By Bowen Moreno
Monday night was a celebration. Audience members from all over crammed themselves into an alleyway in Phoenix, Arizona for one of the most unique concerts that I’ve seen in a long time. The launch of Mac Demarco’s new record label, respectively titled “Mac’s Record Label” was just the start of the celebration.
Fans were bundled up in beanies and jackets, allowing Phoenicians to finally experience something other than the fiery heat, all thanks to Mac. The “Purple Bobcat Next to River Tour” was just beginning, and I had the pleasure of being a part of it. This show was special, a true Genesis of Mac’s career, as it is his first solo tour thus far.
My initial reaction to Demarco announcing a solo tour was a bit sceptical, as his usual performances rely heavily on his ensemble of fun loving goofballs, but boy was I wrong. The intimacy of Mac’s solo performance was remarkable, fun loving, and allowed fans to feel that he was really playing to everyone individually.
Mac prefaced the show with the statement, “I’ll play as many songs as I can possibly remember.” With an enormous smile on my face, I readied myself as I knew this show wouldn’t be a short one. Demarco’s quality of performance was gripping, he truly pulled me in with his groovy hooks and his personable banter.
By the end of the night, I found myself on a rooftop with a small group of beaming audience members swaying and singing along to Let my Baby Stay. As Andy Bernard once said “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” This show made me feel like it was nostalgic before it even ended, for that, I am thankful. Get tickets for this show at https://www.mac-demarco.com/tour/