A night with Sidewalk Driver is always magical. Like when they played Great Scott for the Township vinyl release show. Magical. Always.
I’m crazy about Sidewalk Driver. I write about it in these pages after every one of their musically and visually dazzling performances. I can’t imagine ever loving this band more than I did watching them play The Daykamp Poster & Photo Show, but I’ve been through this before. They always prove me wrong. I’m so thankful they spent the night with us at The Sinclair.
Lawn On D is a magical place. I need an easier way to get there. Please perfect teleportation. Thank you. Also, Sidewalk Driver is pretty great. My whole family loves them. Thankfully, the naughty bits from their songs went right over our boys’ heads. Is there some way to ensure that they* never grow up and understand what “Five Steps” is about? I don’t think I’m ready for that. Also, also, an invisibility cloak would be pretty rad.
*Our boys, not Sidewalk Driver.
I have taken thousands of photos of Sidewalk Driver. With any luck, there will be thousands more. I will fill hard drives with terabytes of glittery pixels in my quest to take a photo that captures the magnificence and wonder of being at a Sidewalk Driver show. It’s a goal I know I’m not likely to ever achieve. I’ve shared my failures here. Sometimes the unattainable is still worth pursuing.
Also, Tad with no pants…
It’s fun watching people experience Sidewalk Driver for the first time. I’m not sure what the folks drinking under the tent at Mile Marker One on a beautiful summer evening expected when they pulled up a stool, but they got a nice long set from one of the most entertaining bands around. There were lots of smiles in Gloucester that night.
Jed Gottlieb over at the Herald nailed it when he wrote “Sidewalk Driver eliminate the psychic space between audience and band with self-deprecating humor, simple love songs and humility.” Through all of the off-beat anthems and confetti bombast, Sidewalk Driver prove the heart of a really great show is having fun and sharing that fun with the sold out crowd that packed The Sinclair to see if this show can be even better than the last. It can. It was. I love this band.
Here’s Sidewalk Driver showing off why they got a nomination for Live Artist Of The Year at the 2014 Boston Music Awards.
This midsummer night’s dream has Sidewalk Driver headlining a show at The Sinclair. Along with their usual collection of offbeat rockin’ pop songs, punched-up musical prowess and stellar showmanship, the band is onstage covering a Mellow Bravo song. RESPECT. I don’t think I could possibly love this band more than I already do.
As I watch Sidewalk Driver mesmerize a sold out Rock-n-Romp crowd at The Sinclair, I can’t help but wonder how many people are seeing this wonderful gift of a band for the first time and think that the parachute, bedazzling, face projector, confetti and sheer musical joy were concocted just for this event. Is this real? It is, and now my boys have witnessed what was once inaccessible to an audience that is in bed before the first band typically hits the stage. Thank you Rock-n-Romp. Thank you Daykamp Creative for making Sidewalk Driver at Rock-n-Romp a reality. Thank you Sidewalk Driver for being you.