On Tuesday, Nov. 30, I had the privilege of going to see Minus The Bear at Lincoln Theatre. I arrived late but still managed to catch the second half of their opener, Tim Kasher.
The feeling I got from a lot of people around me was that Tim Kasher’s performance was not as good as was expected. It was a rather low energy performance; although, I thought the sound was good and the his supporting band played tightly.
Excitement for Minus The Bear was palpable. As soon as their banner was raised at the back of the stage, people began screaming and stomping the floor. It made the entire theatre seem to pump with energy. Since the theatre was nearly full, this excitement quickly turned into wildness as a large guy in front of me jumped around and then right into my digital camera (hence the lack of photos for this blog). It was worth it, though, and as the house lights dimmed and the stage lights went up there was an explosion of cheering.
The performance itself seemed short, but the band played for a little over an hour including the encore. Minus The Bear standards like “The Game Needed Me” were performed as well as some newer songs from their album “Omni.” The guitarist put on a great show of bravado in the use of his pedal system, and the band as a whole really brought everything they had to the set. I danced and even forgot for awhile that my camera was broken, but the fun had to end eventually and when it did, the entire crowd seemed to be exhausted. It would have been nice to have seen a longer set, but I still had a great time and have gained a greater appreciation for Minus The Bear after seeing their live show.