last year's 80/35 music festival was made most-memorable by an awesome dance party/performance by girl talk. so we were pretty excited to find out greg gillis would be back in des moines, this time with a smaller crowd and (if it's even possible) more energy.
we met up for a drink on the nearby beechwood patio and walked over to wooly's from there. east village was filled with people decked out in neon and glowsticks and you could feel the buzz of excitement.
as soon as we got inside, we made a move toward the front. our group got divided up; but sarah, amanda and i made it up to the second row. (although, i eventually got ahold of the front rail so i think that's technically first row. ha.)
it was a sweaty, crowded mess, but everyone was having a great time. my clothes were literally drenched in sweat and water. (they were spraying water and air out into the crowd to cool people down.) i'm sure my mom is thinking, that doesn't sound like fun at all. but it was a blast.
after the show we hung out in east village and i ended up at the locust tap with a group of my co-workers from americana. after we had been there for a while, we realized greg gillis himself was sitting at the bar with the rest of his crew. if you're from des moines, or familiar with the locust tap, you can imagine how cool it was to hang with girl talk at des moines' diviest of dive bars.
one of his guys who had been spraying air into the crowd recognized me from being up front & even bought me a drink. i left before too long but i heard later in the evening the girl talk crew was dancing with everyone at the tap and greg gillis left a $150 tip on a $30 tab.
it's pretty cool to realize that someone you admire is just as cool in real life as you hoped they'd be.
if you like to dance i definitely recommend seeing girl talk live if you ever get the opportunity. it was well worth the price of a ticket.