Thursday, July 15, 2010

Swell season - Into the mystic - a fantastic show

So, last night was hot. Super hot. Like sitting in the pavilion at Ravinia, just sitting, and sweat was just running down me.

But

My goodness. Swell Season. I adore them, have for a long time, but I got so much more than I was expecting.

Glen was very cutely mis-pronouncing Cicadas, he called them "Cicasias". He knew it was wrong, but he just ran with it.

They sang the above, which is one of my favorite songs ever.

At the end of the first part (pre-encore, I guess), Glen called out the ushers. He asked that they let the lawn-sitting folks come into the pavilion. He was pretty adamant about it. So, even though it was very likely a fire hazard, it happened. Now, we were pavilion folk, and even I was happy and impressed that that happened. What a great experience for those people. Good for him.

So, aside from the Ravinia usual suspects (= entitled, snobby, asshole, ill-behaved suburbanites) I had a lovely time.

** for those of you unfamiliar with Ravinia - it's an outdoor festival grounds in Highland Park, IL. They have a small pavilion with assigned seats, and a gigantic massive lawn for seating and listening. There are speakers everywhere, and rumor has it the pavilion is accoustically perfect. It's really beautiful, filled with trees and flowers and art and fountains. There are a couple high end restaurants, and a few food courts. Most people bring picnic dinners and wine. Lots and lots of wine. Google it - it's a beautiful place.

10 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love that song. Once again, it always makes me wish I had a gypsy soul just so it could be rocked. :)

Awesome that he let the people move up. I haven't been to Ravinia in way too long. I bet they were fabulous to see out there, even if it was humid and in the 90's. It must have been "under boob hot".

Von said...

totally under boob hot.
You so my sister from another mister.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

In practicality, filling the aisles really doesn't create a problem. In the case of an emergency, everyone just goes the same direction. Exit capacity stays pretty much the same.

The ushers like to go for petty power trips though.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Lots and lots of wine.

good enough for me. Can I sleep there?

Jennifer said...

You can, and I have!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

you're a bad influence, Jennifer..

Jennifer said...

I try.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Nice Avatar.

Jennifer said...

Bad avatar!!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It's hot and humid. Maybe I'll get my AC fixed on Monday. I wish I lived at the beach. That's it for my whinging, at least it's Friday.
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