On February 2, 2016, I attended a show by Real Big Fish at Brooklyn Bowl in New York. The show commenced at 8:00 pm and it only accommodated people aged 21 years and above (Brooklyn Bowl par. 1). Specifically, Real Big Fish is a U.S. SKA punk music band formed in the mid-1990s. Shortly after its inception, the group gained immense prominence across the nation. The band’s long-term success, as well as its ability to put up an electrifying performance, informed my decision to attend the show. I stayed at the show until the performances was over.
The music concert was lively and interactive. Notably, the remarkable lighting was one of the aspects that enhanced the show’s dynamics. Sporadically, bright and dull colors flashed across the hall at all angles. As a result, the show had an unsettling, otherworldly feeling, which in turn raised the mood and the emotion of the audience towards the performance was increased. The energetic nature of the band also enhanced the liveliness of the concert. The band members tended to depict unwinding energy. From the start to the end of the show, the band members moved across the stage, dancing and jumping enthusiastically. Their influence was so great to the extent that the revelers also found themselves imitating some of their moves on the stage. Besides, the band members engaged the audience. They would select people at random and encourage them to dance with them. Moreover, whenever they played a renowned single, the band members would encourage the audience to hum the song. With such antics, there was never a period of disinterest from the audience.
All revelers were engrossed in the performances. The artists performed both classical and modern songs. For instance, at around 2 am, the band played singles such as Snoop Dog, Baby, Skanatic, and Alternative, Baby. These songs hit the airwaves in the 1990s across the world. Among others, these three singles were among the top ten blockbusters in different charts globally. Towards the end of the show, the band sang renditions of several popular music. Some of the renditions that seemed to draw the attention of the crowd were Drake’s “Hold On, We are Going Home,” and Busy Signal’s “Girl you are Good.” By performing the classics, it was apparent that the band members took concern of the older members of the crowd. In the same fashion, by playing some prominent modern hits, the band also had the young people in mind. Therefore, no group felt out of place during the entire show.
While this was the case, especially during the initial stages of the concert, the sound system failed about three times. In fact, some of the devices had to be replaced. The challenges with the sound systems indicate that the sound engineer had miscalculated the worth of the show. He should have ensured that the sound system was of the right quality. Even if replacements were made and that the concert continued, the glitches dampened some of the expectations that the audience harbored. Usually, when people attend music concerts, they expect to have an experience that is worth their money. However, if any unwarranted event takes place, they are often inclined to question the integrity and professionalism of the arrangements.
In sum, despite the negative instances that were encountered during the show, I must admit that the concert held by Real Big Fish at Brooklyn Bowl in New York on February 2 was remarkable. Some of the elements that enhanced the show include the outstanding ambiance, the energetic moves by the band members, and the involvement of the audience. Additionally, the organizers took into account the interests of the diverse members of the audience into account by including both classic and contemporary performances. If Real Big Fish holds another music concert in future, I will not hesitate to attend.
Brooklyn Bowl. “Reel Big Fish, Suburban Legends, The Maxies.” Brooklynbowl. February 2, 2016. Web. February 9, 2016. From:<www.brooklynbowl.com/event/1024677-reel-big-fish-brooklyn/>