I would be doing you all a disservice if I didn't start this recap with the one show that fell outside of the 2013 calendar year, but ultimately the one that started it all. One year ago (almost to the day) Allie informed me that we had received a Christmas miracle in the form of tickets and meet & greet passes to Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line and Love and Theft. It was the first of what would be MANY concerts Allie and I, aka Most Fun (and likely drunk) Female Duo ever, would attend at the Rave and elsewhere. We just didn't know it at the time. So without further ado...
Concert #1: Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Love & Theft
December 3, 2011
Highlight: Meeting Jake Owen and getting a picture with him and a giant blowup whale.
|The ONLY people who felt the need to include toys in their one chance at a photo with Jake.|
|Every good female duo has THAT girl, you can decide for yourselves which one of us that is.|
This was the first of three times I'd see FGL over the course of the year and the first of two I'd see Jake and Love & Theft. It should have served as a precursor for what was to come in the future, but I had no idea at the time. A hell of a kickoff to say the least.
Concert #2: Eli Young Band, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney*
May 18, 2013
*Not listed: Kacey Musgraves, because we clearly weren't capable of getting into the park in time for that 4:00 start. Sorry I'm not sorry.
Highlight: I can't and you can't make me. This entire day was pretty much the best day ever and you can't make me choose just one thing from it.
|You can see how I'd hate everything about what's happening in this picture. Awful day, just awful.|
We boarded the bus, blared some Jake Owen, cracked our first beers and took off for Miller Park. We tailgated, we sang, we laughed. I danced with a good looking man with an NRA belt buckle, a worn in Bass Pro Shop hat and a Packers t-shirt. Really danced too, not just grinding parts on parts. By 5:00 we had pre-gamed our little hearts out and it was time to shove a flask in our pants and make our way into the stadium. (I mean, no, we purchased all of our alcohol legally. And we did NOT end up with bruises from walking that far with a flask in our pants.)
By the time the concert started I had already had one of the most fun days of my life. And I hadn't even gotten to the good part yet. We made it in time for the Eli Young Band but I don't recall much of it, too excited. Eric Church took the stage and I remember being so excited I thought I might black out (definitely NOT because of all the tailgating). We raised our boots for "These Boots", we BELTED "Springsteen". It was over before we knew it and since that very moment I've been waiting for my next Eric Church show. Kenny came on. I cried during Boys of Fall. We sang all the good ones, peed during the bad ones. Boarded the big blue bus and made our way west.
This was the kind of day you'd never even try to recreate because it was sporadic and unplanned fun. You couldn't put all those components back together even if you tried. And you'd never want to because you wouldn't ever want anything to tarnish the memory of that day. Thankfully, the next day we had Tyler (who worked the concert) to let us know what songs were played and that booze was cut off an hour early because some people (not us) were having a little too much fun (definitely people like us).
Coming up next: Summerfest (Including appearances by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert and repeat offenses by FGL & Jake Owen.)