"Yooouuuu should know by now;" sang the sold-out crowd at The Loft in Lansing, a crowd that was up there with the most energetic crowds I've ever seen at that venue (and I've been there at least 20 times).
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is one of those special bands that just blow you away with their live show when you're least expecting it. I went into it only having listened to their album maybe three times all the way through and only really knowing their single "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dance Floor)" well.
I definitely liked their music and was excited for the show but was not planning on staying past the first few songs; the previous night I got an rough four hours of sleep, worked all day the next day, and my throat hurt so bad I thought I actually had sandpaper stuck in my esophagus.
But before I knew it the band was being cheered back on stage for an encore and I still didn't want to leave!
They're a bit quirky but I think that's what makes them unique and awesome. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. doesn't just perform; they put on a show. It's not so extravagant you roll your eyes but they had a few letter lights (J & R of course), a pretty rad sphere back in the middle of the stage that fun images were being projected on, and Joshua Epstein entered the crowd a few times and got fans incredibly excited.
There was rarely a time during the show where someone's hands weren't dancing up in the air among the fans.
But not only do they put on a great show; they're very talented musicians and singers, and clearly love what they do.
P.S. I always love the local indie rock sensation Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, who opened for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on this night. They are definitely going places, including SXSW this year in Austin, TX! Check them out!