Music Mash Up

Been to a bunch of concerts this year, mostly┬ánew bands and one repeat. CS found us a Halestorm concert with opening act Lita Ford. I’ve been off the heavy music scene for awhile, so it was nice to get back to some head banging-ish.

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On an unseasonably cold May evening, we settled in for some Ellie Goulding.

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Giant screens are all the rage now.

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K keeping me warm.

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Paint me up and lets dance! Do you know this album cover?

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Got to see Fitz and the Tantrums again in an intimate Bloomington, IN venue. I love seeing these guys up close. I just feed off of their energy.

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Left straight from work and still had 7500 steps recorded on my Fitbit doing my best Noelle impression.

Next up was Chad’s favorite, the gorgeous Gwen.

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Even from our seats you could see how incredible her body is.

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We rounded out our summer back outdoors at White River for Ray Lamontange. Rumor was he didn’t have an opening act and felt he didn’t need one. Excuse me?! We sat and waited about 90 minutes for him to take the stage. He’s lost my future ticket sale if he continues down that path.

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At least 3 more to concerts to go!

Another One In The Books

Another birthday rolled by. Bring me presents! Puzzles are still a favorite gift. Meerkats

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A new amazing game!

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Tiny stuff

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And sparkly stuff

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Had a bash with lots of friends and family.

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Then followed it up with a new band in a new venue. We arrived and it was a small crowd. Ok, let’s get right up front then!

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CS found the band based on our similar liking of Pop Evil and Red Line Chemistry. Red Sun Rising!

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It’s been a slow heavy music scene in Indy lately. It was nice to get the headbanging motion going again.

Ol’ blue eyes

My HLP was ready for a date. Yes please!

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Bring on the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra!

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I sent the picture above to my Dad. His response, “It’s about time you 2 do something classy.” I have no idea what he is talking about.

Specialty drink of the night, Ol’ blue eyes. 4 cubes 2 fingers of Jack and a dash of water. Yes please!

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4 different singers rotated through Frank Sinatra’s library of songs.

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Even the Ol’ Gray Hairs came out.

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As we were waiting for our valet, I was able to ‘share it forward’ with a couple about the stem cell therapy my Dad just had. Felt pretty good.

Lights

As K and I arranged our next major concert, I realized I hadn’t checked my music emails in a while. So on a Thursday night, I found a concert I wanted to see on Saturday. But it was near Cincinnati. Could I talk K into it? Luckily she had family living 6 blocks from the venue. No arm twisting needed. Roadtrip!

But before we got there, Karma led me to meet Pam.

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As soon as I saw Pam, my eyes went straight to her necklace. I’d only ever seen one like it before. Who doesn’t need a gold road runner on a chain?! It’s my pimp chain!

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After a friend’s mom passed away, he didn’t know what to do with all her jewelry. So he let some select friends take a few masterpieces from her collection. I was drawn to the roadrunner. It was so unique. Pam said she gets compliments every time she wears it. I need to break mine out!

Before the show, we had to a make a stop at the bar with the most bourbon I’ve ever seen. I think Angels were singing when the door opened.

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I had no idea where to begin. Told the bartender/owner what I liked and asked him to surprise me.

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Delicious sippers!

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After missing the opening act Phases (strange coincidence though as we will see them next year), we caught the tail end of the Mowgli’s set before our headliner.

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I was impressed. Lots of change ups with who was the lead singer. The Mowgli’s included the lost Hanson brother. He must be terrible at singing MMMbop.

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Lights on stage!

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Lights is her name, not the bands. Strange, but I had a total chick crush by the end of the show.

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Not only can she sing, she plays guitar and keyboard.

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This venue was very intimate. It was an old house turned into a music venue. View from the 2nd floor.

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Only complaint was the smoking section of the bar @ the venue. You could smell it before getting in the house. Thank small town Kentucky venues. Keep believing it’s an ok habit to support.

Summer Tunes

Ready for some live music!

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Our headlining act was….

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He has been around for quite some time, yet strangely his song from 2007 is the one we all could recite, Come On Get Higher.  Next act was The Fray! Another new score for me. Bonus they are from Colorado!

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Love their blend of styles. So soothing at times. I have used them as my wake up alarm. But on to the main act, Train!!

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All 3 acts went into the crowd. Pat was especially connected with us as he probably took 50+ selfies with the front line. It is amazing how much social media comes into play. (Says the old lady)

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To bring the crowd even more into the show, giant beach balls!

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One landed in our area. Photo op!

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All 3 acts came out at the end to harmonize. I really do enjoy this type of thing. Stuff you never would hear otherwise.

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Who’s up next?

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Who’s ready to see Adam Maroon5?!

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They had extended the stage into the crowd. I was pumped to see how much this would get used.

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Magic opened the show.

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Then came Adam. So pretty. I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

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Pretty from the back too!

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Close up!

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They came out for the encore with Sugar. We knew they wouldn’t end the show without playing that one.

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Looking forward to my next Maroon 5 show!

Choo Choo

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Hit another Train concert this year thanks to the fast thinking of this genius!

Tickets went on sale and she immediately nabbed 4 for our same group since we had such a great time last year.

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This time, floor seats @ the new Pepsi Coliseum!

It was all about the light show this time. Was really cool to see.

White!

They had a new album out, so I had to practice in my car. Alot.

More Than Just A Dream

If you know this cover art, you’ll know what group I got to see last week!

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FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS!!

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I was so excited for this show. After hearing their chart topping hit, The Walker, I immediately got their album and have been listening to it for over a year. I recruited K to give them a shot. I have a hard time describing their sound. Turns out its called “neo soul”. And turned out she loved them too! So we headed to the Egyptian room to see them up close and personal.

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The energy these 2 put out is extraordinary! Noelle had to burn 10,000 calories with all her moving, dancing and tambourine playing. I was in awe of her abs. The lighting was perfectly choreographed with the music. I loved every second of this show!

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They exited the stage acting like they were done. But I spied confetti cannons and knew we still had some awesomeness to experience.

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They came back out and finished the show with Spark. They got the crowd involved in the build up by having us all squat down during the refrain.

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Then the building exploded just like the song lyrics!

Confetti!!!! Fitz are a group I will go see any time they are in town. Highly recommend it.

Blind Auditions

The new season of the Voice reminded me of old footage CS shot. We love the Voice and wanted to turn our experience into something like the real show. Our version… wear a blindfold and you have to guess at certain characteristics of the singer during their audition. CS got to choose the characteristics. I had to guess the gender, the hair style, clothing, and ethnicity. While he cues up the TV, I listen to music to avoid hearing any clues from their interview. Like my own private party!

CS’s turn. His challenge: gender, hair color, ethnicity.