Monday, January 31, 2011

Our Weekend & the Case for Live Music

Happy Monday, Sweetpeas.
That weekend went too fast, don't you think?

Jus & I spent Saturday night at an Avett Brother's concert.

Sorry for the crappy iphone pictures 


I'll admit that I am a bit of a bandwagon fan, I have only gotten into the Avett Brothers following the release of I and Love and You. So I was a little surprised at the volume of people who knew all of the words to all of the older songs as well as the new ones. (Naive, I know) The show was wonderful and I look forward to exploring their older music.

By now I'm sure you've noticed that Jus & I have a propensity for going to concerts. We liked going to shows in our younger years but in the four years we've been together we've made a habit of it. We've decided that rather than go on one big trip a year we'd rather go to a concert every three months. (Well, we'd rather do both, but our bank account doesn't agree.)

The perk of liking to go to shows but living in a small town is that every time you go to a show you get a mini vacation, the downside is that you miss all the wonderful smaller shows. Still, in the four years we've been together we've seen over 40 shows (we even named the tables at our wedding after concerts we've seen together).

I know many people that don't put a priority on seeing live music but I'm not one. Seeing live music is equatable to reading a book instead of seeing the movie. To understand the band, to feel the music you need to be in the same space. You need to feel the bass move through you, loose your voice from screaming, and feel the chills when the artist stops singing but the crowd continues.
Jus & me at Bob Dylan 
(Please excuse the drunk eyes, it was a long weekend)

I know I'm biased, but when it boils down to it, I'm a live music type of gal. Whether it's one guy plucking away at a guitar or a full stadium singing along with the band I have a smile on my face & chills running down my spine. To be able to experience music being made is one of the most enjoyable experiences a group of human beings can have together.

So there's my soliloquy on live music, do me (& yourself) a favor and go to a show sometime this year, I promise it'll be worth it. And if you need some company Jus & I can come, but be ready, cause I tend to dance all night long.

16 comments:

Anni said...

That looks like so much fun!

I agree with you re: live music. I really want to find a local band to play our wedding, because DJs just aren't my thing. I'm so scared of the tacky wedding band though!

Aubrey S. said...

You cannot beat live music...especially when it's a small venue.

Lindsay said...

Live music is our favorite as well. We are always going to some sort of show :) Glad you had fun this weekend!

steph c said...

I'm a big fan of going to shows, as well. The fiancé and I don't get to go as much as we would like to anymore, but I was at a show almost every other week in high school. I agree.. there's absolutely nothing like it.

Keep rockin' ;)

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

I love the feeling you get when you're at a concert - everyone's there because they love the music, everyone's excited, it's just an awesome vibe.

Jenny said...

that looks like so much fun! Love the picture of the two of you :) You look so happy!

Claire said...

Oh totally with you on the live music front! We are always going to small local gigs, Hubbie does the sound for a local band, LOVE it. But always wear earplugs my dear, you'll thank us later in life ;)

Deidre said...

For our one year anniversary Inspector Climate and I went to see Pat Benatar in concert (AWESOME)...it was the first time he's ever seen live music. I really liked being able to share it with him.

Sarah said...

there is really nothing like hearing a band live! the avett's are defintely one of my fav's & they put on an AWESOMELY amazing show!

Dana Richards said...

I'm jealous of your Avett experience! Keith and I are definitely live music lovers as well, and some of our favorite trips were the ones we took so see our favorite bands. We're super excited to be in Nashville and to have the opportunity to see lots more live music, big or small. Great post, and inspiration!

aubrey e. said...

i saw you at this show! i was standing in the giant crowd that was swarming around the one, lone merch guy and you walked behind it (to use the restroom i presume).

i didn't say anything because i was only 99% sure it was you and i was NOT about to lose my spot in the mass. i wanted my damn poster!

aubrey e. said...

oh, and the avetts' older music is hair raising, tears to the eyes good :).

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

lol drunk eyes...long and FUN weekend :)

Scientific Housewife said...

My husband would be so jealous that you got to see the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan! Fun :)

Oh, My Darling said...

Oh man, love the Avett Brothers! That must've been an AMAZING show.

MandeeFoFandee said...

live music is what I look forward to every single summer! :D