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Backstreet’s Back

If you haven’t heard the news, the Backstreet Boys will take up residency in Vegas next year! Even though I am and always have been an N’Sync girl through and through, BSB was a close second and I’m pretty excited. The chances of N’Sync doing a reunion are slim (come onnnnn JT!!!) so I’ll take what I can get.

For all you Beliebers and Swifties and Directioners out there, we didn’t have fan names.  We also didn’t have Twitter battles over who was better. We didn’t have Twitter! And although there were definitely hard core fans, it was generally a boy-band-love world. You definitely ranked them and couldn’t love them all equally, but *hate* was a word rarely heard out of a teenage girl’s mouth in the same sentence with a boy band.

I know other boy bands have already made the national tour rounds, but if you really want to boil it down, BSB and N’Sync were the kings of the boy bands. And this is a Vegas residency. Trump card. Anyway, watching BSB perform with James Corden was entertaining in a funny way but also spectacular. Apart from the choreographed dance bits (which are pretty good considering the youngest Backstreet “boy” is 36 years old), it’s a little like watching your dad try to dance. A couple of them are taking this very seriously, while it looks like some (cough*Howie*cough) are just there because they have nothing else to do.

Who else is in for Vegas?! Happy Friday!


Ingrid Michaelson

I had not seen Ingrid Michaelson live in years but this past weekend she delighted just as I remember. She is amazingly talented and is hilarious – a rare combination. She has many newer songs, but this is still one of my favorites.

On a side note – and I will try to not go into a rant – I somehow find the gems to stand or sit near at concerts. I do not expect people to stand still and quiet at a concert, but I did pay to see/hear the artist, not the audience singing along at the top of their lungs to every. single. song. Even when the artist – for an encore, acapella song – asks the crowd to not clap, sing, or stomp.

And with that, enjoy the talented, funny – Ingrid Michaelson.

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Experience Music

Concerts have definitely come to be one of my favorite activities here in Nashville. I love finding new music to listen to, and it’s even better when you discover it live and love it! I went to my favorite venue last night, Exit/In, to see Pat Mcgee. There were maybe 40 people there, so I was a little worried about the overall concert experience. Man, was a very pleasantly surprised. The guys that opened for Pat were awesome! They had a ton of energy, great music style, and used a wide range of instrumentation. It was kind of a rock-bluegrass mix that sounded amazing. Hightide Blues is definitely on my new list to look out for. (and right now you can download their CD for free from the website, linked above).


After a great opening act, Pat Mcgee came and started playing, just him and Charlie Mars on keyboard and sax. He played about 4 songs, then decided to switch things up a bit. He got down on the floor, sat on a stool, with everyone sitting on stools right in front (I was about 5 feet away!!), and played whatever songs the audience wanted him to play. Talk about an intimate performance!! At midnight, they seemed to still be going strong, and as much as I didn’t want to leave such an amazing experience, I had to remember my wake-up time in the morning, so we snuck out. But talk about a great experience!! Sadly I didn’t get a picture….he was sitting so close and had just talked about how little things can throw a performer off, so I felt guilty making the flash go off that close. Oh well. It will be in my mind at least.  🙂