December 10, 2012

Band of Horses!

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to post something short and sweet before I fall asleep. I got back pretty early this morning from an awesome concert, which also happened to be my first one ever! Band of Horses (if you haven’t heard of them, you should listen to them. Their music is amazing!) played at State Theater last night, and they really rocked!

I’ve been wanting to go to a concert for a while now, but never had the time and couldn’t get a ride. However, now that I can drive I’ve been begging my parents to let me go to this show, not too far away, and a band I really like! They kept saying, “Oh, Maybe, I don’t know…” and then Surprised me with tickets on my birthday last weekend! (Thanks Mom and Dad!)

Anyways, I’d always been a little bit skeptical of live music. Any recordings I’ve heard on CDs haven’t been that great, so I was ok with not going to concerts. Now that I’ve been to one, I can honestly say that it is an amazing experience. The venue was really neat, the band was great, all amazing musicians, and the opener, Jason Lytle was very good as well! It was a well spent three hours (a couple rows back in front of the stage!) , and I got to go to sleep with good memories, and a nice ringing in my ears. If you get the chance to see them play, or any of your favorite bands, go! It’s an awesome experience, and I’m looking forward to my next concert!

I’m sure it’s an experience that will last a lifetime- I don’t think I’ll ever forget my first concert! So I do have one question for you this week… Who was the first band you saw live, and where did they play?

Have a great week!



11 Responses

  1. Avatar Emilie Swett says:

    My first show was at the Stone Mountain Arts Center (Really cool Venue) and it was WPA (Works Progress Administration) it was great, they put on a fun show.

    For a bigger venue I went to the State Theater also, it was Umphrey’s McGee (such a cool show, lights, music, hippies). We went again last month and I brought my Service Dog, by the end of the night all the concert goers were calling him “The Rockin’ Dog” 🙂 Great place, great staff, and as always Umphrey’s put on a great show!

    -Emilie Swett ’04

  2. Avatar Kristen Kimball says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you loved it. Looking forward to hearing about it.
    First live band, hmmmm. I don’t think I can really count (or don’t want to – it wasn’t my choice) Devonsquare at the Waterville Opera House when I was a kid. After that, I think it was Phish, OOB, 1994, with Greg Gilman. So much fun!

  3. Avatar Thomson Riley says:

    Mr. Drew, the first band I saw live was Dave Matthews Band at Foxboro stadium sometime around 2000 while I was at GA. I went with three of my best friends from Gould, two of whom were groomsmen in my wedding. Just a little testament to the relationships you build while you’re there.

  4. Avatar John says:

    Emilie – The State Theatre is a wonderful venue, and the staff do a very good job. Also, great story about your dog, I sure hope he enjoyed it as much as you did! I would love to see Umphrey’s McGee at some point, I almost went earlier this year! Where is Stone Mountain Arts Center?

    Mrs. Kimball – I’m so jealous you and Mr. Gilman got to see Phish! They always seem to play amazing shows. Another band that I would love to see live!

    Thompson – Sounds like a great show! I wish I could have seen DMB before LeRoi Moore passed. It’s awesome to hear that you made some lifelong friends, and shared some amazing experiences while at Gould!

  5. Avatar greggilman says:

    Great glog John!

    I’m jealous, I love Band of Horses, and really wanted to go to the show! I was at the Celtics game that night thanks to Mrs. Kimball though, so I can’t complain.

    My first show was Bon Jovi & Skid Row at the ballpark in OOB.

    All in all, I got to see Phish about 20 times or so. They were my favorite band back in the 90’s and I went to see them every chance I could, occasionally I let Mrs. Kimball tag along. 😉

    Here’s a little Bon Jovi from back in 1988, the year I got to go to my first concert.


    • Avatar John says:

      Mr Gilman- It was such a great show, sorry you couldn’t make it! I was considering travelling to Boston to see them Sunday Night as well, but I had classes the next day.

      Bon Jovi and Skid Row must have been awesome! Also, I’m jealous of how much you got to see Phish! I hopefully have a long career of concert-going in my future, so I’m hoping to get to see Band Of Horses a few more times!

  6. Avatar doug alford says:

    First Concert? AC/DC at the Boston Gahhhden. 1982. It started a run of concerts for me that went all the way through graduate school! Latest concert: Brandi Carlile at the State. You’re right, it’s a great venue!

    • Avatar John says:

      Mr. Alford-
      I would bet that was an awesome show! Any videos I’ve seen of AC/DC concerts have a ton of energy! By the way, I like the accent.

  7. Avatar Katie Knapp says:

    Jack Johnson was my first and second concert, both my freshman year of college. The first show was a private show at Virgin Records in Boston, just him with a guitar on a stool with less than 100 other people. Definitely something I’ll never forget.

    • Avatar John says:

      That is awesome! Sounds like you got pretty lucky with that concert- I hope someday I’ll get to see someone live in a setting that personal! I’d imagine Jack put on quite a show!

  8. Tucker Kimball Tucker Kimball says:

    Hey John,

    My first real rock concert, I think, was the Escape from New York Tour with the Ramones, Debbie Harry, and the Tom Tom Club (Talking Heads without David Byrne) at the Cumberland County Civic Center in 1990. Logged many since and have never looked back!

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