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!
Opening Act- Aces Up. Mediocre at best.
Opening Act- Aces Up. Mediocre at best.