First, see this kind of boring shot of Alpine Valley Music Theater, in southern Wisconsin?
It says a lot more than you think. For example, I took it at about 7pm, when we arrived. G-Love and Special Sauce opened for Jack Johnson, who didn't even start until two hours after I took the photo. It says a lot of things, which I added for you here...[click to enlarge]
These guys (who sat directly behind us)?
What the photo does not say is why they were so happy. having had not a single drink between them (that I noticed.) Yes, I'm outing them for smoking "something" they passed back and forth between them, but that's what they get for doing it all night, right out in the open like that, without a care in the world for anyone (let alone the "security" person standing literally next to them all night.) I have to be honest and say that they were very, very nice and not at all bothersome (unless you count the contact high for Dawn and me.)
This next shot is of our "friends" in the row with us. Need I say more about this guy?
Okay, I will. He was a little scary at first but actually just a sloppy drunk;
a "bull in a china shop," (kind of) but a nice bull.
Overall, I really have to admit that everyone (aside from the puker) was really pleasant, and the atmosphere was very upbeat. Jack Johnson's music is very happy, relaxing stuff.
As we were leaving, we passed the nosebleed seats and could hear thousands of sweet voices,
singing along with Jack, who was a tiny speck from their vantage point and could barely be heard.
No matter; true Jack Johnson fans know all of the words :)
So, here's a recap of what I learned at the Jack Johnson concert at Alpine Valley:
*There is something very sweet and beautiful about thousands of
people willing to sit on a very steep hill in the dark,
in grass that has been rained upon
for three days.
*If you want great seats and very special treatment (including Handicapped Parking),
break your leg. (Thanks, Kris! :)
*Keep a close watch on your drink (or at least BYO lid!)
*Wear sensible shoes (Chaco sandals-best investment ever! 5 years and counting!)
*Oh, and if you don't smoke, stay home--You might as well be a smoker
(of all things smokey) if you are there; it's allowed, because it's "outdoors."
*Jack Johnson is a talented musician and a very nice guy!!
Thanks, Jen, for the inspiration. Now, when are you going to resurrect Thousand Words Thursday?!