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Fathers Day was Murder by Death

Murder by Death

Father’s Day 2024—an idyllic day spent with my kids, basking in the simple pleasures of fatherhood: lunch, a park visit, and ice cream. As the day drew to a close, I threw out a wild suggestion—how about a concert? To my surprise, they agreed. Thus, we found ourselves heading to Skully’s, a Columbus staple, known for its custom menus and decent sound. The stage was set for an evening with Murder by Death.

As I walked into the venue with my 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, a wave of panic hit me. The place was packed, wall-to-wall with bodies. How would I navigate this chaotic scene, work, and be a responsible dad all at once? Thankfully, we secured a spot side stage, a vantage point where the kids could comfortably watch the show unfold.

Murder by Death

My daughter had always been indifferent to the band’s music in the past. But the moment she laid eyes on the violinist and the cellist, something changed. Her face lit up, and I knew—it was game over. She was a fan.

Murder by Death, known for their dark and gothic western country vibes, took the stage with a surprising lightness. They joked with the crowd, making nods to the dads who had been dragged to the show by their kids, and to those whose kids left them at home to attend the concert. It was a beautiful irony and a testament to the band’s ability to connect with their audience.

They played a wide array of songs from their extensive catalog, each one a showcase of their musicianship. This was not a band relying on flash or gimmicks; they were storytellers, weaving tales through song for those willing to listen. The 24 years of stage experience shone through in their performance. They were polished, yet raw, seasoned, but still passionate.

Murder by Death

This wasn’t the craziest concert I’ve ever attended, and that was precisely the point. The songs were perfectly suited for the mood, and the energy was just right for the evening. It was a celebration—a reflection on an incredible career and journey. The crowd, filled with fans old and new, swayed and sang along, creating an atmosphere of communal appreciation.

Murder by Death delivered a set that was both intimate and grand, a delicate balance that few bands can achieve. Their music, a blend of haunting melodies and powerful lyrics, resonated deeply with everyone present, including my children. My daughter’s newfound fandom and my son’s quiet admiration were proof of the band’s enduring appeal and ability to touch hearts across generations.

As the night came to an end, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction. Murder by Death had not only entertained us but also provided a perfect capstone to a day of family bonding. It was a reminder that music has the power to bring people together, to create shared experiences that linger long after the last note has faded.

Here’s to Murder by Death, for crafting an evening of beautiful music and meaningful connection. It was a Father’s Day I won’t soon forget, and a concert that reaffirmed the band’s place in the pantheon of great live performers.

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