I woke up early on Saturday morning this weekend. Got my kiddo up and in the shower…then showered myself, got dressed and headed out the door. I was out the door before 9:30am on a Saturday. Why, you might ask….Because we had tickets to one of the most awesome outdoor concert festivals that I have ever been to in all of my 33 years.
We stopped at the post office and mailed off a homemade scarf I made for an old friend then we set out. We stopped at McDonald’s for breakfast then hit I-65 North from Columbus to Greenwood. We stopped in Greenwood to pick up my son’s friend Jacob then it was back on the road. 465 to I-69 then up to the Noblesville, Indiana exit. We got there early because WE had wristbands to let us in early for the private concert by Noctura. The singer sounds a bit like Amy Lee. They were really good!
We then headed over to the “midway” area with all the vendor booths. Way too much money later we went on over to the second stage. We got to meet up with Orange Blossom Special and I bought their cd (AND got it autographed! Those guys were really nice too!). We listened to the second stage for a while. Jake bought the Bullet For My Valentine CD so he got to meet the band. My kiddo and I didn’t want to meet any of the bands enough to do that so we just chilled while Jake went to meet them (then came back in total shock and happiness)
Then it was time to make our way over to the lawn. We got over to the lawn and hung out waiting for the show to start. First up was Escape The Fate. I had never heard them before but I really liked them. Next up was the Miss Uproar Contest. It was kind of hokey but the boys liked the girls in skimpy clothes. They ARE 13 year old boys after all.
Soon after Bullet For My Valentine took the stage. I did recognize a few songs from stuff my kiddo had played before. I can’t say as I was really knowledgable about their music but I liked them.
After BFMV left the stage it was time for SEETHER! I am a HUGE Seether fan. They came out and started with Gasoline. Then took off into Fine Again. They did Broken which is my all time favorite song by Seether ever. They also did Fake It and Remedy. Iwas a little bummed that they did not do Breakdown…but over all I was VERY happy that I got to see them again and that they were wonderful. My son did not care for them much but his friend Jake became a fan.
Next up was Three Days Grace. This is my son’s all time favorite band. He claims Linkin Park and BFMV are his favorite bands…but it has always been 3DG. He was up and jumping around and having a great time. For those of you who have read my blog before you will know that my son has Aspergers, which is an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This was MAJOR for him to be acting like that and to be so lost in the experience. Then these two drunk assholes came barreling down the hill fighting and crashed into my baby boy and his friend. I grabbed the kids and headed for safety but alas the damage was done. The boys were fine but my kiddo did not let himself get lost in the concert experience any further.
The last band was Avenged Sevenfold. We did not get to stay for the whole show because I was REALLY tired and beginning to hurt (Getting old sucks!) but what we saw of their set was very cool. Their sound was great and it was a really cool set.
We left the show about 10:45. We had been there since 1:00 so we had a really full day of music and fun. I am very glad that I got to take my kiddo to this event. He may not realize it now…hell he may never realize it…but THIS is the kind of thing that memories are made of. I am so proud of him for making it through the whole show and for letting go for a while. We really needed that connect time.