In my mind, at the very least there is no adequate way to put into words how wonderful and joyous the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise was when they performed at Emo's this past Monday. I will try, but I know I will probably fail epically. Because when you are talking about this show, your not talking about just one person or just one band. This is a group of close friends, getting together, to preform the music that means so much to them it spreads warm, broad smiles into across all of their faces just a few minutes into their performance. Music that is still as timeless as the day you first heard it, and still holds up ten plus years later. The show was an event, whether it was discovering the magic of B.P Helium, seeing the band perform the Mintuemen's "Party with Me Punker" that blew a few minds, Julian Koster hoisting a man named Andy who had come all the way from San Francisco to see the show then help melt a snowman, seeing The Gerbils silence the audience then propel them to euphoria when they performed "Glue", and then the entire collective storming the crowd with whatever instruments they could carry as they lead crowd in a chant of Sun Ra's "Enlightenment". This total was only the the tip of the ice berg of their marathon three hour performance. The was something simply magical about the show, something I'm glad all of these people decided to do again and take across the country.I know for a fact that this concert, this show, this night will go down as one of my favorite and as one of the best nights of my life.
The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise: