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Subject: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/06/20 at 11:06 pm

As they can be one of those "big deal" memorable experiences for most of us, here's a thread to post memories about concerts or music performances you attended.  Who you saw, when, if you liked or disliked the concert, who you attended with, anything memorable about the show (including things about the venue or audience) all are game.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: wagonman76 on 07/07/20 at 11:55 am

https://www.castlefarms.com/blog/castle-farms-music-theater-2/

https://www.northernexpress.com/news/feature/article-7162-northern-michigans-woodstock/

This is in the town where I work and I have always lived within 30 miles.

For a long time This was the only place to see concerts in northern Michigan, until gambling became legalized in the late 90s and casino concerts started popping up all over. Before that the only other choice was to drive 4 or 5 hours downstate.

I was able to see one there before it closed. Metallica in 92 I think. My cousins stayed out all night to get tickets so they bought 9 on the 6th row and took a bunch of us. But I have many other good memories of people talking about it, hearing bands play from my house, hearing about stars that would show up in local businesses and seeing the memorabilia on the wall. Like when Rod Stewart stopped at the local Irish pub in the 80s.

What’s ironic is the reasons so many locals hated it are the same things happening today that they endorse. Floods of rude tourists all summer and fall. Jaywalking is the norm. Traffic backed up for miles. Hotels booked solid continuously. Stores sold out of things. The only difference is the people gridlocking the town today have money. Oh well.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: nally on 07/07/20 at 12:25 pm

Last time I went to one was on February 10th 2007, at the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts.

There were four featured music acts, all of whom were doo-wop performers. The Penguins, The Duprees, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, and Diamond Dave Sommerville.

I went with my parents and my maternal grandma. We all enjoyed the show!

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/07/20 at 12:42 pm

Over the years I have attended many a concert, the majority being classical, mainly with Beethoven on the program.

For pop concerts I have only been to two, one was for mid-1970s pop concert to raise funds for a friends film to be made for an amateur movie club, the night made a loss, and I cannot recall the name of the band. (When lockdown ends, I promised myself to go back to my home town for many reasons and that being one of them. The other concert was in 1979, live on stage John Denver, there is footage of the concert on YouTube, but recorded on a different night I attended.

By the way, I have seen many live musicals on stage.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: nally on 07/07/20 at 4:47 pm

^ I, too, have attended at least one classical concert. I had to do so when I took a Music Appreciation class in community college, 20 years ago. The featured performers (names unknown and/or irrelevant) performed various pieces by classical/Baroque composers. :)

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: violet_shy on 07/07/20 at 8:36 pm

The only concert I have ever attended was in 2008. I saw Hanson perform live at a place called Lupo's in Providence. They were touring for their album "The Walk", and before the live performance, my sister and I met them at a meet and greet. We had the chance to ask them questions and we even had some pictures taken with them! They were very nice to us.  :)

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: wagonman76 on 07/07/20 at 10:13 pm

I’ve been to so many small concerts I’ve lost track. But the tightest sounding, most polished band I’ve seen was Collin Raye.

It will be nice when we get a viable treatment for covid then we can start having concerts again. I had tickets for Bon Jovi and Little Texas. Bon Jovi cancelled, Little Texas is postponed for now.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/08/20 at 8:03 am


Over the years I have attended many a concert, the majority being classical, mainly with Beethoven on the program.

For pop concerts I have only been to two, one was for mid-1970s pop concert to raise funds for a friends film to be made for an amateur movie club, the night made a loss, and I cannot recall the name of the band. (When lockdown ends, I promised myself to go back to my home town for many reasons and that being one of them. The other concert was in 1979, live on stage John Denver, there is footage of the concert on YouTube, but recorded on a different night I attended.

By the way, I have seen many live musicals on stage.
I have been sorting and clearing out, and today I re-found my programme for the John Denver concert, and interestingly the musicians on stage with him were:

Glen D. Hardin, (Piano and Electric Piano)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Hardin

Jim Horn, (Flute, Piccolo, Bass Recorder and Alto Sax)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Horn

James Burton, Electric and Acoustic Guitars)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Burton

Renee Armand-Horn, (With James, Jim and John, Background Vocals)
Married to Jim Horn

Emery Gordy Jnr., (Bass Guitar)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emory_Gordy_Jr.

Hal Blaine, (Drums and Percussion)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Blaine

Danny Wheetman, (Mandolin, Harmonica and Fiddle)

Herb Pedersen, (Banjo, Electric and Acoustic Guitars)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Pedersen

Denny Brooks, (Acoustic Guitar)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Brooks

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: karen on 07/08/20 at 11:42 am

The first concert I went to was Showaddywaddy at Leicester De Montfort Hall. The band were from
Leicester, in fact my dad worked with the lead singer’s dad. I went with my dad, we went a couple of times, as they always played a concert in December.

The next concert I went to was also in Leicester. I went with a friend from school to see Duran Duran. I wasn’t a big fan, but my friend was and needed someone to go with.

I also saw a bunch of bands at the local university. I can’t recall every one but they included Toyah , King, The Cramps, Gary Glitter, Soft Cell (or possibly just Marc Almond), The Stranglers, The Damned, Doctor and the Medics (actually saw these twice once in Leicester and once in my home town). I also saw The Damned twice, once locally and once in London as part of their tenth birthday celebrations.

At some point I went to a big indoor arena to see Depeche Mode. I also saw Michael Jackson when I was on holiday in France. We saw tickets advertised for the concert the next day so bought some. The place was only about half full!

A similar thing happened when Dai and I were in the US looking at houses shortly before moving out there. Dai saw an advert for The Police, who were playing at the local stadium in a couple of days time. Somehow we arranged to meet someone at the stadium and buy some tickets from him. It was a kind of low-key concert to promote the band that Sting’s son had formed.

We also saw U2 when we lived in the US, plus we should have gone to see Tom Jones, but he was ill.

More recently I’ve seen Kaiser Chiefs, The Script, Disturbed and Avenge Sevenfold, Royal Blood and, at a local festival thing UB40, Sam Bailey and The Real Thing.

Not mentioned here are the local bands I saw in various back rooms of pubs, smaller rooms at the university, at summer evening concerts when we lived in the US, etc, etc. And I’m sure I’ve forgotten at least one big concert as well

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: violet_shy on 07/08/20 at 1:13 pm


Over the years I have attended many a concert, the majority being classical, mainly with Beethoven on the program.

For pop concerts I have only been to two, one was for mid-1970s pop concert to raise funds for a friends film to be made for an amateur movie club, the night made a loss, and I cannot recall the name of the band. (When lockdown ends, I promised myself to go back to my home town for many reasons and that being one of them. The other concert was in 1979, live on stage John Denver, there is footage of the concert on YouTube, but recorded on a different night I attended.

By the way, I have seen many live musicals on stage.



^ I, too, have attended at least one classical concert. I had to do so when I took a Music Appreciation class in community college, 20 years ago. The featured performers (names unknown and/or irrelevant) performed various pieces by classical/Baroque composers. :)


That sounds interesting and fun! I've never been to a classical music concert. They don't really come to Rhode Island.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: nally on 07/08/20 at 5:38 pm


That sounds interesting and fun! I've never been to a classical music concert. They don't really come to Rhode Island.

You should go sometime. I found it relaxing, in a sense. :)

I should also add that I once went to a jazz concert, as a requirement for a Intro to Jazz class that I took during my first semester at CSU Northridge. It was on a Friday night, mid-semester, in one of the performance halls at the campus, so that was convenient.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: wagonman76 on 07/08/20 at 8:52 pm


You should go sometime. I found it relaxing, in a sense. :)

I should also add that I once went to a jazz concert, as a requirement for a Intro to Jazz class that I took during my first semester at CSU Northridge. It was on a Friday night, mid-semester, in one of the performance halls at the campus, so that was convenient.


I went to see Marcus Miller and some other jazz musicians last summer. But I got hit with West Nile fever and had to leave before it started. I’ve seen Booker T Jones. Another one which couldn’t really be classified was Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. I went to see Victor Wooten as he was bass player of the year. And sat right up front.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/08/20 at 10:49 pm


I went to see Marcus Miller and some other jazz musicians last summer. But I got hit with West Nile fever and had to leave before it started. I’ve seen Booker T Jones. Another one which couldn’t really be classified was Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. I went to see Victor Wooten as he was bass player of the year. And sat right up front.


West Nile - Oh No!!!  :o

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: wagonman76 on 07/08/20 at 11:31 pm


West Nile - Oh No!!!  :o


About 3 days after getting bit up by mosquitoes. It felt like a really sudden and horrible flu but in August. With the addition of a stiff sore neck as meningitis was starting to develop but thankfully my body kicked that part first.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/09/20 at 9:47 am


About 3 days after getting bit up by mosquitoes. It felt like a really sudden and horrible flu but in August. With the addition of a stiff sore neck as meningitis was starting to develop but thankfully my body kicked that part first.


O0 Glad you made it OK through that awful disease.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/09/20 at 9:52 am

In 1995, I was a big CCM fan.  Having obtained their first CD via record club, I became interested in the new CCM Reggae group Christafari.  As I learned the group would be performing in my neighborhood, I jumped at the chance to go.  Unfortunately none of my friends could go - so I went solo.

I was taken aback when I saw the venue - tiny, like "my den" tiny, half of it stage, a few small tables at one side and the rest open.  Setting up, I think the band may have been taken aback too.  If 30 were in the audience, I'd be surprised.  Since I was inclined to dance, I parked in a nice quiet corner.  The band, out promoting their second album, played wonderfully, and I danced through the show.  They played a bulk of their new album's tunes and a few from the first album.  But one I hoped to hear wasn't played.  Afterwards, as the band members were in the lobby selling their CDs, I approached the extremely friendly Mark Mohr, one of the main vocalists, to tell him I loved the show.  When I mentioned which of the first album songs I was disappointed to not hear, he immediately launched into a couple verses from it to give me a private thrill!  I never forgot that.  :)

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: wagonman76 on 07/09/20 at 11:24 am


In 1995, I was a big CCM fan.  Having obtained their first CD via record club, I became interested in the new CCM Reggae group Christafari.  As I learned the group would be performing in my neighborhood, I jumped at the chance to go.  Unfortunately none of my friends could go - so I went solo.

I was taken aback when I saw the venue - tiny, like "my den" tiny, half of it stage, a few small tables at one side and the rest open.  Setting up, I think the band may have been taken aback too.  If 30 were in the audience, I'd be surprised.  Since I was inclined to dance, I parked in a nice quiet corner.  The band, out promoting their second album, played wonderfully, and I danced through the show.  They played a bulk of their new album's tunes and a few from the first album.  But one I hoped to hear wasn't played.  Afterwards, as the band members were in the lobby selling their CDs, I approached the extremely friendly Mark Mohr, one of the main vocalists, to tell him I loved the show.  When I mentioned which of the first album songs I was disappointed to not hear, he immediately launched into a couple verses from it to give me a private thrill!  I never forgot that.  :)


You mention CCM which reminds me. In the early 90s my best friends were heavily into CCM so I was into it too. We got invited to set help set up for White Heart when they came to Rogers City. And of course free tickets. I learned some things and it was a lot of fun. I was new on bass at the time so I was really looking forward to meeting Anthony Sallee. But he had a sub that night so I was kinda bummed.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: CatwomanofV on 07/09/20 at 3:31 pm

I have seen:

-The Cowsills
-BJ Thomas/Debby Boone
-Blue Oyster Cult
-Loverboy/The Hooters
-Bob Dylan
-Meatloaf
-Jethro Tull
-The Rascals (they dropped the Young because they were no longer young. lol)*
-BJ Thomas/Billy Joe Royal*
-Loving Spoonfuls/Rick Derringer*
-1964 (Beatles tribute band)-twice.*
-Bryan Adams
-Pat Banatar/REO Speedwagon
-Woods Tea Company (local group who I have seen numerous times).


I THINK that is all of them. I may have forgotten one or two.

*Fundraisers for the firefighters. 


Cat

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/09/20 at 4:26 pm


I have seen:

-The Cowsills
-BJ Thomas/Debby Boone
-Blue Oyster Cult
-Loverboy/The Hooters
-Bob Dylan
-Meatloaf
-Jethro Tull
-The Rascals (they dropped the Young because they were no longer young. lol)*
-BJ Thomas/Billy Joe Royal*
-Loving Spoonfuls/Rick Derringer*
-1964 (Beatles tribute band)-twice.*
-Bryan Adams
-Pat Banatar/REO Speedwagon
-Woods Tea Company (local group who I have seen numerous times).


I THINK that is all of them. I may have forgotten one or two.

*Fundraisers for the firefighters. 


Cat


Cool list!  It looks like several were fundraisers - were the performances in a close timeframe?

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: wagonman76 on 07/09/20 at 8:43 pm

I have seen (hope I remember them all). This does not include local bands. Mostly chronological order.

White Heart
Metallica / Metal Church
Kathy Mattea / Lee Roy Parnell
Trace Adkins / Collin Raye
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Toby Keith
Montgomery Gentry / Hank Williams Jr
Pure Prairie League
Janet Harms (organist)
Spinners
Gary Allan
Beach Boys / Wilson Phillips
Restless Heart
Loverboy
Booker T Jones
Indigo Girls
Mollie B (but she didn’t play anything  :( )
Fall Out Boy
Bow Wow Wow / Limahl (Kajagoogoo) / Tony Lewis (Outfield) / Modern English / ABC / Belinda Carlisle
Jefferson Starship
Mark Chesnutt
Pam Tillis

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 07/09/20 at 9:02 pm


I have seen (hope I remember them all). This does not include local bands. Mostly chronological order.

White Heart
Metallica / Metal Church
Kathy Mattea / Lee Roy Parnell
Trace Adkins / Collin Raye
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Toby Keith
Montgomery Gentry / Hank Williams Jr
Pure Prairie League
Janet Harms (organist)
Spinners
Gary Allan
Beach Boys / Wilson Phillips
Restless Heart
Loverboy
Booker T Jones
Mollie B (but she didn’t play anything  :( )
Bow Wow Wow / Limahl (Kajagoogoo) / Tony Lewis (Outfield) / Modern English / ABC / Belinda Carlisle
Jefferson Starship
Mark Chesnutt
Pam Tillis


If I can ask, WHICH Jefferson Starship did you see? I am a HUGE Paul Kantner fan, and he resurrected the band and the name in 1992 and toured as Jefferson Starship (often with Marty Balin) until he died. Now they are both deceased. He did all his great material. But concurrently, that god-awful shrieker Mickey Thomas was out there with his own so-called "Starship" singing those ghastly songs like the universally hated "We Built This City", "Sara" and the like, which, in truth, had nothing to do with the real heart and soul of the Paul Kantner-founded Jefferson Starship. I HOPE you saw the real one and not screaming banshee Mickey Thomas.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: wagonman76 on 07/09/20 at 9:22 pm


If I can ask, WHICH Jefferson Starship did you see? I am a HUGE Paul Kantner fan, and he resurrected the band and the name in 1992 and toured as Jefferson Starship (often with Marty Balin) until he died. Now they are both deceased. He did all his great material. But concurrently, that god-awful shrieker Mickey Thomas was out there with his own so-called "Starship" singing those ghastly songs like the universally hated "We Built This City", "Sara" and the like, which, in truth, had nothing to do with the real heart and soul of the Paul Kantner-founded Jefferson Starship. I HOPE you saw the real one and not screaming banshee Mickey Thomas.


It was almost exactly a year ago. They came to the neighboring town.

They did a mix of songs from all 3 eras and it was a great show. But being an 80s kid, I kinda hoped to see Mickey Thomas. His Starship band came to my town for a free concert in the park in 2015 and I was looking forward to it but I got sidetracked and missed it. Kicked myself for awhile for that. I also like his work with Elvin Bishop.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 07/09/20 at 9:29 pm


It was almost exactly a year ago. They came to the neighboring town.

They did a mix of songs from all 3 eras and it was a great show. But being an 80s kid, I kinda hoped to see Mickey Thomas. His Starship band came to my town for a free concert in the park in 2015 and I was looking forward to it but I got sidetracked and missed it. Kicked myself for awhile for that. I also like his work with Elvin Bishop.


Yes, what you saw was the Paul Kantner founded Jefferson Starship who carried on after his passing. It includes David Freiberg who was in the original Jeferson Starship. They still do some of Paul and Marty's songs.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: wagonman76 on 07/09/20 at 9:46 pm


Yes, what you saw was the Paul Kantner founded Jefferson Starship who carried on after his passing. It includes David Freiberg who was in the original Jeferson Starship. They still do some of Paul and Marty's songs.


I do love the Marty Balin era too. Very mellow. Along with his solo song Hearts.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: CatwomanofV on 07/10/20 at 2:19 pm


Cool list!  It looks like several were fundraisers - were the performances in a close timeframe?


Yeah, they had a concert every year. The firefighters would call me and they were always a delight to talk to. One year the guy I was talking to was making sure that he had my info correct (name, address, etc.). He asked me, "Miss? Mrs? Queen?" I told him, "Goddess." I was floored that when the tickets came, they were addressed to "Goddess 'Catwoman'.  Every year since then, the tickets ALWAYS came address to Goddess.  :D ;D ;D ;D


I don't know why they stopped. Those concerts were fun.


Cat

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: karen on 07/10/20 at 5:01 pm

I knew I had forgotten some. Reading Cat’s list reminded me that I also saw the Bootleg Beatles and the Strolling Bones at the local university in the eighties and then just the Bootleg Beatles sometime in the nineties in Nottingham. At the same Nottingham venue I saw Lindisfarne - Dai was a fan of them, and we possibly went with friends from work or something.

Also a bit more recently we saw Jools Holland in concert. That was a birthday present for Dai and the first proper concert my children went to.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/10/20 at 5:27 pm


...I also saw the Bootleg Beatles...


Were they a good cover band?  How about the "Strolling Bones"?


... a bit more recently we saw Jools Holland in concert...


How was Jools Holland?  I've enjoyed him via YouTube on a live 80's TV performance (branded "on The Tube") but he was playing in support of another artist, Thomas Dolby.  Good stuff!  (If you're at all curious, the youtube is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBFjVln9YO8.)

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: CatwomanofV on 07/10/20 at 5:41 pm

I forgot one. Back in 1966, I'm sure I saw Pete Seeger. My parents worked at a local theatre and Pete was invited to come and preformed. I have a copy of the letter that was sent to Pete thanking him for agreeing to preform for free. It was in my father's papers. I wonder how he got it since his name wasn't on the letter.


Cat

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/10/20 at 9:48 pm


I forgot one. Back in 1966, I'm sure I saw Pete Seeger. My parents worked at a local theatre and Pete was invited to come and preformed. I have a copy of the letter that was sent to Pete thanking him for agreeing to preform for free. It was in my father's papers. I wonder how he got it since his name wasn't on the letter.


Cat


Pete Seeger?  Sounds nice.  Do you remember much?

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: CatwomanofV on 07/11/20 at 1:42 pm


Pete Seeger?  Sounds nice.  Do you remember much?


That concert, no. But, I feel like Pete was a family friend. We have ran into him many times. Every time we met up with him, he always acted as if we were old friends-whether he remembered us or not. He used to come to my high school (there is a pic of him in my yearbook). And I'm sure I posted this pic before. Pete & my step-father I think it was taken around 1978-79 or so.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49640888283_610682ce50.jpg


Cat

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: karen on 07/11/20 at 2:04 pm


Were they a good cover band?  How about the "Strolling Bones"?



The Bootleg Beatles are highly rated as a cover band. They start out in the collarless grey suits, with the slim ties and change costumes a couple of times to match the era of music, ending up with St Pepper suits. “John Lennon” comments on getting his glasses.

I don’t remember much about the Strolling Bones, they were the support act to the Beatles.



How was Jools Holland?  I've enjoyed him via YouTube on a live 80's TV performance (branded "on The Tube") but he was playing in support of another artist, Thomas Dolby.  Good stuff!  (If you're at all curious, the youtube is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBFjVln9YO8.)




Jools Holland was ok - not quite my cup of tea. Roland Gift from Fine Young Cannibals had a guest spot and he was really good.

The YouTube videos will be from an eighties tv show called The Tube. Jools Holland and Paula Yates were the presenters. It was a live music show broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K. on Friday early evening. Lots of new acts launched on there. They did a late night special to show the video to Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood I remember.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/11/20 at 3:18 pm


...The YouTube videos will be from an eighties tv show called The Tube. Jools Holland and Paula Yates were the presenters.  It was a live music show broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K. on Friday early evening...


Suffice it to say, then, that Jools Holland was on the show continuously, something I didn't know.  BTW I enjoy that YouTube that I referenced, only the sound engineer(s) overmixed the backup singer (keyboardist) microphone; his mike was much too loud.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: CatwomanofV on 07/11/20 at 3:44 pm


The Bootleg Beatles are highly rated as a cover band. They start out in the collarless grey suits, with the slim ties and change costumes a couple of times to match the era of music, ending up with St Pepper suits. “John Lennon” comments on getting his glasses.




1964 was a good cover band. There were times watching them that I had to remind myself that they were NOT the Beatles. (I have some pics from the concert.)

Here is a list of all many of the Beatles cover bands: https://www.guitarandbeyond.com/beatles-tribute-bands/

Oh, and my SIL did see the Beatles in the '60s. When she told me, I looked at her and said, "I'm jealous."


Cat

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/11/20 at 4:59 pm


1964 was a good cover band. There were times watching them that I had to remind myself that they were NOT the Beatles. (I have some pics from the concert.)

Here is a list of all many of the Beatles cover bands: https://www.guitarandbeyond.com/beatles-tribute-bands/

Oh, and my SIL did see the Beatles in the '60s. When she told me, I looked at her and said, "I'm jealous."


Cat


Cool link - they also mention the Chicagoland cover band I've seen many times, American English.  Good band - although I liked their earlier incarnation even better (before they replaced "John")

I'm jealous of your sister in law, too!  :)

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/12/20 at 5:12 pm

In July 2007 hubby and me had the opportunity to go to a Chicagoland venue called "Ravinia" and see the Doobie Brothers.  Regarding Ravinia, it's a picturesque outdoor park-like venue having a covered pavilion with theater seating, the back of which contains the stage, surrounded by a large lawn seating area, suitable for family picnics and romantic dinners.  The venue is lush with trees, and remote speakers are scattered about the lawn for added musical enjoyment.  One thing to know about the summer of 2007 - it was year that the "17 year" crop of cicadas (insects) reappeared in Chicagoland.

As expected, the crowd for the show was extreme.  Even though we arrived in good time, it took us quite a while to find a lawn spot to set up for the show.  To our great delight we stumbled onto a nice shady tree that was relatively near the stage.  We set up our blanket and chairs, unbagged our sandwiches and settled in for a long night of entertainment.  To our dismay, within a few minutes, we discovered why the shady tree was still open when we got to it.  Cicadas, which were all over the tree, decided they didn't mind crawling on our chairs, our blanket, our bags, even on us - and some were even dropping out of the tree!  Oh boy!  So we bolted down our food quickly and sealed up our bags, and after some deliberation decided these cicadas weren't that horrible - there were just a lot of them.  So we leaned back and enjoyed the Doobie Brothers - who put on a good show - every once in a while flicking a cicada off of our arms or legs.  We decided to laugh about it.  Who knows - maybe between us and the Doobies, we gave those 17 year cicadas a thrill, too!  :)

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: nally on 07/21/20 at 10:36 pm

I should also add that I went to the Orange County Fair with my parents a few times during the 1990s, and most of those times we saw a concert there. Those were my only experiences with outdoor concerts.

When we went there in 1999 (on this date, July 21st), it was to see Weird Al! (He performed two shows that evening...and even though we actually attended the second show, we also got to hear his first show because we were standing outside the gates of the amphitheater (along with other attendees wishing to attend the first show) while he was performing. He performed songs from his then-recent album, as well as classics. At the time, I was getting acquainted with his music and parodies, and I even had some of his music albums.

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/21/20 at 10:54 pm


...When we went there in 1999 (on this date, July 21st), it was to see Weird Al!...


It would've been a blast to see Weird Al!    :D

Subject: Re: Concert Tales

Written By: nally on 07/21/20 at 11:03 pm


It would've been a blast to see Weird Al!    :D

And I was excited to see him perform 21 years ago on this day. :D
He performed both parodies and original songs.

I should also add that each time we went to the Orange County Fair, we went with my mom's cousin (and his wife) who lived in the area at the time. We always had a good time getting together to do this.

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