We want to thank Triple M for the tickets to the Farm Aid concert as a result of the writing contest about small WI farms. We had great seats and enjoyed the entire event! We would like to share some of our experiences about the concert and the human interest stories we learned or observed...
One fellow seated near us was from Springfield, IL. Like most people, he was moving with the music. When we got to visiting he said he had “lost his wife and might be looking for a new one.” We both had the same reaction, that he meant that she had recently died, but he clarified his comment to mean that she was roaming around the stadium taking pictures and that he was getting lonely!
Another man sitting in our area mentioned that he lived a “stones-throw” from Miller Stadium! We had a chance to visit quite extensively between performers and learned that he had brought his 80-year old parents who have been married 60 years this year! They love Willy Nelson and frequently get to his performances throughout the Midwest. His father was born on a farm in North Dakota and his family moved to Athens, WI where they farmed as well. There are pictures attached of his father in his Willy Nelson shirt and of the three of the members of the Duerr family together (mother is facing the other way).
We stayed over in Milwaukee Saturday night and visited The Mitchell Park Domes on Sunday morning. While there we ran into a retired couple from Maryland that had flown into Milwaukee for the concert. They had attended many Farm Aid concerts before and they really enjoy the music and the cause! This being their first trip to Wisconsin, they mentioned how much they like the area (reminded them of Vermont) and the people. “Everyone is so friendly,” they said.
The performers were all very enjoyable. In addition to their individual acts, there were some wonderful duets and larger group performances that were fun.
- It was a treat to see Norah Jones – what a classy singer!
- It was neat the way Willy Nelson came out during each set to perform with others.
- Dave Matthews was a big hit with the audience singing along to many of his tunes.
Some really emphasized the cause of the event better than others. Jason Mraz, a wonderful singer, had a great message about voting in one month – he said that people should vote for candidates who are concerned with the environment and other ecological issues. Neil Young made an impassioned speech against corporate farms and about how they are making ourselves and our children sick. He repeatedly said, “Read the label” and “buy from local farmers’ markets.”
A few other observations that we made included the following:
- We have attached a picture of Poncho and Lefty – they seemed to be having a great time – so much so, that they were escorted out by 6:00 p.m.
- The marijuana proponent (picture attached) was harassed and that person was escorted out. He was among the most lively dancers we saw all day!
- There was a golden-robed Native American (picture attached)
- One person had a CSNY jacket with an emblem about free speech that was cool – he was definitely tined-in to Neil Young!
-- John and Bambi
Wow wow wow! Thatâs my review of Phish at Alpine valley on Saturday night.
This marked my 16th year of going to Phish concerts and if I say this was one ofÂ THE BEST Iâm not exaggerating.
First step to enjoying Alpine was the VIP parking pass I purchased for $30, which is the only way to handle that parking lot hassle at the end. I was pretty excited to bring my friend Scott along with us for his first Phish concert.Â I head to Will Call and we started walking down to our setsâ¦ and downâ¦ and down until we are on the freakinâ floor, maybe ten rows from the stage, way over on the side.
Iâm stoked and ready to see âmy boysâ. The show started off with Tube ,which happens to be the very first song I ever saw Phish perform live back in 1994. It started strong and they never let up that first set. I donât think I have ever heard the band sound so tight. I guess growing up and getting sober is a good thing.Â
A high point for me was Page taking center stage and singing his jazzy âLawn Boyâ and âSparkleâ which took us to heights of rock ecstasy.
Now, Iâm not getting any younger and Iâm not in the best physical shape and it was hot, but I danced and boogied more than I have in, well since the last Phish concert!
Second set included some of my favorite songs, âDown with Diseaseâ, Â âWeekapaug Grooveâ and their cool cover of â Sneakinâ Sally Through the Alleyâ.
We were close enough to be bathed by the lights of the stage, which was cool and finally, I was in the middle of the glow stick âwarâ. I was lucky enough to catch this lovely necklace.
An encore while short and only one song, âQuinn the Eskimoâ, was a prefect end to this totally rocking show.
Then, of course, we had to get out of the parking lot. VIP only took 30 minutes rather than 90, so all in all and perfect evening.
I canât wait for next summer.
Big thanks to Triple M for the Ingrid Michaelson/Keane tickets, Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, 8/10/10. We were able to congregate with Keane for their sound check in the afternoon. Tom Chaplin was a great host, personable, kind, and very welcoming. Tim Rice-Oxley won my heart after the sound check chatting about the tour, enjoying their visit to the States, etc. Rice-Oxley won my heart even more at the show as the most physical keyboard player I have ever seen.
But, honestly, Ingrid Michaelson pretty much stole the show...as the opening act! She and her band truly seemed to love what they were doing. They had great energy and her use of the ukulele was absolutely endearing.
They closed by covering Britney Spears' Toxic and I now cannot get that darn song out of my head!! The band does a charmingly choreographed routine to the song in the end. Here is a version that someone caught at their show in NJ.
Truly a great evening with two great bands connecting with their fans and not taking themselves too seriously!
And, I have to offer a shout-out to Mo's Irish Pub on W. Wisconsin. Magen Snipas is, by far, the best bartender I have come across and I think we convinced her to move to Madison!!
Thanks again Triple M!
By: Michael Mahnke
Seeing Jack Johnson in concertÂ is a joy, seeing him from reserved seats, as I was fortunate enough to do 2 years ago,Â is fantastic, but seeing him perform while standing on the stageÂ is incredible.Â Thanks to 105.5 Triple M, Live Nation and Jack Johnson I was able to experience this on Saturday July 24th at Alpine Valley as winner of the Jack Johnson-Â Best Seats in the House contest.
A Jack Johnson concert quickly turns into one big sing along and Saturday night was no exception.Â The only thing missing was a big fire for everyone to sit around or hearing the waves hit the beach.Â The Wisconsin humidty provided some of the heat and everyone singing along made up for the lack of the sound of the ocean.
After an opening set by ALO (Animal Libertation Orchestra) and an acoustic set by G-Love, and a quick glimpse of Jack himself backstage, we were led to the stage for an amazing view and an amazing time.Â Seeing a great artist perform up close and seeingÂ a concertÂ fromÂ their vantage point, especially at a venue such as Alpine Valley, was tremendous.
Jack started offÂ his part of theÂ night with his current hit from his latest album To The Sea, "You and Your Heart."Â The joy of the crowd, the singing, the dancing were only getting started.
The evenings set list, 29 songs in total, included many of his hits and fan favorites.Â The first half of the set list included many well loved songs from years and albums ago with songs from his newest effort mixed in.Â Older songs included The Horizon Has Been Defeated, Inaudible Melodies, Upside Down (for the kids in the audience as Jack commented), the big hit from his last album If I Had Eyes and Breakdown.Â As an introduction to his popular Bubble Toes, Jack gave a small glimpse into his catalogue when he said "The love songs are for my wife, the break-up songs are about my friends."
There were also some great live versions of new songs like To The Sea, My Little Girl (for his new daughter) and Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology.
The second half of the set list was heavier with past songs like Flake, Banana Pancakes and Sitting, Waiting, Wishing.Â There were sit-ins from Dan Lebowitz of ALO, Paula Fuga and G-Love as well.Â A real treat was Jack and his band covering the Steve Miller Band classic Joker.
The encore started with Jack alone doing acoustic versions of Do You Remember, Angel and Times Like These.Â To finish the evening Jack was rejoined on stage by his band, G-Love, Paula Fuga and the members of ALO for a wonderful version of Better Together.
An amazing night, an amazing opportunity and and amazing view.Â Jack's feel good music, the talent of the musicians andÂ the energy of the crowd made everyone go home happy.Â It would have been a great concert either way but I was truly honored to have been selected to watch a concert in this way.
Again, I have to thank 105.5 Triple M, Live Nation for having the contest and Jack Johnson himself for allowing fans on the stage to experience a concert in a truly memorable way.
by Derek Paulowski
I was fortunate enough to be selected as the Concertgoerâs blogger for the Dave Matthews Band at Alpine Valley for the Sunday July 4th show!!Â My prize package was AMAZING, and included 4 great seats along with the entire studio CD collection from the Dave Matthews Band.Â My many thanks to the great people at 105.5 Triple M for their generosity and providing me with the opportunity to create some lifelong memories!!
We started our adventure by following Gabbyâs advice and finding a parking spot near the back of the lot.Â Great tip for anyone attending a concert at Alpine, as it saved us sooo much time at the end of the night getting out!!Â We enjoyed the lively crowd, tailgated with friends, and kept an eye on the skies as rain was in the forecast.Â I also learned some great tips for picking the right line at the port-o-potty from Lynn who flew in from FL to see Dave.Â She informed me that one should always pick the line with more men, as they are faster, and often bail from the line making it even quicker.Â I knew I was dealing with a pro when she displayed her own toilet paper for the âjust in caseâ moment!!
It was now time to go into the show, and there was definitely some great energy in the air.Â Unfortunately, one of our friends took a âwrong turn at Albuquerqueâ and we didnât get there in time for the opening act of the Zac Brown Band, but we heard they put on a great show.Â We worked our way through the crowd and kept walking down, down, down to our seats.Â As I mentioned, we had AMAZING seats just 7 rows behind the pit area!!
Dave made his way out and the crowd exploded!!Â I have seen the Dave Matthews Band a couple of other times, but never from seats like this.Â Before he even got started, Dave stated that even though he is originally from South Africa, he considers this country his home and wished us all a Happy 4th of July, followed by flashing his hands and calling âBoomâ¦Boomâ¦â into the mic âº.
A few songs in he played an incredible version of âEverydayâ and brought the energy that only the Dave Matthews Band can.Â Other highlights of the night included âSay Goodbyeâ, âWhy I Amâ, and a couple of personal favorites âJimi Thingâ and âTripping Billiesâ.Â Another real highlight was when Dave broke into a little Neal Young performing âThe Needle and the Damage Doneâ solo on stage!!
He ended the show with an extended version of âAntâs Marchingâ that got everybody on their feet.Â Dave was doing his signature dance and trading riffs with Boyd Tinsley with the liveliness and enthusiasm that has made him famous.Â They left the stage and the amphitheatre began to fill with lighters, cell phones and probably a few iphone âzippoâ apps.Â Dave reappeared and played an encore including an extended violin solo from Boyd.Â The show ended with a rendition of âAll Along the Watchtowerâ that only DMB can pull off!!
Again, thanks to Gabbyâs tip to park near the back, we were out of the park shortly and returned part of our crew to the Whitewater campground at the Kettle Moraine Forest.Â Trust me, not much traffic if you head that route back to Madison âº (thank goodness for GPS!!)Â Surprisingly, the security at the campground was tighter than we saw at Alpine Valley as we were greeted by 5 DNR officers checking wristbands for admission back into the campground!!Â Finally, an FYI for those heading back to Madison after a show, the Taco Johnâs off Hwy 59 & the interstate is closed at 1 a.m. â¹
I once again would like to thank 105.5 Triple M for the incredible prize package, and would encourage everyone to become a Triple M member.Â As they say âmembership has its privileges!!âÂ We had an unforgettable evening, and Triple M made it possible!!
Friday, Day Two
Whew! Today was roasting!Â I was up before 8 am without any sort of alarm (which is very unusual for me).Â It is just too hot to sleep.Â Our tent/makeshift pressure cooker evidently must be vacated by 7am sharp.Â Awesome Tennessee. Â Awesome.
While strategically planning my next cool-off session, I got to see a tremendous group of bands.Â Luckily, concerts/events donât begin until at least noon, so we had time to putz around camp before heading off for an epic day of concert hopping.Â Definitely crossed some must-sees off my list today.
We started with Tokyo Police Club (so glad Conan is performing again tomorrow, avoided one conflict!) and stuck around at the Other Tent to see Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.Â I discovered I had heard of him/them before and really enjoyed their set.Â Before the band got on stage, from my perch on the side of the stage, it was really difficult to figure out who was in the band and who were friends of the band.Â After a group huddle to focus the band (and friends?), it was time to hit the stage.Â Definitely a highlight to see this moment:
She & Him were full of energy, despite the sweltering heat.Â Iâm glad they pump air and blast fans from the back of the stage or Zooey/M. Ward and the rest of the band wouldâve been drowning in their own sweat like the crowd.Â I think Gregor will have to step up his game to win Zooeyâs heart.Â One dedicated fan had a friend hoist him up on their shoulders to attempt to give her a bouquet of flowers.Â Gregor claims heâll have to reevaluate his strategy and instead go for one of the backup singers and hope for an in.Â Still schemingâ¦.
Les Claypool was definitely another highlight.Â Iâve never seen him live before and only recently started listening to any of his stuff.Â With frequent mask changes and crazy instrumental tricks, his show was great.Â And Kings of Leon were totally meant to play the GIANT What Stage.Â As natives of Nashville, they worked their way up through the stages of Bonnaroo and finally played a stage where they honestly felt they had âmade it.â
And now for some pics!
Tokyo Police Club
and of course, Zooey, probably sweating sugar and sunshine
Thursday, Day 1
Unfortunate lesson learned today.Â When traveling to Bonnaroo (even if you have special contest-winning directions and access), it always takes longer than you initially think to get to the fun part of seeing concerts.Â Â By the time we finished setting up the tent, it was well after dark and exhaustion had set in. Â So, I sadly missed Miike Snow as I waited in line for our passes.Â Very, very :(
But after tonight, I could not be happier that we sacrificed saved gas mileage for a four-wheel drive vehicle.Â We arrived on the campgrounds after picking up our appropriate wristband to a sloppy, muddy mess.Â I watched countless vehicles get stuck and then have to be rescued by a tractor as we cruised right through the muck to our outlined campsite.Â Hopefully it wonât rain again anytime soon, the ground definitely doesnât need it!
AsÂ for Centeroo, it's actually smaller than I imagined.Â Fewer stages than what Iâve experienced at Summerfest, but tons of space for the big-name acts. Â The second largest stage, the Which Stage, is massive.Â We'll have to wait and see how big the biggest stage will be (What Stage) for Kings of Leon. Â Should be ridiculous based on what I've seen so far!
Time to hit the air mattress :)
Dear Fellow Music Enthusiasts,
For those of you unable to attend the Bonnaroo Music Festival this year, I hope these blog posts allow you to live vicariously through a 22 year old college student on her long-awaited pilgrimage. Hopefully I’ll inspire you to embark on your own musical odyssey. For me, the countdown is nearly at zero. We’re all packed up and ready to go and we’ll soon be en Roote to Bonnaroo!
I couldn’t be more excited to head down to Tennessee. I am an obsessive planner, so I’ve be reviewing the lineup and stage schedules for weeks. However, my friend Gregor will be taking a more focused approach: get Zooey Deschanel to dump Ben Gibbard so they can run away together. We’ll see if that plan works out.... Perhaps Regina Spektor is available instead.
Thanks to generous friends and family, we’ll arrive and camp at Bonnaroo in style. I’m not an avid camper, but I think I’m ready for anything. Now the trick is weighing who to see. Decisions, decisions!
My MUST see:
Miike Snow, Stevie Wonder, Phoenix, Regina Spektor, Weezer, She & Him, Jay-Z, and Kings of Leon
Artists new to me that are of serious interest:
Disco Biscuits, Tokyo Police Club, Japandroids, The Temper Trap, and Les Claypool
With pit stops at the Silent Disco and the Brooery, we’ll see if I have time to sleep!
I’ll be posting throughout the festival and sending photos too, so be sure to check back! Thank you to all who voted for me, thanks to you my dream is coming true! Here we go! Wish us luck!
Despite only knowing I had tickets to this show for a couple of weeks, waiting for the show to finally get here seemed like an eternity! Â During the days leading up to the concert, I listened to as much John Mayer as I could. Â My friend Lisa and I grew more and more anxious for February to end (not just because of Jimmy's prediction of an early spring!), and we also grew more anxious about what we would wear and say to someone so famous!
Finally... March first was here! Â We both got off of work early to head to Milwaukee. Â The ride in the car consisted of a lot of great conversation, mostly circling around John Mayer and singing along to his songs as we drove. Â When we got downtown, we started off the evening right with no traffic problems and an awesome parking spot! Â We ate at a very secret restaurant, disguised as double agents on a mission, and we left to complete our mission through dark, underground tunnels.
Upon arrival at the Bradley Center, we stashed our coats at our fifth-row seats and went to take in the view from the 200- and 300-level seats. Â Though nobody was onstage yet, we knew we'd have such an amazing view on the floor!! Â We got a few pictures in front of the stage with each other before our 8pm meet-and-greet meeting time "under the stairs of Lobby A on the east side of the building." Â There, we met a group of other excited fans, waiting for their chance to meet the star. Â A 16-year-old had tickets for her birthday, several radio personnel from Milwaukee area stations and their local winners were there, as well as a family who seemed to me like the biggest fans of all: Â their daughter (I assume) had a scrapbook she made of John Mayer. Â I guess thinking of myself as a "big fan" is really just relative...
It seemed like we waited for hours. Â Finally, at about 9pm, they took us backstage. We walked into a white, cement hallway with fluorescent lighting, pipes and ducts visible in the ceiling. Â A curtain about 100 feet into the hallway separated us from the reason we were there. Â Another 30 minutes later, and the commotion started... none other than musical genius John Mayer had come out from the curtained-abyss, ready to sign merchandise and pose for pictures!
The line moved along pretty quickly. Â It quickly came our turn: Â we were going to MEET John Mayer!!! Â :D Â Not knowing what we would say or how to act, we walked up to him as he asked our names. Â Lisa and I had John sign our ticket stubs and Battle Studies albums: Â "TO MEGAN! Â <3 John Mayer," with a completely-illegible signature, of course. Â YESSS!! Â John asked us how we would get back into the concert with sharpie all over our tickets. Â Our very quick-wittedness ;) came in handy, as we told him we'd just have to have him come let us in if they didn't let us! Â We were beaming upon meeting the celebrity, and we posed for a picture with him, his arms around us, wearing huge smiles for the camera. Â It was all over so quickly--probably just a couple of minutes from start to finish, and the only thing we could say on the way out was what every other person in that hallway probably said to their company as they left: Â "WE JUST MET JOHN MAYER!!!"
We entered the arena and re-found our seats, only to find 3 other girls there. Â They were in the wrong section, but at first my heart jumped a beat--how could they have double-booked our seats!? Â We got everything straightened out and enjoyed what was left of Michael Franti and Spearhead. Â We only caught the last few minutes of their set, but they put on a great show!!
After the stage crew changed the set, the second moment we had been waiting for finally happened: Â the lights dimmed, the music started, and John's shadow began to emerge on the screen in front of the stage. Â The audience roared as he entered the stage with his electric guitar, opening the show with a fantastic rendition of "Heartbreak Warfare." Â Our cameras went up right away, trying to get the best shot, the best light, the best view of the guy who we couldn't stop talking about: Â "WE JUST MET HIM!!!!"
John put on a fantastic show! Â HeÂ showed a little bit of his humorous side on stage, played songs from several of his albums, and he played a new song for us that he recently wrote in a hotel bathroom. Â John's talent at playing the guitar cannot truly be appreciated until you see him live--he is *truly* musical napalm! Â Little jam sessions with his band members were my favorite parts of the night--just to see him wail away on his guitar, hearing every note he played, knowing he spent hours working to play those riffs just right, seeing the passion he has for playing in the contortions of his face--it was as if he was in a room by himself, pouring his emotions and soul into his music, and we just happened to be there, listening to and watching him spew his life into his music.
I cannot thank Triple MMM enough for giving me this experience! Â Lisa and I had a night out that we'll certainly never forget, and I left the Bradley Center that night with a newfound appreciation for John and blues guitar and more pictures than I can count. Â I got home to find out that my eyes were closed in the picture we got with John (go figure!), but I'm still going to call it a frame-able night. Â :) Â I'll definitely have to see him again next time he's in town!
Thank you very much for allowing us to go to Sesame Street Live. We were SO excited! We went to the 10:30 am show on Saturday, the 14th, and were all up early because we couldn't wait to get there! We all had our favorite characters, and were anxious to meet them in person at the Meet & Greet! We got to the Coliseum and were able to go right to the front of the line, which was really special! Once they fixed some lighting problems, we were able to go right in and find our seats! With our excitement building, we waited for the tour staff to come and get us, and we were thinking we were pretty darn special with our "Meet & Greet" stickers on! After lots of dancing around, we got to go to a special room and meet our 3 favorite characters: Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster! Bella LOVES Cookie Monster and got to give him a big hug!Â Elmo's fur was really soft, and Big Bird was REALLY tall! We got to take pictures with them all, and then got ready for the show to start!
The show was, "1,2,3 Imagine with Me!" and the characters imagined going to all sorts of fun places with Sam the Mail Lady.Â One of our favorite parts was when Bert went under the sea and swam with glow-in-the-dark fishies and danced with a big octopus! The S.S. Rubber Duckie came afloat with Bert & Ernie, and was pretty neat too! We love to dance, so dancing to the hula with the characters from our seats was a real blast! All of our favorite characters from Sesame Street were there: Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Count Van Count, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Oscar, Bert & Ernie, Zoe, Grover, Tully the Monster and Little Bear! The show lasted 1 1/2 hours, and when it was over, we were sad it ended, but couldn't wait to tell all of our friends about it!
Thank you for a truly magical day- You Rock!!
Avery, Bella & Maddie
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