Have you ever felt like everything just lined up to work out perfectly in your favor? Call it what you want, I'm just going to call it awesome.
As some of you know, I am a huge DMB fan. That's Dave Matthews Band for you non-fans. I've been to a couple of concerts in Washington at The Gorge. It's an amazing venue. (Even the band thinks it's an amazing venue.) It's also a huge venue, so unless you spend a lot of money and get tickets the moment they release, getting close to the stage is difficult.
DMB is a musician's band. My son is a musician and while DMB hasn't been at the top of his play list, he does appreciate the talent of the band members. In fact, he is kind of in awe of Carter Beauford's drum kit. (That would be the drummer's drum set, in layman-non-fan terms.)
So I had tickets to take my son to see them at The Gorge over Labor Day Weekend. Obviously it was as much for me, as for him, but I was looking forward to it and to sharing the experience with him. Then we moved, sooner than we thought, so I had to sell our tickets. When we got down here I found that they were playing at Lake Tahoe on September 4th but it was already sold out. On Craigslist, everyone seemed to be wanting to make money off the tickets, which kind of burns me but that's another story. At any rate, this venue was more expensive than most to begin with, so I wasn't up for paying more than face value.
Fast forward to two days before the show. Some angel listed her two extra tickets for face value. I emailed and snatched them up before anyone else could. The day before the show we met her and picked them up. They were general admission, standing section. Harveys at the Lake is a smaller venue anyway, but I was up for it.
Fast forward again, we show up for the concert early, go to dinner, then wander to get in line. We are not quite an hour before when we *think* gates are going to open. As we approach the line, we are confused by a long line on one side and a line that people seem to be passing right through on another side. We go up to ask what the deal is and are told the non-line is for Warehouse ticket holders. Warehouse is the fan club - they get the chance to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Turned out, that's what we had. I had no idea. It also turned out that those ticket holders got entrance before the general public.
We walked into the venue to find only 30-40 people already inside. We marched right up to the stage and stood in the third row from the stage. My heart was doing pitter-patters with excitement. I had NO idea that was what we'd get. We ended up more or less second row when a guy in front of us passed out and had to leave (the fireman next to me thought it was from dehydration rather than over-consumption, as a couple of others we saw).
Second row. To my favorite band. I can't even begin to describe how cool it was. And how cool it was that my son thought it was totally cool, too. He loved it from beginning to end.
There is simply no way it could have worked out better. Unless of course we'd had back stage passes to meet the band, but let's not get greedy, huh? ;-)
Here is a few shots of our view:
It goes down as one of my best nights ever, without question. I'm so glad I got to share it with my son before he heads to college. I'm still smiling when I think about it.
Happy, happy, happy.