Entertain Us (6-11-2018): It is nice to be alive at a Ball Park Music concert

Entertain Us (6-11-2018): It is nice to be alive at a Ball Park Music concert

IN early 2008 a group of Brisbane kids formed my favourite band of all time (sorry Bruce Springsteen) — Ball Park Music.

The five-piece indie pop/rock group have not aged a day since they met. Honestly, they turn 19 every year. It must be something in the water.

Late last month they joined Western Australian foursome San Cisco for a joint headline tour which stopped by Thebarton Theatre.

Opening was the delightful and talented Ruby Fields, who wields a sense of self-deprecation as well as she works her guitar.

She busted out fan favourites I Want, P Plates, Libby’s Pink Car and newest track Dinosaurs which builds slowly until the guitars hit near the end.

San Cisco jumped on stage next, playing tunes including Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?, Run, About You, Fred Astaire and the recently-released When I Dream.

I apologise to the people who were standing near my friend and me as we intensely sang at each other and danced.

I do not apologise though to the tall guy and his girlfriend who appeared as one person standing directly in my way. I couldn’t help that I had to lean forward and it’s a shame elbows are so pointy.

The Thebby was packed and more than ready for Ball Park Music.

Previously I’ve written about how impressive a frontman Dave Le’aupepe from Gang of Youths is — the man knows how to command a stage and keep the crowd hooked.

Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack may look a little different (shorter, glasses) but his presence is equally as impressive.

Ball Park Music combines excellent lyrics, punchy riffs and gorgeous harmonies in a very entertaining package.

For all my feelings about the planned encore (hate them, hope they die a slow death) Ball Park Music came back on stage to sing Literally Baby from their first album and then a brilliant cover of Hey Jude.

That’s right, Ball Park Music did The Beatles and did it so, so well. There is a link on YouTube if you’re keen.

This is the third or fourth time I’ve seen BPM and I will be back for more, even as I continue to feel like the oldest person in the crowd. 

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