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Freestyle Loves The 90s Concert

After leaving the comic con, we decided that we might as well try for 2 *NSYNC members in one day and we once again split off 2 and 2 – this time myself and Casey headed to Mohegan Sun on a mission to find Joey Fatone who was hosting the “Freestyle Loves the 90s” concert at the arena.  While I thought I was, in every sense of the words, a “90s kid”, there was only one act on this bill that I knew who they were – Tiffany.  And honestly, I’d consider her more of an 80s act. And I had seen her before.  So really, the only reason I wanted to go into the venue was to see Joey.

We had debated just waiting to try and find Joey outside in the casino somewhere but when SECOND ROW tickets opened up as we were asking about tickets, we decided to buy them.  Probably not one of our smarter ideas, but at least we did get to see Joey.  Except for the fact that there were 14 acts and we saw 4 of them before he ever graced the stage and it was probably the worst concert I had ever been to.  But, it was also the closest I had ever been at the arena.  When you’re that close you can see who is performing with their fly down and which lady completely ripped her pants in the middle of her set. And how one act went on stage with her reading glasses on her shirt and then lost them by the end of her set.

After the show we tried to find Joey and figured out he was in the club, Avalon, but it being a Saturday night the line was insane and there was no chance that we were going to be making it inside. Turns out that was exactly where he was all night. 🙁

We did end up seeing just about every other act who was in the show with the exception of Tiffany and Joey, of course, the two we wanted to spot! Just another thing to add to the list of stupid things I have done for boybands.

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Throwback Thursday: David Cook 8/1/09

Headliner: David Cook
Opener(s): Green River Ordinance
Venue: MGM Grand Theater
Cost: $40

Setlist:

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: Honor Society 7/22/09

Headliner: Honor Society
Opener(s): Jesse James
Venue: Blender Theater
Cost: $34

Setlist:

 

 

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Andy Grammer at Mohegan Sun Arena

I saw on Mohegan Sun’s website that they were doing hotel packages for an Andy Grammer show, but didn’t know he was coming.  It turns out it was one of their invitation only concerts and luckily I was invited!  Seats are assigned to sections and are general admission within them and when we picked our tickets up we were up in section 116. Quite a difference from the 2nd row seat I had last time I saw him!

He started off his set with two of his older singles – Keep Your Head Up and Fine By Me. He threw in several covers throughout he set and even did a brand new song that should be on his next album called “The Good Parts” and finished his set with Good to Be Alive.

The show was a lot of fun and Andy puts on a great show – playing piano, guitar and trumpet – using 2 mics at once to distort his sound and even throwing in a little dancing as well!  It sounded like he hasn’t played a show in a while and he kept saying how happy he was to be there and how being on stage was “his favorite”!

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Dalton Rapattoni The Acoustic Attempt Tour

At the end of March Dalton Rapattoni came back to Connecticut this time with his “Acoustic Attempt Tour” which was just him and his guitar – and that was it. No opener, nothing.  The show had doors at 5pm, Dalton was on stage by 5:30 and a little after 6 he was told he only had 10 minutes left! He did a decently sized set considering the time constraints – some of the songs performed being contenders for his upcoming album.  He chitchatted a bit throughout the set and mentioned how he does that to distract us from the fact that he is tuning his guitar!  After the show I had a M&G and told him I enjoyed this set better than his last and he teased that he was going to let the band know! I explained that the band was awesome last time and I loved them, but there is just something more intimate when it is just him and his guitar.  I was one of the last ones for the M&G and was in my car by 7pm.  I kind of love shows that end that early – I’m getting too old for all the late nights 😉

Dalton Rapattoni Setlist The Acoustic, Bridgeport, CT, USA 2017

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Throwback Thursday: Jonas Brothers 7/21/09

Headliner: Jonas Brothers
Opener(s): Honor Society, Jordin Sparks, Wonder Girls
Venue: Nassau Coliseum
Cost: $50

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Throwback Thursday: Jonas Brothers 7/20/09

Headliner: Jonas Brothers
Opener(s): Honor Society, Jordin Sparks, Wonder Girls
Venue: Nassau Coliseum
Cost: $85

Setlist:

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Lauren Alaina at the Wolf’s Den

Sunday March 5th, Lauren Alaina made her way to the Wolf Den at the Mohegan Sun casino.  She had previously been scheduled to perform but had to cancel, so I was glad that she had chosen a make up date and I was able to attend (the first date I wasn’t able to because I already had a commitment).  In addition to her performance, she would be signing copies of her CD “Road Less Traveled” after the show.

Sunday night Wolf’s Den shows begin at 7pm instead of the usual 8pm.  When Lauren first came out on the stage, her mic was not working.  She ended up trying her band members mic – still nothing. Then she walked across to the other mic. Still nothing.  She shrugged, she joked around with the crowd in the front, she tapped the mic and waited for something to happen – taking it all in stride.  Then the Wolf Den made an announcement to stand by and they’d get everything fixed.  The band left the stage, mics were I assumed fixed and we started the show again – Lauren this time ran out and yelled “IS THIS THING ON?” to a roar of cheers and applause from the crowd.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Lauren on Idol, though her season is arguably my most favorite season of the show.  I’m not much of a country fan so I went into the show not really sure what to expect but I ended up having a BLAST.  Lauren puts on a great show, she’s funny and seems super down to earth.  For her 3rd song she said she was going to bring a guy on stage because she always picks out her “Next Boyfriend” from the crowd.  She said there was one guy up front singing every word so she picked him – but someone else told her that he brought her flowers so she brought TWO Next Boyfriends on stage to dance with her.  After having one say his name and having us all say “Hi Brandon!” She had the other guy introduce himself and he was Brandon too! (two?) And as it turned out – one of her guitarists is also named Brandon.  “Too many Brandons!” she announced and had the guys dance with her – even getting them to whip and nae nae.

She changed before coming out for her encore of “Road Less Traveled” her current single that has made it on to the Billboard Charts! We slipped out early to jump in line for the signing and made it near the front of the line. She came out about 45 minutes after the show had ended to quite a line. We were able to get through quickly and say hello and get our CD signed and even had time to check out one of Mohegan’s newer restaurants before heading home.

Lauren is currently on tour as an opening act, but if you get the chance to see her, take it! I don’t think you will find yourself disappointed.

 

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Stephen Kellogg Tour De Forty @ The FTC Warehouse

Friday night Stephen Kellogg rolled in for a home town show at the FTC Warehouse. I believe this was his first time playing the Warehouse, previously he had played the smaller Stage One next door.

Opening the show was Don Miggs. I may have gone in to the night a bit biased because my friends had said they saw him the night before and weren’t impressed, but I have to say that I wasn’t all that impressed either. I don’t think I have ever seen an opener mess up nearly every single song in his set – and admit to it. He later mentioned that he probably shouldn’t admit to it but that’s who he was. Which I can get, but if you’re playing to a crowd of people that most likely don’t know your songs you can just cover it up with a new lyric and no one would have been the wiser. (Although a few songs were covers so it was a bit more obvious if you knew the originals) Most of his songs were for his wife, which was sweet.

Then it was time for Stephen Kellogg.  He had a band of 6 backing him and it has been a while since I’ve seen him with a band and not just him and his guitar and I have to say there is a HUGE difference in his stage presence with a band than not and this show was a whole other level than any of the other shows I have seen from SK in the past 10 years. So much so I was considering going to the show Saturday night too, but it was just not going to work out.  I had seen SK6ers 25 times before their split and SK solo now 5 times since then and this has to be my favorite show of his ever. The show just seemed to go on forever and it was just amazing. I’m not sure if any of his shows after this will ever measure up (although I am sure seeing him at BTTI in January will be amazing for different reasons)

Stephen also called out some people in the crowd for not even looking at the stage.  There was a lot of chit-chat going on during the openers set, and I figured it would stop once Stephen took the stage so I was pretty surprised when it didn’t. Several years ago he had commented from the stage at a show about some drunk girls talking right by the stage but when I mentioned it to him more recently he said he mellowed out a bit as he was getting older – but I was glad he took the time to ask the people not even looking at the stage to either look or head somewhere else to do whatever they were doing.  I am not sure why people go to a show to not pay attention to the headliner but it is what it is.

Hopefully my next SK adventure will be the BBQ this summer!

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Casino Double Feature: Kesha @ Foxwoods, Rick Astley @ Mohegan Sun

I have been so tired after this back-to-back run of shows I never bothered to write up a review. So here goes nothing… Usually I like to write reviews when the show is still fresh in my mind but I failed at that for these two shows.

As part of Foxwoods 25th Anniversary they kicked it off with a couple of free shows. One being Kesha on a Wednesday night at the Grand Theater.  There were 3 ways to get tickets – win them from the radio, win them from Foxwoods text contest or wait in line all day for tickets. I ended up winning them from Foxwoods text contest a couple days before the show.

I really wouldn’t have called myself a Kesha fan before the show – I knew her songs from the radio but if you told me I’d be going to see her in concert I’d probably have told you you were crazy. But all that has changed now. Kesha put on an amazing show and I hope that all her legal troubles get figured out soon – she said she has 73 songs written that she can’t put out because of all the crap going on between her, her label and Dr Luke.

Kesha played all her hits but a lot of them she did in new arrangements. She had checked her paperwork and was still allowed to play them but wanted to mix things up a bit. She also threw in some covers – appropriately the first one was “You Don’t Own Me” as well as Britney’s “Til The World Ends” (which she wrote so im not sure if its technically a cover) and some Dolly Parton for good measure as well.

Favorite Lyric change: “Boys trying to touch my junk. Fuck you Donald Trump!”

Thursday night Mohegan Sun had an exclusive invite only show with 80s legend Rick Astley. I had thought that I only knew the song famous for “Rick Rolling” Never Gonna Give You Up – but I forgot all about Together Forever as well!

He had an opener Harrison Kipner who kept going on about how big the arena was. They had the arena set up has a half-house and no one was in the upper level but considering the smaller venues on the rest of Rick’s tours – it was pretty impressive. (And maybe some day he will play it at full capacity!)

Rick did some of his tracks from his new album and mixed in some covers as well – including ACDCs Highway To Hell which he played the drums during!  He even did a mashup with a Rihanna song as well.

 

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