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Music, Fashion, and The Sonics

I've seen a lot of legendary music acts, but I don't believe I've ever felt "privileged" to see a musical act before seeing The Sonics on June 18th.  I mean, they are basically the grandfathers of punk and to some extent indie, which means they directly influenced a strong majority of my favorite bands.  On the most superficial of searches I did to corroborate this fact I found everyone from The Cramps to Nirvana to The White Stripes saying that The Sonics helped them find their sound.  In addition to their undeniable contribution to the punk world, they also are literally from the 1960s.  While trying to sell my loved ones on going to the show with me they would ask me to repeat myself when I would cite what era they were from.  Yes, the nineteen fucking sixties!  I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what other older acts I have seen.  I've seen a ton of acts from the late 70s and 80s, but the only one from the 60s that comes to mind is the Guess Who.  And with all due respect I won tickets to that and my friend and I bailed four songs in, so I don't entirely count that.  I'll go on about how impressive these guys are...

...but first, the fashion part of this post!  Concert fashion is a bit of a challenge to me, for the simple fact that I mentioned last week in my Surfer Blood post that I am allergic to practical shoes.  This can throw off a whole outfit for me, meaning I may want to wear a tank with a skirt and other accessories, but if I'm not wearing the shoes I'd prefer to be wearing my brain spazzes a bit and starts to consider that outfit for another event when I can wear the shoes I want.  And then I try a new outfit and the same thing happens and it becomes a vicious cycle.  If all of that weren't enough, weather and other non-negotiable elements came into play this time around.  For instance, I knew I'd likely be blowing off the opening act so two hours of so of standing or dancing to the music meant that in theory heels would be no big deal...had I driven to the event.  But my friend Jeanice and myself decided to walk the two miles to the venue to get some exercise, not deal with the terrible city parking in the LoDo neighborhood of Denver, and enjoy that it's finally fucking summer.  So even wedges, my go to safe but heeled shoe, was likely a bad idea.
 I picked out arguably one of my top 5 favorite vintage skirts, an aqua blue skirt with the silhouettes of ladies in big sun hats tanning.  I have only worn this with heels and was somewhat stunned to remember how long the skirt actually is, especially without wearing heels!  It's just inches away from being a maxi skirt, so this may be the last time I wear this without heels!  I opted for a cheery yellow Old Navy tank and was a little heavier with the accessories than usual!  I definitely prefer clothing statement pieces to jewelry and accessories, but I surprisingly have a lot of orange in my accessory drawers and it matched the ladies swimsuits.  I even have an orange cardigan, which I brought because the temperature tends to drop 20 degrees at night and given that I was walking home I wanted to make sure I wouldn't freeze.  So many moving parts in concert attire!!
I've been pairing this LOVE necklace with my elephant necklace a lot lately, and it's fitting because I do in fact love elephants, hehe.

Outfit Details:
Earrings, LOVE Necklace, and Sandals- Forever 21
Elephant Necklace- ModCloth
Tank- Old Navy
Cardigan and Bracelet- Banana Republic
Skirt- Vintage
We missed the opening act and by the time we got there the venue was far from full.  This made me a little bummed out.  I know the Sonics aren't necessary "mainstream remembered" but I've been to enough underground acts that have been sold out.  We're seeing history here people!  Have some respect and show up!!  Going to older acts is always an interesting phenomenon for me in terms of crowd watching.  It's usually such a mix of people, age wise and everything else in-between wise.  I was a little surprised to see that most people were 40ish, give or take, but not much older than that.  I'd say most people there were late twenties to mid forties, with very few exception to being much younger or much older.  For my fellow vintage girls, there were quite a few rockabilly girls with swinging 60s shift dresses and beehive hair.  Since growing out my bangs I haven't been rocking the beehive myself as much, but I was kicking myself a bit for not evening considering because it was such an appropriate place to rock a beehive!

When The Sonics took the stage it was literally the most exciting thing ever!  They are roughly 70 years old and came out rocking full blown tuxedos.  They picked up their instruments and every last one of them had suburb musicianship.  The Sonic's abilities and the sound engineering were so top notch that I'd rank them as one of the top 5 shows from a live audio sense that I've ever been to.  A lot of their songs were heavy on the saxophone, which also made me wonder if they could somehow be linked to also being the preamble to sax solos that the 80s made famous.  (I'm half being silly and half being serious here).  I've come to the conclusion that most bands with saxes, trumpets, or other related instruments tend to be some of the better live shows one could hope to go to.  I've seen Reel Big Fish and Capitol Cities a few times, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and a few others and every single one of them blew my mind.  I think adding a brass section adds to the texture of a sound, and given that some of those instruments are harder and more physically challenging to play that the players let into the band probably have to be totally amazing.
I love it when a band changes my mind about songs, in a good way.  I pretty much like every Sonics song I've ever heard but I was less crazy about their song, "The Witch."  Seeing it live totally made me love that song!  I also love it when a band is so good live that I actually can't listen to them for a while afterwards because it's just not the same.  That is definitely how I'm feeling about The Sonics as of late when flipping through my Spotify playlists.  Well done, boys!  To me, every single member of the band had a certain x factor that made them highly watchable too.  I'd catch myself rotating which one I was looking at during a song.  If I closed my eyes I genuinely couldn't tell that I was in 2015 hearing a band that was 50 years old; it only sounded like I was in the 60s hearing this awesome band who was touring and picking up steam.  The crowd was eating it all up too.  The people near us were in PARTY mode and had a new beer every other song.  They kept geeking out and turning to us commenting about how cool this all was.  Agreed!  One of the said rockabilly girls even jumped up on stage with them...sans permission.  The band kind of eyed her but kept playing and kept their class while a security guard ushered her away.  Hopefully she'll get a lot of mileage out of that story because I'm fairly certain she was kicked out of the venue!

In case you missed other concert going stories:
Music, Fashion, and The Jesus and Mary Chain
Music, Fashion, and Surfer Blood

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  1. Very cool colour combo Lauren! You look great! I love the print of your midi skirt!

  2. you look so sweet and cool :) Love it :)

  3. Such a fun look! Looks like you had a great time.


  4. You look great dear!

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  5. I would have loved to go to the concert, I am so eager to go to concerts again - true, I am at Music college now, but I miss something more "social" like this concert you went! I think you look really sweet and beautiful, I loved the skirt and the yellow tan top and the orange earrings and flower! All really so cool!

    1. I hear that! Too bad we're not in the same city otherwise we could have!

  6. Glad to hear you enjoyed the concert! And your practical shoes are very cute with that skirt. :) Love the color combos all around - well done!


  7. I feel the dame way about shoes! Sometimes, like when traveling, flats are just a must, but without my heels I feel lost. The outfit just does not feel the same. Anyway haha, glad you had a great time at the concert! I always love when a band changes my mind about a song because they are THAT good playing live.

    1. I figured you might, miss 8 months pregnant lady and STILL wearing heels! Glad someone relates to my struggle of not liking an outfit in flats! XO

  8. LOVE your vintage chic style and this concert looks like so much fun!

    love, liz

  9. such a cute look, in love with your skirt
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  10. Love your Look. <3

  11. Your skirt is so cute, I love the print

  12. Cute outfit, sounds like fun too! x

  13. What a cute look!! Quirky & fun!! So pretty!

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  14. What a fun time, love this outfit!

  15. great post as usual :)


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