The Back Story…
The last couple years, Chris and I lived in a very remote town. As a result, we didn’t go out very often, and the entertainment options were very limited. We did travel a couple of times out of province to take in some concerts, but we missed many of our favorite bands when they went on tour. Now that Chris and I are living in Vancouver, and back in civilization, I really wanted to go to a concert. When I was looking through the local listings, I realized that I had missed the one group I would actually want to see, Counting Crows, by two weeks.
Counting Crows: A Love Story
In case you didn’t know, the Counting Crows are my favorite band. I grew up on their music in the 90’s with songs like ‘Round Here’ and ‘Colorblind’ being played on repeat on my CD/tape player. I found the lyrics so deep and meaningful. Their latest album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, did not disappoint either. Like a good cheese or wine, they only seem to get better with age. After researching the rest of the Counting Crows tour dates, I saw that they had a show in Seattle scheduled for later in the year. After buying a couple tickets, I somehow convinced Chris to make a road trip of it as well.
Getting to Seattle
Driving from Vancouver to Seattle is a 2.5 hour trip, with a border crossing along the way. The highway is pretty uneventful, so we kept entertained with some good road trip tunes. There are plenty of rest stops along the way in case you need to make a stop for food or gas. Seattle’s WaMu Theatre was very easy to find and there was lots of paid parking available nearby.
The Counting Crows Concert
The concert itself was very intimate. From our seats, Center Right and Row 22, we had an excellent view of the stage. The theater acoustics were great. The set-list included many songs off of their new album: Possibility Days, Scarecrow, Cover Up The Sun and Palisades Park. Crowd favourites included: Mr. Jones, Miami, A Long December and Rain King. My all time favorite was played as well – Omaha. I happily sang along very loudly and off key. As this was the second Counting Crows concert I have taken in, I can honestly say they are great entertainers and both events were great experiences. I can happily cross seeing my favorite band play live, off of my bucket list.
Top 5 Reasons to Go See A Concert
Here are 5 reasons why you should schedule a concert as your next backyard adventure:
1. Entertainment Purposes – If you want to switch things up from listening to music in the car or on your iPod this is a great opportunity. Live shows are often more of a theatrical event as there are great acoustics, lights and special effects. Some performers even do dance routines.
2. Be Social – The action of getting out and surrounding ourselves with other people is a great mood adjuster. The added benefits of the music, especially music you love, and the concert experience itself should put you in a really great state of mind.
3. Date Night or Friend Night – Take the opportunity to spend some time with a special someone or bond with a friend that you haven’t spent sometime with in awhile. Both of you will be relaxed and have a great time together. It will also give you a chance to make some new memories.
4. Discover New Music – The opening acts of concerts are often new bands to the music scene or lesser known groups, which may offer the discovery of new favorite music. We got to see Hollis Brown and Citizen Cope at the Counting Crows concert.
5. Budget Night Out – You don’t have to sit in the front row to have a good concert experience. The acoustics at the back are just as good as at the front. Chances are that you don’t need to be that close to the performer anyways. Buy the cheap seats. Focus on your concert companion, singing along, and having a great time instead of gawking at the stage.
6. Get A Workout – I know that all of the singing and dancing I did at the last concert burned so many calories. It also tuckered me out and I slept like a baby afterwards.
When are you going to your next concert? Be sure to check your local town’s listings for upcoming venues and concerts!
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