Thursday night Bob Schneider brought his Bluegrass band back to Glass Cactus at the Gaylord. Fantastic show as always.
I ran across The 10 Most Annoying Concert Behaviors article in Rolling Stone the other day and just have to thank the publication for giving a voice to the pushed around, puked on and pissed off:
1. Taking pictures the entire freaking show.
2. Checking e-mail, Facebook and Twitter every couple of minutes.
3. Incessantly talking to your friends.
4. Yelling out requests.
5. Yelling out “Freebird!”
6. Pushing your way to the front.
7. Getting so drunk you puke.
8. Loudly complaining after the show because the band didn’t play your favorite song.
9. Filming the entire show on your iPhone.
10. Yelling “Sit down!” at people who are standing up.
I know I gripe about half of these after almost every show, but I will also be first to confess I have a history of taking a lot of pictures and I frequently record videos on my digital camera. But I believe I use discretion and respect the musician on stage and other fans around me. I always try to make sure I am still enjoying the show and not annoying my neighbors by having a camera up in the air the entire time (and my arms do get tired). But sometimes the excitement overcomes me and the show is just so good that I want to relive it over and over again, so I get a little caught up and find myself recording song after song after song. It’s just too good. This actually happened at the Bob Schneider Cendera Center show with Mitch Watkins. It was incredible and I didn’t want to miss a thing. We had a table near the front so I was able to prop my camera up and record several songs back to back. And I have no regrets.
And I don’t see anything wrong with shouting out requests but some fans need to get a clue already. Don’t keep hollering the same song over and over annoying the band and the people around you. AND stop hollering requests for the ONE hit that put your favorite band on the map. There’s a 99.9% chance they are going to play it. I always roll my eyes at that one guy at the RCPM shows that yells out Banditos or Mekong. I can recall only ever not hearing Banditos once at the gazillion RCPM shows I’ve been to. And Mekong? I don’t think Roger can’t not play it. Of course you’re gonna hear Mekong and Banditos, dude. Chill out!
I think yelling out Freebird at a well-timed moment in the show can still be pretty funny. But it’s all about timing and sadly timing doesn’t come so easy for the drunk.
But as for #3 on the list, SHUT UP ALREADY. I was proud of myself for not being too annoyed with all the people talking around me at the Reckless Kelly concert the other night, until I got home and saw the ONE video I took and heard all the chatter on the recording. Ugh, so annoying. Sing along (not too loud and the correct lyrics, please) or shut up and take your conversation to the back.
Well it’s 2013, whatdya know? So where’d 2012 go?
I have no idea. But no sense in looking back, 2013 is all about moving forward, pressing on and I think I’ve kicked the new year off right by catching Reckless Kelly twice already! On January 11th, my friend Kathy and I enjoyed Reckless Kelly at House of Blues Dallas and just this weekend another friend and I headed down to San Marcos for a quick girls’ getaway to catch Reckless Kelly with Micky and the Motorcars at the Texas Music Theater. I now LOVE this venue and the show was fantastic. Without a doubt the best of the three Reckless Kelly show I’ve seen yet.
I fear RK is gonna be my 2013 band obsession. We’re only a month in to the new year, I’ve already seen them twice and they’ve been my first music road trip of the year. Did I mention I’ve already been scoping out their Spring tour dates and plotting my next adventure?
There’s just something about road trips and live music.
Some days I just love the Internet. This is one of those days.
Happy December! Are you ready for Christmas?!
My family doesn’t make a big fuss over Christmas and as I am trying to simplify and minimize clutter in my life, we are looking to enjoy some good Christmas Experiences this holiday season instead of buying a lot of stuff and cluttering our home. We will be spending the week of Christmas in Michigan so we decided to not even put up a Christmas tree this year. Instead, each day leading up to Christmas we plan to do something Christmassy and inexpensive to enjoy the season.
Last night we kicked of the Christmas season at the Kessler for A Holiday Eve with Bob Schneider featuring the Tosca String Quartet.
Here’s Bob performing an off-kilter Christmas tune (Bob was trying to keep it clean for the kids in the audience).
Bob never disappoints but it was the Tosca Strings that brought us out for the night. Bob’s done a lot of work with the string quartet in the past and we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience them live in that gorgeous Kessler Theater. Here’s a not-so Christmassy song with a beautiful strings arrangement.
Bob really only sang a few other Christmas tunes. He opened with Silver Bells and I loved his performance of O Holy Night. A few other videos from the show will be available on my Bob Schneider w/Tosca Strings playlist on YouTube. If you would like to hear his take on some more of the classics, I highly recommend his album Christmastime.
Note: Updated 12/05/12 to include the Frunk from the show. Also realized I was wrong, he didn’t open with Silver Bells, I guess it’s just the first Christmas song I remembered hearing.
This week I updated my Holiday playlists! I’m a sucker for Christmas music and Grown Up Christmas List is one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time. Throughout the month of December I will probably be sharing a lot of my Christmas faves.
Amy Grant released this song on her Home For Christmas album back when I was in high school and I have loved it ever since.
Kelly Clarkson sang it on an American Idol Christmas special back in 2003 and many other artist have recorded it too. But Amy Grant’s version continues to be my favorite and I never even knew there was a music video.
I am a little concerned about Amy lighting real candles on Christmas tree…
I spend the afternoons with my niece Kiki and all of sudden she’s become a Bob Schneider fan. I really had nothing to do with this, I can’t help it if the kid has good taste.
Now we listen to Live at the Paramount CD almost every day in the car when I pick her up from school. I have to skip a song or two but her favorite songs are Tarantula, Getting Better and 40 Dogs. She’s even watched the Live DVD with me. Last week we watched a bunch of my favorite Bob videos on YouTube and of course she loved the 40 Dogs videos with all the doggies the most.
Last weekend my husband and I took a day trip to Austin (YAY!) to drop Kiki and my brother off with my parents where they were going to be spending the week of Thanksgiving. We left Dallas early enough for Kiki and her daddy to visit the State Capitol and still have time to explore the city. While they toured the Capitol we stopped off at HEB to pick up some sandwich fixins so we could have a picnic up on one of my favorite places in Austin Mt. Bonnell.
We enjoyed turkey sandwiches, Lays potato chips, pickled beets (yuck! everyone else likes beets) and holiday grapes for dessert. Weather was perfect and no one was stung by the pesky bees that kept harassing (terrifying me–allergic) us.
Of course we couldn’t leave home without my dachshund Oscar and he and Kiki loved scaling the rocks up on the mountain. Oscar hadn’t been to Mt. Bonnell in years and the ol’ guy still had it in him.
We didn’t have a whole lot of time but it was such a gorgeous day that after the picnic I thought it would be fun to take her to some of the places from Bob Schneider’s 40 Dogs video. When in Austin, do as… Robert Rodriguez directed Bob and Kat in the video…
We hit the playground at Zilker Park where she spent almost the entire time on the swings (she swing so high now all on her own)! I am glad I decided to take to here because it had been 10 years ago her big brother and sister visited me in Austin and I took them to play at Zilker too.
After some swing time and a little photo session at the park, there was one last stop before going to meet Grandma and Grandpa. No trip to Austin is complete without a stop at the Hey Cupcake trailer on South Congress! She got the SweetBerry and I got the Pumpkinator. Yumm-eee!
We didn’t get to go to the offleash dog areas with Oscar but we hit a few of my favorite places in Austin and now when she watches the 40 Dogs video she can scream “I’ve been there!”