Saturday night we got the opportunity to go to a benefit concert put on by the Neon Trees for Deeds autism school. One of the 36 students at this amazing school happens to be the son of the bass guitar player in the band. How amazing that they would take the time out of their busy schedule to come and put on this concert, especially since they are promoting their second album that hits stores on the 17th!
You probably know them best from this hit:
I wasn’t sure how he would do with a rock concert but we decided if we were going to go we were going to give it our all. We got there early and they had seats set aside for Deeds school. We chose to sit in the front on the side so that if things went wrong we could quickly get out of the auditorium and it gave Magpie a place to lay down. Before the concert Deeds and some of his other friends had a lot of fun bouncing around dancing while waiting for things to get started. The only clean pair of jeans I had for Deeds were WAY too big for him so sadly he spent most of the time trying to hold them on. I’m surprised he didn’t just take them off and bring them to me. Once the bands actually started to play Deeds wasn’t so sure how he felt about it so I was glad we had the iPad and ear phones for him.
Not sure what I was thinking but after the openers when the Neon Trees got on the stage all the teenagers rushed the stage and of course it sent me scrambling to move Magpie and Deeds behind a row so they wouldn’t get stepped on. Poor Mag’s wasn’t visible at all thanks to being a black dog. I should have known it would happen, I just haven’t been to a concert in such a long time it slipped my mind. It actually made it a lot of fun because then the band could feed off the excitement of the crowd.
A few songs into the Neon Trees set Deeds noticed some of his friends were dancing on the side of the stage so he headed over. The rest of the show he had a lot of fun spinning, flapping, and dancing with the other kids with autism. At one point I hopped up there to sit next to and block a big speaker and it was at that point I realized why the kids loved it up there. They could feel the stage just pounding with the music. Deeds came and snatched my phone from my hands and went to take pictures of the band. Here is his first attempt:
One of the band’s crew that was standing there chuckled at poor Deeds trying to snap a picture and only getting his hand so he helped my little man take this shot.
It was really sweet to watch this stranger help my little guy. I guess Deeds decided he was a good guy because he then watched the band next to him for a while and then went and got his iPad and sat on the stage behind him playing.
The concert ended up being sold out and I am just so happy for Deeds school! At the very end Deeds got to go dance on stage while they played Animal. He was SO excited, sporting his new shirt from the concert and kept bouncing around. I got a video but since I was RIGHT in front of a speaker the sound is terrible so I suggest just muting your speakers. He is the little guy with the buzzed head jumping around.
After the concert we got a chance to meet the band. They were signing some of the other kids shirts but Deeds didn’t want them to draw on his new shirt so he had me give them his favorite autism one he wore before he changed. They had a lot of fun signing the shirt and Deeds was grinning so big the entire time! He even let Tyler, the lead singer rub his arm and talk to him. Such a good night. Deeds has been asking for their songs all weekend and LOVES their upbeat music. He knows all the words to their new single already and we’ve caught him repeating it to himself multiple times. I must admit daddy and I like the music too and we’ll be buying that new CD when it comes out in a week.
Neon Trees, thank you. Awesome memories, and I can’t believe my little guy had so much fun at your concert. Your fans were respectful to us and our little kiddo and you are our new hero’s! Thank you, thank you. Hoping the Karma train hits you with this next album, you guys deserve it.