March 1st, 2014

Awesome. If I had to sum up Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s show at The Fillmore on Saturday, March 1st, in one word, that would be my word. While outside it was cold and rainy, inside it was a party full of dancing, bubbles, and great music.

The nearly sold-out crowd was buzzing with excitement as band members Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott took the stage promptly at 10 p.m. After telling the crowd how their fourth show ever - which was in San Francisco - convinced them to keep the band together, Josh jumped into the audience and danced with everyone. The same sentiment echoed during "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)" when Dan leapt into the crowd and was mobbed in the mass of dancing fans.

The floor was slippery from all the sweat during the Detroit-based indie-pop band’s 14 song set. The evening was a perfect mix of songs that make you want to dance like crazy and songs that make you want to just tap your feet and bounce along. The energy, as well as the temperature, was high in The Fillmore as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. powered through the set list featuring hits such as “Don’t Tell Me” and “Skeletons.”

After their second song, “Rain Today,” Josh joked that they weren’t responsible for the weather and proceeded to share how excited they were to be playing The Fillmore. He said it was “a dream come true.” The band recently played this same venue on November 7th, 2013, opening for Atlas Genius. Four months later they were back headlining, something which excited all four band members.

On stage, it was clear that Josh, Daniel, drummer Mike Higgins, and keyboardist Jon Visger were all having a blast. Their energy projected onto the crowd, who danced enthusiastically the whole 80-minute show. When we left The Fillmore around 11:30 p.m., it wasn’t raining anymore.

Photos by Sam Engel / Senior Staff