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Ivan & Alyosha

As a college student who’s home for the summer, few things are better than having the freedom (and the money) to go see a concert. Last night, I went to see a band called Ivan & Alyosha at the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, and I had a great time.

If you’ve never heard of Ivan & Alyosha, don’t feel bad–I hadn’t either until a friend of mine from high school posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to go to the concert with him. Because one of the summer goals I set for myself is to do fun things with people my age, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to go see the show with him.

Ivan & Alyosha is a four-piece act from Seattle who play indie folk-pop music. I really enjoyed them and their opening act, Caleb. (I could have done without the first opening act, a Philly band called Divers.) Both bands had amazing sounds and wonderful stage presence, and I quickly fell in love with Ivan & Alyosha’s song, “Be Your Man.”

The venue was also really cool. It was small but spacious and full of tables, and we were able to sit anywhere. Arriving early gave us enough time to listen to practically the entire sound check and order food before the show. And before Ivan & Alyosha went on stage to perform, the lead singer, Tim, came to our table next to the stage to introduce himself and shake our hands.

After the show, my friend and I got to meet the other members of the band, chat with them, and pose for a couple of pictures. I also bought the band’s latest album, All The Times We Had, their first LP (though I forgot to ask them to sign it because I was having too much fun interacting with them). It’s a great album, and I was greeted with it this morning by my CD alarm clock, but this band sounds even better live. If you ever get the chance to see Ivan & Alyosha (or Caleb) in person, I highly recommend it.

Are you seeing any awesome concerts this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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