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Throwback Thursday: Honor Society 10/1/09

Headliner: Honor Society
Opener(s): Esmee Denters
Venue: School of Rock
Cost: $20




Hanson Day 2017 Recap

Over the weekend I headed back to Tulsa, OK for Hanson Day Weekend 2017! This was the biggest members only event yet and many of the activities sold out quickly. I managed to get tickets for all of the sold out events and here’s a bit of a recap for each of the events I attended… more details coming soon but I’m way more exhausted than I had anticipated.

I Heart Hanson Store

We waited in line for about 3 hours for the store to open and were some of the first ones inside. Things were a bit slow going inside the store probably due to the amount of shirts and accessories that were available. Highlights included a pin that said “All my friends are here I don’t want to go home”, a ridiculous amount of t-shirts and the Play EP on CD! (Previously the release had been digital only)  There were some things that I didn’t even realize were for sale so I may have to place an order once items go up on the website Friday.


Isaac hosted karaoke on Thursday night. A huge storm came through while we were waiting and it took me a while to be able to make it across the street from the bakery I was hiding in to the venue for karaoke so I ended up missing 2 songs.  Fans were able to sign up to sing (if they wanted) and names and songs were drawn at random and they were called up on stage. I opted to not participate but had a lot of fun watching my friends and other fans up performing on stage!  Isaac also did a rendition of “Stand By Me” on stage in addition to air guitar and singing with some of the other performers as well.

Hanson Gallery

Each year Zac does some original paintings in a gallery that has some for sale. In addition to the originals, there were also some prints. I was really hoping to get an original and/or something of a pansy.  When I got in to the gallery a little before 11, there were still originals left so I was able to get a painting! Unfortunately the print I had wanted of the pansy was sold out as they were limited to only 10 🙁  They also had a new “Hanson History” aspect of it which included some outfits and props from their music videos – including the MMMBop pansy which had a photo booth set up so you could get photos with it.  The pansy has been my favorite flower since before Hanson (When they video first came out my Mom said , “of course you like this song, it has your flower in it”) so I was pretty pumped about that.

Photos with the band

We were told to be in like by 1:15pm in order to ensure photos with the band – I was working a volunteer shift at the gallery until 1 when I heard they were saying “last call” for photos. We headed over there only to be told the guys had left – but others told us they were just taking a break. We took our chances and it started raining while we were waiting (I very much so debated wearing my poncho for the photo!) but we did end up being able to get a photo. My friend Maribeth teased that I should have worn the poncho and I said I didn’t want to get the guys wet to which Zac responded “That’s why she wanted you to wear it”


This year the lectures were an additional concert – an acoustic storytellers of sorts. The guys did songs and talked a bit about the stories behind them, or just whatever stories in general they wanted to tell. They started with a song that was not on the setlist – Rockin Robin – which they used to sing on the corner before they got their big break.  The guys each did a solo song as well!

ST Leaders Dinner 

I am a Hanson ST Leader for CT and we have a dinner to meet other leaders and discuss a bit what we needed to do to help promote the upcoming single release, tour, etc.  The guys showed up and Taylor said he liked the shirts I made for Maribeth and I and took a photo with us (that later ended up on the band’s instagram!)  It was pouring rain the whole time we were there which made for an interesting walk to our next event.

Hansonopoly Tournament

This tournament was a new addition this year.  There were 3 rounds lasting an hour each of modified Hansonopoly. I started off pretty well with everyone landing on my property but ended up coming in I think 3rd or 4th of 6.  The first round was fun but I didn’t like that if you lost, that was it. (Except that it gave us time to get to the dance party)  I had heard that the 2nd round was much more competitive though so I am not sure I would have enjoyed it much.

Dance Party

Taylor’s activity was the dance party.  We got there a bit late due to Hansonopoly and we didn’t stay very long either because at this point it was pretty late.  Taylor was DJing a mix of songs and everyone was hanging out. There seemed to be a lot less people than last year, I am not sure if they sold less tickets or if a lot of people ending up opting out because the day was such a long one!

Members Only Concert

Before the concert they had the “State of the Band” where they played the new music video that will be out on Friday (which I unfortunately couldn’t really see because of the set up) and announced that the Christmas album will be titled “Finally It’s Christmas” and that they will be doing a TOUR! Woo!

The concert started with the 5 new songs from the new EP “In Color” that they released to members, then they did some other members only songs and a few album tracks as well. They ended the show with a bit of Weird acapella.


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Throwback Thursday: Push Play 9/26/09

Headliner: Push Play
Opener(s): Phil Benson, Care Bears on Fire
Venue: Irving Plaza
Cost: $0



Throwback Thursday: SK6ers 9/11/09

Headliner: SK6ers
Opener(s): Jeffrey Gaines
Venue: Stage One
Cost: $33



Needtobreathe at the Fox Theater

Sunday Night needtobreathe brought their tour to The Fox Theater at Foxwoods, CT. It had been several years since I had last been to the Fox Theater but I was able to fight ticketmaster longer enough to get a 6th row center seat. (Unfortunately the seat I tried to get for my friend disappeared)

When doors opened, they didn’t scan my ticket which was weird – just told me to go on inside. I got to my seat and a few minutes later two people showed up with tickets for the same seat. One got moved to the 3rd row and the others scored themselves some free drink tickets.

Opening up for the night was Nashville based band Colony House who I really enjoyed.  They had a lot of energy and were a lot of fun to watch.

Then it was time for needtobreathe.  I had wanted to get a bit more familiar with their catalog before the show but unfortunately didn’t have time so I went into this show knowing no songs at all. And after the first song I thought I might have had to leave because the flashing lights were really bothering me.  Fortunately the lights calmed down because if not I would have missed a really great show! A couple of songs in the guitarist headed out in to the crowd and after the show there was a guy (possibly even a Dad) totally fanboying out about how he played guitar “with” the guitarist.

At the end of the show they came to the edge of the stage for the last 2 songs with a request that no one else sing when they were singing so they wouldn’t have to sing over the entire crowd and they did the songs with no mics and minimal instruments and it was AMAZING!

The show also ended pretty early so I was in my car and ready to head home just after 10pm! Not bad when you’re 1.5 hours away from home.

NEEDTOBREATHE Setlist Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT, USA 2017, Soul2Soul: The World Tour

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Throwback Thursday: American Idols Live 9/10/09

Headliner: American Idol Contestants
Michael Sarver, Megan Joy, Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Scott MacIntyre, Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey, Adam Lambert
Venue: Arena at Harbor Yard
Cost: $82.25



Throwback Thursday: Arthur Ashe Kids Day 8/29/09

Headliner: Justin Bieber
Opener(s): Honor Society, Jordin Sparks
Venue: Arthur Ashe Stadium
Cost: $20



Parachute at The Warehouse Fairfield, CT

Thursday night Parachute’s “Getaway Tour” hit the Warehouse in Fairfield, CT.  This show was announced later than the other dates on the tour and it was a bit more of an “intimate” setting than their last show at the Warehouse but it was a great time.

Opening up the show was Kris Allen.  He did a bit of a shorter set than I am used to when I see him headlining, but I thought he picked out a great selection of songs to showcase his talent. (and later Will from Parachute said that he thought Kris has one of the best voices and whenever they hear him singing on the bus they think he’s an angel!) He threw in a Katy Perry cover as well – which typically I do not enjoy but it’s Kris and I’m pretty sure he could sing anything and I’d be in love with it.  After his set I got to stop by merch and say hey. It’s always fun chatting with him 🙂

Then it was time for Parachute’s headlining set.  For this tour they had the fans vote on the setlist so it was also a good mix of songs, new and old. The set even included the first time they had every played What Breaks My Heart live.  Will told a really nice story about the song and how he wrote it because he was bummed that a girl he was into, wasn’t into him. But it has a happy ending – because that girl is now his fiance! #goals. The crowd may have been small, but they were really into it especially with the call and response and during one of the songs Will jumped into the crowd announcing that he was going to give a high five to EVERYONE. While he didn’t get to everyone (he missed me!) he did seem to get most of the people that were standing in front of the stage, so that was pretty cool!  They also said they hoped to be back this way in the fall and they would play the Warehouse as long as they kept having them, so I am looking forward to their return and hope that I can make it out to another show soon!

Throwback Thursday: Tinted Windows 8/4/09

Headliner: Tinted Windows
Opener(s): N/A
Venue: Mohegan Sun Wolf’s Den
Cost: $0



Concert #500 – John Mayer at TD Garden

I knew that my 500th concert was going to be coming up, but with adding and removing shows from my list I wasn’t exactly sure what was going to shake out to be #500. Turned out with the addition of the “Freestyle 90s” show the night before, John Mayer got the honor of being #500.  For his “Search for Everything” tour he broke up the set into different chapters.  The show kicked off with him doing a full set, then an acoustic set of just him and DRH, the JM Trio made its triumphant return to the stage for Chapter 3, then back to to full band, the encore and the epilogue.  We had a chance to see the setlist that was “version 1” on the side of the stage – he only ended up changing one song. (And Why Georgia was spelled wrong on it, fyi.)

It had been quite some time since I had last seen John and I was really, really pumped for this show and he did not disappoint.  Some other reviews have said that his voice didn’t sound the same, and I didn’t notice it in the moment, but listening back to the show that was posted on, there is a bit of a difference and it did seem like it took him a few songs to get warmed up.  I did also see him spray his throat when he left the stage during the set changes in between the chapters.

I was hoping for more songs from the upcoming album release to be included in the set, but I guess he is holding them out for after the album was released – which I guess makes it a good thing that I am going to see him again in August.  He did play a few of my favorites – Gravity and Vultures and Johnny B. Goode was the tour debut of that song.

The highlight was probably when he talked to his central nervous system.  As I had gotten no sleep the night before and wasn’t getting any sleep that night either I could totally relate. “Yeah, hi, central nervous system? I owe you… I owe you like a night of sleep. Listen, I’m not going to pay that tonight. What happens if I deal with that tomorrow? Oh, horrible day at work? Got it. Wish that I was dead for 12 hours? Good. Ok.  That’s fine. Please don’t call me… please don’t call me ever again”

He also thanked us all for being “Mayer defenders” at some point in our life and mentioned that he didn’t know that he loved anything to want to sit that far back from it when thanking everyone for buying tickets, even if they weren’t the best seats because they couldn’t have said no and that they’d catch him another time, but they didn’t.