Hop Along with Dr. Dog: Dream Team at the Fox Theater
The Saturday of the Dr. Dog concert, I found myself in a rush. Work had been nuts lately and I’ve been finding less and less time for myself.
An old intern that I worked with for a day called to tell me she was heading to the theater as I was coming down from a morning mountain hike. My legs ached at the thought of more walking, more dancing and the social interaction that follows a few hours in the woods. Trudging on I grabbed my pass and went inside for night number two.
The crowd was insane as Hop Along, an indie-folk rock band from Philly, opened up for Dr. Dog. Navigating those same narrow passageways that I was in the night before, there was a new vibe, packed in a different way than for Sound Tribe. Where everyone found space to dance and zone out to the jamming that STS9 provided the first night, this time, the crowd squeezed into every crevice towards the stage, eager to bop and sway along within an arm’s length of the band.
Dr. Dog nailed it. Their performance was A+; their mix of old and new songs was perfectly blended, and I found myself struggling to “be here now” and take photos and notes at the same time. The song “Nellie” has great significance in my life, as there was a time at a house in Austin, while my friends were off recording their own music in a backyard studio, I found myself lying on the cold, tiled floor listening to “B-Room.”And, as unimportant a moment as it may seem, when you’re on the road, it’s the little time spent stagnant that really balances you out.
When I heard the first chord I almost lost my mind in nostalgia. Yet, there I was in a new city, with a familiar song being played in real time. Everyone in the audience was singing every song, swaying and jumping in the way that a good indie-rock band can make you do. Dr. Dog even graced us with a few songs from their upcoming album, “Psychedelic Swamp” which was released February 5.