Last week we went to Rotterdam to see Nate Smith + Kinfolk at the Bird. Nate Smith is one of my favorite drummers, and I have been looking forward to the concert for over 6 months. It did not disappoint. The concert was awesome! I have had a bunch of the tunes going through my head ever since.
They opened with Altitude. He did a drum solo into Rambo, into I Burn For You, and then back to Rambo.
For the encore, Nate did another drum solo, of the sort I have seen from other concerts, where he gets the audience to clap along, and then plays around with all sorts of different rhythms. Then John Cowherd did an amazing organ intro into Fly, and they ended the concert in a quiet and peaceful setting.
My only complaint is that they didn’t play Skip Step. Maybe he has gotten tired of playing that one. Also, it was hot in the venue, which Nate also complained about. I was a little bit worried that Clare and Alice wouldn’t enjoy the frenzied jazz music, but even they seemed to enjoy it, particularly Amma Whatt’s vocals, which were amazing. One of the things I love about Nate Smith’s music is the variety – he takes you through all the emotions, ranging from whisper to roar and back multiple times.
Several colleagues from Automattic joined us for dinner and the concert, which was also really nice. On top of all of that, we really enjoyed Rotterdam. I’ll post some more pictures from our trip soon.