Garth Brooks

Imagine a stadium full of people (around 84,000 but who’s counting) just joyfully cheering your name & singing along to the songs you’ve written, recorded, & performed so many times. I just can’t even imagine what kind of feeling that produces in someone’s heart.

Well, that’s probably what Garth Brooks was feeling when performing at Mile High Stadium. The amount of energy the crowd brought alone made the concert experience that much more top notch (except for the guy next to me STOMPING, I mean STOMPING, to show his excitement instead of clapping and cheering like any normal human).

To be honest, though, I never really had the desire to go see Garth. I’m a newbie “bro country” fa, if you will, versus Garth’s classic style of country music. Yeah, hate me for that, but whatever. To each their own. But when a last minute ticket came up, how could I say no?! Let me tell you, I was so glad I was able to go and experience it. I knew maybe one song but was so in awe of him. The production. His lyrics.

I was especially moved when he sang Unanswered Prayers – it was almost a moment of worship for me & really spoke to my heart. “Just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care. Some of Gods greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” PREACH IT GARTH.

Now that I’ve been doing production for my church, that seems to be all I notice at concerts anymore. I’m always amazed at what kind of tricks are up the sleeves of the production crew when it comes to large events such as this one. I wasn’t sitting in the highest, upper section but I’m assuming they were given some sort of hand held lights that were controlled by Garth’s production team. There were many songs that were lit up & went along to the music & it was S’COOL. I guess instead of me explaining, just watch da video below 😎

I had to leave the show early as I had to work (woo, night shift) but all I really cared about was hearing Friends in Low Places & I did so I was a happy camper. Woo for that! Brings me back to the days when I lived in Nashville & the bars on broadway were swarming with this song. OVERALL, I was NOT disappointed. Now, I am fiening to actually listen to his music & attend another concert so I can belt out every lyric (it’s just more fun that way, don’t you think?)

I am DEF feeling that post concert depression, yo….

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Cal Scruby

This is not a post about a recent show of Cal’s, although I’ve seen him live my fair share of times. I wanted to change things up a bit & let ya know bout his new ALBUUUUM.

So, I’ve followed and supported Cal’s music since I saw him open at a Timeflies show in 2012. I have always been a fan, but you could say I kept my distance. Didn’t follow as closely as I did other artists, etc. BUT PLEASE, let me tell you. He just released a project called Unsigned & I am OBSESSED. I have never listened to his music on repeat as much as I have with this album [except for his song Ain’t Shit Changed with Chris Brown].

A few highlights are:

Shut Up – this song is a BANGA. & Cal starts the song going OFF on why labels suck & try to control you. I FEEL YOU BRO (even tho I ain’t an artist it seems like some bull to me, tehe). Chorus is catchy, and just an all around good song.

Smash Mouth: “150 bitches that can tell you how my dick taste” okaaaaay lollll.

Blink 182 – “If you blink, I bet she gon’ pull a 180 too,” LIKE YAS PLEASE. I’m always a sucker for a good play on words. Also, the line[z] “When I meet Selena I need me at least a Weeknd. I’m already a legend I need a Chrissy Teigen

Instincts – “On Survivor I would vote you off, you and Logan Paul yeah cause like, Logan Paul just ain’t that likeable am I riiiiiight?

NOOOOOW, if you’re a Taylor Swift fan, I’ve noticed a few references on the album – first would be there’s the song that is ACTUALLY named Taylor Swift (obvi). Famous line: “white girls at my show dancing like they’re Taylor Swift” (that is DEFINITELY me). There’s also a line about making seven layer dip & we from OHIO so… just wanted to point out I’m disappointed the line wasn’t about skyline dip. Okaaaaay moving on – there’s also a line in Blink 182 where he says “look what you made me do.” There’s a third one but I literally can’t remember it (hoping my girl Meg will come thru and help me remember – potential update to come).

In conclusion, (am I writing an essay, jeez Jess what the heck) I could continue on and on and on about this album, but it’s probably just time you go listen to it for yourself. He also doing videos for allll da songs (at least I think that’s the plan) so be sure to check those out too.

CLICK IT:

https://linktr.ee/calscruby

& for your viewing pleasure, here’s a throwback photo with the man himself.


Maren Morris

My friend & I were standing pretty side stage but a few rows back from the front. We were at an angle & could see Maren fairly well. I’ve never been that person who needs to be front & center (okay, maybe @ Timeflies shows) but even so, if I’m even remotely close to the front but on the side of the stage, that’s totally fine with me. No heads in my way, not much to peer through. To see someone so close, as if you were there with them just hanging out, is a feeling you don’t get anywhere else.

Cassadee Pope (luh her) struts herself on the stage – couldn’t tell you her set but she played my FAVE, “Bring Me Down Town” which is a total play on words & I LURVE. Puh lease check it out (on her new album, Stages, DUH). What I loved about her set, though, is she was totally interactive with her fans. She kept pointing & smiling at people (which not all artists do this) but it adds to the excitement when you see someone live. You’ve been seen. They know you. They see you. Jammin out with you. It adds a personal touch & gives you that moment where it feels like it’s just you & them. Let’s throw it back a notch, though, cause she mentioned during her set that she played that venue (The Fillmore) 10 years ago opening for Fallout Boy (w/ her old band Hey Monday – please be with me on this: jammin out to their song Homecoming in high school emo music dayz). A total 180 – now she was there opening with country music & for one of the hottest female artists at the moment.

After her set, she said she would be meeting fans by the merch table & of course, my friend & I had to go say hello (even though I met her before when I lived in Nashville). It was pretty much a mob of people, instead of a line (but what else would you expect?) so I just felt crammed & when meeting her a little rushed because of all the people. If you’ve met artists in this way, you feel my pain. I appreciate that she took her time to meet everyone, though, because some people won’t do that. Again, gives you more of a personal experience than just attending the show.

BUT, Maren Morris, y’all. That girl is straight FIYAH. I can’t even begin to express how in awe of her that I am. I spent most of the concert just wanting to trade outfits (you can capture that beauty in the video below).  Well, I guess voices as well because this B cannot sing AT ALL. The notes she can hit. The tone she has. It’s as if she doesn’t even have to try. Effortless.

I wanted to touch mostly on her song Girl: the chorus.

Girl, won’t you stop your cryin’?
I know that you’re tryin’
Everything’s gonna be okay
Baby girl, don’t you hang your head low
Don’t you lose your halo
Everyone’s gonna be okay
Baby girl

Especially – don’t you hang your head low, don’t you lose your halo. Can we shout WOMEN EMPOWERMENT?! I mean, come on! I am a superfan of women supporting women. Keep your halo. Keep your head up. Keep pushing on because you deserve to shine & stand out. Don’t let anyone or anything bring you down & if they do, you pick yourself up & fight back.

That song was probably the stand out of the show. It moved me. I’m sure it moved others as well. If you’ve ever felt down & need a reminder that everything’s going to be okay. It’s so crazy how lyrics like that can truly change peoples lives & may be just what they need to get moving & motivated again to believe in themselves.

It’s been a little while since this show, & y’all, I’m still having post concert depression…

Catch Maren on the Girl World Tour: https://www.marenmorris.com/ 


To My Favorite Band

This is an open letter to the band I’ve been following for *GASP* 7 years now. I wish things were the same as they were at the beginning. The excitement of the new. The excitement of the unknown. The excitement of waiting for front row. The excitement of waiting after to see if you’d come off the bus & say hello, take pics & be goofy.

I’ll never forget the first time you remembered my name. Like, how sweet was that? I never imagined my favorite band would know me, my name or even remotely care about my life. We were hanging out at a bar, on a random Thursday night, when this happened. Why can’t it be like this still?

I’ll never forget traveling and taking so many road trips on end to see you play a random college show with some of my best friends. The great feeling of hearing you call out “where are my Ohio girls at?” Why can’t it be like this still?

I’ll never forget you making us fans feel so special and loved for being as crazy as we were. But we were always there, always down & 100% supportive. Why can’t it be like this still?

We’ve grown together & grown apart. I always knew this time would come where it wouldn’t be the same as it was before but why has it come to this? It’s not over for you but it feels as if it’s over for me. I am at a constant battle with myself if I should continue to support or if I should walk away. But how can you walk away from something that has been a huge part of your life for that long? It’s just not that easy.

When you think you know someone, their values, their beliefs from following them all this time to feel like it’s been ripped from you from just one tweet. I don’t know what to believe anymore. My heart is so torn. So broken. So confused.

I want answers but is it really any of my business? No. Do I feel I am owed an explanation? Maybe. But ultimately, I don’t know you to your core and you don’t know me to my core. You really don’t owe me anything, which is the most heartbreaking part.

I don’t want this to be the end, but, my heart and my head are at a constant battle & it may be time to let things go. It was fun while it lasted. Thank you for the memories, laughs, friends made, road trips, amazing songs, amazing shows, tons of selfies & genuine love you showed me for supporting you for so long.

This may be the ultimate “post concert depression” I’ve ever, ever felt…


A new encore?

Have you guys ever been to a show & the artist plays their “last song” & thanks the crowd for a great night? They leave the stage & a few minutes later come back out for their encore? Pretty much the concert expectation these days, right?

I’ve always had on my mind to see a show that gives an element different to the encore. I feel it used to be a special thing the crowd would roar so loud for. These days, it definitely is something that is pre-planned into an artists set [from my experience, at least]. The only thing remotely close to something other than an encore was when I saw Ed Sheeran play a radio show in Michigan a few years ago. This was when his song, Sing, was a massive hit – he had the crowd sing along with him the lyrics: SING, oohhhweeeeohhhh, oooooohhhhh, oohhhweeeeohhhh, SING [that’s definitely not how the oh’s go, but cut me some slack LOL]. The entire crowd was singing along & all of a sudden I noticed that he was no longer on the stage. HE. WALKED. OFF. Leaving the crowd to their own accord, but also, left me wanting more. Guessing. Confused. It was such a crazy feeling & something I had never seen before. That is probably THE closest thing other than an encore that I have experience.

I’m not even sure what that would be., though I’m not an artist. I don’t have that creative production mindset that people who work concerts have. However, as a concert go-er, I am ready for SOMETHING ELSE. Yet, I’m here thinking, I don’t even know what other avenue a concert set could take other than an encore.

What I pose to the music world is: get creative, leave us guessing & wanting more. Change up the concert experience. I DARE YOU.


Tyler Rich & Tyler Dial

aye peoples – so this post is about the tyler’s. I want to first shout out BBVA & AXS for putting on this free event at the Skyline Beer Garden in downtown Denver. It was such a cute little outdoor beer garden & was a great afternoon to enjoy some free live music.

Moving to Denver from Nashville, I’ve become keen to the country music scene. I saw Tyler Rich host his own night of Whiskey Jam (which is ICONIC & something you have to do if you visit Nashville – but during the weekday) & was blown away by him. I then have said since then that he is going to blow up. He is, for lack of a better term, amazing (if you read my blog, I am so super descriptive *sarcasm*). LOL. Okay moving on. If we’re being honest here, I’ve always supported Tyler BUT have slacked in actually downloading & keeping up with his music. UNTIL, he released The Difference.

(I also was late to work b/c I stayed to hear this song – oops)

This song is such a sappy love song about loving someone (probs his supes hot fiance). Tyler has a grit in his voice that I’m not quite able to compare to anyone else (granted, I’m not too familiar with older – I’m a bro country fan, if you will). If you’re not hip to him already, YA SHOULD BE.

He also performed a new song influenced by his fiance. I never got confirmation on the name of the song but I believe it’s called Leave Her Wild. It’s about accepting the person you’re with & letting them be them. Don’t try to change them. Let them do their thing. Have their independence. At least that’s what I took/take from the song. PLEASE, if anything, you have to watch this video & listen to the song. I hope once it’s released, its a bop & all over country radio (Bobby Bones, I’m looking at you).

His EP comes out this Friday (9/21/18), so go check it out, y’all.

Now time to talk about Tyler Dial. Before this show, I had never heard of him, but I sure as hell do now & have nothing but great things to say about him. He gave me more old school country vibes (okay, I may know soooooooomething but not much). There was also a point in the show where he went out into the beer garden, hopped up on the table & got involved with the crowd. WISHHH I had a video but I was too into the moment. However, thanks to the man himself, Tyler sent me this video so ENJOY!

P.s. he just released an EP as well and I got it downloaded to jam, you should too.

And to finish it off, I’m still dealing with that PCD, so hope to see these men’s sooner rather than later…


Mat Kearney

TBH, i’m just adding this for content on the blog list of concert reviews so it looks like I gots all of it (which I DOOOOOO but ya know, business). This was a free rooftop summer concert hosted by Denver radio station Alice 105.9 & I had to work so literally by the time he actually came out to play, I only got to see two songs.

Hey Mama:

 

AND, OF COURSE, on my way out he played a song that I knew. But it was pretty dope walking out of the bar jamming to some great tunes.

He also did a lil freestyle kind of jam (but Cal Shapiro freestyles will always be my fave cc: Timeflies). Still dope doe.

 

Can we also talk about how adorbs he looks with that swagger hat on? (I know he’s married and has a beeb but C’MON)

No PCD as this was just a teaser pretty much buuuut because of this, though, I am yearning for a full Mat Kearney concert, so like, come back to Denver plz.