Last night, I took the 2.5 hour drive to Sacramento for my kids to see Epic Rap Battles of History live. You may not be familiar with ERB, but they are great. They are #17 on the top Youtube channels with almost 2 billion views. The format is funny and smart and edgy.
I’ve been to quite a few concerts, but most of them were 25 years ago. Last night was in a small club named Harlow’s. I was shocked at how small the club was. I figured that ERB could sell out a bigger venue. The good news was that the smallness of the club allowed the kids and I to get up close and personal. Matthew and Ethan were in the front row.
The show was actually one of the best I have ever experienced. It reminded me a little of Beastie Boys when I saw them in 1994 at Lollapolooza. They had an energy that was infectious and the crowd was over-the-top crazy. About half the songs were the two main performers and the other half, they brought fans on stage to sing parts. Some of the fans were really good. (Some missed a few lines, but that is expected when you don’t have stage experience.)
Matthew was singing along the whole time and rocking out. One of the singers EpicLloyd took a picture with Matthew and told him, “Dude! I saw you rockin in the front row! Every time I needed energy, I looked at you and got UGH!!” (Slight paraphrasing there, but it was a compliment and Matthew was super happy.)
The only downside was the volume. It was so loud, I still have ringing in my ears. I had two pair of Etymotic ear plugs for the boys, but none for me. I strongly recommend them for any loud concert experience. The Etymotic brand is the best. They don’t drown out the music, they just protect your hearing.
One question I was left with was why they didn’t play in the Bay Area? I would be shocked if they didn’t have a large audience in San Francisco. Anyway, it was a great night and an killer show! We took some video that you can check out, but be warned the sound is pretty harsh.