Random Night at The National

I never heard The National when I agreed to go to the show at McMenamins Edgefield.

The National at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon on Aug. 30, 2019.

Here’s my short synopsis of the Cincinnati-bred group, The National:

They are an emo indie rock band that includes: Matt Berninger, Scott Devendorf, Bryan Devendorf, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner. There were also two female back-up singers that had angelic voices and great slouchy style that somehow made them look glamorous.

Matt Berninger as a singer and performer does his job. He seems to enjoy it. He likes throwing red keg cups in the air so the ice and beverage inside sprays everywhere. He showed us a variety of emotional sides.

There was talk amongst my group that he might have been drunk, but having never seen or heard him before, I couldn’t tell. He was into the crowd – walking through it, singing directly to people, getting up in people’s faces, in this intense and intimate way.

Matt Berninger loving up his audience.

There was brass – trombone and trumpet, which I always love. Just brings a dimension to music that I appreciate. And the projections were psychedelic and color-schemed, mirroring the band’s movement with close-ups and disruptions.

The combination of the music and lyrics, along with the projections made me feel deep n contemplative and I felt myself open. Lots of change. Lots of things coming into focus and clearing in my life. I’ve been overwhelmed with information. I cried.

I also got to see a new space, having never been to Edgefield before. What a cool, summer venue. And our spot on the lawn, overseeing the crowd in front of the stage, was mint. Going to a random band on the spur of the moment is not my usual jam but you know, I am doing things differently now. Spontaneous invites are helping me get out of the house for fun things!

Here’s a little video snippet of “Where is Her Head,” one of my faves:

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