After hearing that Foster The People sold out Congress Theater back-to-back nights a few weeks ago, we had to go see what all the hype was about. I’m someone who isn’t too versed in the art of the indie band, being quite the EDM and Hip-Hop head, but our good friends at React Presents let us step in and see what it was all about. So I took my camera, a few ladies, and we embarked on our journey to Congress Theater for what was sure to be a night of the complete opposite from our norm. The norm being a bunch of kids running around head-to-toe in Neon, tutu’s, and some pretty wild lights.
We hit the venue at 8:15, snagged our tickets, and headed in. This is typically the part where you encounter the TSA as I refer to them, or Congress security to the average show-goer. We went through with a breeze despite it being a sold out show. I’ve been to a few sold out shows at Congress and if there’s one thing you expect to see, it’s organized chaos. Foster The People clearly brings a different crowd and I should have expected this but I was still a little surprised considering it was sold out.
The band hit the stage at 8:30 so I squeezed my way through the somber crowd to the front so I could snap a few photos before slipping back into the masses to enjoy the show. The venue was packed to the brim, the entire balcony’s seats were filled, but the people were sitting down (the entire time). Shocking, I know. I don’t know if it was because of the heat (you sweat just standing still), or that’s how Foster The People shows are meant to be enjoyed. Either way, everyone seemed to be loving every song they went through from their debut studio album Torches. Can you guess what the encore was? You probably did, but in case you didn’t it was “Pumped Up Kicks” and the crowd went crazy.
If I came out of this show with one suggestion for you, the average concert goer, it’s to step outside the box and go see a show or something you wouldn’t typically go to. While it may not be your cup to tea, go into it with a positive attitude and experience something new. Who knows, you may come out of it a new fan or at the very least, happy you tried something new. Hit the jump to see the rest of our photos and then head over to our Facebook page for a few exclusives!