In the Midst of Music

A few weeks ago K and I went to a Foo Fighters concert near Pittsburgh, PA. Some people settle for one concert a year (and I guess there are some people that never go to concerts?!) but we decided to go hard and hit three this year- two in a row last week!

Last Thursday we took off to Cleveland with friends to see Ben Rector and Judah & the Lion in Cleveland, and on Friday we went back to PA to see Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, and Hunter Hayes. I was a tired girl when the weekend finally hit.

Thursday

(Ben & the band specifically posed for a photo so we could all take one and put our phones away to enjoy the concert.)
(Ben & the band posed for a photo so we could all take one and put our phones away to enjoy the concert.)

On Thursday we headed north, met up with our friends Andy & Kelsey, and continued on to the House of Blues in Cleveland. Kyle surprised me a few weeks ago and said he actually wanted to go to this concert by a guy named Ben Rector. Since it’s incredibly rare to get K to take a day/night off I was all about this little mid-week date night. Then he invited Andy and his wife, and it turned into a party! Woo!

Props to the photo-bomber...
Props to the photo-bomber…

We dined on the patio at the HOB and headed in for the opening act, Judah & the Lion. It was standing room only (heels were a bad choice) but it was a great show by both performers!

If you're ever in Cleveland for the night E 4th Street has some cool restaurants and such.
If you’re ever in Cleveland for the night E 4th Street has some cool restaurants.

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These guys were so entertaining! I would totally see them again!
These guys were so entertaining! I would totally see them again!

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Music 2

Turns out this was the first show of their Brand New Tour and Ben Rector totally admitted to still working out kinks. It was a great show and the talent of all the musicians was well worth the pain my feet were in and the lack of sleep I got that night.

Friday

Since we were so well rested and energetic the next day we did it all again, this time in Pittsburgh with Lady Antebellum. (Sidenote: We were not well rested nor energetic. RIP the days of college and all-nighters.) This time we were a little less impressed… Sam Hunt definitely rocked First Niagara Pavilion, but Hunter Hayes was a serious mess. Lady A was ok, but K made the comment that they seem to take themselves a little to seriously. And I agree.

Anyway, it was a fun night and we had a good time.

Waiting for the show to start!
Waiting for the show to start!

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Having a house party with Sam Hunt :)
Having a house party with Sam Hunt 🙂

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The sunset was more interesting than Hunter Hayes...
The sunset was more interesting than Hunter Hayes…

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Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum

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(I swear he had fun. He just hates selfies.)
(I swear he had fun. He just hates selfies.)

And that wraps up our summer concert series 🙂 Hands down, the Foo Fighters were my favorite. Thursday night was a close second, though. K is hoping to find a concert at our favorite venue this winter for us to attend. (The venue is a converted church-to-concert hall in Pittsburgh.) We’ll see if anything comes up!

If you could see any band/singer at any venue, who and where would you choose??

-Louise

 

 

Date Night with the Foo Fighters

Last Monday I voiced how busy I expected my week to be (and I was right), mentioning that K and I were headed to the Foo Fighters concert on Tuesday night. Our concert was at First Niagara Pavilion just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, about an hour and a half from our town.

My hubby & I have seen many bands and singers live, but this was our first Foo experience.

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Overall it was a great concert and the people sitting on either side of us were pretty decent (which definitely affects the experience of a concert). I’d never heard of the opening band, Royal Blood, but they didn’t suck the dudes beside us were pretty jazzed about them.

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When the Foo Fighters came on it was past 8:30 so the old man and I knew we were in for a late night. Fortunately, the band is incredibly good, Dave Grohl is one funny dude, and the concert was very entertaining.

Did you know this summer is called “The Broken Leg Tour”? Dave Grohl spends the entire show on a guitar throne because he broke his leg. Not funny, but actually really funny.

I didn't want to be that girl with my phone out so I took one crappy picture of the band and put it away.
I didn’t want to be that girl with my phone out so I took one crappy picture of the band and put it away.

By the end K and I had newfound respect for Taylor Hawkins and his amazing, resilient drummer body. I can’t fathom playing that hard, fast, and consistent for 3 hours. Dang.

The lawn seats all lit up with phones/lighters.
The lawn seats all lit up with phones/lighters.

I am a firm believer in crowd to concert ratio. If the band has a crappy fan base then the concerts will be a pile of poo. For example, I dread country concerts. I love the music but some people just don’t know how to drink/celebrate/behave and it shows at concert venues.

I was pleasantly surprised by the FF crowd. And shocked at the diversity. Next to Dave Matthews, the Foo crowd might be my favorite. (Worst crowd I’ve ever seen? John Mayer. Rude, drunk, wanna-be hippies.)

In the end, we had a lovely date night and I’m so glad I could pry my husband away from his work long enough to enjoy the evening. Our drive home was quick, I took Wednesday off work, and we got to cross off another concert on our bucket list.

What’s your favorite band to see live? How was your weekend?

-Louise

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