Words by Susie Ramone, Photos by Dustin Schneider
Last Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of heading out to Tannahill’s Tavern and Music Hall for another excellent show. I swear, every time I go I have to eat even more of my words saying that the place was anything but a beautiful venue. From the green rooms (gorgeous and comfy) to the bars (one on each side of the venue) to the sound (amazing) – the place is just stellar.
Anyway, back to the music – opening the night was a band out of Dallas called Valve. Everyone I ran into said that Valve was one of their favorite bands from the 2000s and they were stoked to see them on the bill. As with most bands from that time period in the DFW, I was unfamiliar with them. They absolutely lived up to the hype. I loved their look with black button-downs, skinny white ties, jeans, and sneakers. I loved their sound – very of-the-time sweet/alt-rock. The lead singer had beautiful vocals that fit the entire vibe and the 4 piece band’s sound was an excellent compliment to Flickerstick. I would have never guessed in a million years that they hadn’t played a show in 9 years. I hope we don’t have to wait 9 more to see them again!
And then there was Flickerstick. I’m not even kidding when I tell you that hearing Brandin sing during soundcheck got me right in the feels. It’s freaking awesome to see him exactly where he belongs – on stage in front of a crowd. At one point, he got down and made someone’s entire day by singing with a fan in selfie mode on their phone. Each time I see them play I become even more enraptured with Fatima, Beau, Rex, and Todd, each of them is just absolutely magical.
It’s a beautiful thing to witness Flickerstick live. To see the crowds singing every word of every song. To see the 5 members of the band creating magic in musical form. I’m looking forward to more shows and more music. I can’t wait!
After the show, in the band’s green room, Fatmina’s boyfriend Kyle surprised her by making it to town to see her and the band play. He then dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. She said yes! It was the icing on the cake in making this evening more magical.