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LeAnn Rimes and Tyler Stenson

LeAnn Rimes and Tyler Stenson

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!

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Randy Newman

Randy Newman

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.

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Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen Wilson

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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Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic

B-52’s and The Go Go’s

B-52’s and The Go Go’s
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!

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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!

My Hunny and I at B-52's and The Go Go's

My Hunny and I at B-52’s and The Go Go’s

We were a lot closer!

We were a lot closer!

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Dancing on Stage

Dancing on Stage

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Cheri and Chioma

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Chioma

Chioma

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Huey Lewis and The News

Huey Lewis and The News
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

Huey Lewis and The News was AWESOME!

First about the venue: I have been to the Oregon Zoo MANY times, but never for a concert. We didn’t know we’d be able to take our own food inside. There was a note on the website that said to “leave your picnic at home” so we just assumed no food allowed. We also thought that when it said that the lawn opens at 5 that people would meander in and find a spot. We showed up at 3:30 and noticed people carrying chairs in. So we went ahead and grabbed our chairs. Glad we did because there was a line all the way up the ramp and wrapped all the way around the tigers and past the penguins and the monkeys. WOW! This was a bit of a surprise. So once we finally got on the lawn we were literally against the back edge of the lawn area but not all the way back by the food. On a positive note as long as you are on the front lawn and not back by the food, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.  We set out our chairs and grabbed some over priced food and a couple bottles of wine. The food left much to be desired but the Riesling was great! There were some people next to us that brought in this great little picnic set up… DUH! What am I thinking, we have one of those! Oh we will be bringing a picnic to the next concert!

And the tickets include zoo admission so we will come early and hopefully we will be able to cruise the zoo too!

About the music: He had a woman, kind of a bluesy folk singer named Alice Stuart open. In all honesty, I would have preferred the silence. She was a decent guitar player but I didn’t enjoy her voice or rhythm, and she wasn’t very believable. Huey came onstage and fixed all that! He is an enthusiastic entertainer and still has an amazing voice. The audience stood for most of the performance and most people were dancing. Granted, the majority of the audience was elder, so they sat some of the time. 🙂 The only thing he did that annoyed me was that he played an extended bluesy version of his “Bad is Bad” song (which he already played once) with that Alice chick. It was alright, but I would have rather heard another song that I hadn’t heard yet. All in all I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I’m looking forward to B-52’s and The Go Go’s tomorrow.

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Father and Son

Father and Son

Sold out crowd!

Sold out crowd!

Me and My Hunny!

Me and My Hunny!

Tickets are BOUGHT!

Tickets are BOUGHT!

So we have bought all of our concert tickets on our list except for Super Diamond, cause that is a free concert at Bridgeport Village. We are not going to make it to the Waterfront Blues Festival due to scheduling conflict, and we are not going to the game park in Bandon, cause I had no idea it was that far of a drive. LOL That will have to wait for another trip, maybe next summer? Now we have to make travel arrangements and save our gas money! This is gonna be such a fun summer. Kicking it off today with our local Blues Festival!

Goldendale Fun!

Goldendale Fun!

Mellville Summer Music Tour is in the Works

Mellville Summer Music Tour is in the Works

We have decided that this summer, instead of going on a vacation, we are going to experience as many concerts as we can.

We are looking right now at around 22 Events.

  1. The Bluegrass Festival http://www.goldendaleevents.com/events-list/bluegrass-festival/
  2. Sternwheeler Days
  3. Waterfront BluesFest
  4. Hewey Lewis and The News http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/256593-huey-lewis-news-sports-30th-portland/
  5. B-52’s and the Go Go’s http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/256631-b-52s-go-gos-portland/
  6. Kenny Loggins http://www.co.marion.or.us/CS/Fair/Events.htm
  7. Jammin’ July Street Fest
  8. Counting Crows and The Wall Flowers http://www.maryhillwinery.com/concerts.asp
  9. Weird Al http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/257281-weird-al-yankovic-portland/
  10. Gretchen Wilson @Dukes
  11. Randy Newman http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/257719-evening-randy-newman-portland/
  12. Leann Rimes http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/257767-leann-rimes-portland/
  13. Ft. Dalles Days
  14. Super Diamond http://bridgeport-village.com/center_events.html
  15. Blue Oyster Cult http://www.bentoncountyfair.net/fair_information.php
  16. Randy Travis http://www.chinookwindscasino.com/randy-travis.html
  17. Hall and Oats http://www.maryhillwinery.com/concerts.asp
  18. Willie Nelson http://www.maryhillwinery.com/concerts.asp
  19. Chris Issak http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/260573-chris-isaak-portland/
  20. REO Speedwagon http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1720176
  21. Mercy Me http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1717626&language=en
  22. Doobie Brothers http://www.zooconcerts.com/event/260643-doobie-brothers-portland/
  23. Plus we will catch a concert while we are in Vegas the first weekend of October. Just haven’t decided on what we want to see. 🙂

We are also trying to squeeze in a Mariners Game, a camping trip to the coast, the Klickitat Co. Fair, West Coast Game Park, a trip to Silverwood, PAX, a scrapbook retreat, and Family camp with our church!

These are the two concerts I’m looking forward to the most.

August 30th in Monroe

August 30th in Monroe

REO

August 29th in Monroe

Blaring REO Speedwagon (and Pat Benatar) and dancing around the living room jumping off the couches is one of the few fun memories I have of my mother.

WOW! We have not purchased tickets for all of those events yet, so chances are that a few will drop off due to being sold out, but we are gonna do our best to pull this off! For someone who isn’t super into music, like my husband is, I’m actually pretty excited. We are taking the kids to some of those concerts, and look forward to introducing them to the concert scene and hopefully instilling a love of music in them as well.

I’ll keep ya posted on our progress here!