9.03.2013

A Comedian & Some Concerts

Friday night, I dragged my friend (her name is Carrie, by the way. She said I could use her name on the ol' blog) to see my boyfriend, Russell Brand. He is my absolute favorite. Jacob really likes him too but said he had a hard time understanding him the last time we saw him (you know, with all that English he speaks). His current tour, The Messiah Complex, discusses the impact of Gandhi, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Hitler, Jesus, and of course, himself. He weaved personal stories in and out of his thoughts on the history of these leaders, and it was brilliant. I laughed so hard the entire time. I truly think he's hilarious, a complete genius, and extremely hot. In the beginning of his set he walked through the audience for a bit. Since I was sitting on an aisle, he brushed up against me when he walked by. Ok, so maybe "brushed up against me" isn't exactly how it should be described. He just bumped me while he walked by, but that doesn't sound as sexy. Man, I love him. Contrary to popular belief, he smelled nice and clean.



On Saturday night, we went to see Taylor Swift in concert. I gotta say, I was sort of dreading this one. I bought the tickets so long ago, and although she's always annoyed me, she's really been getting on my nerves lately. But I do love her teenybopper music and I kept hearing how great of a show she puts on, so I was down to go. Ed Sheeran opened for her and absolutely blew me away! He was literally a one man band! He would sing, beatbox, and play small snippets of the song on his acoustic guitar, then use pedals and sequencers to record it and loop it back while he continued playing and singing along. At least I think that's what he did. He explained it to us, but I don't know that I understood it all. Regardless, he was awesome. He sounded great, he was very animated and engaging, and he played an entire set of songs alone on stage. What talent! He also joined Taylor for the song they wrote together, and one of my favorites, "Everything Has Changed".


I'm pleased to say that Taylor didn't disappoint either. Sure, her hand on her hip, shoulder bounce, and side eye glances got old fast, but she was much more sincere and graceful than I've ever seen her. Ever. Of course she can't dance at all and she's not an incredible vocalist, but she surprised me and sounded pretty great the entire night. In pure pop fashion there were a ton of costume changes, elaborate sets, moving stages and a sweet little acoustic portion of the show at the back of the arena where I was sitting. I also enjoyed watching the little girls in the audience sing along and stare in amazement at their idol. I won't even say, "I didn't hate it." I'll flat out admit that I had a really good time and would even see her again.  






On Sunday, I met up with Carrie and her boyfriend at Seattle's music and arts festival, Bumbershoot (which somehow means umbrella + parachute). The three day affair, dating back to 1971, is held every Labor Day weekend. I've been attending this festival since I was 17, but the last time I went was before Nolan was born. So I was excited to spend a day wandering around, checking out some cool bands and comedians with 125,000 other people. Unfortunately, because I was so tired from my late night with T.Swift, I didn't feel like getting there when it opened and I missed my chance to get tickets to see comics like Judah Friedlander, Natasha Leggero, Doug Benson, Patton Oswald, Matt Besser, and the writing staff of Parks and Recreation. Boo.

I did make it in time for the bands I really wanted to see though. Tegan and Sara and fun.! I've loved Tegan and Sara since their album So Jealous and they put on a great show. Their vocals were identical to their records and they had a full band so the music sounded a little more rock, which I loved. fun. was also amazing. They all had so much energy. Lead singer, Nate Ruess, constantly bounced around on stage and his voice didn't waiver once. Impressive. He encouraged everyone to sing and dance along and seemed so grateful and just plain happy to be there. Both bands also thanked the audience numerous times for making it to a 2:00 pm concert. Gotta love music festivals! 





We also checked out the sets of blues/rock band Vintage Trouble (I've never heard of them, but they mentioned they'll be on Jay Leno this week) and The Breeders. We ate some crappy, but delicious festival food, watched a zombie "Thriller" flash mob, and called it a day. I wasn't going to stick around for the main event because the line for Death Cab For Cutie (who played Transatlanticism in it's entirety) snaked all the way around Seattle Center. No thanks.

12 comments:

Jo said...

I Love Ed Sheeran he is totally brilliant!

Helene in Between said...

wow!! what an awesome weekend!! you were so close to Russell brand!!

Misty said...

I'd love to see Russell. And I agree, he's hot!

Melanie Montgomery said...

Wow! Crazy Weekend! I wish I had that much fun. The most excitement for me was getting eaten up by like 50 moquitoes because my friends wanted to hang out in the parking lot, rather than actually going into the bar.

Kristine said...

Busy but fun weekend!! Taylor swift is a guilty pleasure of mine :) I didn't know R. Brand was in town! That would've been fun to see! I'm still wanting to get tickets for Dane cook... Aka my husband ;)

tara said...

wow thats a pretty amazing weekend! i'm jealous of all the concerts you get to go to! and hellooooo russell!!!

Karen M. Peterson said...

What an awesome weekend!

I love Russell Brand too. I try not to, but I can't help it. He's freaking hilarious.

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

omg!! you really had a busy weekend!! love the shark themed party and the pics in the mouth of the shark!! One more month and we meet...ok more like 2 ;)

Jodi said...

Wow awesome amazing fun weekend! And happy bday to the big 5 year old! they grow up too fast! :)

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Transatlanticism in its entirety sounds like a minor form of torture! But pretty torture, at least.

Don't make me lecture you on resting!

ps - super cute shark party :)

Regine Karpel said...

Cute photos!
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Kate said...

Love love love the shark party!!!