We all lost our minds for Lydia Callis last year when she delivered animated sign language interpretations for New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg during super-storm Sandy. When it comes to actual entertainment, however, it makes sense that concert sign language interpreters would really give it their all too.
A hearing impaired concert-goer is of course present to see their favorite artists perform, but they’re also spending a good portion of their time watching and being entertained by the person signing. They may not be able to listen to music in the same way that other folks can, but between the vibrations from the bass and a good sign language interpreter, concerts can still be highly enjoyable. Here’s a look at the people who really COMMIT when they interpret an artist’s lyrics, and in some cases, even provide some funky dance moves.
CONCERT: Kendrick Lamar
Confidently evoking Kendrick’s swag during “F—in’ Problems,” the enthusiasm from this interpreter is top notch!
CONCERT: Wu Tang Clan
Homegirl really means it when she’s bringing the mother-effing ruckus.
CONCERT: Pearl Jam
At 40 seconds in, Eddie Vedder helps the concert’s interpreter up on stage to interact with her as she signs for the crowd.
CONCERT: New Kids On The Block
Donnie gets flirty with signer Sandy, and at times, even distracts her from doing her job.
CONCERT: Amy Grant
Gotta love some nice self-hug love paired with the ’there’s just no getting over you’ lyrics from “Baby Baby.”
CONCERT: Dave Matthews Band
This lady’s facial expressions make all the difference during her rendition of “Idea of You.”
“Country Grammar” in a way you’ve never seen it performed before!
CONCERT: Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman’s hubby gets down with an interpreter performing at his side.
CONCERT: The Black Keys
For this sing language interpreter, feeling the music and translating it, albeit in her own way, comes naturally.
It might be dark, but you can see the dance moves and twirls of this male interpreter and just know he means business.
CONCERT: LL Cool J
If LL was performing “Rapper’s Delight” with his shirt half ripped off, I’d probably sign my ass off too. Get it!
Dressed to impress, does this interpreter gets a over-zealous with the shredding?
Who says you can’t get funky grooving to Christian rap?
This interpreter may not have the red hair Hayley sports, but she gives the crowd a solid show.
CONCERT: Alabama Shakes
Shout out to this lady doing her version of interpretive dance as she signs for the rockers.