Maxwell’s on Main (M.O.M.s) is a restaurant/bar in Doylestown, PA that also serves as a music venue on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as part of their Craft Culture concert series. Saturday night was my first time ever visiting Maxwell’s On Main and from what I saw it’s a nice place with two or three floors, bars, and live music–the latter is all I care about.
There was a pretty decent size crowd out at M.O.M.s celebrating the Labor Day weekend. The show began with a set by DJ Alex Vance. I recognized some of the music Vance was spinning so I did enjoy his set but deep down inside I was just hoping Illinois would start their set soon. A chance to see Illinois perform live again was the only reason why I traveled to M.O.M.s in Doylestown on Saturday in the first place.
When I heard Chris Archibald of Illinois say “checkin’ the mic, checkin’ the mic, ch-checkin’ it” I knew it was almost showtime. Illinois began their set with “Screen Door” and ended with “Nosebleed”. The set highlights were: hearing “Idiot Statue” (I love that song!), being treated to “We Get Up” and “Summer” which is new unreleased material that sounds great, and the banjo portion of the night (“Oh, Asia”, “Old Saloon” and “Camouflage Man”) is when the crowd really started to rock out of control. Yes, it was about a fifteen song set which is pretty long but I just wished Illinois could have played the whole night long.
I highly recommend that you check out Illinois at some point and if you get a chance to see this band live it is an absolute must. Most people probably think that I’m just being biased when I say “Illinois is the best band ever” but I’m just being honest. Illinois’ music has the ability to make this wallflower (me) forget about my shyness and just dance in public–that is powerful and completely amazing.
If anyone is keeping score, JP won the gameball for his musicianship during Saturday’s show.
Thank you, Illinois!