Intimate shows of your favorite musicians are truly special. This was something I hadn’t experienced in over a year, or even shows in general, since the COVID-19 pandemic began. So, what better way to begin going to concerts again than to see Waterparks perform an acoustic set at a record store followed with a meet and greet?
It was July 13, and I waited about two hours in line before going inside. I had forgotten what it was like to wait in line, and even worse, my bladder was no longer used to going to shows, so needing to use the bathroom was a struggle that I powered through and luckily didn’t have an accident. Besides this difficult time, which isn’t even difficult compared to what I’ve gone through at venues pre-shows, it was an evening I will never forget.
The very talented and entertaining band Waterparks performed some acoustic versions of their songs from their latest album “Greatest Hits.” My personal favorite song off the record, “Fruit Roll Ups,” was played, and yes, I did shed a tear or two (or five) because I was so happy to hear it live for the first time especially this way. The performance took place in an indie record store in Oregon. Waterparks already interacts with fans at their concerts quite a bit, but in this setting where a lot less people were at, they interacted even more. Let’s just say that there was lots of laughter.
After the band’s set, they made their way to a different area of the record store, and all of us in attendance got in a line — trying to keep our distance and all wearing masks, of course — to meet the band and get a picture with them. I met a few new people at the event, and we recorded each other meeting the guys, videos we will forever cherish.
Again, this was probably the best way to begin attending shows after over year, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Thank you, Waterparks, for making a stop at this record store, for letting us fans meet you, and for being such kind, lovely people. I will always remember this day.