Seeing Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. should be on every American’s bucket list. In fact, bump your date up to soonish (rapture?) and see them immediately. The show these two guys from Detroit put on at The Camel is one I will remember for some time. The stage was modest aside from the two sets of giant “JR JR” light-boards that blasted the crowd with brights during their mobilizing jams. Oh, and I can’t forget the bubble machine. Before DEJJ got up to full speed, the guys stripped out of their customary NASCAR jumpsuits, revealing baller-status business suits; an homage to the transition from A Horse Power EP. They then opened with a captivating performance of Morning Thought, the first single of their debut album, A Corporate World. *See the symbolism there??
Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott commanded the crowd like a group that has been doing this for years. Their basement crafted ingenuity translated perfectly to the intimate stage of The Camel. I really haven’t seen anything like what DEJJ offered for crowd interaction. During Skeletons, they asked for volunteers to come on stage and lead the “Skeleton Choir”. This led to three lucky individuals leading the chorus wearing skeleton masks. Each song had its own customization. There was passion, energy, raw talent and the whole thing was too enjoyable to translate to the wandering reader. You simply had to be there.
DEJJ’s set featured three cover songs; including, Steve Winwood’s Higher Love and God Only Knows by the Beach Boys. They utilized their amazing talent for remixing to spin each cover into something unique and brilliant. The entire night came to the perfect end when DEJJ closed the encore with Nothing But Our Love. They could have gone on for hours more, and I wish they had. I can’t wait to see these guys again with a full album under their belt.
I was lucky enough to meet Josh and Daniel before and after the show. Awesome dudes, wish I had been able to stick around to show them how to party in Richmond. This band has legs and you should join as they blitz the music industry.
Read my previous Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. post, here. Includes a couple of songs ripe for listening.