Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Country Concerts of the Summer of 2014

Sal and I were all about buying the Country Megaticket at PNC, until we looked at the lineup: Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, and Brad Paisley. All AMAZING country artists, but Sal isn't a fan of Rascal Flatts or Keith Urban, and we realized we were not able to make it to see Luke Bryan, so we decided to buy individual tickets for Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, and Brad Paisley. These were all shows that we knew a bunch of our friends were going to, and we would be able to meet up to tailgate, to enjoy the parking lot party!

First up was Dierks Bentley in May. We got to the concert early to tailgate, as usual, but there weren't many people to tailgate with. Even so, we enjoyed our time, and walked into the concert to get a nice spot to stand on the lawn. We didn't have the best view, I mean who does when they're in the lawn? But we could hear Dierks, and that's all we needed.

In June, we saw a bunch of country artists at the Florida Country Superfest. Up next in July, we saw Toby Keith! We ended up sitting in traffic trying to get to the concert, which I was not pleased about. It was on a Friday, so of course, everyone was on the parkway trying to get down the shore for the weekend. We made it eventually, and decided that we wouldn't try to see any of his opening acts, instead we'd enjoy the time tailgating with our friends. My brother and his girlfriend came along with Sal and I, and our friends, and we met up with a bunch of people we knew. 

We were having a good time, drinking, and playing corn hole, when a cop stopped me and asked me for my ID, assuming that I was drinking underage. My heart immediately started beating fast even though I'm 24 and have been legally able to drink for 3 years. He thought he had me though, which was kind of funny. He also ID'd my friend; both of us clearly still have baby faces. 

We saw Toby Keith last summer and he put on a great show, so we were excited for this show. Unfortunately, I did not think his show was all that great. It's sad because we had been looking forward to it since we bought the tickets. I do love that he pays tribute to the USA and our troops, and I will forever be blessed for that. He gives us all a few minutes to think about nothing else but the bravery and loyalty of the US military. It means a lot to most, I'm sure. The rest of the show went on, and we ended up making our own fun. 

The last of the summer shows was in late August, which really did solidify the summer. Brad Paisley, proved to put on the concert of the summer. It all starts in the parking lot though, so we were pretty rowdy just walking into the venue. Our friend, who had been overseas for the air force was able to come home for a week, and he joined us at the concert. We were all just so happy to see him, that we quickly forgot the reason why we even came to PNC. Sal brought a pitcher of Mai Tais he made, and I brought pineapple sangria, since I don't drink beer. We played corn hole, and listened to the boys play songs on their guitars. We enjoyed burgers and hot dogs on the grill, because what's better than that while tailgating? We were having way too much fun to even realize that it was getting to be about the time the concert starts. 

Before we went to the lawn, everyone was able to do a little karaoke, and of course my friends signed up. It wasn't took long until we took our place on the lawn. We lost a few people in the crowd every now and then, but we all found our way back to each other. Brad put on a good show, but let's face it, he always puts on a good show. Although, last year or the year before, I can't remember, he played the guitar with... a beer. Yes, you read that right. It sounded awesome too. 

I can't wait to see what country concerts we'll attend in the summer of 2015. 

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