I kept listening to them and they kept coming out with more and more awesome music. It wasn't long before Trevor was hooked, too. Not only do they make insanely fun music, they write some downright meaningful stuff, too. I mean it when I say I was hooked from the get go, but when they came out with Same Love there was no turning back. It was the first song that brought me to tears at face value (not because it reminded me of a funeral or something else tear-worthy). I love it so much I'm going to plop it right here into the blog:
My stand on marriage equality is no secret and I'm proud to live in a state that voted no on an unnecessary and downright hurtful marriage amendment this year.
Anyway, back to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. As soon as we found out they would be at First Ave. this fall we got tickets. We met up with our friends Adam and Kelly when we got there. Unfortunately, photos can't capture how awesome the show was, but here they are anyway:
My favorite photo of the night. Good work, hubs.
Macklemore came out wearing a poncho. Dude is stylin.
One of their totally fun songs is Thrift Shop, so many people came wearing thrift shop attire. Macklemore spotted a couple stellar fur coats and borrowed them.
Thrift Shop features Wanz.
We got to meet him.
I have no photos of the Same Love performance-I was too busy enjoying it and trying not to cry. What Macklemore said leading up to the performance and the song itself was probably the most memorable live music moment I've ever witnessed. He talked about how proud he was of MN for voting no and of WA (his home state) for voting to legalize gay marriage, both very recently in this year's election. I said multiple times that night I feel like we're part of music history. I can't wait to look back and tell our children the story of the marriage equality movement.
And we'll get to tell our first born she was there, too.
This is Macklemore's And We Danced get up. Just one of their super fun songs!
Aside from the headliners, the rest of the music was pretty darn good, too. And, again, this is hip hop with a message. First up was Xperience then Dee-1. I especially liked Dee-1 because he took a moment to point out that just two years ago he graduated from college and spent time as a middle school math teacher. He stressed that he hasn't always been making money off the microphone and there's absolutely nothing wrong with working hard at a "real job." Better yet, his minor was Sociology. I did go meet him and tell him I thought it was cool he took time to say all that, and that my major was Sociology, too-very nice dude.