My Bucket List of Bands

Pack Yourself a Toothbrush Dear

Yes, I realize the date is November 4th + The Lumineers show was on September 15th. Better late than never!

I had tickets to their last show three years ago, but due to a family emergency I wasn’t able to go. Each year that went by without another album, so I patiently waited. Thank goodness they FINALLY released their newest album- Cleopatra.  All I had to do was wait to announce when their show would be + when they did it was a major Debbie Downer. Their show was the same night as the annual fashion show I usually work.  The good news:  my boss knew I was a bit of a concert fiend + was cool about it… I GOT A HALL PASS!!  This girl celebrated by purchasing PIT TIX!


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Being the great height of five feet tall, I had a fantastic view of the show. They opened the show to Sleep on the Floor and I was officially in my happy place.  I’m not going to lie, I totally peeked out when they covered Credence Clearwater Revival’s, Have you Ever Seen the Rain- goosebumps. My dad introduced me to CCR + when I heard them cover their song, I was grinning from ear to ear.

Set List:

  1. Sleep on the Floor
  2. Ophelia
  3. Ho Hey
  4. Cleopatra
  5. Dead Sea
  6. Charlie Boy
  7. Where the Skies Are Blue
  8. Classy Girls
  9. Slow It Down
  10. Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan cover)
  11. Gun Song
  12. Angela
  13. My Eyes
  14. Patience
  15. Long Way From Home
  16. Flapper Girl
  17. In the Light
  18. Stubborn Love
Around Town

Beer, Bourbon, BBQ= Burnt

Most of my friends who know me know that I’m not much of a beer drinker so for me to go to the Beer, Bourbon + BBQ festival was kind of a big deal.  To celebrate this momentous occasion we went big- VIP tickets.  Go big or go home!  Having VIP tickets meant you could gain access to the Beer, Bourbon + BBQ Festival at noon, which meant we had two extra hours to get a head start on drinking before it opened up to rest of attendees at 2pm.    Let’s just say I was there for a solid six hours.  Six hours of drinking, six hours of getting sunburned, and six hours of pure fun.

Y’all like my Beer, Bourbon + BBQ souvenir glass?
I’ll confess. I bought one of those cheesy necklaces that holds your drink. It actually came in handy.
With my friend Natalie before things got a little fuzzy.

I learned to things in attending the Beer, Bourbon + BBQ Festival:

  • I love pumpkin ale.
  • I hate bourbon.

One of the guys that went with us pretty much peer pressured me into drinking some of the bourbon.  Yes, at the age of 31 I was peer pressured.  Regardless, I did not celebrate drinking bourbon.  Had it been mixed with Ginger Ale, I probably would have handled it better than making a hideous face whenever I tried to drink it straight up.  As I’m typing this, I’m cringing at the thought of drinking bourbon.  Did I mention it was hot as all get out?  Hot bourbon, y’all.  Ick!

By the time the festival opened up to the rest of the ticket holders at 2pm, I couldn’t feel my brain.  (Not being able to feel my brain = being tipsy).  The rest of the day was a bit of a haze, due to the heat and alcohol consumption…. and no I did not get white girl wasted where I couldn’t remember the rest of the day.  Although I did discover I had bought an $8 jar of jelly.  That’s correct, an $8 jar of jelly.

I present to you my $8 One Screw Loose jelly. Someone go find me some high-end peanut butter.

That’s what happens when you drink all day, you go home with high-end jelly.

I’m going to leave with you one last photo.  Don’t be like this guy who passed out beside the trashcan, otherwise someone like myself will come along and snap some pictures of you.

Trashcan fail.
My Bucket List of Bands

Passion Pit

Ok, so I realize I’m still waaaaaay behind on all my blogging. Way behind.  I saw Passion Pit 2 weeks ago… so yeah, I’m behind on everything.

So the day after I saw The National, I had tickets to see Passion Pit.  (My last post was yesterday so that means I saw The National 2 weeks ago too).  Enough about all my tardiness.

My gal pal, Natalie and I grabbed a quick bit to eat at the Hibernian in Cary (the one that didn’t burn down… too soon?) before we headed to Koka Booth Amphitheater to see Passion Pit.  Due to time constraints with getting off work + going home to freshen up, we skipped the opening act.  For the record, I don’t always skip the opening acts.

Passion Pit put on amazing show.  I realize that I refer to every concert as “amazing”, but it’s true.  I don’t think I’ve ever been to a bad concert.  As for the Passion Pit concert I’d say I enjoyed their performance of Sleepyhead (my fav) Carried Away, Moth’s Wings and Take a Walk.

Here’s some of the pictures I took from the concert…

Passion Pit at Koka Booth in Cary. I realize this is a bit blurry, but I wanted to show what the over look of the stage was.


Passion Pit at Koka Booth in Cary.
Passion Pit at Koka Booth in Cary.
Passion Pit at Koka Booth in Cary.
Passion Pit at Koka Booth in Cary.

Another great show in my books!  My next concert is July 27th… brace yourselves…. I’m going to see Weezy aka L’il Wayne and T.I.  I’m mainly going so I can go see T.I.  Shout out to Groupon for $22 concert tickets!

Have a good night y’all!



My Bucket List of Bands

My Mini Bonaroo

I’ve never been to Bonaroo or Coachella because I don’t think I could handle the insane crowds.  I’m lucky if I can hang out at the NC State Fair for an hour without the crowd driving me nuts.  In case y’all didn’t know I don’t celebrate massive crowds.

I’ve discovered a happy medium… go to three concerts in one week!  Sounds reasonable, right?!  On the upside I’ll be able to go home, sleep in my own bed, and take a shower in the comfort of my own home vs. camping out for multiple days in a row and probably get zero sleep.  The only downside I can think of is having a terrible time getting out of bed the following day to go to work.  I think I can do it! (Just as long is I live off of coffee and water).

For those of you curious as to what shows I’m going to…

  • 6/10- The National at Red Hat Amphitheater.  I bought seats for most of my concerts because frankly, I’m too old to be hanging out on the lawn.
  • 6/11- Passion Pit at Koka Booth Amphitheater.  Remember in the above statement when I said I was too old for lawn seats? Yeah, well I bought lawn seats for this show.  Koka Booth is a small venue, so I think I should be able to see the actual performance (fingers crossed).
  • 6/13- The Lumineers at Koka Booth Amphitheater.  Ok, so I had jazz hands when I was purchasing pre-sale tickets and I meant to purchase lawn seats (again, Koka Booth is a small venue.. blah, blah, blah), but it turns out I bought pit tickets.  Fail! I guess the upside is I can be super close to the band that’s if I don’t get trampled.

Needless to say I’ll have different views at each concert… lawn, seats and the pit.  I wonder if I can score backstage passes to see the JoBros when they come to town…