On a cold blustery day at the end of April this year, I was fortunate enough to be tucked away in the dark confines of a nondescript warehouse in Denver watching one of the most astounding concerts I’ve ever seen. The whole concept of the show was to have a small, intimate, setting in which the band could interact with their fans on an individual basis. I was lucky enough to score tickets to see A Silent Film when they did their Secret Rooms Tour and it was a pivotal night for me. I’ll be honest, I initially felt like a bit of an asshole for buying much coveted tickets for a band I barely knew and depriving die hard fans of an epic opportunity. But then I love to walk in with no preconceived notion of what to expect, so I had done no homework on A Silent Film and was only familiar with one of their songs when we arrived that night.
I was blown away.
They put on a top notch affair, selling only 52 pairs of tickets for the show. The actual location of the venue wasn’t announced until the week of the concert, and so my friend and manager Joel and I found ourselves standing outside in the cold, with an odd, windswept assembly of humanity on an otherwise empty street of warehouses, wondering what to expect. Once inside the dimly lit warmth of the warehouse we had the opportunity to have an individual meet and greet with the band and chat for a bit. The tickets were sold in pairs and one of us was given a playing card. After the meet and greet, we found our seats by finding the matching card in a circle of stools and chairs. I sat in the front row in a chair and Joel sat on the stool in the row behind me. There were only two rows of seats split into 4 sections and set up around a tight set of drums, a guitar and synth and a real piano. Every three or four songs the whole crowd would get up and move a quarter section around the circle to get a different view. By the end of the show we had sat in all four sections and had a front row seat for every performance.
We took notes on everything they did: from fancy paper tickets, to special keys to open a secret box of prizes at any future event, they had ingenious ideas from start to finish. The execution of their show was flawless as was their performance. Heck even the couple of weeks leading up to the show, I received two calls from a woman confirming that I would be coming and personally giving me updates on the details of the show. Also, everyone who attended the Secret Rooms Tour had their names included on the liner notes of the album. These guys are the real deal and Joel and I were inspired.
Suddenly your average venue just seemed so…ordinary. Having just released my album Secret Music, well a secret venue seemed very appropriate. And the wheels began to spin…
What I loved is they weren’t afraid to play the piano. In fact, the piano was such a big part of their sound that they arranged to have a real one delivered and on site for each of their 12 shows. It was my kind of gig. How could we create something different, something unique? No venue really jumped out at us and one day as I puttered around in my yard I turned and looked at my tree and realized that I was standing in the perfect venue. And so it began…
As an aside, we saw A Silent Film again when they came to town recently to play at the Bluebird Theater and I used my special key to open the secret box and got an A Silent Film Fall 2015 Tour patch. They also had an area with pencils and paper for fans to share their thoughts and ideas about the band or themselves or anything else. They wanted to connect with their fans on a personal level and I think they succeeded. As I was watching the show, a guy was pushing his way through the crowd to the bar but he had this sort of dazed look on his face. He caught my eye and yelled over the music in the most incredulous voice “These guys are AMAZING! They should be playing stadiums or something!”
I had to agree. They are really good.
See for yourself!