Monday, July 7, 2008

Now We Collapse

We hadn't quite recovered from our Telluride adventure when it was time for one of our favorite weekends of the year. One of my favorite bands (and Brian's very favorite), Widespread Panic, played three shows at Red Rocks, June 27-29, 2008.

In past years we have attended all three shows (Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon), but this year we decided that two shows was about all we could handle. We used Friday night to prepare ourselves mentally and physically so we were ready to RAWK on Saturday night.

Here's the view from the top of the Red Rocks my humble opinion, the most spectacular music amphitheater in the country. Every time we see a show here we're reminded of what lucky kids we are to have this in our community.

On Sunday, cousin Haley joined us for her first concert at Red Rocks!! It was so much fun to have her with us. I think she was thoroughly impressed by the massive gathering of hippies that come out of the woodwork for these concerts.

We also love Panic weekend because it gives us a chance to catch up with old friends that we don't see as often as we'd like to. Derek, who went to college with Brian, joined us for both shows and it was wonderful to spend the weekend with him!

Here's the always gorgeous Lindsay Kelly....

Keith, the best dancer in the crowd....

and the Bresnahans, who brought their 12-year old son Mason to his first Panic show.

And my boss, Brian Glade, and his wife Betsy were there too!!
JB, Todd, Sonny, Schools, JoJo, and Jimmy were on fire, as they always are at Red Rocks. In fact, the band has now played 32 sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre - more than any other band in the venue's history. Red Rocks officials and our very own Mayor Hickenlooper honored the band with a special award presentation, and a mayoral proclamation calling Friday, June 27 "Widespread Panic Day" in the City and County of Denver!!

And one of the best moments of the weekend was when Panic finally, FINALLY, played the song Tie Your Shoes. Brian has been waiting for them to play this song live when we're at a show for nearly a decade now. And during second set on Sunday, they played it! He was so happy....

Thanks for another great run, boys! We'll see you again next year!

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