Monday, March 22, 2010

Cowboy meh

Friday night I got to volunteer for the Cowboy Junkies show at Old Town. I've never gotten to work one of their shows before, and I was excited. I was early. Really early~!! The show I was working started at 10:00, so I was supposed to be there at 9:00. Well, it was Friday night, and I was tired, so I showed up more like 8:00. This gave me a chance to check out the band. Meh. A little too low key for me. Being so early gave me a leg up on the head vol for my show. I took the clipboard and assigned myself box office. This would keep me off my feet (or off my bad knee, actually) and keep me out of the hall. If I had to sit there through that mellow mess of Junkie, I would have fallen asleep fo sho. It was a good night, one of those nights that all of the staff people were totally awesome. People I either am friends with or would like to be. So, I'm sitting, crocheting, minding my business. And here comes the opening act. Grant Lee Phillips. Sure, his original intent was to check out with the concert staff, get his $$ and go. That's not what happened. He hung around. He chatted. He picked up a banjo and strummed around the office a bit. Let me tell you, even when he hums it's purely melodic. I developed a quick little crush on him, due to his awesomeness and laidback coolness. I just sat there and piped in every now and then. Then I had one of those thoughts again: 'I love this place!! This is the awesome stuff that happens here, and nowhere else! I love this place! I love my life!' Right about that time, one of the Cowboy Junkies walks up to me at the desk: "Ice?" I shake my head and point over to the cafe. Yep, he was supposed to be on stage at the time. Awesome. Guitar update: Learned 3 new chords. Also learned "Bring it on home", one of my favorite songs ever. Cannot feel my left hand index finger. Some people -including Grant Lee Phillips - that this is normal.

9 comments:

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I saw the Junkies open a show at Alpine Valley.. Right, very mellow, you have to be in the right mood.

But the whole show was the Junkies, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Elvis Costello and teh Violent Femmes, so it was far from a dull night.

Kathleen said...

that's awesome! what a cool experience.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

You are seeing some great concerts these days. Thanks for sharing them so I can live vicariously.

Jennifer said...

I like the Cowboy Junkies if I'm in the mood, but will not drive to them... too soporific.

Sounds like a great night, Von! I love those places where the magic happens on a regular basis.

Brando said...

That is awesome you were talking guitar with GLP.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Sounds like a good time, Von.

I know the Cowboy Junkies from a couple of videos and CDs. I liked those.
~

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

After the Cowboy Junkies, though, you need some Blue Oyster Cult.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Their version of Sweet Jane is really fantastic, I like it every bit as much as the one on "Loaded". Sounds like a great night.

Von said...

I like Blue Oyster Cult.
I was really hoping they would sing "Sweet Jane"
They didn't.
fail.