21 July 2008
John Mayer at USANA
Tonight I hit the John Mayer show at the USANA Amphitheater.
I must say that upon my initial inspection, tonight's crowd was a little disappointing. I'm sure someone else would find the people entertaining to watch, but for the most part, everyone there looked like this guy.
And I like to think that I'm not a spectacle. That is, in every picture but this one, which makes me look like Quasi Modo.
Now, the evening wasn't completely devoid of good people watching. After a while, a few gems surfaced, and naturally, I documented them.
The first gem was sitting right next to me. She was a middle-aged, toe-tapping, beer-drinking, flask-toting kinda lady. We made sure to document the flask.
Concessions prices lead me to believe it was filled with water. Her breath says otherwise.
Next, there was this kid.
Notice how you can't see through him. Even during the breaks, he would only sit halfway down. What's worse? Leaning around him caused me to get even closer to flask lady, who had already crossed the line as far as personal space goes.
Back to the concert, my favorite part, besides John Mayer, had to be the free wristbands they were handing out at the gates. Give anything away for free, and automatically you need at least 15. I only got my hands on three.
They say something about John on the other side.
Speaking of John, the show was great.
Colbie Caillat opened. I don't really like anything she sings (besides "Bubbly"), but it says something for the artist when he or she can actually hit the notes that are played on the radio. Good artist, not my style.
Next came John Mayer. He knows how to entertain a crowd, both during and in between songs. He's a true musician, and you can tell he loves what he sings and plays. One highlight was his cover of Tom Petty's "Free Falling."
He's more bluesy than I realized. A lot of his stuff sounds like something I heard long ago at the Long Beach Blues Festival (the first concert I ever attended). Even dad would have liked the show tonight.
We saw Ray Charles at that festival. We also picked up at least 15 free CDs, one of which is now in my possession.
After this week, I have decided that concerts can be a little draining. I don't plan on doing another show for quite a while. I might actually wait for Coldplay in November or Weezer whenever (if ever) they go on tour.
For now, I'll have to find somewhere else to people watch. I always do!