March 29, 2011: The Avett Brothers - Athens, GA
This is a concert I never thought was going to happen. I missed out on tickets initially and thought “Well, if I don’t get them it wasn’t meant to be.” But I kept looking around. Just in case something popped up. But everything I found was $125 and in the back of the venue.
That is until I happened to check on Craigslist whilst lounging in my hammock listening to The Avett Brothers.
And the stars were aligned.
There was a guy who had a friend who unfortunately couldn’t go to the concert so he was selling his extra ticket. But fortunately for me, I saw it at the right time. And it wasn’t even near $125 or at the back of the venue! I was so thankful! Really I was jumping around screaming and dancing….
It wasn’t even a big deal that I was going alone. The day before I made plans to meet up with my FAVETT girl, Lindsey, and her bestie, Ellen, before the show. I had a wee bit of drama before heading to Athens, but nothing was going to stop me from enjoying my time. Some may think I am crazy for going to shows alone, but it is actually quite enjoyable. Don’t have to worry about anyone else. Can come and go as I please. And I am not going to let a small thing like the fact I can’t find a friend to go with me allow me to miss out on good concerts!
Before the show, Lindsey, Ellen and I were standing in front of the venue waiting for the doors to open. There was a group gathered near us (who were somewhat annoying) that started running over to the street. We looked over and there stood none other than Mr. Joe Kwon, Avett cellist extraordinaire.
We quickly spoke to him and had our photo snapped. Above is me, Joe and Ellen. Then we went back to waiting. The guy I bought my ticket from finally arrived with his friends and we were ready to go in! I am not going to mention that Lindsey and Ellen made BFFs with Jim Avett, aka Scott and Seth’s dad, because I kept being in the wrong place at the wrong time and missing him. I sat with L & E as long as I could before their seat neighbors came and booted me. It was long enough to watch part of Langhorne Slim’s opening act which was quite amazing and entertaining if I do say so myself.
I made my way back to my actual seat which wasn’t really that far away from where the other girls were. Straight away, I made note of the people in my section. In the row in front of me there was a group of friends who later became “those drunk people.” Next to them was a couple who were already making out and all over each other. On my left was another couple who ended up royally pissing me off during the show. Dude I bought my ticket from was on the other side of me with 4 of his friends all who ended up being really nice!
The show was phenomenal. I realized that it was my first official, full set Avett show. I saw the end of their set when they opened up for Dave Matthews Band a few years back, but unfortunately wasn’t as into them yet. The setlist went as follows:
Living of Love
And It Spread
Pretty Girl From Cedar Lane
Paranoia in Bb Major
Kick Drum Heart
When I Drink
Murder in the City
Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
At The Beach
Slight Figure of Speech
I and Love and You
Now my tiny rant about the RUDE people next to me. Right after Colorshow, Scott & Seth came to the front of the stage. It was just the two of them with one mic and their guitars. Beautiful, right? That is until the chick next to me decides to talk EXTREMELY LOUDLY to her boyfriend about her financial woes and buying a house. Mind you it’s just Seth and Scott on stage. Acoustic. So quiet is the operative word in the building. I bitchfaced that girl something good because if not I would have done or said something worse and probably gotten kicked out. Fortunately for all those around us, she finally shut her mouth. But I missed most of Sanguine because of her rude chatting.
Moral of the story: DO NOT TALK DURING CONCERTS! IT’S BEYOND RUDE!
The rest of the show continued to be amazing. I wish I could say the same for the crowd. They were highly disappointing. Mostly drunk college kids (I think I just proved how old I am getting with that last sentence). There was no real energy in the crowd. The Avetts played their hearts out to a crowd that gave a mediocre response.
But I danced and sang my lungs out and boot stomped and jumped around. So hopefully that made up for some of the lame-o people around me. Just like I don’t let not having a concert buddy stop me from going, I do not let lame section mates ruin my time.
After the show was over, I went out back to meet up with L & E by the tour bus. We were hoping to get to meet the brothers. We waited. And waited. And waited. For almost 2 hours. That’s dedication because I had an hour drive back to Atlanta ahead of me. Unfortunately, the brothers were tired (they did only do a one song encore so I had my suspicions) and chose to make it an early night and go to sleep on the bus after the show. They also had an early morning drive to Savannah the following day, so I completely understood. We had a blast waiting on them. Singing songs. Meeting Langhorne Slim. Getting one of Scott’s banjo picks that he used during the show that night.
You heard me right.
One of the guitar techs came over with something in his hand. So I just stuck mine out in front of me not knowing what he was handing out. In it he placed a GLORIOUS white banjo pick. I had a feeling it was Scott’s. Upon closer examination, I realized it was worn on one side meaning used. This totally made my night! And is probably one of the coolest pieces of memorabilia I have ever received.
Overall….and AMAZING night….with INCREDIBLE memories….
Thanks again to The Avett Brothers for providing me with sheer musical happiness!