A few weeks back the Pope was in DC and it was a big to do. Most government agencies and think tanks downtown treated the days of his visit like a snow day and encouraged their employees to work from home because they feared the city would be such a shit show. So needless to say, I wasn’t dragging myself downtown to see the Pope Mobile parade down Constitution Ave. But I did drag myself downtown to see Weezer Cruise alumni the Cribs play at U Street Music Hall. And as it would turn out, I would see the pope in the process.
I hit up Taylor Gourmet on 14th street for my standard pre-show sandwich (the Ben Franklin Parkway is my favorite) and started the few block trek to the venue. When I got to the corner of 14th and U, there was a small crowd waiting to cross the street and a few police cars blocking traffic. Ugh, typical DC motorcade (Thanks, Obama!), I figured. Turns out it was the Pope, waving to the crowd in his little Fiat, coming back from the mass he gave in northern DC that afternoon. How’s that for a random encounter. It’s a concert miracle!
As for the show, Farao opened and was horrible. Like really, really horrible. I’d go into more detail, but I’d like to forget that set ever happened.
The Cribs killed it, as was expected. They kicked things off with “Mirror Kissers” and ran through a ~17 song set with no encore. “Different Angle” was an early highlight whereas “Hey Scenesters!” shined mid-set. Ryan did an impromptu solo version of “Direction” per a crowd request but sadly they didn’t play my favorite, “Chi-Town.”
Twas a great show and the random Pope sighting made it especially memorable.