Who: Delmer Dennis
Where: Dallas, Texas
What: Surf Rock, Blues
Sounds Like: A hippy Young the Giant
Who: Summer Salt
Where: Austin, Texas
What: Alternative, Tropical Indie
Sounds Like: An Indie Beach Boys
Who: The Walters
Where: Chicago, Illinois
What: Alternative, Indie
Sounds Like: Mac Demarco
and The Lumineers
Because I'm graduating high school in less than a month, I've packed my weeks with concerts and other fun events. My most recent outing was the Summer Salt and Walters concert in Denton, Texas. This concert had to be one of my favorites because of the intimacy of it and the fact that I met amazing people there. All three bands that performed were spectacular, so I decided to wrap it all into one blog post and explain why each act was special to the concert.
Opening up a concert can either be good promotion or a sad reality. Delmer Dennis has to be the best opening act I've witnessed in all my concert going years. He immediately captivated me by the way he flowed right into his music so easily. Although few knew his songs, everyone caught on fast and realized the talent this dude had. The best part is that he lives in Dallas which means more concerts for me to go to!
Summer Salt was the reason I went to this concert. Their music is extremely similar to the Beach Boys in the sense of doowops and surf rock. Their presence on stage and the beginning rifs of their song put the audience in a trance and caused a sway in everyone's bodies. I know for a fact that I was busy looking like an idiot swaying around and waving my hands, but who cares, right? That's the point of good concerts. The best ones are ones that cause you to not care about how you look. Just being there and listening, not being self conscious about how people will look at you, just enjoying the music.
The Walters was a pleasant surprise for me. I only listened to one of their songs before, so I didn't have any expectations for their set. The audience though got so into it that it was hard not to appreciate it. I have to say that The Walters, as awesome as their studio EP's are, are much better live and in person. Not their music per say, but the way they engage with their fans during their set. Everyone screamed the lyrics as lead singer, Luke Olson, crouched over and made eye contact with every person in the front row. During their set, the guys of Summer Salt came out in the crowd and hung out with us and crowd surfed during the last song.
These guys did an amazing job sharing their music in an intimate way and I'm definitely going again next time they go on tour! Check them out!