Mac Demarco and Juan Wauters at The Anthem
It was just another usual crazy chaotic night with Mac Demarco and the boys at The Anthem on September 5. Opener Juan Wauters, from Queens, NY, began the evening with an acoustic cover of the song “James Brown,” by Nancy Dupree, to which he repeated the chorus for 15 minutes while goofing around stage and teasing the audience with nonstop repetition. Attendees weren’t hyped by the song, but rather Wauters’ bright and goofy personality.
In the headline slot, everybody’s favorite old dog, Mac Demarco, came out swinging with hits “On the Level” and “Salad Days.” Touring for his latest album This Old Dog, Demarco brought fun and chaos to DC. Upon completing his set with 40 minutes of stage time remaining, the band filled the dead air with covers of artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Radiohead and Misfits; they even played Sixpence None the Richer one-hit wonder “Kiss Me,” inciting a sing along. The indie stalwart closed the show with “Still Together,” including a Black Sabbath solo intermission. Photos/write-up: Mike Kim