Monday, August 16, 2010

Oh Immy...

June 12, 2010...A very significant day...They day Amy and I finally saw Imogen Heap in concert. We have been long time fans of the brilliant singer and didn't want to miss the opportunity to see her. Needless to say, we were not disappointed!

I must say, she did bring a whole array of types of people. Waiting in line presented a great opportunity to make fun of "poor unfortunate souls" as well as listen in to several random conversations...apparently, we weren't as devoted of fans as we thought. For one, we had failed, up to this point, to call Imogen by her beloved pet name, "Immy." Now that we have been corrected, we will never be embarrassed again!

 I love how legit the tickets were..ha!

 This pin was on the back of this OLD lady standing in front of us in line...
...yes, it does say "HELP I think I'm a ROCK STAR"!!

It was so refreshing to go to a concert like this, after my years of Alternative concert-going. She was so...chill...for a lack of a better word. She came out before the concert even started (hair undone, no concert make-up on) just to talk to us and to introduce her opening acts. I had never seen anyone do that before for their own concert. It was pretty cool.

 The stage at The Rail

 "Immy" introducing the opening acts
(notice our great spots!)

One cool thing we learned about her concerts, is she always uses a local talent for one of her opening groups. She holds online auditions, and I believe allows voting, but then chooses a local representation. Salt Lake City was represented by Mr. Tim. He was pretty good/entertaining...I swear his section took FOREVER though! I was already tired of standing...and we were no where close to "Immy's" turn.

A talent that she brought with her from England was their very own "sound testers". I guess where she often performs, there are two violinists who play AMAZINGLY to test the sound of the concert hall. People can't help but stop and listen. They were truly amazing! The name of their duo: Geese.

(I tried including a video clip, but for some reason it wouldn't let me load it. 
Hopefully I will be able at a later attempt)


I remember one of the numbers performed by Geese that was so beautiful, that Amy turned to me and said, "I feel like I'm in Rivendale!" I said, "That's funny, because I was just going to say that I feel like I'm in heaven!" Either way, it was kind of a "musical high" and it was awesome!
Too bad the next song was so dissonant that we seriously thought we were going crazy! I wish I had thought to get video of it...but our faces tell all:



Another of her English opening acts was a guy named Ben Christophers. Amy and I LOVED him at first...and then all of his stuff started sounding the same...Still, we generally enjoyed his music. 


video

And then there was Immy:




She ended up being SO FUNNY! Not only in her hair, outfit, and crazy dance moves, but in the things she said and the conversation she made! Love it!

One thing that I did NOT love was this obnoxious girl standing behind me that was set on singing every song at the top of her lungs! I had to resort to cupping ear with my hand to the front...hoping she would kind of get the hint...yeah, she never did! You can barely make her face in the back of this picture:


Other fun pictures:



We've turned into old women...we had to sit down for the last hour.

But we still had a great view:



Another cool thing about her concert, is she incorporates all of the opening musicians into her show. She also does an impromptu song at every concert based on the wishes of the crowd: key signature, tempo, rhythm, melody, etc. It was very impressive.

Overall, it was a very long concert, but a very worthwhile concert! Frankly, I'm shocked that I had so much to write about it :)

2 comments:

  1. IMMY!!!!!!! I seriously loved this concert so much!!!! great post!

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  2. Sounds amazing! Wish I could have been there to see her

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