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Concert Review by Dixie – Bob Seger

Disclaimer: i am not being paid, this is my own experiences and thoughts.

So back at the begining of the year we were in Michigan and had the absolute pleasure of seeing Bob Seger at the Van Andel areana. What an amazing venue and an incredible concert! Mr S is 72 years old, let that sink in for a minute…do you know anyone around that age?

So Mr S is from Michigan and the hometown crowd was Off The Chain! The story I heard was he came out for this final tour to show his younger children what Pops used to do. LOL He showed them alright!

At the begining of the concert he toddled around a bit like an old man, but i think that was part of the plan. Then he kicked it up and tore it up that stage like he was 40!

It occurs to me here that i am using alot of “Exclamation” points here but i can assure you he earned every single one of them! 😄

Now lets fast foward to Mid-March…for my sister 50th birthday, i bought her and I tickets to see Mr S in Tampa.

I was looking forward to seeing if the concert would be different, it was sort of…

The man put on another awesome, incredible and AMAZING concert but the crowd just didnt bring it, sadly.

It was pointed out that the Michigan hometown crowd supported their people. I had high expectations because of the HIGH snow bird population during this time of year, but ultimately it just wasnt the same.

Have you seen Mr S in concert? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience.

What does it mean to me?

Morning everyone! So i read a post that has been stuck in my brain for a few days.  It askes “what is your blog really about?” And “How much time did you spend on you About page?” (Here is the original post: https://wp.me/p5oeKw-4c )

So, i went back and read my “About” page. I think i did a pretty good job explaining why i started this blog and my interrests. But I’d like to add this visual, if you will.

Have you seen the “Titanic” movie? If so, you’ll know what i mean when i say, Rose and Jack inspired me. You see, in the movie Jack encourages Rose to “Do” all those things she is curious about. In the begining of the movie Rose is 100+ years old and the story is told by her. What i noticed was she DID all those things she and Jack talked about.

So back to this blog.  Of course i want this blog to be successful and if you read up on how to do that, most advice says to pick one subject. I tried that, but in short i just didnt like that.  I have many interrests, like Rose, and i want to talk about all of them. I did identify a particular interrest that not much is written about but that doesn’t get many readers. 

So what I’ve learned thus far is the common denominator in all my interrests is Me. My passion, experiences and thoughts. I love Books, riding my motorcycle, crocheting, our grandchildren, shopping and a host of other things.

I am totally open to suggestions and would love to hear your thoughts. 

BB&Y Music Concert Review: By Dixie

Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

The line up was Brandon Lay, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett and Kenny Chesney

We were extremely lucky to have attended this concert from up in the box seats. If you ever have the opportunity to experience an event from up there, don’t pass it up. Just having food, drinks and a bathroom available without loosing your spot or seat is worth the cost. The only suggestion I have is get your T-shirts and other concert must haves before you go up, its one hell of a trek down and back.

So the music was fantastic! I hadn’t heard of Brandon Lay before the concert which really surprised me because I pride myself on knowing or having heard the new stuff when it comes out. We were highly impressed with all the covers Brandon did and I have put him on my radar to watch.

Old Dominion absolutely Rocked It! Having just won the Vocal Duo Group of the Year, they really brought their A game. The crowd really loved their energy and returned it to them too. I haven’t heard one of their songs that I have not liked.

Thomas Rhett played his hits but didn’t really seem like he was in the right mood. I heard that he was out partying with fans out in the parking lot, darn I wish we had walked around. Don’t get me wrong, I love his music and love singing in the car to all his stuff. He was wearing a T-shirt (Go Bucs!) and sweat pants with the drawstring hanging out the front, for some reason that really bugged a few of us.

Kenny Chesney, this guy put all the others to shame! I am absolutely stunned that he hasn’t won more awards and entertainer of the year. He played for 2 hours and only played his hits, really, have you ever just looked at his list of hits? He was non-stop the entire time. Ya know I have often heard that he was a health nut, its a wonder! I would definitely go see him again.

I hade not seen any of these fellas before and was not disappointed (well with the exception of Rhett’s sweat pants lol), well worth the time and money. It was a Fantastic Time.

If I have to rate them (1 to 4, 1 being my favorite), #4 Brandon Lay, #3 Thomas Rhett, #2 Old Dominion and #1 Kenny Chesney.

BB&Y Music Concert Review: By Dixie

I wasn’t going to post about this but it keeps bouncing around my head, so I needed to let it out. HaHa

On November 10, 2017 we went to our first Chris Stapleton concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL. The headliners were Brent Cobb and Marty Stewart. Brent Cobb is an up and coming long haired fella that really rocked out for a half an hour; that was a little disappointing but I joined his Facebook group to follow his progress. Now Marty Stewart really rocked this venue; really enjoyed the old and new stuff. There was a very young couple standing behind us; we were all singing along. We said something about did they know who Marty Stewart was and the girl replies “Sure! I know all the old stuff even Garth Brooks!!!” LORD that made us Laugh!!! In an effort to blend in because at this point we are some of the oldest people in our section, we give the universal “Thumbs up!” and kept singing.

Also, we were up on the grassy knoll so we were dependent on the jumbo screens to see who was down on the stage. We noticed during Brent Cobb’s performance the screens were broadcasting in Black and White but while Marty Stewarts crew was setting up the screens were broadcasting in color; so we thought there must have been a glitch and it was fixed. Marty Start starts and BAM we are back to black and white; that was a total drag. But when Chris Stapleton’s crew was setting up the ads were in color again, so surely there must have been a glitch. Then when Chris took the stage the screens were in COLOR! Anyone have an explanation for this? It’s bad enough to spend over $100 for 2 tickets up in the nose bleed section with beers that are $16 and mixed drinks that are $18 you’d think we’d paid enough for decent video equipment.

So we are big fans of Chris Stapleton and the latest song that I can shout at the top of my lungs is “Broken Halos”, if you haven’t heard it DO! During this song in the concert apparently a couple people went to pushing and shoving down front. So much so that Morgane (Chris’ wife, who is pregnant with twins!) starts shouting at them to settle down. Chris tells them basically it’s not fair to ruin the experience of the people around them and they play “Broken Halos” AGAIN!!! What a class act! I have never ever seen any artist do such a thing. Not only did they want to make it right for the people who had to deal with their unruly neighbors but we got to sing it again! The very next night they were playing in Jacksonville, but Morgane wasn’t able to sing backup because “she was busy growing two people!” Chris told the crowd.

Overall, it was a good night. We tailgated early so we didn’t go broke buying drinks inside. I got an official Chris Stapleton bandana (I have a thing for bandanas); little sad that Marty Stewart wasn’t selling any scarves (or bandanas).

***Note to self, next time we buy tickets for the grassy knoll bring a chair, sitting on the ground isn’t terrible but when the heard comes through you will get stepped on.

Day 22 – 30 Day Writing Challenge

  • Put your music on shuffle and post the first ten songs.
    • Something I’m good at by Brett Eldridge
    • Making Me Look Good by Drake White
    • Medicine by Tab Benoit
    • Give me one shot by Alabama
    • Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
    • Sunrise by Tab Benoit
    • Real by Drake White
    • Tennessee River by Alabama
    • Daddy doesn’t pray anymore by Chris Stapleton
    • Heartbeat by Drake White

I love all of these artists but had I had my Ipod (which I use at work) this list would be so much different. The music that I play at work alerts my co-workers to what mood I am in and if there is no music playing, that means I am just in the mood for peace. One of the things I’ve had to learn overtime is that if you are not comfortable in peace and quiet you have a troubled mind. Native Americans often teach that it is in the peace of your surroundings that you can find peace in yourself. Well, that’s my interpretation at least.

Day 7 – 30 Day Writing challenge

List 10 songs that you are loving right now. (Oh Boy!!!)

  • Drake White – Spark Album – I LOVE the entire album! my top five are:
    • Makin’ Me Look Good Again – this song is extra special for me, i’ll have to write about it another time.
    • I Need Real
    • Back to Free
    • Live Some
    • Livin’ the Dream
  • Chris Stapleton
    • Tennessee Whiskey
    • Broken Halos – this just speaks to your soul!
  • Miranda Lambert
    • Gravity is a B**** – speak’n the truth!
    • Old Sh** – this makes me laugh and cry every single time
    • Platinum
    • Mama’s Broken Heart
    • Tin man

I love music of all kinds and am a total nut about these 3 artists but I follow all kinds of music from BB King to Albanach.