We did something crazy this weekend. Really unusual for us.
We love to go hear live music. Most often it is in an intimate setting like All Soul’s Coffee House in Tulsa or even a house concert. And Tulsa boasts two of the best small venue locations: Cains and Brady Theater.
We have done some big arena concerts like Bob Seger at BOK (for The Hubs) and a couple of outdoor concerts (Blues Travelers at Grinders and Bonnie Raitt at the Zoo Amphitheater—again for The Hubs).
I am making it sound like we are major concert goers and we really aren’t (even though my sister and I seem to add a few more to this list like Bruce Springsteen and the Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert).
It is rare for us to go. Especially to a two day outdoor concert in 100 degree heat.
Yep, we scored tickets to Gentleman of the Road–the Guthrie Stopover. I heart Mumford and Sons. I can sing along to almost all the songs. I got the opportunity to do that this weekend.
Some of our friends who let us tag along to the All Soul’s Coffee House had two extra tickets. We snatched them up.
Our two day passport/ticket introduced us to a lot of new music and allowed us to hear Marcus and the boys. (I will really try hard not to sound like a teenage girl fan.)
We were late getting away Friday even though we both took a half day off at work so we didn’t walk into Cottonwood Flats (the venue) until around 6:00, about the time that Willy Mason was playing. (Liked him a lot.) Then, Justin Townes Earle took the stage. (Liked him a lot.)
There was camping available but we headed out late in the night to set up camp at the Colcord. :)
Let’s talk about the weather. I know it is September, but it is Oklahoma. I think we had some of our hottest days on September 6-7. We arrived late enough on Friday that we were able to find some shade.
Saturday–bluntly put—it was freakin’ hotter than Hades.
The Hubs and I set up our blanket around 1:00 on Saturday (after walking around the charming downtown Guthrie area. Kudos and many shout-outs to the town. They did this up right.)
There was no hope getting under the four large elm trees at the venue so we positioned the blanket in a spot that would receive some shade in the late afternoon/early evening. Our friends arrived to join us and we began to sweat. I have lived in Oklahoma since I was three years old. I know about the heat and humidity.
It was freakin’ hot.
More about Alabama Shakes (awesome) and Mumford & Sons (unbelievably awesome) tomorrow.
Oh, yeah. I might talk some more about the heat.