“I’m just here for the headliner” I’ll begrudgingly admit that I have said it. Being a 90’s kid through and through necessitates a certain love for the ‘grunge’ sounds that resonated throughout my generation. I like to think I’m pretty hip (as any ‘hip’ person would) when it comes to music and I admit, also, I love the modern sounds produced by the synthesizer that has proven to be more than just a fleeting trend. Sometimes the lineups in shows throw me for a loop because, in my mind, the musicians differ so greatly that I cannot fathom the crowds meshing well. Well, I am almost always wrong and The Big Ticket on December 1st, 2018 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida was no exception.
Kicking off The Big Ticket in a neon top, Meg Myers’ energy was contagious as she performed to an excited crowd. Opening her set with one of her hits ‘Jealous Sea’ had most of the crowd singing along as her voice thundered unlike what one would think capable from such a petite singer. Myer’s second and most recent album, Take me to the Disco was released in July 2018 and I’ll admit, I had never heard of Myers before hearing her voice but in the course of the days following her show, I have blared on repeat all of her songs on amazon music.
Grandson and AJR were both unfamiliar names to me prior to their taking the stage at the Big Ticket but both wowed me in different ways. While Grandson, who, according to his bio, is known for his politically themed songs and music videos, embraced a more somber attitude for a few minutes during his set while discussing mental issues and the problems our youth seem to be facing today to a wide eyed, all ears crowd who encouraged his mini monologue with hoots and hollers. The three brothers from Chelsea, NY, AJR had a much more electric, feel good vibe from the start of their set. AJR has collaborated on songs with with rapper, Lil Yachty and EDM artist, Steve Aoki as well as Weezer’s own Rivers Cuomo on the song ‘Sober Up’ which they rocked during The Big Ticket. The brothers kept the crowd dancing from start to finish and although the sounds differed from band to band, the crowd never wavered in their excitement.
Next up for the night was Foster the People who looked and sounded better in person than I would’ve imagined. Lead singer, Mark Foster had the ladies swooning in his black, leather jacket and the dudes singing along to their songs from albums, Torches and Sacred Heart Club, which was released in 2017. Although the stadium was fairly full prior to their taking the stage, the indie group from LA brought more fans to their seats in anticipation for the final set of the night.
Fangirl bias, sure, BUT Weezer was AWESOME. Posters of Rivers Cuomo and the band from LA hung in my room in the 90’s (I was 12), their songs have been blared from my stereo speakers in my room, from the speakers in my first car and the speakers in my home, currently. I consider myself a fan. I’m sure I am not the only one who has been let down when hearing for the first time, their favorite musicians live… That did not happen here. I was so impressed with their sounds, completely consistent with all the songs I recall from my youth. Opening with ‘Buddy Holly’ was a perfect choice and the crowd agreed. Singing along to classics from their albums, The Blue Album and Make Believe as well as their newest album, Pacific Daydream, made me feel like I was 12 again and that’s ALWAYS a great feeling (for me). If you need me, I’ll be over here counting down the days until their new album, The Black Album is released in March 2019.
The Big Ticket was a successful experience with different sounds and crowds that melded flawlessly. I was stoked to see Weezer but I walked away with three new bands to add to my playlist and a new appreciation for millennials and their sounds.