Posted by Marcus Correll on 12/01 at 11:10 AM
Before the Thanksgiving break, a special show was held for a select group of students.
For many, secret shows are only a rumored idea from movies and gossip websites. Are there really artists who are so popular and so overwhelmed that they would rather play an apartment rather than a concert hall? Apparently, yes.
On the Monday night before the holiday, Casey Crescenzo, formerly of The Receiving End of Sirens and currently of Dear Hunter, performed a secret apartment show exclusive to an invite-only group. The show was held downtown at the Graduate on the corner of Beaver and Atherton.
Those in attendance were graciously attentive, with some cuddling on the couch and others munching on the cookie cake in the corner. Everyone was listening to the stories of Crescenzo’s touring past peppered with favorite songs requested by the audience.
Playing everything from “Mustard Gas” to “Red Hands,” the secret show provided for a rare and intimate experience. It seemed more like a visit from a long-lost friend rather than the lead singer of a popular band. Crescenzo talked about his weirdest memories from touring, his inspirations and influences, and even his views on the “Arrested Development” movie that he says is happening.
This was the last stop of Crescenzo’s secret shows, and so he even gave the crowd a special a Capella version of “B. Linus” with a drum box.
A special thanks goes to those who organized the event. Thanks also to Crescenzo for taking time out of recording and touring to provide some of his biggest fans with these memorable performances. Students can look forward to more shows springing up before the end of the year.
Author: Marcus Correll
Bio: I am a junior at the Pennsylvania State University majoring in journalism with hopes of achieving a writing position for a prominent music magazine. I am an avid concert goer and enjoy rock climbing, golfing and hanging with my friends. My top bands right now are Blink-182 (always a top choice), Man Overboard, Manchester Orchestra and Vampire Weekend.
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