2013 was a great year for DC area band RDGLDGRN. In January, the group headlined a show at northern Virginia's Jammin Java club (review and slideshow here) to celebrate the imminent release of their eponymous debut EP, recorded with none other than Dave Grohl on drums.
The year then took off in a flurry of shows on various versions of the Warped tour, including the European and Australian editions, bringing the band to, in the-bassist-known-as-Gold's estimation, "52 shows in 50 cities in 8 counties on 3 continents!"
2013 ended with a bang on Sunday night (December 29) when the group played another home area show, this time headlining the U Street Music Hall in the heart of DC's music club district.
So, what does a hard-working band like RDGLDGRN do when it gets a day off in such a frantic year? They play soccer with fans, of course!
The band, masters of social media with very active Twitter and Facebook accounts, sent out a message last week, inviting interested friends and followers to meet for a pickup match at an indoor Chantilly, Virginia sports facility on Saturday afternoon. After an hour spent shooting video footage for the song "Doing the Most," the trio played a series of matches with a ragtag collection of male and female fans, some obviously experienced in the game and others just there for the fun.
As Gold told me in an email, "This is the second [soccer event] we've had so far, both in the NOVA area. It's great to get a chance to spend time with our fans and play some footie. We intend to do more in the future, hopefully all over the world soon!"
The RDGLDGRN guys wore their respective colors, of course, but the other players were dressed in various colors which made for an occasionally confusing case of "who's on which team?" The play was energetic and serious, but not so competitive as to spoil a good vibe. Who won? As Gold put it, "Everybody won at some point, we played so many matches with different teams. Hard to keep track of all these things!"
The biggest winners, naturally, were the fans who got to hang with this up-and-coming band in an intriguing, athletic twist to the usual "meet-and-greet."
And RDGLDGRN took the opportunity to track the origins of their growing fan base. "So far," relates Gold, "each event has had new people that we've met, who we always ask about how they discovered us. The world keeps getting smaller and smaller. It's crazy to hear about how they've heard of us, from spotify, to DC101, to hearing from their friends, who sometimes discover us in random places around the world."
So, the next time you see that RDGLDGRN has a concert date near you, keep your eyes open and you may get a chance to literally play with them!
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...and Happy New Year, everyone!