Concert Series - Kid Rock (Rebel Soul - Best Night Ever)


With a new Kid Rock album on the horizon it has me thinking of him once again. I have been going to post these photos from the last tour since I took them which was on August 28, 2013. My, has it been that long? Like I said in a post earlier it seems last year was quite a blur for me without doing much but standing back and looking in from afar. For the last couple of months I have been trying to take strides to get more involved in moving forward on things left lying. A little each day seems to be working.  Anyway....

On Kid Rock Day (as we call it around here whenever it's concert day, or me sometimes any day of the week) it started early in the morning poolside for bloody marys and breakfast burritos. Of course, Kid Rock Day is always a vacation day and when it lands in the week it's two days and this was no exception, it was a Wednesday and a hot one at that, So Hott! It was perfect! 

After a morning of swimming, laughing and singing Kid Rock tunes it was time to go get dressed. We had decided to wear our cowboy boots to this show and we had been having a little fun posing our boots and bragging about which picture was best. No doubt mine was the best!! It did include a bottle of Kid Rock's beer after all. Enough said! They Say I'm cocky and I say....what, it ain't bragging if you back it up. Another fun thing about Kid Rock Day is quoting him all day long. I did a post not long after the concert about the boot photos which you can see here and it includes the video, Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy by Big & Rich. Cool stuff!

The tour was deemed as The Best Night Ever with all tickets selling for $20, $4 beers, $20 tees and free Jimmy Johns Subs at certain venues (Cincy was one) and free coffee after the show. Along with Kid Rock it was sponsored by Harley Davidson and Jim Beam. The new album at the time was Rebel Soul. I was excited to hear some of the songs live but he only did one song from the album and not even the single from the album. He did Celebrate which is a great party song so I didn't complain but I was a little disappointed he didn't do more songs from the new album. I have seen him many times and I had heard all the songs he played multiple times but afterwards I realized his point of the Best Night Ever Tour was not about selling the new album, it was about anyone who wanted to see him could come and have the best night ever for very little money. He picked the songs he did because a lot of these people had never seen him, might not be able to afford a future show and might not be able to afford the new album. He played his roots with party songs every fan knows and loves. He certainly did what he claimed he was going to do. He did a show for the working man, the downtrodden and the rebel in us all. His targeted audience was in full attendance! I read Detroit sold 30K cans of beer per night, per show, for eight shows. No wonder ZZ Top was singing Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers....the place was full of them! It was a Redneck Paradise!

Although we did get cheap tickets since they were all priced the same no matter where you were seated, we got the regular large beers and ate at O'Charlies beforehand. The lines were a nightmare for the cheap stuff.  Looking at those lines made us pull out some extra cash. Although everyone was making the most of it and smiles abounded. Except those who let their best night get the best of them and were face down in the lawn or those being carried out. Needless to say a Kid Rock show is quite entertaining for crowd watching people like me. There was a man in line in front of us trying to take a girl in who was passed out. He had her sprawled over his shoulder like a fresh kill when she wasn't propped up against him waiting for the line to move. Like the two of them were getting in. If you can't hang with the big boys get out of the Jim Beam. Sometimes the pre-parties are as much fun as the concert. Well, not really but they can come close. People can be nuts!

Doing our own thing we were a bit late to the party and missed Uncle Kracker but we caught the end of ZZ Top. Watching Kid Rock perform is always a treat. He puts his all into it and is an excellent musician and has a beautiful voice. He may have a bad boy reputation but he has a heart of gold at times too. His band, Twisted Brown Trucker are pretty awesome themselves and deserve a big shout out. It really is a must see show. After the concert I tried to get into someone's car that looked just like mine until I realized it was not mine. After that it took awhile to find the car but once found it was still a long wait to get out of the parking lot. It wasn't long though until we were seated at the Waffle House for breakfast. After driving the convertible in 110 degree heat all day and letting my hair fly on the way to Waffle House I was afraid to look in the mirror. It was going to take at least a half hour to brush my hair after sleeping on it. I certainly wasn't brushing my hair that night. Upon leaving I went back in the direction we had just came from. I guess I hadn't had enough. If it hadn't been pointed out from the backseat we would have ended up back at the river which actually would have been ok with me since Bobby was probably still there. 

I don't know that it was the best night ever but it sure was a great day!


 




 



 














SET LIST
  1. Celebrate
  2. Devil Without A Cause
  3. You Never Met A MF'r Quite Like Me
  4. American Badass
  5. Wasting Time
  6. Cowboy
  7. So Hott
  8. Forever
  9. Cocky
  10. Rock Bottom Blues
  11. Picture
  12. Rock N Roll Jesus
  13. Only God Knows Why
  14. Born Free
  15. Blue Jeans And A Rosary (encore)
  16. All Summer Long (encore)
  17. Bawitdaba (encore)



Video: Kid Rock - American Bad Ass (Official)






Music Monday - Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars


Ever since the song Uptown Funk came out I cannot get enough of it. Apparently I am not the only one, it's number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for another week.  It's a fun upbeat tune which is hard to unhear once you've heard it and I'm sure you'll want to hear it again. If you don't believe me, just watch. I love it so much!

I had never heard of Mark Ronson but I have been a fan of Bruno's since I heard Grenade on the radio the first time. I felt like he would take a grenade for me and I wouldn't do the same. He's full of passion. He's also fun and does some mean dance steps. He's everything rolled into one. I could watch him all day long and then watch him the next day too!

If you like what you hear you might want to check out these links to learn more about the guys. 

This link is pretty cool. It includes a different video of the guys on Ellen doing Uptown Funk and some music from the past:

Enjoy!






Video: Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars (Official)




Ohio State Wins College Football Playoffs National Championship....YAY!


Well, needless to say it was a late night for every Ohio State fan last night. The Ohio State Buckeyes went against the Oregon Ducks in the college football national championship playoffs. It was a great game with Ohio State coming out on top with a win of 42-20. You can see a video and read all the stats here on ESPN. I saw on the news that the party was on in Columbus. I'm sure they were wild in the streets! Speaking of streets, there is very little traffic this morning. Everyone must be in recuperation mode today. The phone has barely rang today either. I'll take it.

Not being much of a sports fan I don't have a lot of garb to wear but I did manage to find these pictures of me and Fadra and me and Jamie from a few years back. We have a little competition going on with our friends from Michigan and we had met halfway for a game. So much fun we should do it every year! Of course, my hubby had to make a call to Michigan last night! lol


A big congratulations to Ohio State!!! GO BUCKS!!!!




The Ohio State marching band is awesome!!

Video: The Ohio State Marching Band (Official)




I hosted a small baby shower over the weekend



I am excited to say I have a new grandbaby expected to arrive any day now! His name is Grayson and none of us can hardly wait. His due date is January 22nd. We had a scare before Thanksgiving that he was going to be born premature but as it turned out he was breech and that kept him from popping out early. The doctor was able to turn him but it really hurt his mommy. He's all set now. Needless to say the poor girl is miserable although the count down is officially on. If you have ever been pregnant then you know where I am coming from. The last couple of weeks are the worst. I don't see how anyone can say what a great experience it is and I am mainly talking about the last few months here but in my opinion there wasn't much I enjoyed about it at all, except that feeling of life inside of you and the knowing that when it is over you will have that bundle of joy to love....which makes it all worth every minute! Although, those 9 months can seem like 19 sometimes for sure.

My older son and his wife threw a co-ed shower for them back in the early fall but I decided it would be nice to give the mommy-to-be a ladies' only shower nearer her due date. Of course, it's all about getting the little one some stuff he needs so one can't have too many showers. It's always best to keep mommy-to-be busy to make the time go by and she certainly enjoyed herself. Happy mommy and baby got everything they needed. Besides it was the least I could do for the little guy getting ready to come into my life.  I didn't expect a big crowd since they had already had one shower but it ended up being just about right. No one had to sit on the floor in my small house and it was small enough so everyone was able to mingle with everyone easily, hear everyone's stories and everyone fit into my living room. Lots of fun! Now for the details:

Food:

Sloppy Joes - 2 lg. cans of Manwich and a 5 lb. roll of hamburger. I made this the night before and put it in the crock pot. First thing next morn I placed it on low and it was perfect by 1:00 with nothing more than an occasional stir.

Bread and Butter pickle stackers - these are awesome with sloppy joes.

Chips and French Onion Dip along with a bowl of pretzels.

Veggie Tray - I purchased a pre-made one at Meijers which included a delicious dip.

I sat out bowls of candies, nuts and mints

Cake and Ice Cream- I went with the specialty bakery, Ele' Cake Co. You know it's one of those that everything looks way too pretty to eat and smells so good you never want to leave. It's the one around here that everyone raves about. The cake is the most important food item if you ask me so I went with the best. I got it half white and half chocolate. It was beautiful and delicious! When looking online I saw they will deliver nationwide so you can try them out if you want. Luckily they are only a 10 minute drive from me. I highly recommend them. Their link is http://www.elecakeco.com/. I served along with Neapolitan Ice Cream. Yum! I purchased sporks rather than spoons and forks because everything else was finger food.

Drinks:

Punch - 3 2/liter bottles of Sprite and a gallon of orange sherbet. Add ice cream right before your guests arrive. It's so easy and tasty. I also had cans of Coke, Sprite and Diet Coke along with bottled water.

Supplies:  

I bought plates, cups, balloons, decorations, favors and all my miscellaneous party essentials at Party City. Huge selection of anything you want for a party you can find there. I didn't over decorate, just a few balloons and some crepe paper. However, I did spring for a tablecloth and plates, cups and napkins.

Games:  

Guess how many pieces of candy in the baby bottle - I bought blue candy coated small chocolate balls and filled a small baby bottle. The guest closest to guessing the amount of candy in the bottle wins. Of course, you can't go over. Bob Barker would never allow it so neither would I.  The rest of the candy I set out for guests to enjoy and the baby bottle went home with mommy along with her 148 pieces of scrumptious chocolate.

Diaper bag item guess - You put baby items in a diaper bag and have your guests feel around and guess the items. You tell them how many and you can give them so much time each but I just started on one side and let them pass it around. I just instructed everyone not to take more than a few minutes. Once again this gives mommy something to take home. A diaper bag was what I purchased for them for their other shower but I was able to get a much cheaper day bag which worked out well. By the way, I previously bought them a Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag which they loved. 

Guess the baby food - Cover at least 5 jars of baby food and place a number on each jar. Have each guest take a little taste or smell (whichever they prefer) and guess what the flavor is. 

Don't say baby - I bought some small clothes pins at the party store and gave each guest one. If you hear someone say baby you get their pin. The one with the most pins at the end wins.

I also bought Baby Jumble and Baby Word Search which came packaged as a game on each side. 

A good time was had by all and it was so easy to throw together! 

Ok Grayson you can come on out into the big blue world any time now :o)






I still have 6 cats and tried to give a few away as shower gifts but no takers.
I don't think he's too happy about me trying to do so...giving me the evil eye and all! lol





The happy couple at their co-ed shower a few months ago. That's my baby boy with the big smile on his face. He'll be frowning when the scent of those poopy diapers comes his way soon!!
Congratulations to the happy couple!