I’m still on could nine from Friday night, guys. The stars aligned, and I got in to First Aid Kit‘s sold-out show at Lakeland College! For those of you who don’t know, FAK is a sister duo from Sweden, and they play some damn fine folk/Americana music.
I let my husband be my +1, and late Friday afternoon, we drove up to Sheboygan to eat at The Duke of Devon (I highly recommend it). We had AN HOUR of uninterrupted time to talk. WHAT?! I haven’t been able to finish a conversation with my husband in like 5 years without having to get someone another glass of milk/change a diaper/break up a fight/keep the baby from playing with the silverware in the dishwasher. It was magical.
When we got to Lakeland College, I’m not going to lie…I wondered what First Aid Kit was doing in the middle of nowhere. They’re pretty big. I mean, they toured with Jack White! And Plymouth seemed like an odd destination for their show. But Lakeland had a beautiful campus (at least it appeared so in the dark) and the concert hall was great. Plus the people that work there are awesome (shout out to David for getting Little T’s picture to the ladies of the band, more on that in a minute).
But some high points from the show:
-Samantha Crain opened and she’s a really wonderful singer/songwriter. Please check her out.
-Johanna’s amazing hair flipping/head banging to The Lion’s Roar was a killer way to start out the show.
-Klara and Johanna unplugged and sang Ghost Town without mics. Because we were like 10 feet away from them, it felt like they were pouring their hearts out to share the beauty of song in a really a personal way.
-They sang Jack White’s Love Interruption. Like, whoa.
-For the encore, Samantha Crain joined in and they sang Waiter at the Station. I was moved by the sound of three women, singing their hearts out and giving my ears some delicious harmonies to eat up.
And also, a moment I saw. First Aid Kit was singing Emmylou, one of their most popular songs. I peeked over to the front row of the audience, and there I saw the most special love between a mother and daughter. The daughter was maybe 13, and was singing every word out loud. Mom was standing behind with her arms wrapped around her daughter, and every now and then she would stroke her daughter’s hair or give her a squeeze. She couldn’t help it. I know the feeling, when you’re just so in love with your amazing kid and you want to eat them up. The mom and daughter were only a few feet away from Johanna and Klara, and I swear the moment was tangible.
Afterwards, we hung out in the lobby and ran into some friends, and got our pictured taken with the beautiful Samantha Crain!
So from me, Theo, and some dude behind us, thanks First Aid Kit and Lakeland College for a wonderful night. Little T asked me to help her make a picture for the band, which you can see on their Instagram page. The back of the card says such cute things as “maybe you could come over and sing for us, your guitars are pretty cool, and maybe I could show you my Dr. DooLittle record [which has been on heavy rotation on our record player for at least a year…ugh]”.
And thanks to Uncle Wow and Auntie Brave for babysitting and letting this night happen!