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Adventures of Bob and Greta: Jon McLaughlin Edition

28 Nov

Bob and Greta went out in NYC this weekend – and met Jon McLaughlin at the Bowery Ballroom!

Drummer, Bassist, Me, JonMcL, Guitarist, Blian (aka Bob)

I’ve always had anxiety when it comes to spur-of the-moment activities, but when my best friend invites me to see Jon McLaughlin in NYC, you better believe I’ll reply with a resounding YES! JonMcL has been on many of our playlists and has been a topic of potential a cappella arrangements.  Of all the JonMcL albums I’ve listened to, they all sound real, and I mean that in an emotional way. His lyrics are clear and relatable and his voice is so pure. Also, he looks like he could be an Abercrombie model (which doesn’t hurt…!). His voice was strong and impressive (what a range for a tenor!) throughout the whole concert – no sign of vocal fatigue – and he’s really good at working the crowd and garnering crowd involvement. Again, I can’t stress enough – he’s beautiful. 🙂

After the kick-ass set, JonMcL said he would be downstairs to meet everyone and sign autographs. We jumped on that like Paula Deen on butter. We were one of the first ones in line and he signed 2 cds for us and posed for a picture! After our star-struck moment, we popped back upstairs to watch the second band, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. I’m not a huge country fan, but this band does a bangin’ job of keeping it almost mainstream-alt-rock-folk-country (a la Taylor Swift, but with less blonde…) – if it wasn’t a genre before, it is now. I enjoyed it so much, and their lyrics were so catchy, that I bought their cd today. When we were ready to kick it, we went back downstairs: only to find JonMcL & Co. chilling in a booth at the bar. We asked for another picture – this time with the whole band. It was magnificent. //::insert sounds of angels here::// Although I tried to be as articulate and intelligent-sounding as possible, I imagine that I looked as excited as a child at Disney for the first time.

Blian (Bob) and I have met another “potential a cappella arrangement” group before.  When The Hush Sound came to the RPI Field house with Motion City Soundtrack (who we also met!) and Panic at the Disco, we were eager to wait in line and get their John Hancock / snap a pic with them. We still have the autographed napkins (that I found in my purse at the last minute as a makeshift signature pad). Blian actually arranged “Wine Red” by The Hush Sound and it made it onto Voices Only 2010!! Blian’s kind of a big deal…

I work too much. This was a fantastic way to get my workaholic butt out doing something fun with my best friend. I’m really excited to see JonMcL and SK6ers again. If they’re not on tour together again, I have no problem buying tickets to separate shows. 🙂

Highlights from our evening:

  • Quoting Dom Mazetti like we were being paid for it.
  • The awkward Mom dancing in front of us.
  • Blian looks great in plaid.
  • “His name is Bill Williams?!?” “No, Dylan Williams.” “Oh good. I was gonna say that’s a stupid name.”
  • “He’s got a harmonica!!”
  • “There’s a tuba.”
  • “KEYTAR!”
  • 5 guys and 9 instruments in one song – pretty awesome!
  • Learning the “Big Easy” dance.
  • Lovely NYC scenery on our walk to and from the PATH.
  • “I think we’re in a bad part of NYC when you can’t see a Starbucks…”
  • “How does one earn the nickname Goose?”

What’s your most memorable concert that you’ve ever been to? Tell me in the comments! 🙂