Let me preface this by saying last night was a blast, in case you did not see on Instagram. Did I plan on writing a post about last night? Absolutely not. If I had, I would have strategies, taken better pictures, and chosen a standing position at a better angle to the stage but all-in-all I am better for it. Last night was one of the best nights I have had in a very, very long time and I am still singing. Sure the two glasses of wine helped, but honestly, seeing three phenomenal artists perform in Central Park was bar-none.
There was a wonderful post planned today about the items I currently coveting in rose gold; a pair of Michael Kors aviators, Kate Spade serving spoons, and a beautiful dress by Betsey Johnson. I guess you will have to wait to see those until next week, but until then, a recap of last night. I have been a fan for Matt Nathanson for ages and ages. When people say ages they think that means since the song “Car Crash” became popular, but oh no, no, no, no, no. I have been a fan for 10 years. My first Matt Nathanson concert was at a venue down in SoHo where you had to be 18 or older to enter. Since I was not 18 I need a parental chaperone and my mom came with me. Two years later my boyfriend was dragged along to my second Matt concert (also to be my over 18 chaperone) and since then I’ve seen seen him half a dozen times.
When I saw he was going on tour with Gavin DeGraw I was ecstatic. I would go to see Matt perform solo any day so Gavin was a bonus, even though he was the main headliner. I called my friend Mary who is a bigger fan of live music than anyone I’ve ever met (she actually mentioned last night that she went to Bonnaroo, a four day music festival, without being a fan of any of the bands, solely for the live music) to go to the show with me. The doors opened at 5 PM and honestly unless your teacher who is on summer vacation, which apparently a lot of people were, it is almost impossible to get to the middle of Central Park at 5 PM on a Wednesday when you have a job. I purposely showed up at work at the crack of dawn – the clock still had a seven in front of it yesterday morning when I got to my desk – so I could attend this concert. While the ticket said the doors were at five, it was general admission and the opener did not start until six.
The opener was listed as Andrew McMahon and whoops on my part for not putting two and two together and realizing that meant it was Jack’s Mannequin. Jack’s Mannequin played six songs to start off the night and while waiting for Mary to arrive I sang along to Dark Blue at the gates of the venue, a song that immediately brought back some funny high school memories and set the tone for a great next few hours.
I’m going to reiterate that last night was not supposed to be a blogging event and thus my pictures are limited, but honestly I found those nights where I don’t take pictures I take pictures are the most fun. I spent a hours having fun, singing my heart out, and dancing with other fans – those times are the best whether or not you have six dozen high-quality photos to remember it by. An honestly, who cares? With that being said here are a few I took from the night:
And before I share my favorite songs played at the concert this video needs to make it to blog land, Matt Nathanson and special guest Sugarland performing “Run” live last night. I apologize for the shaky quality, it is the only home video I will share, but I love Matt, I love this song, and I was really in the moment:
Besides this special duet there were four other songs that I thought really made the night, Matt Nathanson’s Come on Get Higher and Wedding Dress followed by Gavin DeGraw’s Chariot and Best I Ever Had:
To be honest? How happy was I? So happy that I took a selfie walking home
because I just could not contain my joy – that happy!
Matt, Gavin, thank you for an amazing show!