I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving & a successful Black Friday. I did some online shopping on Black Friday but my favorite part of that day was going to a This Century concert with Nick Santino and a bunch of other great bands like Six Stories Told. I had so much fun and I can definitely say it was my favorite/the most comfortable concert that I’ve gone to this year. The venue was small, so no matter where you stood you were still really close to the band, which also meant that I didn’t have to wait in line for hours just to get a good spot. I also loved that I wasn’t getting shoved around and I actually had some breathing space.
The first band that played was Six Stories Told and they were really good for such a young band. I knew they were all under 21 because they had their hands marked by security. Joanna definitely has some awesome dance moves haha. I can’t remember the name of the second band that came out but I’m 99% sure that they didn’t mention their name. But they were good as well. Nick Santino & The Northern Winds came out next and to my surprise, there was no band! The Northern Winds is a metaphorical concept. I loved the idea behind it though. The last time I saw Nick preform was at the 8123 Tour when A Rocket To The Moon was still together. He sang songs that I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to before and he’d occasionally stop because he forgot the lyrics. He filled in that time chatting with the crowd though. He’s a funny guy. After Nick was This Century. They’re performance was stellar. My favorite moment of all the concerts I’ve gone to happened when Joel said to the crowd, “I wanna talk for a little bit. Is that okay with you guys?” and I nodded and smiled and he winked at me. I mean it could have been in my general direction but I was making eye contact so I’ll just keep telling myself it was at me haha. He told some cheesy jokes (the best kind) like “Why did the hipster burn his tongue? Because he ate pizza before it was cool!” Good one, right? Ahaha. I also got to meet Joel and Sean after the show and they’re both so nice. It was the first time I didn’t feel awkward talking to band members and worrying about what I was going to say—it was great. When I went up to Joel and showed him my nails he said they were cool and asked to take a picture of them. He was wondering why it wasn’t working and then he realized he was taking a video. We had a good laugh and I complimented him on what a great show they put on and he asked if I had fun. It was really such a great night and Joel & Sean made me (and I’m sure many others) feel like friends. There were so many concerts that I’ve gone to feeling like I was overlooked while other people seemed to have these great conversations with band members that always made me question if there was something that people didn’t like about me. I really can’t wait until they come back to NYC. I’m studying abroad next semester so maybe if I’m lucky, they’ll have a tour overseas :)
Definitely check out This Century & Nick Santino if you haven’t already! Joel’s got a beautiful voice and Nick writes amazing songs that you can really tell come from his heart and from his experiences.