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Backstreet’s Back (again)

23 Jun

Remember last summer when Kristin and I went to the Backstreet Boys concert and it got shut down early because of the Chicago Park District’s curfew? Yeah. That sucked. But the Boys held true to their promise and ticket purchasers were offered a 25% discount on tickets for the 2014 show. Kristin and I jumped at the opportunity and I even bought a pair to sell for profit (which I did).

The concert was last Tuesday and was just as fun as the first round! It actually was the same exact show and the good news is we figured out that we hadn’t missed too much by them ending early last time.

I picked us up a few vintage (1998) concert t-shirts on eBay, but it was a little too cold to show them off, sadly.

Vintage BSB Shirts

The main difference between the two shows was the openers. Avril Lavigne (remember her?) opened for BSB this year compared to Pauly D and Jesse McCartney (which ultimately caused BSB to start late and get cut off). Avril was pretty good, surprisingly. She sang a few new hits and also reminisced with her singles from the early 2000s. She still had her dark eyeliner (I’m assuming) and a tutu on so it’s good to know some things never change.

Our seats were in the more expensive section (compared to the seats I flipped) so we went to check out the difference in views and found they actually had a more elevated view of the stage. We continues back to our original seats (but stayed in the bleachers/risers) and found some open seats as we waited for the show to start. The seats’ ticket holders came and we scooted down a few and much to our surprise the seats were ours for the rest of the night! They were excellent seats and we totally lucked out. Speaking of luck, it had completely down poured the night before and the event was rain or shine, so I was nervous we might get rained out. Similarly to last year the weather held out for us! It was cool and in the 60s but it didn’t start to rain until we were driving home.

Awesome Seats

The show was fantastic. The boys were awesome and it was so fun to sing and dance along with them. I can’t say enough about how much fun Kristin and I had at both shows. I hope they keep touring so we can keep going. They are, strangely, coming out with a documentary so at least we have that. I also really like some of the songs from their new album which is a sign that they’re on the right track.

BSB

I’m looking forward to all the future BSB concerts with Kristin – easily a highlight of the summer!

Lanialoha & Aloha Lives! Concert in the Park

19 Sep

You guys! I am the worst blogger of all time! I wanted to tell you about a super fun Tuesday night concert I went to with my Uke crew. Our teacher, Lanialoha Lee, was the final performer in a Tuesday night concert series and Welles park in Lincoln Square on Tuesday, August 27 (see? Told you I’m slow!). Her group Aloha Lives! performed a ton of traditional songs and the advanced ukulele students performed as well as the advanced hula dancers. I even learned how to hula to the first song we learned in class, E Huli Makou.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous and Blair brough her cute dog (that looks like Lucy), Poncho. Honestly my favorite thing in the world Chicago is concert picnics.

Poncho, Lucy's long lost sister

Poncho, Lucy’s long lost sister

Welles Park in Lincoln Square Chicago

Welles Park in Lincoln Square

Me, learning to hula with the children

Me, learning to hula with the children

“A little bit of summer is what the whole year’s all about”

14 Aug

So last Friday was the John Mayer concert at the Tinley Park Amphitheater (not exactly sure what they’re calling it these days). Molly and her boyfriend, Dean, invited me and a friend (Kayla) to go to the concert and it was my fourth outdoor concert of the summer! I’m not a huge concert person, but I’m a sucker for lawns, picnics, and summer nights, so I was more than in.

Molly & Me at John Mayer Concert

Molly & Me at John Mayer Concert

 

What happens when a drunk girl takes your photo at the John Mayer concert

What happens when a drunk girl takes your photo at the John Mayer concert

We left the city around 5:45 and hit a lot of traffic going out there. We made it in to the concert while Phillip Phillips was singing “Hold On” (one of the two PP songs I know). It’s also important to note that I shoved a bag of Twizzlers in the top of my dress because we weren’t sure if you were allowed to bring them in (turns out you are). Phillip Phillips had a very Dave Matthews-y vibe to him and I really liked it.

When John Mayer came on he had a Montana set and was wearing some weird head scarf thing. He played a lot of newer stuff, some semi-old stuff, and then had a session he called “stump John” where he played stuff from his first popular album, Room for Squares. He called it “stump John” because he claims he hasn’t played that old stuff in a while and he wanted to see if he could remember it. He did fine, but he didn’t play my first John favorite, “No Such Thing.”

I remember when that album came out I was 15 and I insisted it was going to be the first CD I put in my car when I got a car and was cruising around. And it was.

My favorite new song he played was “Wildfire,” a song about summer. My favorite line is, “’Cause a little bit of summer is what they whole year’s all about.”

And I couldn’t agree more.