First, don’t forget to enter my Frog Fuel giveaway and read my review. I will pick a winner Friday. Now, for an actual post!
When I was at the corporate office on Wednesday, I checked my personal email to find a message from The Post and Courier newspaper that made my day.
I won a newspaper giveaway for two tickets to the Under the Sun tour in North Charleston, featuring Fastball, Vertical Horizon, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, and Smash Mouth. All of those were some of my favorite bands as a preteen/teen, so I was super excited. I knew the concert would be packed with people mine and Clay’s age who wanted to relive their teen years.
Plus, the tickets started at $42.50, which is a little pricey for a concert, even with five great bands. Keep in mind, Clay and I are on the House Poor Summer Tour over here after our big purchase in May. Maybe I should do a post on that? Entering giveaways to win cool stuff…
I got back into Charleston and spent my Friday lunch break downtown picking up the tickets. The lady at The Post and Courier insisted on taking a picture of me with the tickets (apparently they do this for the winners? Good thing I wore real girl clothes…), so I got her to take one for me too.
I enter a lot of giveaways, and I love winning the local ones because I can try new local places on the cheap or for free. The lady at the newspaper office was so happy to give me the tickets- she said 3 of the winners of the American Idol tour tickets didn’t even show up to pick them up, or let her know they wouldn’t get the tickets. That’s pretty messed up- who’d turn down a free concert?
After picking up the tickets, I headed home to work a few more hours, eat dinner, and get ready for the show, which was at the North Charleston Coliseum. It was my first time being in there since I was a kid going to the circus, but we thought the sound was a bit off and like the Family Circle Tennis Center (We saw Last Summer on Earth there last year– much better venue. Surprisingly the concert wasn’t packed either.
Most of my concert pictures turned out really bad, but ladies… take my word for it that Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray looks just like he did in 1998, which is much better than the stars who 13-year-olds are crushing on today!
All of the bands performed their hits from the late 1990s and early 2000s, but Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth performed a few new songs. I didn’t realize those bands were making new music, so I might check out their new stuff on Spotify to see if there’s anything cool.
The other couple on our row also won tickets from the newspaper, and they took this cute picture of us.
Clay and I had a great time at the concert and spent a grand total of $5… to park. We skipped the $9 beers and overpriced concessions and just enjoyed the night.
We left a little early, but it was still 11:30 when we got home and 11:45 when I got to bed! I ended up running my 18.3 mile long run on 4 hours of sleep (and still running strong), but definitely crashed Saturday night/Sunday morning and slept in- if it was worth it.
If you get a chance to see any of those five bands performed, don’t miss out on it. It brought back a lot of memories for me, and I hope they come back to Charleston next year!
Who were your favorite bands growing up? I loved all five of these bands, but I also liked boy bands (Hanson, Backstreet Boys), Dave Matthews Band, and Christian bands like DC Talk and Audio Adrenaline.