a few of them headed up to Red Rocks early to get everyone good seats. (for those not lucky enough to have seen a show at the most amazing venue in the world, the typical seating is GA in front, reserved in the middle, and GA again near the back. so you have to get there early if you want decent GA seats, particularly if you're trying to sit with a dozen people.)
it was mostly work friends including A & M, their SOs and my friend J. (yes, I work with some very cool people.) we didn't want the seat holders to have to fend off people for too long, so we decided to forgo the typical pre-show parking lot drinking, in favor of over-priced beers and great company inside.
one of my good friends is also one of my bosses and owns part of the company. (when did we get old enough for that?) he bought us all a round of beer on the company credit card. (did I mention I work with cool people?)
the weather was perfect. a cool end of summer evening. not too hot or too cold. the opening acts were good. Matt Costa and ALO. but as it got darker, the anticipation of Jack Johnson's arrival onstage intensified.
some in our group had never seen him play before. I've seen him maybe a half dozen times in Winter Park and Red Rocks and Austin. this show was by far the best Jack show I've seen. and one of the best shows I've seen at Red Rocks.
he was amazing. (and amazing to look at.) he said Red Rocks was the best venue in the world. (of course it is.) how can anyone not love to play there, staring back at the crowd of 10,000 smiling, dancing faces sandwiched between two enormous red rocks that are the sides of the natural amphitheater.
I'm not a setlist kind of concert-goer. but I vividly remember lyrics that speak to me, although often out of order. particularly when he's singing the songs just for me. (yes, insane school-girl crush. a cute guy wearing a t-shirt jeans and flip-flops always makes my heart skip a beat.)
after the band walked off stage, Jack came back with his guitar, cheered on by the lively crowd. he played the entire encore that way.
her beauty will follow wherever she goes
being in love with somebody don't make them love you
seems to me that maybe, pretty much always means no
please don't pretend to know what's on my mind
just another night on the town
where have all the good people gone? (we're right here, Jack.)
things can go bad, and make you want to run away
waking up to early, maybe we can sleep in, making banana pancakes, pretend like it's the weekend
if the weather is better, we should get together, spend a little time and we can do whatever
when I wake up, you look so pretty sleeping next to me
I was afraid that if you rode away you might not roll back my direction real soon
oh please just let me please breakdown
she'll pretend she's somewhere else, so far and clear, about 2,000 miles from here
slow down, everyone. you're moving too fast
you can't believe everything you hear
although it rained a few drops, the stars came out mid-way through the show to join the twinkling of the city lights. I could have stayed there for days, listening to Jack, dancing with my friends, enjoying the incredible music and beauty around me.
but it was home and to bed and a painfully early alarm for work, instead.