Hubby and I were lucky enough to get a date night on New Years Eve. One of our favorite local bands, The Dirty Guv’nahs, was playing a concert in downtown Knoxville. We scored the tickets months ago when they first went on sale.
And I was feeling pretty good after finishing my last working for 2012 …. a 4.2 mile run at Lakeshore Park. I was so excited that they closed our offices early – at 2:30. It meant I had time to get in a quick run. It was only 37 degrees outside, but it didn’t feel that cold. And I warmed up fast.
Hubby dropped the kids off at my Mom’s house while I was getting ready. We had a hard time deciding what to do for dinner. Too many good options – Downtown Grill and Brewery, Crown and Goose, Nama, etc. But we decided on Sunspot for a few reasons: one – the beers on tap, and two – hubby found a the description of a burger on their website. It had egg, bacon, avocado, and more wonderful goodness on top. It sounded like the perfect burger!
Unfortunately, that burger was LAST week’s special and therefore no longer available.
So instead, hubby ordered the Steak Tacos and I got a Salmon BLT. And LOTS of fries. LOL I haven’t had fries in a really long time … they were SOOOO yummy!!!!
Here’s a close up of the Salmon BLT. It was uh-may-zing!!! Oh my goodness. I would go back tomorrow just to get another Salmon BLT. Although, I’m pretty sure I can recreate this at home. It’s just blackened salmon with bacon, lettuce and tomato. The aioli sauce might take a little trial and error, but I think I’m up for the challenge.
After our bellies were completely full, we headed downtown.
(Not the best downtown shot I’ve ever taken of the lights on Gay Street, but it gives you an idea.)
This is the HISTORIC Tennessee Theatre. It’s a gorgeous venue. Recently renovated, too.
There were 2 opening acts. The first was a singer/ songwriter Neal Carpenter, who is from Nashville. I gathered that he knows the Guvs from University of Tennessee, which is where they all went. I was impressed by Neil’s songs. The lyrics were really good.
James and Chris (from the Dirty Guvs) joined him on stage for his last song.
The second opener was a band called A Thousand Horses. I’d never heard of them before, but they totally killed it. They rocked the house. While I wasn’t cazy about all the long beards I saw, I was super impressed by their stage presence.
Finally, around 10:30 the Guvs finally took the stage.
(Followed by a phone call from my Mom telling us that Lucy has a fever. Great. Good thing we packed the Tylenol just in case. A fever is not an emergency. I am not leaving a concert because of a FEVER.)
Back to the concert. Our seats were in the center section, 6 rows back. Pretty. Darn. Good.
The funny thing was … we could hear the people behind us talking. The guy had never heard of the Guvs. Really?!? Why would you come to a special concert on New Years Eve to hear a band you don’t know play?? Furthermore, we purchased our tickets the first day they went on sale, months ago. I imagine to get the seats behind us, they had to do the same. So he’s had tickets for over 2 months now … he couldn’t have looked them up in that time to see if he liked them before coming to a concert?!? People are weird.
I kept waiting for the song ‘Brown Little Bird’ but they never played it. Instead, they played a few songs that weren’t theirs, like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bruce Springsteen. They were great covers, don’t get me wrong. But here’s how I feel about going to a concert … I paid money to come hear you sing YOUR songs, not other people’s songs. Is that silly? Am I the only one that feels that way?
To answer the question from the Daily Post about where I was at the stroke of midnight:
My phone died at some point so I had no idea what time it was. They were in the middle of playing a song, stopped, and we counted down the 10 seconds to midnight. There was no ball dropping, no fireworks (except for my kiss with hubby), it was mostly non-eventful as they went on playing their song afterwards. But that was fine with me … there was no where else I would rather be than with my hubby listening to the Dirty Guv’nahs play live!
They played til 12:30am. It was an awesome show!! My ears are still ringing!
So, tell me – what did YOU do for New Year’s Eve??