June 2024

Wilderado at The Warehouse 6/17/24

Happiness is…
Walking up to the will call booth saying, “Hi! I should be on the band’s list?” and getting handed a comped ticket and a photo pass and then picking a spot in the front row. Thanks to Stunt Company Media, I was able to check out Tulsa, OK band Wilderado, which I had previously seen perform at Hanson’s Hop Jam Festival in 2019. The touring bassist for the band (Aaron) has also played with Hanson a couple of times, so it was cool to see him again.

The opening band was a band from London called Flyte and they were really good. Unfortunately, as happens a lot at this venue, there was a lot of talking at the bar and I’m pretty sure it was distracting the lead singer, he even asked for people to stop having conversations at one point but I don’t think the people who were talking even heard him because they just kept going. Fortunately, once Wilderado took the stage, the conversations were to a minimum and everyone seemed to be really into the show.

I’m not really familiar with their music but based on the woman behind me’s reaction for each song when they started, it must have been a really great set list. She just kept saying wow. Wow, oh, no way I love this song.  So it must have been a pretty solid set less if you were a fan but honestly not being familiar with any of their music I don’t know if they skipped anything, but it was A really good show.

They opted to not leave the stage before the last 2 songs and just have us cheer for them anyway and then did 2 more songs the first one the crowd was really, really into it. It became a big sing along and the last 1 all 4 members of the band were singing around one mic and the lead singer played guitar. That was pretty cool to see and that song also turned into quite a sing a long as well.  I’m definitely gonna have to check out some of their music soon – and September 20th they will have new music coming – their album “Talker” which they did play the title track from. Thanks to Stunt Company Media for a hooking me up with the ticket and photo pass for the show. I was a lot of fun and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to cover some more shows that I wouldn’t go to on my own in the future because I’ve been introduced to a lot of great music this way!

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Hanson at The View 6/13/24


Thursday I had tickets to see a taping of the view. We had to get up super early and take a 730 train into New York City. Then we grabbed a cab to go to ABC studios. The traffic was absolutely ridiculous, before we even made it one block our cab rate went from $7 to $14. We also almost got hit by a bus while in the cab. So that was fun but managed to get to the line to the view in plenty of time and were seventh and eighth in line for the show.

We didn’t really know if Hanson was going to be on or not. I had gotten tickets based on a rumor that I heard and everything was kept really hush-hush. But, once we got into the holding room, they told us that Hansen would be there for her performance, but that it was a surprise for Alyssa, one of the host’s, birthdays. We ended up filing into the studio and the guys instruments were all set up. The warm up comedian told us that they’d be playing 3 songs, but that Alyssa thought we were doing a segment on puppy adoption.  So once she was in the area, we had to not mention anything about Hanson and we’re just kind of going,  “Oh, look at the cute puppies” and stuff like that. Then a couple of the other hosts came out and introed the segment which we had to film twice. Because apparently we were clapping too loudly. We had to bring it down from a 10 to about a 4 and then they brought Alyssa in and Hanson was there and they sang the new Penny and Me Moonlight version and then went into MMMBop and then went into where’s the love.

They did a little interview with them afterwards and everything that Taylor said ended up getting cut and didn’t make it on to TV. I also barely made it on to TV, you can see the blue of my shirt for like a split second when Alyssa walks into the room. After Hanson was done, they reset up the stage with the table and everything and then we got to see them film, most of the segments for the view.

Before we went in, we were given a tax form that said there was going to be a giveaway where at least $75, and if it ended up being worth over $600,  we would have to pay taxes on it. We ended up getting 2 tickets to the Hanson show of our choice for their upcoming tour. Which I already have all my tickets so I’m going to be bringing some friends along, I guess. When we saw the show air they had another segment that was giving away some gifts. But we didn’t end up getting those. I don’t know if that would have put us over the $600 threshold. Or why they decided to film that segment separately. We never saw them film the segment with the gifts for Alyssa’s home.

After the show was done taping, it took a bit longer than we hadn’t anticipated, we got an Uber and headed back to Grand Central. He dropped us off in front of a restaurant, so we decided might as well stop and eat, then grab some snacks from Hudson News and hopped on the train home and ended up getting home about 6 PM – the train was on the wrong side of the track, so there was a giant gap which freaked me out on the conductor had to come and help me get off the train, but I’m hoping to figure out some extra accessibility for that for the future.  I think for tour it might have to be taken the train by myself.

It had been on my bucket list since I was about 12 years old and I wanted to see Hanson perform on a TV show in person. We’d always watch these shows from home in the summer and there’d be all these fans there and I was like, Why can’t we go New York’s not that far? So I was happy to finally cross that off my list and also see my 289th Hanson show and with any luck I should be hitting 300 by the end of this year!

Gaelic Storm at The Kate 6/12/24

Wednesday night Gaelic Storm returned to The Kate in Old Saybrook, CT for the first time since February 13, 2020.  I did not attend the show in 2020, though I’m not entirely sure why, but later we found out that Pat went into the balcony and then jumped off the balcony and ended up breaking both of his legs. So I was quite surprised to see the Kate on their tour itinerary again and this time we decided that we weren’t going to miss the show.

The show was on a Wednesday night and unbeknownst to me, the town green, which is right next to the venue, hosts Wednesday night concerts. So there was absolutely no parking close by to be found. I ended up finding a spot a couple blocks away and making it to the venue. (Turns out my next show at The Kate is a Wednesday too so I’ll have to keep that in mind)  We entered just after 7 and the show started at about 7:30 with the Waterbury Police drum and bagpipes, which was pretty cool.  They played for about 10 to 15 minutes and then it was time for Gaelic Storm. Pat of course made a bunch of jokes about PTSD and being afraid to be back the venue and all that and threatening to jump off the balcony again, if someone was going to catch him. After every song, he told a little bit about the story of what happened after he left the venue and went to the hospital, having surgery and all of that.
Steve is still not with the band he’s out on medical leave and they have a young man named Parker who was filling in. He was a great opposite to Pat and I loved how he picked on him by playing different songs on his guitar to try and taunt him throughout the show.  Pat also kept saying that certain songs that were being yelled out weren’t on the set list and ended up saying that they were going to play Russell Crowe because of the requests. But after the show I got a set list and wouldn’t you know Russell Crowe was on there? I was supposed to be followed by Johnny Tarr which they ended up doing in the encore instead. I can’t remember if they switched out anything else from the setlist. But it was a really, really fun show. Gaelic Storm is always incredibly entertaining and I’m looking forward to getting to see them again!
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