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About a week ago the Strumbellas visited Hendrix. When I saw advertisements about the concert I had no idea who they were or if I would even enjoy their concert if I went. I decided to give them a chance and begin listening to skim through their songs on Spotify. Little did I know that I had shazamed one of their songs (“Spirits”) before. Shazam is an app that listens to music playing and tells you the song, who it’s by, what year it came out, and what album it’s from. Since I had enjoyed one of their songs enough to shazam it, I decided to go to their concert.

Throughout most of the concert I did not recognize the songs they were playing. Although I had listened to many of them on Spotify, it was fleeting in a way. They played three songs I recognized and knew some of the words for. During those songs I truly enjoyed the Strumbellas and their performance. Bands are immensely more enjoyable in concert when you know them and their music beforehand. Even so, I was able to pick up their songs while they played and was able to be entertained throughout the concert.

While listening to music allows a connection to the band and other fans of the band, concerts are a far more personal experience. Seeing the band and being surrounded by those who are also their for the band connects everyone in that room for at least the duration of the concert. It doesn’t matter if your worst enemy is also in that room, everyone is equal. After that concert I found I liked many more of the Strumbellas songs. It was a good night overall. Concerts are almost always experiences worth having.

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