Thursday, August 30, 2012
So we were in Washington DC from last Thursday to Tuesday. The weather was gorgeous (though ungodly humid), and we had a really good time. There was a fair amount of Smithsonian Museum viewing, and some really good food (Ted's Bulletin, I'm looking at you!). We also got to experience Friday Night Jazz at the National Sculpture Garden, which is the kind of experience my little city isn't quite big enough to handle, and was therefore a fascinating urban experience, despite the fact that I do live in a city.
But the main reason we were there was to see Dead Can Dance at Wolftrap, which was an amazing concert. I know of Dead Can Dance because of the BF, who's had them on his concert bucket list for a long time. Even though they coming closer to us in either Montreal or NYC, when we realized we could see them outside of DC, we jumped at that chance, because we could visit BF's brother at the same time (and there is something to be said about free lodging when you can get it).
The concert was amazing. We had fifth row, just off center stage seats, so we could actually see the people up on stage. The venue itself is gorgeous. The Filene Center is beautiful, and there didn't seem to be a bad seat in the house. (We actually watched the third encore from the back of the lawn area so we could sprint to the shuttle bus ahead of the crowd, and the sound was still amazing.) The area's actually a National Park, so we were able to wander around the woods a little bit before the concert.
Lisa Gerrard was wearing this gorgeous blue velvet dress with this gold tabbard style thing over it. She must have been hotter than hell, but she looked regal. The band sounded amazing. If you're not familiar with them, I can't easily describe the sound, but they were as good or better in person as they are on their albums.
As a bonus, the opening act was a percussionist who was the kind of instrumentalist you often don't give percussionists credit for being. He did a solo tambourine piece that was absolutely brilliant.
All in all, it was a great trip, and I'll be back posting flower pictures later. Per my usual habits, there are way more of those than anything else...