I Have a Concert Problem…

I recently updated my country artist tally of who I have seen in concert… and the total is now up to an INSANE number of 122. Yep, you read that right… I have witnessed 122 country artists live in concert. My latest additions were two acts who performed at Jenks for Country Nights… and who I thought were kind of nobodies (sorry guys) but turns out, they have a much bigger following than I realized.

121 – Russell Dickerson

A cool fun fact about Russell Dickerson is that his music video for his single “Yours” was actually shot on an iPhone. The song that has taken weddings by storm, it had the entire place singing along on this night… and there were A LOT of people there to see him. Dickerson was kind of surprised himself… he did not think that many people knew who he was, but the floor was packed to sing along to “Blue Tacoma” and “MGNO” along with  a sneak peek at songs that will be on his full length album that will be coming out later this year! Oh, and even though he said he was getting over some laryngitis, he still sounded pretty darn good if ya asked me. And his energy was even crazier.

122 – Midland

OKAY. So, I will admit that for a while, “Drinkin’ Problem” was that song that when it would come on the radio, I would change the station. BUT. It started to grow on me, and I jumped on this band wagon pretty hard. A cool thing about Midland, for those who have yet to see them live, is that their set is like a step back in time to an old school country honky tonk. Unlike the “bro-country” and “pop-country” that we are used to hearing now a days, Midland brings us back to that Alan Jackson, Toby Keith vibe, and honestly it was such a refreshing feeling. They also are really fun to watch perform, and was just an overall great experience. While they do not have a full album out yet (that is supposed to be available September 22 for those who are wondering) feel free to keep “Drinkin’ Problem” on repeat… or even venture to “Burn Out” because trust me, you will get hooked on them too.

For every artist that I can check off the list, it seems like at least two are added on to who I still need to see. I love supporting the up and coming artists, and sometimes, I love their music more than those who have been around a lot longer! On to the next show… which ever artist that might be!

 

Summer Concert Nights

While I spent two weeks at my second home (Disney World), I still managed to get in three concerts before and after I came home from my awesome trip! Here is a quick roundup of who I saw last month:

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Walker McGuire really interacted with the crowd, including taking some cell phones!

June 28 – Walker McGuire, Jenks, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

The one thing I look forward to during the summer is when Jenks starts hosting Wednesday Country Nights! Kicking off the season, Walker McGuire performed a pretty awesome show, as well as their hit “Til Tomorrow” which I have been hearing on the Highway for a while, and it is now FINALLY making its way to the FM waves.

 

 

 

July 8 – Zac Brown Band, PNC Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

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Pictures might not come out great at every place, but hey, it is fun either way!

It has been SIX years since I last saw ZBB when they opened for Kenny Chesney. Since then, they have managed to sell out every show they have had in Jersey and somehow I always managed to never get tickets. Finally, the night before I left for Disney, my sister and I got to witness the magic of almost THREE hours of ZBB. Playing all their hits, and even covers including “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Paradise City” there is a reason I have loved this band since “Chicken Fried” was released.

 

July 26 – Dylan Scott, Jenks, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

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Ah, Dylan Scott, still stealin’ hearts.

I have seem Dylan Scott four times now within the last year, and it has been amazing watching him become the artist that everyone now knows (welcome to the band wagon everyone!). While I miss the days when he was a nobody, and “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy” kind of my own little secret, it is great to see how far he has come… and this show did not disappoint either.

 

 

 

Up next on the list, Russell Dickerson! If you have not heard of him, check out his video for the song “Yours” below!

Wishin’ I Was: at CMA Fest

As Nashville begins to kick off CMA Fest, and they continue to celebrate the Nashville Predators advancing for the Stanley Cup, it makes me miss my second home a little more.

Last summer, I dragged my mom and friend down to CMA Fest where I was overwhelmingly running around downtown trying to see as many artists as I possibly could. I accomplished a lot (over 30 in one day if I remember correctly) but it seems like even though we did so much, it was not nearly enough.

There are a lot of reasons to love Nashville besides CMA Fest. As the home to country music, you can walk up and down Broadway peeking into bars and listening to the locals play the night way. You can tour the Grand Ole Opry and The Ryman, or stop by the County Music Hall of Fame. You can take a trip over to the Parthenon, which makes you think you are in Greece when you are really in the heart of Nashville. Or, if you time your trip right, you can see a Tennessee Titans or Nashville Predators game! There is so much to see and do, that there is no way you would ever get bored… and as my Time Hop begins to remind me of all the fun I had during my week of CMA Fest, I figured I would take a quick stroll down memory lane.

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The Riverfront Stage was pretty much my home for the weekend. From the early morning hours, until right before the main party was starting across the river we spent most of our time out in the sun listen to some great acts. While others were drinking in bars, or visiting Fan Fair X meeting artists… I was here.

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This is not something you would expect to find in Nashville, but I think I can honestly say that Centennial Park was one of my favorite places to visit. I mean, how could you not?

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The main event! Nissan Stadium was the place to be every night. The biggest names in country music performed (and this is also the stage that is filmed for the TV version of CMA Fest). I even had Slash sitting in front of me during the concert too!

Now while I could go on and on about how much I loved this road trip, and how much I love Nashville… I am just going to go watch all my videos on repeat as I pretend to be there myself. Oh – and I will continue to root for Smashville as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup!

Cracker Jacks, Baseball, and Tim Tebow

It was a crazy weekend here at the Jersey Shore! Graduations, proms, Mother’s Day, and we even had Tim Tebow hanging around for a few days. The Columbia Fireflies were playing against the Lakewood BlueClaws and it seemed like everyone wanted to get a glimpse of Tim Tebow, including me. 18519761_1528712303805795_4049875284804073706_n

As typical Kristen style, I was late to the party, and ended up buying last minute tickets to Tuesday night’s game where I also got to catch up with a friend who I have not seen in a while. We ventured out to the outfield in the lawn seats, where we LUCKILY had perfect view of Tebow (for future reference, he plays left field, #15) mostly just standing around… the ball did not really ever come to him.

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Thanks to Bitmojis, I had a little too much fun taking pictures of Tim Tebow

Usually when you go to the BlueClaws, you see people wearing Phillies attire since the teams are affiliated with each other. It was a completely different scene with a crowd decked out in blue and orange Mets gear supporting Tebow. It was like you wanted to root for your home team, but also root for Tebow too… a very conflicting situation in my opinion.

Although the BlueClaws did not win, Fireflies won 5-4, it was still a nice, fun night out at the ball park. Figuring I usually never go to a game during the summer, I started this season early, and I think there will be more baseball in my future… as long as it does not conflict with a race of course!