I saw Roosevelt live at Mercury Lounge with my friend Karina on Tuesday, September 28th, and it was by far the best concert I’ve ever attended.
The night began with me panicking because I couldn’t get a hold of Karina by cell and the opening act, Shallou, had already begun at 7.
She wasn’t answering her texts, phone calls, or Whatsapp messages (the app said she was last online at 6:28pm), which was enough to drive me crazy.
Shallou’s performance was filled with some really transient soft electro beats, which, like the last time I was at a concert at Mercury Lounge, made me a bit sleeping. I’m starting to hear a trend for opening acts here…
Anyway, Shallou ended close to 8pm and still nothing from Karina. I made my way closer to the stage, trying to tell myself that I’d enjoy the concert with or without her.
Meanwhile, there was an older man in the front jamming out to DJ Supermarkt. His dance moves were getting sort of dangerous, and the guys near me couldn’t stop staring in fear/amazement.
Then a guy in the audience asked how I found out about Roosevelt. I couldn’t remember exactly at the moment, but I said “Spotify.” Then later I remember it was, to be more specific, from Majestic Casual Chapter 2 on Spotify.
Then I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize. The voice sounded like Karina. It was. I made my way back to the door to give her the concert ticket so she could come in. She then explained that her phone doesn’t work anymore unless she has WiFi, so she didn’t have GPS and walked the wrong way.
Anyhow, Roosevelt was about to start so I didn’t want to waste time getting a drink in case we were about to miss him. The guy that had asked me earlier about how I found out about Roosevelt let go me back to where I was standing.
And then it happened. Marius, his drummer, and guitar guy walk onto the stage wearing white shirts and started playing “Intro” from the new self-titled album. Then they started the show with “Wait Up.”
“That was like, the perfect song to start with,” Karina said.
Roosevelt went on to play more songs off the new album, including “Colours,” “Fever,” and “Moving On,” as well as old faves “Elliott” and “Hold On.”
When he played “Heart” and “Belong” I melted. So. Freaking. GOOD!
I must say, Roosevelt’s fans definitely know how to dance! There was the cutest young married couple to my left, and they were busting some serious moves. And then there was also that old guy too, who kept saying weird stuff like “Roosevelt in da house!” while dancing like a crazy person.
When the show ended with “Night Moves,” I was left wanting more. I couldn’t believe it was over.
Take me back to Roosevelt at Mercury Lounge!
He’s left the U.S. for now, but here are the rest of his international tour dates:
OCT 13 CH ZÜRICH PAPIERSAAL
OCT 14 DE MUNICH STROM
OCT 15 DE LEIPZIG WERK 2
OCT 17 DE COLOGNE STADTGARTEN
OCT 18 DE HAMBURG UEBEL & GEFAEHRLICH
OCT 21 AT VIENNA FM4 CLUB
OCT 29 DE DÜSSELDORF NEW FALL FESTIVAL
NOV 12 DK COPENHAGEN IDEAL BAR
NOV 15 NL AMSTERDAM MELKWEG
NOV 16 NL ROTTERDAM ROTOWN
NOV 17 FR PARIS BADABOUM
NOV 18 BE BRUSSELS BEURSSCHOUWBURG
NOV 22 UK BRIGHTON THE GREEN DOOR STORE
NOV 23 UK LONDON XOYO
NOV 25 UK GLASGOW BROADCAST
NOV 26 UK LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
NOV 27 UK MANCHESTER NIGHT & DAY
NOV 30 DE BERLIN LIDO
MAR 24 DE COLOGNE GLORIA