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Throwback Thursday: Carrie Underwood 3/16/10

Headliner: Carrie Underwood
Opener(s): Craig Morgan, Sons of Sylvia
Venue: Arena at Harbor Yard
Cost: $66.35



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Throwback Thursday: John Mayer 2/19/10

Headliner: John Mayer
Opener(s): Michael Franti & Spearhead
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
Cost: $120


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John Mayer & Gavin DeGraw Photos

Some photos from my last 2 Sundays!

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Gavin DeGraw Infinity Hall

Last night I went to Infinity Hall in Hartford, CT for the first time to see Gavin DeGraw on his “RAW” Tour.  More details to come but for now have a setlist.

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Throwback Thursday: Honor Society 1/21/10

Headliner: Honor Society
Opener(s): Just Kait
Venue: School of Rock S. Hackensack
Cost: $25


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John Mayer XFinity Theater 8/20/17

It’s not truly summer until John Mayer has played the Meadows. Or as it is now called, Xfinity Theater.  Our series of “Sundays with Mayer” continues although I made the trip to Hartford solo this time as I decided to splurge on one of the “Good Love Is On The Way” packages that was WAY too much money but scored me a 2nd row CENTER seat, a meet and greet with John and a cool swag bag – and an awesome guitar pick shaped VIP “backstage” pass. (By far my coolest pass and I’m debating getting it framed with my photo or sticking it in the scrapbook like all my other passes…)

Check In was 4:45, we were taken inside early at about 5:15 and allowed to do some crowd-free merchandise shopping.  I ended up snagging the event-specific shirt (as I always do) and one of the Emoji of a Wave t-shirts – there were 4 different styles so it took me forever to pick out which one I wanted.  At 5:30 the gates opened and we were escorted to the backstage door – thinking this was it and we were all going to be meeting John… only to be told nope – come back to this door at 6:47pm. As if we weren’t nervous enough – we had to wait a whole extra hour+.

Finally it was time to go backstage and most of the reviews of the M&G I read said you get a “couple minutes” with him – but my experience seemed more like a couple seconds.  I went in, turned the corner and there he was (and he is SO tall and very intimidating) He asked my name, we took the pic, I asked him about a song being in the set and I was on my merry way… doing my usual “Did I smile? Did I look at the camera? What was he even wearing?” as I walked away.  Honestly I would have told you he was wearing a brown long sleeved t-shirt if you had asked me right after – despite the fact that I know I looked at his tattoos.  It was a black short sleeve shirt once I saw the photos!!

Some of the M&Gers may have missed part of the opener – DAWES, but I was the 3rd one through the M&G line so I was able to get to my seat before they started and I was glad that I did as they had a really fun set and I really enjoyed them.  Also, funny story, I walked out of backstage and ended up walking next to 2 or 3 guys and a girl ran up to them and was like “OH MY GOD DID YOU JUST MEET JOHN MAYER” and I didn’t say anything, but the guys were like “YEAH!” (they didn’t) and she started being all “OMG! What was he like!?” and then they finally fessed up and said “No, we didn’t… I think she did though…” as I skirted away from them all and headed to my seat!

At about 8:45 John took the stage!!!!! I knew my seat was close but I don’t think it really sunk in HOW close until he took the stage – and now I’m so, so, so spoiled that I don’t know if I can sit further away ever again. (But I also don’t think I can afford the super giant package every tour, either!)  During Helpless he ended up playing some of the guitar riffs (is that the word?) for Rolling Stones “Miss You” which was pretty cool.  During Who Says he threw in Hartford and some other CT cities as well which is always fun when you see him in CT although I have to say his school closing joke is getting O-L-D… (maybe I find it more exciting when he mentions my city, which he did not this time)  Despite him not adding Love Song For No One to the setlist for me – he did play a couple of my other favorites – Vultures and Gravity.  And he sang like half of Daughters right to me, I’m pretty sure.

The two guys in front of me were jamming their asses off the whole show – and I could tell that John was really getting a kick out of them and he even gave them out shout out as well.

This show combined with Boston in April I think gave a good representation of the new album (which wasn’t out yet then) though I was hoping for a few more “oldies” thrown in there.



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Throwback Thursday: Timbaland 1/20/10

Headliner: Timbaland
Opener(s): Honor Society, Sebastian
Venue: Irving Plaza
Cost: $0


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Throwback Thursday: Nick Jonas and the Administration 1/8/10

Headliner: Nick Jonas
Opener(s): Forever Seven, Diane Birch
Venue:  Beacon Theater
Cost: $63.40


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Throwback Thursday: Honor Society 12/31/09

Headliner: Honor Society
Opener(s):  Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Venue:  Chocolate Avenue
Cost:  $0


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O-Town on a BOAT

Last week we made the trek to NYC and Pier 83 to board a circle line cruise around the Hudson with a trip that included a concert from both Ryan Cabrera and O-Town.  At first O-Town was saying there would be no VIP for this show, but in May we were pleasantly surprised to see it offered as an option and although the VIP cost was increased to $250 we opted to splurge as it was our only O-Show of the tour.

We arrived early to make sure we wouldn’t miss the boat, only to not board until nearly an hour after we were supposed to board for VIP.  Once we got on board, we grabbed a chair for me (as the rocking boat and my lack of balance were not working well together at all) and waited… and waited… and waited… for the tech crew to get the sound system set up.  We all waited around wondering why we couldn’t kick off the photos with the band first since every minute more it took the crew to figure out the sound was one minute less we’d have to spend with the band.  For whatever reason this was not an option, and finally about 15 minutes before General Admission boarding was about to begin the guys took the stage – decked out in throwback outfits to recreate the We Fit Together music video. (Probably why they couldn’t do photos before sound check) We also go to hear them soundcheck Giants before they decided we would do photos on the level of the boat we were already on (since GA was no doubt waiting downstairs to come up for spots for the show) with the backdrop the NYC sky line.  We were told no group photos but we could still get 2 photos with the band – a normal pose and a fun pose. I had no idea what to do so I told the guys to do whatever while I just stuck out my tongue lol (And I did have to tell Erik that he had to take his Yankees hat off for my photo, which he agreed to)

We were told if we wanted more time with the guys – we had the option to buy a t-shirt to get in the selfie line and VIP would get to cut everyone else waiting. Then we found out the t-shirts were $60 which is INSANE.  We decided that we weren’t going to do this and were really disappointed that a discount was not offered to those of us who paid so much for VIP and ended up getting so little.

Shortly after GA joined us, MMMBop started playing and then was cut off so we could “listen” to a message from the captain – that we could barely hear at all and it was time to set sail!   Despite being up near the front, I couldn’t really see Ryan due to his placement on stage and spent most of his set taking in my surroundings as we went under 3 bridges and went by the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade, etc.  I was glad that I ended up doing this because once O-Town took the stage I kind of forgot where we were due to paying too much attention to the guys being on stage. (Plus we were going backwards which meant they knew what was coming up but we had no clue unless we turned around)  Due to shifting in the crowd I couldn’t see for most of O-Town’s set either – and just a PSA if someone is sitting by you it’s probably a good idea to a) Not sneak into VIP you didn’t pay for and block them B) hold your phone up eye level so they can’t see a damn thing beyond your screen.  Holding the phone chest level would have gotten the same videos AND I would have been able to see.  I did manage to lift my phone over my head every now and then to snap photos of the guys though.

Even after all the time wasted getting the sound to work – it was not that great during the show but the guys powered through and did a great performance in spite of it all.  They also did a covers medley that was simply amazing and had such a variety of songs included, it blew my mind.

After the show Christine and I looked at each other as if to say “Are we really spending $60 on a shirt and selfies?” and well… we did.

While we were with the guys, someone ended up jumping overboard off the ship and things went a little crazy – luckily the guys grabbed me to make sure I didn’t get knocked over as crew members ran around like maniacs not caring who they pushed out of their way.  Turns out a guy that walked into us as we were trying to make our departure from the deck of the ship we were on was the one to jump overboard – which is illegal so security had to keep him contained until we docked so he could be arrested.  This led to us being delayed getting off the boat. Way to go, doofus.

I wish I could have seen the guys more on this tour – so many shows were nearby but with stupid work deadlines looming, it was the time to attempt to be an adult and not run off to fangirl every evening.  And yes, I probably would have bought VIP to another show, despite the fail that this one turned out to be.

After the Lights
Right Kind Of Wrong
We Fit Together
Lines and Circles
Empty Spaces
Chasing After You
Shady Business
Liquid Dreams
Sky Dive
Playing with Fire
Cut the Cord

All or Nothing

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