This Providence, Sept. 19, The Venue 

A few years ago, I read a Yellowcard concert review. In this particular installment, what struck me wasn't so much the critic's musical opinion but how a 40-something could possibly feel comfortable seeing Yellowcard perform, most likely having decades on most of the other concert-goers. Maybe those awkward moments are why the band received such a nasty review. After I imagined teenyboppers hopping around to the music, while the critic sipped a beer, I swore a solemn vow that never would I become that awkward older guy.

I've got no complaints about This Providence. Prior to their show, I heard praise for their music, most of which turned out to be true. They were a fine band. In concert they delivered a high-energy performance, driven especially by their drummer, who was spot on. The songs were tight and well-written, with enough experimenting thrown in to keep the music interesting. Even though the band was not headlining the tour, a large part of the crowd—like myself—came primarily to hear them play. Why they were not at least coheadlining with The Cab was open to speculation.

All together, This Providence has the makings of a band I would have loved in my teenage years, before I discovered artists like Isaac Brock and songs that suddenly made energetic pop-rock seem irrelevant. I'm only 22, but looking around, I recognize that my days at the Venue are drawing to a close as the age schism sets in. It won't be long before I will bow out gracefully and take with me some respect for musical tastes that are not my own.

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