The Magic of Sesame Street Live

The Magic of Sesame Street Live

Way back in June, I bought us tickets to see Sesame Street Live. Remi was into Sesame Street (she still is, I mean, we had a Sesame Street 2nd birthday party), but after seeing them, I’m pretty sure it’s solidly her favorite thing again.

We bought tickets to the show (front row! I had a presale code and was apparently the first person to buy tickets and had the pick of the venue) and the preshow, which was worth EVERY PENNY.

At the preshow, we got to wait in line and go on stage and meet three characters (Cookie Monster, Abby and Elmo).  Initially, I panicked because they gave us colored stickers and they were like “Group Red, go on stage and meet people! Group blue, go do a scavenger hunt!” and we had blue stickers.  I was like “Um….we bought a meet and greet?” But they just split the group up for crowd control. Blue group got to go second. All was good.

Remi was SO EXCITED. She initially ran to Cookie Monster, then at the last second turned and ran back to me. But once she was safe with Momma, she wanted to hug him. (can you see her open mouth excited face?)

Look at that cheesy grin! They had cast members on stage who held our bags (because you don’t want a purse on in the photos!) and who took pics. They took Mimi’s phone and took like 60 pictures while we met the three characters, which was SO NICE so we could enjoy the moment and not have to stress trying to capture photos.

After Cookie, she met Abby, who she ADORES. She literally ran into Abby’s arms. She got to touch Abby’s magic wand, too.

She was SO PROUD standing next to Abby.

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And of course, her Abby doll had to join our group photo. (Also can we talk about the amazing costumes? I couldn’t see the person inside AT ALL. Very magical. I have no idea how they saw outside the costume.  The eyes didn’t seem mesh or anything)

She gave Abby a parting high five. We weren’t rushed through the experience at all.

Next up was Elmo! She basically ran from Abby to Elmo.

She ran up the step and gave him a big hug! (I may have happy teared up watching how excited she was!)

Elmo just picked her up and loved on her. It was just the sweetest.

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After the preshow, we went back into the lobby where they had a new character, Maya, interacting with all the kids. We also got a souvenir (a bubble wand-so many bubbles) and then it was showtime!

Remi had LOTS of room to dance during the show. It was really great. The show was quality- great dancers and a lead singer (the premise was a magician doing a show on Sesame Street and teaching Elmo how to do magic and finding magic everywhere). She was in awe everytime a new character came out (on top of the ones we already met, we saw Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, Gonger, the Count and Mr. Noodle)

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It was a FANTASTIC experience, and totally worth the long day (since it was a workday, we had a day then drove to Tulsa, saw the show and drove home).


Ed Sheeran in KC

Ed Sheeran in KC

A sweet friend at work always talks to me about concerts. She is ALWAYS seeing shows and knows I love live music (just not currently in a season to go all the time).

Well, she won 4 tickets to see Ed Sheeran in Kansas City and GAVE ME TWO OF THEM.

It wasn’t the most ideal weekend, and I had to make plans short notice, but I made it work.

Mom and I set out on Saturday late morning headed to Kansas City.  It’s not a bad drive- around 4.5 hours.

 

Well 2 hours in, a warning light came on. I had a bad feeling and had mom look it up in my owner’s manual. Well, it was a bad light- a “pull over immediately” light for my hybrid system.

We were about 30 minutes from Joplin, so I called their Toyota dealership and they were able to get us in.  They were THE MOST HELPFUL WONDERFUL PEOPLE ON THE PLANET. SHOUT OUT TO FLETCHER TOYOTA IN JOPLIN.

We had to wait a bit while they checked it out, and they told us they might not get it fixed on Saturday- so they gave us a loaner car!

I left ole Percy the Prius in this state and drove away.

We made it to Kansas City at 6, and the show started at 7. We were “only” 15 minutes away, but with 50,000 people going to the show, we knew traffic would be bad.  My friend Laura and her sister were already there, so we took an Uber to the show and it was an adventure.

Traffic was CRAZY, so we kept rerouting. She got us close, but we hopped out and finished walking, since we could go faster on foot than in the car.  We had to hop a fence, slide-walk down two muddy hills and get into the stadium.

We missed the first opening act, Lauv, but then caught up with Laura and her sister waiting on Snow Patrol, the second opening act.  Surprisingly, though they won the 4 tickets together, the seats weren’t together.

We got back to our seats in time for Ed Sheeran, and y’all.  He was AMAZING. I was a fan before, but after his show, I’m a super fan. He is so talented- he played EVERYTHING during the show using a loop pedal. He played guitar, bass and drums with his guitar, he recorded his background vocals and sang better than you hear on the radio.

It was amazing.

We were able to pick my car up on the way home Sunday after a quick breakfast at the hotel and stop by Trader Joe’s (a sweet service adviser met us even though the dealership was closed!) and got home Sunday afternoon.

 

The crazy trip was SO WORTH IT for the amazing show.


Let’s Go Girls

Let’s Go Girls

In August of 2017, me and some friends bought tickets to see Shania Twain.  YES. Like 9-10 months ago. We were SO EXCITED.

It was a weekday, so we didn’t get to spend tons of time together (I drove in after work and drove home after), but we had a BLAST during the show.

It’s funny that these three friends went to high school together (they were each a year apart) but we ended up as Tri Chi (sorority) sisters, all in the same family.  Alden (on the right) is my little sister, Jessie (next to her) is hers, and Haley (next to me) is further down the fam.  Love it!

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We had a GREAT night. Shania is QUEEN. She did play a few new songs, but mostly the hits.  We JAMMED OUT. Pretty sure everyone around us was annoyed at the way we were having so much fun singing and dancing. #sorrynotsorry

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I don’t get to go to every show I want to (money and time) but when I do, they don’t disappoint.  SO GLAD we got to see Shania.


My Updated Hanson Concert History

My Updated Hanson Concert History

I’ve said it before when I post these updates, but I know 99% of you won’t care about this. But I love keeping up with it.  The site Hansonstage keeps a database of set lists and lets you see what songs you’ve heard live.

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Here are my stats:

  1. August 07, 2004 Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom
  2. October 27, 2007 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
  3. August 04, 2010 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
  4. September 09, 2011 Memphis, TN Delta Fair and Music Fest (no setlist available, but I remembered some songs that I heard and added them to the list)
  5. May 05, 2013 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom 1st show (MOE)
  6. June 08, 2013 St. Louis Uncorked  (no setlist in the database, but I kept my own)
  7. September 15, 2013 Antone’s Austin, TX
  8. September 16, 2013 House of Blues Dallas, TX
  9. May 17, 2014 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
  10. May 16, 2015 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
  11. May 17, 2015 Tulsa, OK The Hop Jam
  12. October 24, 2015 Dallas, TX House of Blues
  13. October 25, 2015 Dallas, TX House of Blues
  14. May 21, 2016 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater (MOE)
  15. May 19, 2017 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
  16. May 20, 2017 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
  17. May 18, 2018 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)
  18. May 19, 2018 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (MOE)

Some highlights:

With You in Your Dreams in Austin
Madeline in Memphis
Scream and Be Free in Dallas
Never Been to Spain encore in Austin
Man from Milwaukee at MOE 2014
Thinking of You at MOE 2015
Chain of Fools at House of Blues on the RNR Tour
Yearbook at Hanson Day 2017
Lucy at Hanson Day 2018

Here is my list of Hanson songs I’ve heard live according to HansonStage’s database:

You have heard 365 songs live
You have heard 166 unique songs live

Middle of Nowhere
Thinking of You – 5
MMMBop -9 (they only listed 7, but I know I heard this in
Memphis and St. Louis)
Weird – 3
Speechless – 1
Where’s The Love – 9
Yearbook – 1
Look At You – 3
Lucy – 1
I Will Come to You – 1
Minute Without You -9
Madeline -4 (they only listed two, but I know I heard it in
Memphis)
With You in Your Dreams – 2 (includes Taylor’s solo performance at his lecture at MOE 2015)
Man from Milwaukee – 2

This Time Around
You Never Know – 4
If Only -4
This Time Around -8
Can’t Stop – 1
Wish that I was There- 2
Love Song – 1
Hand in Hand- 1
In The City – 7
A Song To Sing – 2
Love Song- 1
Save Me- 2
Runaway Run – 2
Lonely Again -1

Live From Albertane
Gimme Some Lovin – 1
Shake a Tail Feather- 1
Ever Lonely -1
Money – 1

3 Car Garage
Stories – 3

Underneath
Strong Enough To Break -4
Dancing In The Wind – 1
Penny and Me – 10
Underneath – 2
Lost Without Each Other – 6
Broken Angel -3
Crazy Beautiful – 3
Hey – 6
Lullabelle – 1
Deeper – 2
Get Up and Go – 2

The Walk
Great Divide – 3
Been There Before – 7
Georgia – 1
Watch Over Me – 5
Running Man – 1
Fire on the Mountain – 1
Go – 1
Blue Sky – 1
Tearing it Down – 2
Something Going Round – 3
The Walk – 1
I’ve Been Down – 1
Got a Hold On Me – 1
Great Divide (acapella) – 1

Shout It Out
Waiting for This- 7
Thinking Bout Something – 7
Kiss Me When You Come Home – 2
Carry You There – 1
Give a Little – 5
Make It Out Alive – 2
And I Waited – 6

Musical Ride – 1
Voice in the Chorus – 4
Me Myself and I – 1

Live and Electric
Optimistic – 1
In a little while- 1
Rock N Roll Razorblade – 3 (one wasn’t in their count, but I
know I heard it at a concert before)

ANTHEM
Fired Up -6
I’ve Got Soul -7
Get The Girl Back -6
Already Home – 4
Cut Right Through Me – 2
Scream And Be Free – 6
You Can’t Stop Us Now- 3
Juliet- 3
For Your Love- 2
Tragic Symphony- 2
Lost Without You- 2
Get So Low (Condor Sessions)- 1

Roots of Rock N Roll EP
I want to take you higher- 1
Hold on, I’m Coming- 1
Remember the Time- 1
I believe in a thing called love- 1
Thinking out loud – 1

Members Only EP
On and On – 5
Call Out My Name – 1
Roller Coaster Love – 7
Best of Times – 5
Sound of Light – 5
On the Road- 1
Show Me the Way – 1
What’s Your Name- 1
Panic in the Streets – 1
White Collar Crime – 3
Sunny Day/Cecelia- 1
Down – 1
Never Let Go – 2
Dance Like You Don’t Care – 3
Give Me Your Best Shot- 1
What are We Fighting For- 1
Heartbreaker- 1
Call Me – 1
Need You Now- 1
Grace Unknown – 1
Follow Your Lead – 2
Get Out of My Heart – 2
Up All Night – 1
No Sleep for Banditos – 1
Ooh La La La – 2
Stop Me in My Tracks – 2
No Rest for the Weary – 2
Something Loud – 1
Siren Call – 1
Do You Believe in Love – 1
Man on Top – 2
Joyful Noise – 1
Feeling Alive – 1
Somebody that Wants to Love You – 2
Ghostwriter – 1
Reach out for my Hand – 1
I Don’t Want to Go Home – 2
I Lift You Up – 1
Bittersweet- 1
Working – 1
Gold Miner – 1
Young and Dumb – 1
Bad for Me – 1
Sophia – 1
Other
Being Me – 1
The Ugly Truth – 1
Waiting For This / Watch Over Me / Rock N Roll Razorblade / In The
City medley – 1
Lonely Again -1
Sexy Robot (teaser) – 1
A life without you – 2
Rockin Robin – 1

Cover
Its a Long Way To The Top – 1
Hole In My Life – 1
Let Love Rule – 1
Never Been To Spain – 2
Oh Darling -2
Dancing In The Streets – 2
Living on Tulsa Time – 2 (I know I heard one other time)
It’s a long way to the top (If you wanna rock n roll) – 1
Signed, sealed, delivered – 1
Teach Your children – 1
Desire-1
Hole in my life -1
Let love rule- 1
God Only Knows – 1
I want to take you higher- 1
Cecelia- 2
Twist and shout- 1
Whole lotta love- 1
You may be right- 1
Movin’ out -1
Me and Julio Down by the schoolyard- 1
Chain of Fools- 1
A Song for You – 1
I want you back – 1
Stand by Me – 1