In this First Concert Ever segment, the alternative pop artist, Maggie Miles, talks about the story of her first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
My first ever concert was a California grown, CCM rock band called Switchfoot. Being that I was just 8 years old, getting to witness frontman Jon Foreman effortlessly scream his guts out while simultaneously jump around the stage as if it was made of trampoline fabric. Sparked something in me a dream that I had absolutely NO clue could even be in the cards for my own future. The dark venue was nothing short of exciting to a kid. It was so honest in the way it looked, smelled, and just how loud it was.
A few years later, now an awkward 15 year old still having no idea music was my future, received tickets for a festival filled up entirely with bands I either once loved like no other or were currently listening to. Standing in a mud-soaked pit, the band that was my first concert ran out onto the stage. Causing an immediate eruption from the crowd. It had been years since I’d listened to them, yet, it felt like not even a week had passed. Being in that sweaty crowd and screaming every lyric they said reminded me of the way I felt the first time I saw them. Inspired.
After the show, I noticed a huge line wrapping around a tent in the distance. I, being curious, ran over to investigate. When I approached it closer I saw Switchfoot sitting at a table smiling signing different articles of merch and happily shaking hands or talking to any fan that wanted. I quickly yanked a crumpled $5 bill out of my pocket and ran to the merch booth, demanding some sort of paraphernalia for Jon’s signature to accessorize. After waiting in line for what seemed like the entire weekend I finally reached the table. Getting to shake hands with someone who was such an inspiration to me, so long before I knew I wanted to pursue songwriting and performing myself, definitely affected me more than he’ll ever know. They signed my fresh poster and engaged in a pleasant conversation with me. It was an experience I’ll never forget.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 20 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
Feb 27 – Nashville, TN – Whiskey Jam
Mar 19 – Bowling Green, KY – Tidball’s
Mar 20 – Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic
Mar 27 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
April 16 – Dallas TX – The Rustic
April 18 – Houston TX – The Rustic
Apr 30 – New York, NY – The Bowery Electric
May 30 – Washington DC – Pearl Street Warehouse