AMS Flashback: Carnegie Hall Venue of the Year
Arrest My Sister proudly started off 2011 with a true New Year’s “bang,” performing live at Carnegie Hall for the inaugural Genius of Autism celebration. Because the experience was so memorable for each of our band members, we are revisiting the thoughts and emotions each shared just after the milestone experience…
By Jon McCracken
On Jan. 10, 2011, Arrest My Sister got to play at the venue of the world, Carnegie Hall. The thought of that alone is mind blowing. Let alone actually doing it. I’ve been in the band for a little over eight months now, and I didn’t think we would be playing on the same stage that The Beatles, Gene Krupa, Paul Simon, and countless other music legends have performed on so soon.
As soon as I told my parents that the band I basically had just joined was going to be playing at Carnegie Hall, they thought I was either joking, or I was talking about a different Carnegie Hall. It was very hard to wrap my mind around the concept. To the point where it didn’t hit me until the sound check the day of the show. Honestly, how many bands can say that they played Carnegie Hall? It’s beyond belief that I can now put it on my resume. Who wouldn’t want to hire us now??
The trip to New York was incredible, and to top it all off we played the best venue in the world. It may have only been one song, but really that’s all I would ask for, to play at least one song at Carnegie Hall. The show was all around amazing. Every other performer was incredible. Way past a ton of people on a level of talent. I heard a girl from England who had one of the best jazz voices I’ve ever heard, and a kid who can rap so well, that I actually liked it. And I HATE rap. It was definitely an honor to perform with these musicians during the Genius of Autism Celebration.
The bar is set extremely high now when it comes to gigs. It’s pretty darn hard to top Carnegie Hall. The only thing better would be to headline an entire show there. Who knows, the way things are going, it may happen next year.