I hereby propose that all venues have a section reserved for short people. Like 5'4" and shorter. And all people 6' and over should not stand in the front or near the center. Unless they can make arrangements to stand in a trench or the orchestra pit.
The opening act, My Brightest Diamond, was fantastic. They played for 30 minutes, and I could have listened to them longer. Their cover of Feelin' Good was very enjoyable. The rest of their set was off their debut album, Bring Me the Workhorse. The lead singer, Shara Worden had a Cranberries vibe, but the friend I went with said it also reminded him of Lamp. So now I'm going to go look up their music too. And it was Shara's birthday, so I hope we were a good audience. We sang "Happy Birthday" to her in the middle of The Decemberists' set (with extra effort to be in tune).
The Decemberists were fantastic. Colin apologized right away for the fact that their last concert in Denver had been below par due to illness, and he promised right away to make it up to us by giving a fantastic performance this time. Unfortunately, The Fillmore has a strict curfew (11 pm) so the band had to pack all their fantasticness into a limited amount of time.
The show had several highlights. Shara joined The Decemberists to sing Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then), and it was beautiful. Shara's voice is perfect for the part. One of the show's encores was Red Right Ankle, which is one of my favorite Decemberists songs, and the audience sang along softly and in tune, adding a beautiful backing chorus to Colin's lead. The last song of the night (sang with great purpose and direction under threat of the electricity being shut off if they performed too long) was
There was audience participation, singing and dancing along, and a just plain fun atmosphere. I think everyone, band and audience, had a great time. You totally should have been there.