Two Feet Helped Welcome Back Music Live in San Diego



Photo credit: John Gray / @itsnotpork

Two feet makes an electric comeback on stage in San Diego with a full set of tracks from new albums Is Max Maco right? and Pink.

In a triumphant return to live music, Two feet did not skip a step. The intoxicating guitarist and multi-instrumentalist brought his live performance to the California arts center in Escondido where attendees of all ages got to see him perform his new music accompanied by a full production. Having heard so many positive things about the new adapted live experiences with drive-ins and pod concerts, it was exciting to experience one for myself. So after a year of patiently waiting for the return of live music, it was time to get ready for my first gig since the pandemic!

Something that has been sorely missed since shows were put on hiatus last year was the anticipation and preparation for a gig. My group of friends arrived at the house to carpool, we made sure we had our IDs and masks, and piled into the car on our way to the event. For the first time in a long time, I had this dizzying feeling associated with going to a concert with friends. It was surreal and it didn’t take long for us to get over it.

We got there early enough to find free parking and quietly rolled to the entrance. The queue was short, moved quickly, and we were inside the room within 10 minutes. Masks were required for entry but not required in your pod. I was pleasantly surprised at how well managed and relaxed everything was. I guess that’s one of the advantages of sites running at reduced capacity. Once we found our capsule, we took a quick tour to go to the bathroom and get a feel for the terrain.

The place itself was beautiful. The pods were evenly distributed over a grassy yard, the trees provided a beautiful floral aesthetic, and production looked promising.

I would definitely attend another show at the California Center of the Arts. The way they transformed the property to accommodate the layout of a pod gig made me even more excited for the show. After our knees in the toilet, we returned to our basket which was well aligned with the left speakers. Even when the opener was playing, the sound went through well and continued to elevate our level of arousal. The opener was a local San Diego artist named AbJo and although he makes his own music, he has a DJ set full of a variety of tracks ranging from hip hop to electronics.

After an hour of AbJo’s set, the crowd was warmed up and ready for Two Feet. The stage was set for him to perform live with a drummer and keyboardist and got off to a quick start at 8:30 p.m. The lights went out and a low hum of bass triggered the start of the set. From the first bass hum I could tell they had turned up the volume and the Two Feet set wasn’t going to suffer from the sound issues I had heard at other cine-concerts and pod concerts. No FM transmitter shenanigans and no shortage of sound. It was a full stage with full production.

Two feet in San Diego
Photo credit: John Gray / @itsnotpork

Two Feet wasted no time getting the show off the ground and opened with a personal favorite from their 2020 album Pink, “BBY. “

Bursting with sultry guitar riffs, punchy bass and singing vocals, Two Feet grabbed the audience’s attention with every track played. With so much new music in his repertoire, I have to imagine he was excited (and even a little nervous) to see how the audience would receive the new tracks. Well I can tell you our pod was vibrating from the start and everyone around us had a great time as well. It was different from dancing in what looked like a caged area, but that didn’t stop us from having fun. We even made friends with family in the capsule next to us. Every time we watched we were on the same level playing the amazing live music in front of us.

He played through a few pieces Pink at the start of filming and even played some of his old tracks like “I feel like I’m drowning”, but the highlight of the ensemble was hearing all of the new songs from Is Max Maco right? live for the first time. I was a fan of the album before going to the show, but I’m even more of a fan after hearing Two Feet perform the songs live. He played “Nightmares, “”I think i’m crazy, “”Fire, “”Never enough, “”Flatline, “”Lies, “And the most acoustic”Are you hanging on my balcony. “

Since that night, I couldn’t stop listening to the album, especially “Nightmares” and “Never Enough”.

It reminded me of what I missed most about live music – that it just hits different and translates differently in a live format. Feeling the bass and hearing all the surging and improvisation of the guitar made me appreciate every track on the album more deeply. I was moderately expecting a pod show, but between the VJ, the sound team and the exceptional performances of Two Feet, I wouldn’t be mad if the pod shows continue after the pandemic.

Of course, there’s nothing like being in a crowd and enjoying the music with hundreds of other enthusiasts in tight spaces, but I think there’s something unique and special about a pod show. He finished the set with the hard blow “Kiss my ass»And left the stage after one last strumming of his guitar. The last note played for a minute or two because of the sustain pedal and was an epic way to end music night.

Two feet in San Diego
Photo credit: John Gray / @itsnotpork

All in all, Two Feet nailed their first live show in San Diego and provided a much needed evening of music for everyone in attendance.

As I entered the room, I noticed a lot of people bringing blankets, chairs, and other items to make their experience in the carrycot more comfortable. Guess I didn’t do my research, but we didn’t run the entire event anyway. It would have been fun to decorate our carrycot with tapestries and other comfy items, but in the end we were all there to dance.

I can’t wait to vibrate with Two Feet at a future live show when bigger crowds are allowed. If you ever get the chance to see Two Feet live, you absolutely must. And if you’ve been hesitant to attend a pod show, give it a chance! It was incredibly therapeutic for me and brought together a group of friends who needed it.

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