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Lee Brice (Happy Birthday Cassie)

Lee Brice (Happy Birthday Cassie)

This concert was not originally on our list because it’s in the middle of the week and we are not staying in Portland this week so that would mean driving out and right back. I hate to drive. However, this is my cousin’s favorite country artist and it coincided with her birthday perfectly. So I decided it would make a great surprise for her birthday. I kidnapped her around 9:30 am. We stopped and got some picnic food for later in the evening and then drove to the zoo. She was so shocked and surprised that she was going to get to see Lee Brice she was shaking and there were tears in her eyes. That’s all I needed. It was totally worth the drive just for that. We set our chairs, 4th pair in line, and then we left and got lunch.

I took her to PF Changs for lunch since she hadn’t been there before. She had a good time and really enjoyed her experience.  They were awesome to us actually, our bill was $28.80, but they took off $10 because it was her first time, then they bought her a dessert, banana egg rolls something or rather (DELISH!), then they gave her a $10 gift card, and gave me a $10 coupon for bringing her. They ended up giving us more money that we even spent. I left after paying $8.80! WHAAAT! Who wants me to take them to PF Changs for their birthday lunch?? LOL

About the venue: This one was back at the zoo. Not much more to say EXCEPT that I had been surfing face book while we were sitting in our chairs enjoying a glass of wine and 98.7’s B-Dub posted about having meet and greets to give away. I jumped up out of my seat and went to find them. Turns out that he wasn’t even at the zoo yet and when he got there he said that he was gonna do a game to give em away. But before he got there DJ Ashley called him and told him about us, how we were the first ones to come looking and it was Cassie’s birthday, etc. So he made a call and one of the people he had promised meet and greet’s to wasn’t able to show so he just gave em to us! ARE YOU SERIOUS??? We get to meet LEE BRICE?! YES! It was right before the concert started and it was short but he hugged me and I couldn’t even spit out my name… he said “Hi Darlin’, I’m Lee Brice” and all I could say was “I’m so excited”. He chuckled, and said “yes, but what’s your name?” Ahhh! They took a picture, we weren’t allowed to take our own, and now I’m waiting for them to be uploaded to their website. He also signed my ticket! Makes me wish I had a guitar or something cause they said he’d sign whatever we wanted. My cousin was so cute she was beside herself, she could barely make her self walk up to him. Star struck! I’m so happy she had such a good birthday. And it just couldn’t get any better than meeting her favorite country artist.

About the music: He was a fantastic performer. We were standing up close near the stage for the whole thing. He spent lots of time making eye contact and singing his heart out. He must have been hot cause he was dripping sweat like crazy. He paid homage to the  soldiers, police and firefighters. That place was full of “Crazy Girls”. There were a few songs where I swear the sound of the crazy girls (us included) singing drowned out his voice on the mic! He also has a fantastic drummer. The guitarists and what not were great but his drummer was really awesome. He did a solo before Lee came back onstage for his encore and he really rocked it for a good long time. After the encore, Lee did come to the edge of the stage and sign a bunch of things. He is super fast with his signature! Some of the fans were so “crazed” that they were really rude to anyone around them. They didn’t even care if they were stepping on you, climbing over you, etc. didn’t matter. But it was totally worth it, I got a guitar pick, a signed ticket, a picture (hopefully), and best of all, A HUG! Dang he is cute!.

There was an opening act. It was called Aces Up. They really thought they were better than they were. They weren’t horrible, but I was a little surprised at their confidence. In my experience so far the opening acts come off as humble and grateful for the opportunity to play along side the headliners. These guys were demanding equal space in the merch booth… really? Equal to Lee Brice? YEAH RIGHT! Hahaha!

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Opening Act- Aces Up. Mediocre at best.

Opening Act- Aces Up. Mediocre at best.

Opening Act- Aces Up. Mediocre at best.

Opening Act- Aces Up. Mediocre at best.

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Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Oyster Cult

Devin has seen this band before but it was new to the kids and I. His uncle John and our friend Paul came down for this one too. The kids were super excited for this one because it was at a fair and they knew that would mean fun for them. Devin and Averie got their picture in the Corvallis Gazette, Averie on his shoulders. So cute! I really really love how the kids are starting to really enjoy the concerts though. They are starting to ask about seeing the person who sings this song or that song. I didn’t even know about concerts when I was young, we were far too poor. I have decided that concert going is it’s own little culture, and I’m so happy to be able to introduce my children to it.

About the venue: It was at a great fair, what else do you need to know?? LOL Just kidding. So there was no reserved seating at all. Basically there was an area that was fenced off, but it was totally open to anyone. If you had a tall chair, you had to be outside the fence. If you had a short chair you could be inside towards the back… there were chalk lines, then next area forward was for blankets only, and then standing in the the front.  The security guards were making sure that people behind the standing area were not standing which I guess was nice for the people who wanted to sit.  The area inside the fence was opened at 5:30 and there was just a small line. There was an opening band which Uncle John said was good but we were too busy riding rides. BOC came on at 8:30pm.

About the music: Ok, another one that I didn’t realize the type of crowd that this group would draw. Overall it was totally fine, normal people, but there was a group of die hard BOC fans. They were mostly guys, and they knew every single word coming out of those guys mouths… even their poetic babble before the songs. Don’t get me wrong, I knew about 4 of their songs and I had a great time. But sometimes there is more fun for me when I’m poeple watching. I was near the front and I ended walking away with 3 guitar picks. I caught one, and then the stage hands afterward threw two more to my kids. Ethan got the set list. Too cute. One of Averie’s new favorite songs is “Burning for you”. Overall, it was a great concert for the price of fair admission and the venue was pretty good.

Note: The fairs website said that there was camping right next to the fair and tent sites were on a first come first serve basis. THIS IS NOT TRUE! At least not during the fair. During the fair they only allow 4-H families to camp. We did find a decent KOA about 8 miles away. Bonus: They had a pool, kids loved that.

My hubs and daughter made the newspaper!

My hubs and daughter made the newspaper!

 

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Super Diamond

Super Diamond

I was really looking forward to this concert. We have actually seen Super Diamond before at The Crystal Ballroom. I love Neil Diamond’s music and these guys are just really great performers. Devin’s mom and friend Paul joined us and the kids were there too. It was a really good time.

About the venue: This concert was at the Bridgeport Village shopping center. I went early because I had no idea what to expect. Basically they set up a bunch of chairs and since it was free as soon as the chairs were set up you could claim a spot. I didn’t leave the area once I got us a spot but I suppose I could have. A lot of people laid towels over the chairs to save them, they have obviously been there before. They sold beer, wine, and mixed drinks around the area.  In the future, I won’t bother getting chairs or going early to this venue (unless I want to shop of course) because it was much more fun to just be standing up in front of the stage.

About the music: Since I was there so early I got to watch Super Diamond set up and sound check. It really was like a personal concert. I chatted with the drummer a little bit and I was able to get my hands on a signed guitar pick (signed by bass player Matt)! Awesome. They of course performed beautifully. Even though, the Surreal Neil was obviously suffering from a sore throat as evidenced by his constant spraying his throat. I felt bad for him but it certainly didn’t show in his performance. They were all very interactive with the crowd and we had a great time. Averie got a picture with the Surreal Neil and I got my picture with the oh so cute guitar player! We will continue to see this band for sure.

They had a local afterschool program called “school of rock” there to open for Super Diamond. They were kids 8-18 and they weren’t too bad. One in particular was a young kid (maybe 12) and he was an unassuming looking kid with a polo shirt buttoned all the way up. Then he opened his mouth and this deep sound came out that you just weren’t expecting. Not too shabby.

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