This whole event happened in March. That is how far behind I am, but I *think* I've finally gotten control of my schedule, carved out some writing time, so be ready to get caught up on my life.
Anyhoo, back in March, my friend Holly and I drove up to Ames (about 45 minutes north of DesMo) to see one of my favorite bands- NeedtoBreathe. They are a rock band from South Carolina. They can have a southern rock feel and sometimes a gospel-y feel. Amazing voices and harmony. We were stoked!
First, we decided to do some concert pre-gaming at the local brewery- Olde Main Brewing.
It's a pretty big place with upstairs tables that overlook the bar and seating below. That's where Hol and I sat.
First off we ordered a beer flight and an appetizer.
These poppers were pretty fantastic. We also ordered a beer flight to try out the different brews they had on tap.
We both liked the 2 seasonals (Elkman Milk Stout and Lucky Shillelagh) and the ales best (Sodbuster and Off KILTer).
They also make their own delicious root beer.
For dinner I ordered the Jalepeno Jack Sandwich with portabello subbed for the meat. For my side I chose the soup- it was a creamy asparagus.
It was better than most pub food and some of the beers were pretty good!
After our hunger was sated, we headed off to the concert. It was at Hilton Coliseum which is a multi-purpose arena used mostly for Iowa State University sports. It has a Civic Center type feel to me. It's probably the cushioned stadium seating.
My favorite thing about the venue is they had hot coffee/lattes as well as cookies! I was stoked. And also realized how old I am...drinking coffee at 9 PM to make the drive home after the show. HA!
We had great seats, they were pretty much dead center from every direction.
Ben Rector was the opening act. I was not that familiar with his music, but I did recognize a couple songs from the radio.
It was a fantastic show- they played most of their most recent album and a few of their old ones. The lighting effects were just really cool. These pictures don't really do it justice:
A Place Only You Can Go http://youtu.be/-DsxdCoPdwc
Drive All Night http://youtu.be/h6e8JLb7wpE
It. was. amazing.
I love being at a show when everyone gets so quiet....it's cool to have that many people in one place, completely focused. So intense.
I also bought this rad t-shirt.
It was a great show with a great friend!**Needtobreathe is on a fall tour right now- check them out if you can!!
Oohs and Ahhs
Devil's Been Talkin'
Let Us Love
Washed by the Water
Keep Your Eyes Open
Girl Named Tennessee
A Place Only You Can Go
Lay 'Em Down
Drive All Night