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.
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.
I was really looking forward to this concert even though Devin wouldn’t go at all. So I invited a friend and we had a ladies night! This was not a sold out concert and I thought it was strange. LeAnn Rimes is a pretty big name. Apparently there was some scandal about her taking someone’s husband or some such… however, I am not up on all the drama and really don’t care. I like a good chunk of her music and that’s all I care about. 🙂
About the venue: This was at the zoo again. Again, first in line! I really enjoyed being able to show my friend how we do concerts! This is the first concert I’ve been to where there’s been so much room on the concert lawn. It was strange to see everyone sort of stretched out.
About the music: This was a really fun concert for me. I love me some country music. We went up to the front of the stage and enjoyed an up close view. She was really relaxed and chatting with the crowd. She sang her heart out. My favorite part was when someone yelled out “what’s your favorite song?” She replies “Dave Mathews, Crash into Me” And then the ask her to sing it, and she totally does. She has someone bring her a phone with the lyrics and the guitarists and drummer pow wow for a few to get it together and then she totally sings it. It was a little rough but for just pulling it off on the fly like that, I was impressed. She shook our hands so many times… she played with the bubbles that someone kept blowing at her. It felt really intimate and personal. It was nearly as good as just hanging out with her. LOL I got a guitar pick from her bass player Joey. It was just a standard blue one, but I know where it came from! LOVE IT!
My first response when the hubby wanted to go see Randy Newman, was “Who?”. Then he explained who he was, what he sings and even played some of his songs for me. Ok, other than the Disney/Pixar songs, I’m still scratching my head a bit. Although, that short people song is pretty funny, if you ignore the incredible bias going on. But hey, some of these concerts are ones I picked so I’ll play along. 🙂
About the venue: For the first time so far, NOT a sold out show. The only real difference is that you have a little more breathing room on the lawn. 🙂 I love that you can put your chairs down in line and actually go enjoy the zoo too. Took the kids first thing in the morning and we had a great time! Plus, we were first in line again. People (staff) are starting to recognize me… LOL
About the music: OK, so the first major difference is the smaller crowd. Second major difference is that the only thing on the stage is a huge (amazingly beautiful) piano. For some reason it hadn’t clicked before that this was gonna be a piano concert. For a guy who is getting up there in years, he is still a wonderful piano player. He was very talkative, and mostly hilarious. Some of what he says you kinda have to ignore if the bias type comments bother you. Everyone sat through the whole concert which I totally expected and it was a relaxing change of pace actually. We had a really great time, even the kids enjoyed it. They didn’t know any of the songs except the Toy Story song but I think that they are really enjoying the atmosphere.
So I didn’t realize that you could buy tickets early to the concerts at Dukes. I searched all over the website and all I could find was that it was it $25 cover. So when I went online to find out what time Gretchen comes on stage there was a big SOLD OUT over her picture. Imagine my surprise. So I emailed the manager and expressed my frustration. He assured me that I would be notified if any tickets should become available. I had mentally crossed this one off the list. Then about a week later he emails me and tells me that he may have a solution, that he was going on vacation but to call him back on the 19th. Of course I set my alarm and did just that. After a bit of phone tag we finally spoke. He said that if I didn’t mind standing that he would put me on his list. I asked him what the cost would be and he mentioned something about the $25 so I was prepared for that. We get there and we are on the VIP list, a quick stamp on the wrist and NO COVER. Heck yeah!
About the venue: Dukes is a country bar that I have never been to before. I didn’t find the stage exceptionally large or anything but there was lots of friendly people. I don’t smoke but it did have a nice patio. The drinks are mid-high priced but I was expecting that. They had some local cover band playing when we got there. It was pretty packed already at 7:30 and most people seemed to enjoy the cover band. personally I thought they were a bit squeaky, but they had a decent fiddle player. It was pretty crowded and really hard to get a spot on the dance floor. You had to be a bit ruthless taking up whatever empty space you can find. It was super hot and I was wet with sweat… so was everyone else. Of course as soon as Gretchen came on stage none of that seemed to matter much.
About the music: Gretchen felt like a real person having an amazing time putting on a show for all of us. You felt like she could be your friend. She was chatty and beaming. She really knew how to rock the house too. When she sang Redneck Woman you could visibly see the energy level rise on the dance floor. Even when you didn’t think it could get any higher. She tossed out t-shirts and guitar picks. She laughed and managed to connect with the majority of the crowd. I didn’t know her brother could sing but he was pretty good during the duet that they sang together. About 2/3 of the way through the show the guitar player looks out at the crowd and I swear he was looking at me, he threw a guitar pick directly at me and I briefly caught it in my hand. It did hit the floor and some how I managed to recover it. I was pretty excited. I would absolutely see her again although I hope she’s in a different venue.
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This is officially our kids first concert! They loved it. I cannot believe the show this guy puts on. I mean who doesn’t love Weird Al About the venue: This was at the zoo, so same story pretty much. Except that, Averie and I went really early and put our chairs down at 11:30. We […]
This was a concert we were really looking forward to. We love a lot of the music between these two bands. I wish we could have afforded to bring the kids or at least Averie because “the parking lot song” as she likes to call it, or “Big Yellow Taxi” as I believe it is called is one of her favorites. No idea why, but she just loves it.
About the venue: This was our first time seeing a concert at Maryhill Winery. It was pretty awesome. We did not get reserved seating for this one (not till Willie) so it was general admission. We didn’t know what to expect for a line so we got there at 2, concert started at 6. We were definitely the first ones in line. Well technically there were two other groups before us but there were 4 lines. It was a looong hot wait. For this concert it was not necessary to get there that early. They opened the gates at 4 but we found what we thought were perfect seats and there were still open spaces next to us and in front of us for at least 30-45 minutes. And there really aren’t bad seats here as the lawn is terraced. The next best thing is that it’s a WINERY, hello! Great wine! If I wasn’t allergic to red wine we’d join the club. Another cool thing was that right behind the sound booth is vacant because no one can see over/through it whilst sitting down. This space became the dance floor and oh boy did it get used. By us too! Overall we really enjoyed the venue and really look forward to the next concert here. My only complaint was that they didn’t sell reisling down on the lawn so in order to get it, we had to hike up the big hill to the tasting room and buy it there. But really that’s not bad considering how I needed to work of all the cheese and salami we ate while we were waiting. 🙂
About the music: We really enjoyed the music. I had a hard time deciding which band I liked better. They were both really good. They both played for about an hour and 50 minutes with about a 20 minute break in between for equipment swap so we really got our monies worth. There were several songs by both bands that made the whole crowd stand but overall it was sitting and standing mixed. There is NO CHANCE at getting near the stage with general admission here. So, no guitar pic for me here. Oh well, 🙂 One bummer is that they didn’t play Mr. Jones and one other hit song that I can’t remember the name of. I’ll come back and edit this as soon as I remember. Other than that I had a wonderful time!
We went and saw Kenny Loggins at the Marion Co. fair in Salem, OR. Of course the benefit of going to a concert at a fair is that you get to go to the fair! We were really excited to see Kenny because our wedding song is a Loggins and Messina song. It’s Danny’s Song. My favorite thing he said during the concert “I’ve never played in front of a hot dog stand before, but it’s making me hungry!” LOL
About the venue: Ok, we had no idea what to expect. We bought $40 tickets to see Kenny here and we got to be second row. It was AMAZING to be that close. I got some really amazing pictures and the excitement level was way up there. I do not regret having bought the tickets given who it was we were seeing. We were on wooden benches that numbered about 45 seats across and there were about 40 rows I guess, with 4 ft chain link fence all the way around. HOWEVER, if you do not feel the need to be that close there is plenty of seating around the fence for free, or actually the cost of the fair. So I will know in the future, that if it’s not someone we want to see up close and personal, then we can literally go for the cost of fair admission. It’s not a huge fair and we didn’t ride any rides but we walked through and looked at animals and ate food that was really bad for us. LOL They did have this really awesome kids zone thing that my kids would not have left, I guarentee it. It was a bunch of different blow up features, plus these huge clear balls that you could get inside and roll around on the water, giant bungee jumpers, zip line, and mechanical bull riding. I really wish we had the kids with us. LOL!
About the music: OH MAN! Let me tell you, Kenny’s still got it! My only thing was that he played our song FIRST and I just wasn’t ready for it. Don’t ask me what I needed to be ready, but I just felt… not ready. He had his new group, Blue Sky Riders with him and they played a few of their songs. They were pretty good actually. Not that I’m surprised with Kenny in the lead. After that he went on to sing his heart out. That guy has a falsetto (I’m sure I spelled that wrong) that doesn’t quit. I really enjoyed myself from beginning to end. At the end of the concert the guy next to me took his mom’s record up and Kenny signed it. Then he went back up and got me a guitar pic. SWEET! I would definitely see him again if he comes to town. It was a really great show.
BONUS: The band that opened for Kenny Loggins was called Never 2 Late and the base player was my high school basketball coach. So fun to see him play in his band and they were pretty good. They rocked a lot of great covers. I facebooked him later and begged for a guitar pick from them too. He sent it. I got me a little collection going. Wahoo! Wish I had thought of it earlier. LOL
Please Note: I am in no way a musical expert. In point of fact I have not been subjected to much and I never even played an instrument in school. So this “review” is strictly for my own personal entertainment value! Thanks
B-52’s and The Go Go’s was a lot of fun. I had no idea that they drew such a colorful crowd. There were people dressed up in full on 80’s gear, like neon hot pants, leg warmers, and BIG hair, Trannys, Chicks in towels (not entirely sure why they were dressed in towels but they sure got a lot of attention) and a wide variety of other colorful entertainment. There were plenty of us plain Jane’s there too. One thing is for sure, EVERYONE was there to have a great time, and a great time was had by all. (Speaking for my friend Cheri, Chioma, my hunny and me)
About the venue: Ok, same venue as Huey, but this time we came in earlier. We got there at 2:00pm and we were able to be about 60 people back from the front of the line. We got a great seat, slightly farther to the left than I wanted to be but it turned out great. We ended up being in the shade early which was nice. We also brought ourselves a little picnic. We didn’t have our picnic bag but it worked out because we bought these AWESOME Tommy Bahama chairs that have a little cooler pouch and dry pouch on the back of the chair. This time we see lots of people there with their little tables to eat their food on. YES! We have a little table too, next time we will come with table in hand. 🙂 Then we just had to buy a couple bottles of wine and we were set!
About the music: The Go Go’s played first. They put on an excellent show. Of course all the music was great. They also brought people up on stage to dance with them during one of the songs. Surely you guessed that they picked the towel girls. LOL! Everyone was on their feet, dancing and clapping from their first song, through their encore! I knew all but about 3 of their songs and I really enjoyed the ones I didn’t know too. I also really loved their cover of “Paint it Black”. Apparently, a large chunk of the crowd was in love with Belinda Carlisle.
The B-52’s came on after that, and they did a great job too. (although, for my money, The Go Go’s were way better!) I knew about half their songs and EVERYONE remained standing beginning to end. There was a little break in between the two bands while they switched up equipment. I loved having the break and then more to look forward to.
All in all a great experience and I am really looking forward to bringing the kids back to this venue for Weird Al!