In this First Concert Ever segment, the singer-songwriter, Noah Anthony, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story below:
My first real mainstream concert I ever played was an amazing and wild experience. It was also a very last minute experience. It started on the day before when I was told about the gig. I was playing guitar for my friend Anna Hamilton. We had been hired to open for two major artists in Dermot Kennedy and Bishop Briggs. They were playing at Uptown Theater in Kansas City to a sold out crowd. The only problem was the short amount of time I had to prepare.
I was told around 2pm the day before the concert and I had a 3 hour gig starting a couple hours after that I still had to prepare and setup for. I got done with the gig and then had to learn 6 brand new songs, 3 of which I had never heard in my life, and 3 that I had heard but never had learned to play. I had to have these 6 songs not only memorized, but also had to know them inside and out because I would have to do a live acoustic loop for this concert. For the next 5 to 6 hours I played these songs over and over until I had them locked down.
I got two hours of sleep that night and met Anna at her house to practice for another 2-3 hours that morning. We then raced over to the venue and got to do soundcheck. Looking out to the large theater sent an overwhelming joy and excitement for what was to come in a couple of hours. I had been dreaming of a moment like this my whole life and all the hours of practice and nearly sleepless nights had finally paid off.
We were getting ready in the dressing room buzzing off of a bit of nervousness, but also a lot of excitement. They opened the doors and we saw the line of people who were previously wrapped around the block start pouring into the theater. The time had finally come and they told us to walk out to the stage. We went out and played our 6 songs to the sold-out 3,000 seat filled crowd. It went extremely well and ended with an energized crowd ready for the following acts.
Following our performance we got to go out in the crowd with our family and friends and enjoy the rest of the amazing concert. We went out after downtown and got some burgers from Kansas City’s famous town topic burgers asking ourselves how in the world we pulled it off. We couldn’t believe what we had been through in the last 24 hours. It’s an experience I’ll never forget as my first concert ever.