THE NBHD rocks South Side Ballroom
By: Tania Chavez,12
The line of thousands of anxious fans waiting outside of South Side Ballroom was ridiculously long. The Neighbourhood, (abbreviated "THE NBHD" by their fans) were preparing to play a concert at the venue just south of downtown. THE NBHD is an indie rock band with 5 members with lead singer/actor Jesse Rutherford as their front man. When the doors opened at 7 fans ran inside to try and get as close as possible to the stage. The concert hall was just the right size, not too big, not too small, but it was crazy hot after it started getting full.
A hip hop singer, Kevin Abstract, opened for and got the crowd pumped and excited for THE NBHD.
When the lights went out everyone started cheering and people in the back started pushing trying to get a closer view. The people at the front got completely squished by the hundreds of fans, and their body heat made it very difficult to breath. At this point it was impossible to move an inch. People were getting stepped on while others where fainting and getting carried out by security.
After all the mess, the band came on stage and started the concert off with "Prey," a song from their most recent album "Wiped Out." Rutherford certainly carried the show and was the main attraction. His energy throughout the nearly 3 hour concert was amazing. He danced, jumped and strutted all over the stage as the crowd sang along. The band ended with "Sweater Weather," a song that served as the lead single from their debut studio album, I Love You (2013). The song reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in June 2013.
Every fan was cheering, no one was disappointed and despite the pushing and squishing, this concert was the greatest!
A picture of Jesse Rutherford taken by Tania
A crowded selfie Tania took with the crowd