Roger Miller

Roger Miller’s Event Journal

The Polyphonic Spree

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Saturday July 6, 2013 / 8:00pm
The Polyphonic Spree
2 tickets
General Admission
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

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None of this is Goldstar's fault ... in fact, their support was flawless and I really appreciate getting discount tickets to local shows on a moment's notice. This was the third musical event we've attended at Sixth and I, and I hope it will be the last. The event was overamped and deafening, a sensation made even more unbearable by the bombastic, poorly-conceived, completely unmusical cacophony unleashed on-stage by the P. Spree. This is not a band, it's a 90 minute train wreck; those are not lyrics, those are Hallmark cards; and that is not music, it's too many divas and attention-grabbers trying to give voice (or instrument) to their oh-so-important portion of the musical narrative. It's to the point that the musical "narrative" feels and sounds like being part of a schizophrenic's inner dialogue, as experienced during a gale-force sound-storm. This music, in this location, may be heaven on earth for some small number of unblinking, unthinking devotees, but it wasn't for us. Rock and concert lovers all, we decamped at the earliest possible moment and escaped to the blissful (relative) silence of ChinaTown on a Saturday night. Again, though, none of this is Goldstar's fault. Their part of the deal went great and we had very good seats at half the price of everyone else's. Thank you, Goldstar!