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Successful Crash #18: Animal Collective @Stubbs

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Posted by teibs On June - 6 - 2009

orange@ZackTeibloom With five different colored Stubb’s wristbands in my pocket, I pulled into a parking spot, gave a fist full of change to the guy who “helped me” find a spot and scoped out the scene.

It may be a while before I acquire every color of Stubbs’ wrist bands. This night was bright orange which sucked because not only didn’t I have that color, but it’s hard to walk around a venue without such an obvious pass.

Animal Collective sold out weeks ago, so the scalpers were out in droves asking anywhere from $35 to $60 a ticket. I’m not sure if any got more than $50 for one, but I did see cash exchange hands a few times.The show was called for 7 so I arrived at 7:30 knowing there was an opening band, but I soon found out Animal Collective didn’t actually come on until 9:30. I read an issue of the Onion and hung around the venue looking for a miracle, got bored and strolled over to Alamo Drafthouse to buy my ticket for the Air Sex show Saturday night. I crashed the last half hour of “The Hangover” and made my way back to Stubbs around 8:45 as the first band wound down.

The security at Stubbs is pretty good, I’m not gonna lie. The main entrance has about half a dozen guards at all time and the all important second line of defense. I’m pretty sure I could get past the ticket takers, but there’s that guy beyond them looking for your bright orange.

I went with what worked for me last time: asking wristed individuals leaving the venue if they were leaving for good. This trick works a lot better if the opening band is halfway decent. Doesn’t work if it’s Black Dice. Bonnie Prince Billy was playing just up the street at Mohawk, so I considered just walking back and forth between venues, listening from the outside, but I’d have to consider that a fail.

9:25 and I don’t have a clue how I’m getting in. Then my miracle happens. A middle-aged Joni Mitchell looking woman walks by holding up two tickets. I see her approach one of the scalpers I’ve been watching all night and hear him say, “At least the tickets will go to someone.” That’s the opening I needed. I sense she doesn’t want to sell to a scalper and exclaim, “I’m a fan!” “You have a friend here?” she asks. “I can get one” I say back and she hands me the two tickets.

I tweeted about my extra, waited a couple minutes as Animal Collective was about to go on stage and put the extra in an Onion bin next to the venue and tweeted where it was. Unforunately my Twitter followers in Ausitn make their Friday night plans more than three minutes in advance and I had to wait an hour for Chris to show up to claim the extra.

1 Response

  1. shore Said,

    Walking into the venue with a ticket, albeit free, is not a crash. Success? I think not. I’d say this was less of a crash than having to have a friend who paid let you in. How was the show?

    Posted on June 7th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

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