el ten eleven in virginia

first off.. i didn't hear about this band until i went to crossroads to study for my music industry class and one of the dudes working at the coffeeshop put them on.. as i sat there for a good 2-3 hours i couldn't get out of seat. i didn't want to, because one song after another after another was increasingly improving my mood -- not to say my mood was a bad one.. but even still.

so after there was a switch in musicial selection i got off my butt and asked the dude at the counter who that was and he said "el ten eleven" so i wrote it down immediately and looked them up. after playing them constantly on grooveshark (hence my lovely playlist to your right..) --->

i thought it was worth a shot to see if they were touring, and sure enough they were coming to virginia. unfortunately their calendar wouldn't allow for a gig in richmond, but their booking agent suggested in the spring they should be able to make it through to play for a courtyard event and/or another show.

so after e-mailing their booking agent back and forth, i dedicated this past tuesday evening to making it up to arlington at iota cafe to hear them play and to speak to both tim (drummer) and kristian (double-deck guitarist) in person. it was definetly worth the drive and the lack of sleep. good music is always worth the effort.

this duo from la was spectacular to watch, the crowd was so enthusiastic and energetic, they encored 3 times.. and each time they indulged them, and why wouldn't they?

the orchid opened for them and did an amazing job. i spoke with them after the show and because they are from dc, they are more inclined to come down to play, plus they have never played richmond which is really unfortunate, especially since a couple of them seem to be richmond natives. i hope to have them on a bill soon!

for more el ten eleven music, click here.

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