Words and Photos by Adam E. Smith
Videos by Adam at Cheesehead Productions.
The rain was relentless in East Fort Lauderdale as the midnight hour approached. A line of lively youth wrapped around under a small overhang at the entrance of the Culture Room. Mostly an attempt to stay dry, but more importantly a last minute move of haste to get inside before the band came on stage. Hours previous the same venue played host to a metal show, and the double billing made for a level of uncertainty for when fans could find shelter from the storm inside the cozy two tiered room.
Shedding all stereotypes and predisposed characteristics, I could not help but be inspired by the thought that the negative attributes – usually associated with the primary bands of certain members of Conspirator, were completely lost on this crowd. Maintaining some of their self-professed law abiding citizen demeanor, the band broke away from the stage at the 2:30 AM curfew. The attempt at hoodwinking didn’t last long.
They came back and Brownstien thanked Greenfield for sitting for sitting in with the band the same way he had done eight years ago. With that they launched into one last extended monster jam with “Retrograde” before calling it quits for real. No where near ready for the night to end just yet, post-show parking lot shenanigans and early morning after parties kept the night rolling until the sun was coming up. Special thanks should be given to Matt and Destiny, the entire Brotherly Love Productions Krewe that came out in large numbers, and those that were generous enough to host both before and after the show.