I’m coming back with my tail between my legs.

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I’m ashamed, dear readers. I’ve neglected to post for such a long time.

It’s not for lack of material. Oh, no. I’ve been to so many concerts it could make your heads spin. I feel like I’ve seen everyone since I posted last.

I’ve got a bunch of shows coming up too. Here’s a quick list:

7/17 Salt n Pepa at Mohegan Sun Casino (free show if you’re nearby…check it out!)
7/24 Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium
8/6 Meghan Trainor at Bank of America Pavillion in Boston (let’s hope her voice is ok!)
8/28 Idina Menzel at Bank of America Pavillion in Boston
9/25 The Band Perry at Mohegan Sun
10/27 Taylor Swift in MIAMI, baby!

I won the trip to Miami from a local radio station. It includes airfare, hotel and tickets to see Taylor. My kiddo has no clue that we are seeing her in less than 2 weeks, I never told her when I got the tickets (sneaky mom!).

I would love to write about a recent show. I just saw the opening night of Rachel Platten, Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri….does anyone want to hear about it? Let me know in the comments.

I pinky swear I won’t desert you again!

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Don’t fret, friends…..

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Don’t fret. Totally a guitar joke, and since I’m working on a post about Lisa Loeb, it’s fitting. It’s been one of those weeks. I promise, awesome review and interview with the Lovely Lisa Loeb coming soon! I also caught P!nk’s set at Mohegan Sun last week which I’ll dedicate a well deserved post to in between all of this other lovliness.

Also, coming up, Andy Grammer and one and only Alicia Keys…..in the next week! We’ve got quite a lineup happening:

4/7 Andy Grammer, House of Blues Boston

4/10 Alicia Keys Aggannis Arena Boston

5/31 NKOTB, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees at Mohegan Sun

6/26 Bruno Mars at TD Garden in Boston

7/20 Big Time Rush Mohegan Sun

7/27 Taylor Swift Gillette Stadium

8/9 Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5 Comcast Center Mansfield

Yup….it’s going to be an amazing summer.This doesn’t count any summer kick of shows or anything else that might pop up in between.  Check back in a couple of days!

Where Did I Put My Raspberry Beret??

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You guys…..I can’t remember the last time I was this excited. If you’ve never been in the studio audience for a late night tv show (or any show for that matter), its a total crapshoot. You never know who the guests will be when you book tickets. The upside is, of course, that’s its FREE….can’t beat the price for sure. The last time I went to the Jimmy Fallon show, the guests were Aaron Sorkin ( he wrote The Social Network and The West Wing) and Dame Helen Mirren. Talented guests, but they didn’t have me excited…..

Well HOLD THE DANG PHONE!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going tomorrow night. I saw last week that the one and only Mariah Carey was scheduled for tomorrow which made me squeeeee joyously……I’ve been religiously checking to see who the other guests would be and I just found out that PRINCE is the musical guest. I am freaking out excited!!!!!! I’m going to see Mariah, Prince, the incomparable Roots AND Jimmy Fallon all in one place at one time. I can barely contain myself!n

Be sure to check back in a few days for a post about what is sure to be an evening of epic proportion!

Happy New Year

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Ah, another year. That means I get to start my concert tally fresh for another year. I didn’t keep an accurate count last year, but I can tell you I’m somewhere near 90 in the last 18 months. There was even a week in the summer of 2011 where I went to 9 shows in 11 days. Crazy times, and I loved every single minute of all of it.

There are some fantastic tours happening this year. Miss O and I will be going to see Justin Bieber again in July….we’re also seeing Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium this summer. Those tickets were hanging on the tree Christmas morning and when she saw them, she SCREAMED. She has no idea about the Bieber tickets…she’ll get those in a few weeks for her birthday 🙂

Mom and I are going to see Pink in March, which I totally CANNOT wait for. I’m excited for the firsts….I’ve never seen Pink or Taylor. I plan on making it to some other firsts and if I can make it happen, I’d like to see Rihanna and Maroon 5 again.

What are YOU looking forward to this year? Tell me in the comments!

Harry Connick Jr at MGM Grand Foxwoods

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Last night, I almost killed myself to go see Harry Connick Jr. I wish I could say that I’m exaggerating, but wow. Before I talk about the show, I’m going to talk about the drive, because it was TERRIFYING. I had been checking the weather all day, because I knew that both CT and MA were supposed to get some snow.  Based on the forecast, I decided to leave at 4. It was NOT snowing when I left (I’m not stupid, lol).  It usually takes me an hour to get there, so I figured I’d get there plenty early but avoid the gnarliest part of the weather. Things were good all the way through Hartford…..then we got on Route 2. That’s the longest part of the drive, about 45 miles. It had started to lightly snow around Hartford, but as we made our way down Route 2, suddenly we were in a snow globe. The snow was coming down hard and fast and it was coming directly at us. There are no streetlights on that stretch of highway so there was literally zero visibility. I was getting dizzy from the effect. Super scary! Once we finally got off of Route 2, it was about 6pm. We were 8 miles from Foxwoods. We got stuck on 5 separate hills because people just don’t know how to drive in the snow-they kept stopping on the hills. It took us an hour and 10 minutes to go that 8 miles. Just over 3 hours to complete what is normally a one hour drive. UGH.

We finally arrived and fortunately we still had about 45 minutes to show time. The plus side is that nobody was in line for will call when we got there because everyone had already picked up their tickets. I had initially inquired about media credentials for this show, but being just little old me, they were unable to grant the request because the few credentials they had were already promised to major media outlets. I asked if they’d be nice enough to get me some tickets so that I could still review the show and they kindly obliged…..and boy did they! When I picked up the tickets, I was thrilled to see that they were Orchestra center, Row K, right on the aisle. Amazing, wonderful seats with a great view. The show was scheduled to start at 8, but I think it got started closer to 8:30. I’ve gotta say, MGM Grand is one of my favorite venues..it’s not very big and it feels very intimate, which is perfect for a performer like Harry.

Just a quick note-there was no photography of any kind allowed, so I don’t have any photos. Harry Connick doesn’t need fanfare….they literally raised the red velvet curtain and he walked out onto the stage, with no annoying hype up to be found. I was super excited to see what amounted to a partial orchestra on stage. Big band style, baby! There was of course, a good sized brass section, a string section and a cello. Harry took a seat at the piano and jumped right into his first song. I’ve never seen him live-I expected a standard show, but what I got was so much more. He’s really THE consummate performer. It was also a comedy show. He peppered the evening with funny anecdotes and the crowd was eating it up. He thanked us all for being there in spite of the weather and let us know that he barely made it. He then made a comment that Coldplay was at Mohegan and if it were up to him, he’d be over at their show. That set us up for constant comments and jokes about Coldplay for the entire set. It was really amusing. At one point he noticed a dollar bill on the piano bench and he gave it to someone in the front row, with the instructions to play it in a slot machine. He also read us his “White Trash New Year’s Eve” party invitation.  Heads up, if you’re headed to the Connick house on NYE (and we were all invited), you’d better eat before hand, because they will only provide Ritz crackers and spray cheese. If you want anything other than Schlitz or Elephant Malt Liquor, BYOB. All drinks will be served in plastic cups (and they DON’T recycle).  There’s also going to be a re-gift swap…bring something you’ve received that you don’t want, wrapped. I won’t tell you what he’s going to be giving because he swore us to secrecy. It was all very silly and entertaining. The crowd was literally ROARING at this point.

Ok, I digress…back to the incredible music. Now, I’ve been listening to Harry Connick for a lot of years. I love his sound, I love the covers that he does and I really love him as an actor. What I learned about him last night is that he plays just about every instrument going. I saw him play the piano, trumpet, drums and he played them all with serious skill. He had his pal Lucien Barbarin up on stage with him, playing brass and singing with him as well. His band is really incredible and you can tell that his hometown is a major influence in his music. There was some serious Bourbon St flavor happening at Foxwoods last night. It was not-so-subtly woven into the show, especially at the end when they did an old school New Orleans jam as the encore. Now, I’ll admit-I was hoping for a longer set. I felt like the show ended much too quickly, but that could have more to do with the fact that I could sit and listen to Harry croon for hours and never get bored. If you ever get the chance, go see Harry and his incredible band. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

P.S. It took us 3 hours to get home too….but we made it in one piece!

If you’re living under a rock, you can read more about Harry on his website.

Like him on Facebook here!

 

 

B-Capp at the Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun 11/18

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Everything that I do, and that I plan to do is with the best of intention. Twice I’ve been in the same place at the same time as Brandon Cappiello aka B-Capp, yet I’d never seen him perform. I got word that he would be performing at Mohegan Sun in the Wolf Den on 11/18 and I made the decision to go-no matter what.

If you’ve never heard of B-Capp, I’ll give you some history.  Right off the bat, you can see that he’s awfully nice to look at, but that doesn’t mean anything without the talent to back it up, right? Brandon will be 20 years old on 11/30, and is from an Italian family from the Boston area. His dad owns a boxing gym called Cappiello Bros. Brandon is a 3rd cousin to Rocky Marciano, and is also a boxer.  He rounds out the athleticism with his history at Capichione School of the Performing Arts, where he seems to have really honed his performing skills. He was recently on the cover of Enterteenment Magazine, and is currently working with Malik Williams, a platinum selling composer/producer  from Boston, whose work has appeared in records, film, television shows, and in national advertising campaigns. Malik is currently up for a Boston Music Award.

Back to the night of the show….I got my bestie on board and we headed off to the casino. When we got there, there was a decent line going. Seating at the Wolf Den is first come, and there really aren’t many seats. I started to look for Brandon’s dad, but found another relative first. He kindly outfitted us with our VIP passes and we got at the end of the line.  Right at 6, they started to let us in for a 7pm show time. There were 2 opening acts, Veronica Kole and the Risky Business Band.

Veronica Kole is an 18 year old singer with a serious passion for music and an anti-bullying advocate. She’s doing big things and you should definitely check her out if you’re looking for a unique sound. The Risky Business Band is a quintet from Boston. This was their 100th gig and it shows-they’re seasoned performers with a really solid sound AND they’re all still teenagers!

In between The Risky Business Band and B-Capp, there was a buzz that Snooki was in the house. Now, if you’re a B-Capp fan, you know Snooks is too….I just wouldn’t have expected to see her there.  I almost didn’t believe it, but all of a sudden she was on stage with her dad addressing the crowd. She was different than I expected, much quieter and more reserved. Very pretty too!  Snooki, her dad and her fiancée,  Jionni occupied a table at the back of the room and people started lining up for pictures. Tsk tsk, y’all.  *in my best YouTube freakout voice*  LEAVE SNOOKI ALOOOOONE!!!

Finally, it was show time. With the Wolf Den dark, B-Capp came out onto the stage.  It wasn’t a walk…more like a glide, he can definitely move. I wasn’t sure what to expect when he started singing, I’d seen his videos but you just never know how a performer will sound live. I was pleasantly surprised. He has a smooth R&B sound and he raps as well as he sings. With swag rarely seen in someone so young, he got the ladies in the crowd swooning. For most of the show, there were several ladies dancing in front of the stage and he didn’t miss making eye contact with a single one of them.  He’s definitely a full spectrum entertainer-he clearly takes inspiration from Michael Jackson’s dancing, because the choreography was as mesmerizing as the singing.

After a really fantastic set, we were invited to Ballo, an Italian restaurant inside the casino. We made our way inside and found out that they were even feeding us. Score! There were amazing apps being passed around, pizzas everywhere and just a general good time vibe. After a bit of time, Brandon came in and mingled with the crowd. Snooki was at the party too and was really friendly, even posing for a picture with my friend and I.

Brandon was friendly as well, and more importantly, appreciative of the support, which NEVER goes unnoticed. We stayed for quite a while, had a chance to chat with all of the performers, saw some old friends and really had a chance to relax and kick back. All that said, if you have a chance to check out B-Capp, don’t hesitate. He’s a great performer and he seems to be on the track to superstardom.

Linkies:

Brandon Cappiello:

www.b-capp.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bcappmusic

Twitter: @b_capp

Malik Williams:

www.MalikWilliams.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MalikMasonWilliams?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter: @Malik_Williams

Risky Business:

www.reverbnation.com/theriskybusinessband

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theriskybizband?ref=ts&fref=ts

Veronica Kole:

www.veronicakole.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veronica-Kole-music/179267212560?ref=ts&fref=ts

Justin Bieber at TD Banknorth Garden, 11/10

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I know you’ve all been waiting for this. I will tell you this-you’re not going to get my usual detailed breakdown on this one, just the facts, folks.

The fabulous Miss O and I made our way to Boston on 11/10 to FINALLY see the Biebs. We were supposed to pick up our meet and greet wristbands at Will Call at 4 pm. We rolled into town around 2:30….and we were FAR from the first people there. We made our way to the lobby and saw a pretty good sized crowd. Now I’m not a newbie here….but I figured I’d check to see if the wristbands or guest list were at Will Call yet. Of course, no such luck. Usually someone will say a certain time and you can count on it being at least an hour later and here I was over an hour EARLY. Silly rabbit. We started to talk to some ladies who had won a meet and greet from various radio stations and quickly realized that there were a LOT of people waiting for one woman to show up with their wristbands. The time passed rather quickly, since we made fast friends. While we waited, we looked at the signs, crazy outfits and even some costumes that people were wearing.

At EXACTLY 4pm, I checked Will Call…and SUCCESS! Two lovely hot pink wristbands emblazoned with JUSTIN BIEBER and a lovely heart were bestowed upon us, along with instructions on where to go for our meet and greet.  Like a herd of cattle, we, along with an unknown number of other fans, made our way to the designated spot, where we were instructed to wait against a wall, because the folks that paid an arm and a leg were going in first. We got at the end of a VERY long line and waited. We learned that we would be photographed in groups of 6, which was disappointing but understandable-there were a lot of people in line and there was a show to put on! Considering the number of people I expected the wait to be far longer, but as most of you know, a meet and greet lasts all of 30 seconds, so it went pretty quickly.

Saturday was a big news day in Bieber land. It was the day that everyone started talking about “THE BREAKUP”. I wondered if that would impact his performance, but being a consummate professional, I was betting against it. It did seem to impact his general mood, however. When it came our turn, we walked into the room. Justin was sort of in a daze, likely from meeting so many people & from the amount of attention that had been paid to his personal life all day. He snapped out of it and said hi to O. He put out a hand for a high five and then gave me a hug. I really felt for him-he never smiled except for the almost grimace in our picture. Suffice to say O did NOT give him the earrings she made for Selena, but did manage to give him the earrings she made for Pattie. He said thanks and we left. If I’m being 100% real, and you all know I’m NOTHING if not honest, the experience was disappointing. O waited a long time for that to happen and he couldn’t even eke out a grin. She was still pretty pumped up, but I was underwhelmed. Sorry, Beliebers, it is what it is. We’ve done our fair share of meet and greets and the one that was the biggest deal seems like it was the biggest let down. I can’t say I blame him for his state of mind-he’s young and love stinks sometimes….but ya know :/

That bit aside, on to the show! We had fantastic seats, about 15 rows up, stage left, right on the side. The show started with Justin attached to very large metal wings, flying out from the ceiling. The wings were made of guitar, cymbal and keyboard shapes. Pretty neat! I don’t have the setlist, but it was a really GREAT show that he put on. His choice of covers, Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River”, was definitely confirmation of the reason for his demeanor. It was almost heartbreaking, but well done acoustically, with Dan Kanter sitting by his side.  He did a fun montage of songs from My World 2.0 and a lot of his new material. Toward the end of the show, he hadn’t yet gotten to “Boyfriend” or “Baby”, so it was clear those were going to be the encore songs. There were fireworks in the arena, which was fun to see also.

 

All in all, it was a really great show. Justin is on tour for most of the foreseeable future and will be back in Boston on December 8 for the Jingleball, with The Wanted, Train, Cher Lloyd, Karmin, Bridget Mendler, Ed Sheeran, Time Flies and Alex Clare rounding out the lineup. The show is SOLD OUT, but there are definitely tickets on the secondary market.