Reader Michael Kalpiers, "avid concert-goer," responds to Courtney Barnett, rock 'n' roll millennial existentialist, shines bright at First Ave:
"Why does City Pages always have to mention that the crowd is full of "boomers" or, like at the Polica show, 'middle aged white guys'?
"Are we not supposed to enjoy any new music or up and coming artists? Why should anyone be surprised? Please give credit to people for recognizing good music no matter what age bracket you fit in.
I enjoyed Bully for the third time and Courtney right from the rail-center stage. I had a great time with my son and the music was fantastic. I hope that I can wheel myself to the stage 20 years from now and enjoy music at First Avenue.
"Please give us the credit for knowing what good music is and having the ability to rovk out on a Tuesday night!"
And a response from writer Tony Libera:
I can't speak for my freelance colleagues (re: Polica), but as part of the City Pages music review structure, we're asked to make a note of the crowd. Rightfully so, I think, as it says something about the musician that a recording does not. It's an important element of any live show.
Far be it from me to disparage any boomers who went to this or any show; but when the audience for an "up-and-coming" act — whose whole bag is the aforementioned millennial angst — is overwhelmingly (it seemed) of a non-millennial age bracket, I do think that's worthy of note.
In hindsight, probably could have done without the "confusing" bit, so my bad on that one. My confusion was as much to do with my perceived lack of millennials as it was a perceived influx of boomers.
Long story short, I absolutely give you credit for knowing good music and getting down on a Tuesday night.