nice to see the band again live (I hadn’t seen them since the Louisville, KY show from 9-13-2013). It was cool to see them perform with an Orchestra (even though I couldn’t hear the orchestra all that well). But to pay $65 Plus $10 to park and have a 4 hour round trip drive I am disappointed. It would have been nice if after the last song, they would have had the Symphony take their bows and leave the stage and then have The National play some more songs, but it was probably too late in the evening for that.
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