The band was Cloud Cult. My first time at First Ave. It was LOUD. I did not have earplugs. But the show was pretty cool. I liked that the lead singer is a nice guy- down to earth and Minnesotan at that. I also liked the variety of instruments the band used- guitars, trombone, french horn, cello, violin, drums, a xylophone-y chime thing, cookie sheets (!) and a Rubbermaid tub (!).

I wasn’t exactly in my element there though, standing close to the stage in a sea of roiling young(er than me) urban hipster-types, some of who had stinky BO and crusty dreadlocks and were smoking illegal substances.

But every now and then, one needs to step out of her comfort zone.