Concert Review: Surfer Blood + The Cool Kids @ The U (Distraction Magazine)

Here is an excerpt of a concert review I wrote for Distraction Magazine’s music blog:

Surfer Blood's lead singer John Paul Pitts gets into the crowd and the crowd gets into him at UM's Spring 2013 Concert, UTOPIA on April 5th, 2013.
Surfer Blood’s lead singer John Paul Pitts gets into the crowd and the crowd gets into him at UM’s Spring 2013 Concert, UTOPIA on April 5th, 2013.

I was a little bit apprehensive leading into Hurricane Production’s spring concert, UTOPIA.

The event was held at the University of Miami’s Foote Green on April 5th and featured Florida rockers Surfer Blood and the hip hip-hop duo aptly named The Cool Kids.

The selection of this line-up seemed to have been a catch-22.  In many ways it appeased past critics of Hurricane Productions who say the organization should cater to the fans of alt-rock bands and lesser-known yet good quality acts when booking performers for their events; essentially a plea for diversity. On the other hand, these performers didn’t have the easy draw an act with a more mainstream appeal might have had, like Diplo did for example, at last year’s spring concert.  In the end, with the line-up that they went with, there perhaps wasn’t as big of a crowd that the organizers expected.

But perhaps a better question would be rather numbers mattered.  At least for me, the answer was no.

Read the rest of the review here:  http://www.distractionmagazine.com/2013/04/08/surferbloodandthecoolkids/

Hip Hop duo The Cool Kids' Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish hit the stage at UM's Spring 2013 concert, UTOPIA, on April 5, 2013.
Hip Hop duo The Cool Kids’ Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish hit the stage at UM’s Spring 2013 concert, UTOPIA, on April 5, 2013.
Surfer Blood fans gather around the stage at UTOPIA, UM's Spring 2013 concert on April 5th.
Surfer Blood fans gather around the stage at UTOPIA, UM’s Spring 2013 concert on April 5th.
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