Nada Surf Live @ The Neptune
May 9, 2018 in Seattle
By Stephanie Oster
Nada Surf played to a sold out crowd May 9 at the Neptune Theater in the University District of Seattle, Wash. The event, the 21st installment of the KEXP’s Little Big Show, was buzzing with the energy of earnest joy, as this particular performance was in celebration of the 15-year anniversary of Nada Surf’s pivotal album, Let Go.
Florida singer/songwriter and Barsuk Records label mate Chris Staples did a dreamy Indie rock set before the headliners took the stage and played the entirety of their 2002 album, track for track; then followed up with a second set of separate songs…basically two entirely different shows, which made for a unique and memorable experience.
The crowd was full of nostalgia and pure joy, singing along to Let Go, word for word, and track for track. The band, which features three seriously good-looking middle aged men, seemed genuinely happy to be back in the city that loves them so much. The energy was undeniable, and Both Nada Surf and the crowd were genuinely excited to share the entirety of Let Go, together.
The band’s performance was high energy and peppered with some fun personal antidotes about its history, as well as authentic “thank yous” to the city of Seattle and Barsuk, which has been the band’s label since 2002.
Ultimately, the concert served a nice shout out to the city and label that helped them flourish and it all felt perfect in the charming setting of the Neptune Theater.