This weekend, we were lucky enough to attend Alt 98.7's Summer Camp concert at the Santa Monica Pier. Featuring Matt & Kim as the headliner, with appearances by Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, James Bay, Saint Motel, and more, this was an LA music event that we did NOT want to miss. Click through to check out some of our favorite moments of the night!
Having seen Matt & Kim before, I already knew they were going to be tons of fun, but I was so impressed with how great the other bands were too. They also set up meet-and-greets with the bands, so we got to meet Andrew McMahon backstage. He couldn't have been nicer! And honestly-- you really can't beat listening to great music...on the beach...while the sun sets.
Because the concert was a long one (4:30pm-9:30pm), the acts performed shorter (45 minutes ish) sets, and downtime in between was quick, which actually didn't make it feel like a long day at all. We made sure to get a few drinks, take a break for oysters, and dance like crazy when necessary. It was a TON of fun.
Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness played a quick set, but made sure to get in his big hit, "Cecilia and the Satellite," as well as some of the big hits of his previous projects, like songs from Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate.
Their set was really fun and upbeat. It was the perfect lead-in to Matt & Kim-- it was exciting, but also casual enough to just sit back and drink a beer while watching the sunset.
We had a bit of time, so we decided to walk to Blue Plate Oysterette on Ocean for some oysters. We got 18 total (9 each), and they were really fresh and delicious. If we decide to do this again, though, we'll make sure to come for happy hour, when there's a deal on oysters! The bill was a bit more painful than we were expecting.
Matt and Kim took the stage around 8:30pm, and immediately turned up the volume "from zero to a hundy." They kicked off their set with some old school hip hop tunes, which surprisingly transitioned really well into their upbeat pop rock anthems.
They definitely got the crowd going. They danced around the stage, implored the audience to dance, threw beach balls into the crowd, and were so real that everyone went wild. At one point, Matt told an anecdote about R. Kelly deciding not to play a concert because he hadn't been paid, to which he responded that he would "do this shit for free any day of the week." They clearly have so much fun, and love what they do, feeding off of the energy of the crowd.
One of the best moments was when Kim got into the crowd, asked them to hold her feet, and proceeded to twerk. The crowd went nuts. I honestly have no idea how they maintain such a high energy level, but they actually seemed to get more pumped up as the show went on.
I have to say: I have not danced that hard at a concert in SO long. It felt good. So glad we went!