Despite mud and the occasional drizzle, Saturday’s Modest Mouse concert with special guest Brand New at Brewery Ommegang went well with the fans of both bands.
Additionally, the venue itself appears to have been a hit.
The day before, a special encore show with Modest Mouse featuring Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, kicked off Brewery Ommegang’s 2014 Summer Concert Series.
Both concerts were sold out shows, with the Modest Mouse and Brand New show selling out within minutes this March. All concerts in the summer series take place on the grounds of Brewery Ommegang.
Rain earlier on Saturday resulted in large amounts of mud, both in the parking lot and in the venue. This didn’t deter the large crowds, however, that crowded around the stage. The brewery also attempted to alleviate the mud issue in the concert area by putting down hay.
The concert started at about 7 p.m., when Brand New took the stage. An alternative rock band from Long Island, the crowd at the brewery included many dedicated fans of the group.
“Brand New is the best band,” said Chelsea Heltai, who traveled from Washington D.C. to see them play. “I love seeing them. I’ve seen them a million times. They never disappoint,”
“I loved it (Brand New’s set),” said Lexi Tschaikowsky, who traveled from Bergen County, N.J. to see Brand New for the first time. “My friends are really big Modest Mouse fans but, I love Brand New. I always have.”
“Brand New killed it,” said Kevin Matthews, who traveled from Atlanta, Ga.
Modest Mouse also inspired people to travel long distances, with Robert Lambert driving an estimated seven hours from Columbus, Ohio, after deciding to attend the concert that day.
“I came here specifically for Modest Mouse,” said Lambert.
Traveling a much shorter distance to the show was Rob McLachlan of Walton who, despite being a fan of Brewery Ommegang’s products and a home brewer himself, had never been to Brewery Ommegang before. A fan of both bands, MaLachlan was interviewed after Brand New’s set.
“I’ve seen Brand New twice before and I’ve always wanted to see Modest Mouse,” said MaLachlan. “I love watching them live. They’re (Brand New) just so energetic.”
In between the two bands' sets, there was an intermittent drizzle, but the rain dissipated by the time Modest Mouse took to the stage. The alternative rock band from Washington state, whose 2004 album “Good News for People Who Love Bad News” went platinum, played a full set, followed by two encores, with the music wrapping up after 11:30 p.m.
Between the first and second encore, Brewery Ommegang provided a fireworks show.
“That was awesome. I was so thrilled that they came back,” said Allison Kunkel, of High Falls, speaking of Modest Mouse’s second encore.
“Modest Mouse is probably the best band to come to Ommegang,” said Alex Yarinsky, of Saratoga.
“Amazing … both of them (the bands) were excellent,” said John Riberdy, of Half Moon, who came to see Modest Mouse for the first time. “(It’s) been years in the making and well worth it.”
Numerous concertgoers praised the venue itself.
“This venue is wonderful,” said Heltai.
“The venue’s great,” said Monica Mulligan of West Milford, N.J., who has a cabin in Cooperstown but had never been to Brewery Ommegang before. “Quick to get in, beer good, everything’s good.”
“Aside from the rain, the venue’s a lot of fun,” said Will Eck of Albany, who said that he might return to see Neutral Milk Hotel play at Brewery Ommegang this year.
“Amazing place, good place for a venue,” said Riberdy.
When asked if they were interested in returning to Brewery Ommegang for another concert, almost all concertgoers questioned answered yes.
“Definitely, if I can,” said Spencer Woodely, of Montrose Pa., who studies at the State University of New York at Oneonta.
“Absolutely,” said Heltai.
“I would love to,” said Mulligan.
“I literally wouldn’t care who was playing here. I would come no matter what,” said McLachlan. “Even with the rain and everything this is awesome.”
Conor Oberst and Dawes with special guest The Baseball Project will be the next show in this year’s Summer Concert Series. The concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 1. Other shows that have been announced for the series this year are Old Crowe Medicine Show on Aug. 3 and Neutral Milk Hotel on Sept. 6.
For more information visit www.ommegang.com.