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The Avett Brothers, 08-18-17

The Avett Brothers, 08-18-17

The Avett Brothers

With Langhorne Slim

Friday, August 18, 2017

Smart Financial Centre,

Sugarland, TX

Before I begin my musings/review, I have to think my friend Chris McKinney for turning me on to The Avett Brothers. A few years ago, he posted on Zuckerbook about how great they were live.  I started looking into them, buying their music, and saw them for the first time in July 2015 at The Woodlands Pavilion (with another/mutual friend named Chris (Sharp).  I’m the first to demean social media and its perils on today’s society, but it’s also led me to discovering new music.  After seeing The Avett Brothers that first time, I was definitely hooked. They put on quite a live show and I’ve listened to their music a lot over the last few years. The lyrics range from zany to deep, and more often than not I’ll be listening to them (usually while driving) and a lyric of theirs will smash me in the face as I relate to it on a high level. With all that said, on to the show!

Originally the show was supposed to be March 31, 2017, but I believe Scott Avett come down with the flu the week before the show. Having just fought it off myself and barely being able to function sitting at a desk working for “The Man”, there was no way he could have performed if he felt even half as bad as I did fighting that crud early this year.   I am glad they postponed it because the show they put on last night was awesome!

It was my first time at the new Smart Financial Centre in Sugarland, Texas. The reviews of the place had me worried about parking, rude staff, and congestion at the restroom.  I didn’t experience any of that. Of course I did manage to get there an hour early and was quite surprised how easy it was to park (after becoming $15.00 poorer).   Once inside, I visited the merchandise booth and picked up a poster and patch.

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The layout of the place is really nice, I was section 103, Row U, seat 1, and was pleasantly surprised at how close I was to the stage.  It was about the same distance the VIP Box seats are at The Woodlands Pavilion which to obtain you either have to know someone with access to those seats, or be brimming with cash to buy.  My ticket cost $80 with fees (purchased in November when the tickets went on sale).  While it wasn’t cheap, it wasn’t crazy money either.

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Langhorne Slim was the opener.  Just him and his guitar, he played about 40 minutes.  My favorite song he played is called “Wolves”, with these lyrics; “I’m tough enough to run with the bulls. Yet I’m too gentle to live amongst wolves.”

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He reminds me Bob Dylan, quirky, but funny.  He mentioned several songs being influenced by his grandparents. As someone who spent a lot of time with all of my grandparents, I related.  I was glad to be introduced to him and his music.

The Avett Brothers took the stage about 8:30pm and played until about 10:45.  Not that they have any ‘bad’ songs, but there wasn’t one in the setlist, everything they did was great. From full band, to solo acoustic by both Scott Avett, and Seth Avett, to an acoustic trio with Scott, Seth, and Bob Crawford, they sounded great! There was a lot of humorous banter, some in the middle of a cover of “Cigarettes, and Whiskey, and Wild Wild Women”.  Apparently Scott had been roaming around in the parking lot in his briefs and there was discussion about it in the middle of the song.
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They also did a cover of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden which was fantastic!  I enjoyed the new song “Orion’s Belt”.
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My favorite song of the night was probably “Head full of doubt/ Road full of promise”.
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They closed out the show with Bob Dylan’s “I shall be released” with fiddle player Tania Elizabeth on vocals (minus fiddle).

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One thing that I don’t understand is people who go to shows and constantly have to leave and come back.  There was one guy that came in and out of the row (I was on the end) at least five times.  I almost told him “you know you’re missing a really great show.”  I’ve complained about that before at The Woodlands Pavilion, it’s unfortunately the nature of reserved seating, lawn seating is a little better in that regard because you don’t have to keep letting someone in or out, but you’re far away from the stage. Some people don’t go to concerts to go to concerts.  Go figure.

The music was awesome; I loved the sets by Langhorne Slim and The Avett Brothers. I wish I had a ticket to see them tonight in New Braunfels.

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Galveston Oh Galveston

I drove down to Galveston on Sunday, mainly to get out of the leased living space, my usual respite for the last few months has been going to the pool for a few hours on the weekends, but the management at the leased living space had the pool shut down for most of the week.  Thus, when you don’t have a lot of money, but just enough for gas and lunch, a drive down to Galveston is a good combination. The water doesn’t look like Cozumel, but it did look decent on Sunday.  If I were wealthy, Galveston probably wouldn’t be the first place I would look for beach property, but as a poor man, I wouldn’t mind living on the coast.  There is a different vibe, even if the water isn’t turquoise blue, it’s still the ocean.

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National World War II Museum, NOLA

I took a short trip over the weekend with my friends Chris and George Sharp to New Orleans to visit the National World War II Museum. We met our buddy Chris McKinney beforehand at Café Du Monde and then spent most of the day at the museum. It was a great weekend spent with friends.
If you are ever visiting New Orleans, the museum is definitely a must see, or you could do like we did and just go to visit the museum. Here are bunch of pictures:

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There used to be a statue of Robert E. Lee…

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Me, Chris Sharp, George Sharp, Chris McKinney
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George with his first beignet (He said we should have gone to IHOP for breakfast)
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Douglas C-47
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THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY: THE HERMAN AND GEORGE BROWN SALUTE TO THE HOME FRONT

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Chris Sharp checking out a Jeep chassis
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‘US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center’

Chris and George
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Chris Sharp in the FINAL MISSION: USS TANG EXPERIENCE
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JOHN E. KUSHNER RESTORATION PAVILION:
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Scenes from the 4th of July

July 4th, 2017 Lake Livingston, TX

My friend’s daughter Paige
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Swimming in Lake Livingston
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Shark’s attacking!
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Taylor
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Camp Johnston
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Texas Turkeys having a July 4th feast
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The kids feeding the fish
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Jason giving instruction
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USA!
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