Most Saturday nights, I’m in bed by 9:00 PM. But this weekend, our family’s college students were both home for Fall Break. And one of their favorite bands was playing at an intimate venue nearby. So, I decided to join Elliot and Olivia for some serious Saturday-night adventure in downtown Akron.
There were four bands lined up for a gig at Musica. But we were mostly there to see Jady. Elliot is personally acquainted with the band (he was even roommates with the drummer for a little while). And as I’ve been tracking the group’s career, I’ve been wanting to experience their act for myself. I’m no industry expert; still, it seems like Jady could genuinely end up going places, considering their talent, their connections, and their youth. So, I wanted to see them at the front end of what might come to be their meteoric rise to rock stardom.
Jady’s music is readily available on streaming platforms like Spotify. And it’s good. But they’re even better as performers. Even with a smaller crowd at Musica (I’m guessing 50-75), they engaged the audience and had the place rocking. I was a sweaty mess by the time their set ended, after jumping around and dancing on the outer fringes of the group standing near the stage.
After their set, we spent a little bit of time out at the merch table, trying on rose-colored lenses (a tie-in with one of their more popular songs) and posing for photos.
Seriously, though, I don’t think it’s just idealism or unfounded optimism. If they play their cards right, Jady could end up having a very rosy future, indeed.
And I’ll be able to say I was there at the front end of when it all started.