Don’t Stop Believing

My clues were a little too easy. I’m sure you guessed we were going to Journey concert!

Last night’s show was great. We went with a group of Adam’s family and friends. Going to concerts at Jones Beach is a really big part of his family’s traditions and we go to many shows there every year – I’m one lucky girl! It’s a very fun venue, right on the beach, and you can see the waves behind the stage –  which is VERY different from the view of the concrete in Manhattan.

What the theater looks like during the day, and empty - SO pretty!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Going to concerts at the beach for us means not just  listening to great music, but we also tailgate with everyone else prior to the show in the parking, which is great fun – but has potential for being bad to my waistline. We planned ahead on this trip and Adam, his dad, and I purchased subway sandwiches (6 WW points for a six-inch) prior to the show, and were able to eat a little healthier than the burgers, pretzels and chicken fingers offered during tailgating (It’s crazy, a lot of people actually bring grills and set up their car like it’s a football tailgate or a party in their car port)

This is what I ate - Sort of, I forgot to take a photo of my actual sandwich, so this is the closest doppelgänger I could find

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 I know a lot of people are not HUGE fans of Subway sandwiches, but they’re very convenient, cheap and healthier options than a lot of other fast food. It’s not a gourmet treat, but it does the trick. And, they’ll make every sandwich into a salad which is carb-less way of having a quick meal. (I swear, I do not do PR for them) I give subway two thumbs up for being healthy, easy, and cheap!
 

Adam and his Dad tailgating - You can almost see the sunset behind them!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The concert itself was a blast – How can Journey NOT be a party? Their songs are bar favorites and it was amazing to see the sold out stadium join in to sing “Don’t Stop Believing”
 

Journey From our Seats (At least it looks like a stage)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The actual Journey - My photo wasn't nearly as clear 😉

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Post concert we went for a quick drink at a bar in Freeport, Long Island – Freeport has a lot of good finds, but can also be a bit sketchy – The Helm, is a great find! It’s a good size dive bar on the water decorated with hats (I kid you not, the ceiling is covered in sombreros, top hats, birthday cones, baseball caps, if it can fit on your head, it’s there) – I promise to take a photo the next time I’m there). They serve any drink you could want, but only serve burgers, cheeseburgers, and fries. I tried to be good last night and limit myself to diet coke and water – which the bartender might not have been thrilled about, but my body is thanking me for it this morning. Moral: You can go to a bar, have a good time, and not gain weight!
 
Tell me what your favorite Journey Song is?
 

Any Way You Want It!

We’re headed out with some friends tonight to a very fun concert. I’ll give you one clue, it’s not Bon Jovi, sad I know … but almost as good! And just as big in the 80’s!  

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Can you guess who we’re seeing?  Full details when we return!

 

Autumn Leaves in August? Yes.

To finish out Alicia’s visit to the Big Apple. we visited the famous Iridium Music Club in midtown. She and Adam are both big Jazz fans, so we were looking for a place in the city to see live jazz… I have a little gripe with “jazz” and “comedy” clubs in the city
(and in general).  I hate paying a ticket fee and then being asked to buy two drinks, or spend a minimum at the bar. I’d rather pay more for the ticket!  What if I don’t want to drink or eat? Sheesh! Nonetheless, after doing a lot of research, there really is no way to see Jazz in the city without this caveat. The tickets were only $25 bucks, but they require you spend $15 bucks on food or drinks, which is not hard – drinks run between 12 and 15 bucks alone. The City can be done cheaply – but Jazz cannot be done cheaply!

The Iridium is a really unique place and is known as the home of Les Paul. He used to play there every Monday night for 12 years. They continue that tradition and have special guest guitar players every Monday night to honor them. (FYI – Tonight’s special guest is Steve Stevens from Billy Idol’s band – but with my lacking knowledge of music legends, I know him  from the E! show Married to Rock where he had a pink wedding to Josie Stevens, and is reason enough to go back!) Since I’m dating an amazing guitar play (no, I’m not biased at all) it was really special for us. 

Adam rocking out at Joe's Pub in NYC last year

We saw “David Garfield & Friends featuring Oz Noy, Buddy Williams & Stanley Banks” and they were a lot of fun! It definitely was not the type of Jazz that we were looking to see, as it was more of a fusion band with smooth jazz tendencies (I’m definitely not a music critic – to give you an idea, my idea of an amazing show is Bon Jovi with Kid Rock opening. I leave the real musical details to my partner in crime). The BEST part of the show, was by far Stanley Banks – The bass player. That guy can really move! He danced around the stage and gave a lot of energy to an otherwise low-key show. I wish I had taken a video of it because words cannot do his wonderful dance moves justice (In case you missed it, my favorite part was the dancing bass player, my music reviews are clearly very high brow)

The night ended on a request by Alicia for the band to play Autumn leaves, and they really sounded fabulous!

Ready to go home after a long night out!

BBQ Festival + Country Music + Friends = FUN!

Being a country music fan in New York City falls right above having an infectious disease in order of what people disclose about themselves. I have to hide my love of Tim McGraw, Phil Vassar and Rascal Flats like a skeleton in my closet. That,and the lack of actual country music shows in the tri-state area is why Adam and I often take advantage of when our favorite performers are in driving distance. A few weekends ago, we headed north towards Saratoga to their annual “Taste of Country” festival. The premise was great. Phil Vassar (our fav performer – seriously, watch that guy play the piano!), BBQ food, and friends. We were heading to the festival with two of our good friends, Andrea and Chris. Chris has been Adam’s friend since grade school, and Andrea is a friend of mine from the city – And, I make a pretty darn good matchmaker if you ask me (Patti Stanger, watch out!) if you ask me.

C + A at the BBQ Fest Aren't they cute?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We got to the festival around 3pm – and guess what? The BBQ was pretty much already gone, but we were able to sample some of the tasty (or not so tasty) food. The premise was that we bought tickets and were able to sample a couple bites from each contender, and vote. To be honest, I was a little disappointed in the tidbits of food. The meat was mostly dry, and we could not tell what was pork, beef or chicken – let alone rank each option.  We made the group decision to grab dinner at a local restaurant and head back for the music!

BBQ Samples - What's what? Can you tell?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!

 
The concert did not disappoint. Adam and I went on one of first dates to a Phil Vassar concert (at the Berlin, CT county fair – in the rain!) and he always brings me to see him on Valentine’s Day so his shows always hold a special place in my heart. Phil, writes a lot of country music for artists like Martina McBride, and Tim McGraw, but most people never hear his versions of the songs – I think Phil (yes, we’re on a first name basis) does a much better job!

Sing it Phil!