Two weeks ago, a new friend of mine asked me if I wanted a ticket to an upcoming concert in downtown Boston. Hoping to explore as much as possible during my time in college, I jumped on the opportunity despite barely knowing any of the artist’s songs.
What did I learn from this decision? A: Peter McPoland is one of the coolest people alive, and B: Saying yes to new experiences is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself and discover new interests.
The concert featured indie rock artist Peter McPoland at the Royale venue off of the Boylston Green Line T-stop. McPoland put on an unforgettable show, and the atmosphere was electric despite the venue’s small size.
Previously, I’d only ever experienced large concerts featuring majorly famous artists.
At Royale, general admission and VIP were the only options, and I was just feet away from McPoland.
Not only was I close to the stage, but mid-show, McPoland jumped into the audience and danced alongside fans. The small venue and McPoland’s clear enthusiasm for his music and appreciation for his fans made for one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.
Even with some technical difficulties, the energy remained high. Not knowing many songs didn’t deter me from having fun, as the entire crowd danced the whole time. It was like a slightly less chaotic rave.
McPoland’s guitar skills were a highlight, as was the sense of camaraderie across the crowd. I thought general admission would be a drudgery and maybe even ruin the experience, but it actually enhanced it. My group met other fans from different states, and we were able to connect even more with each other.