My favorite weekend of the year starts tomorrow and we’ll have a whole post about that soon to come, but I have to back up and go into my last show, which I didn’t post about immediately. And even before I do that, I should probably dig into why that is.
When I think about WHY I write, I come back to two themes: happiness & heartache. Want to know which one is easier to write about? You may be surprised by this answer (you won’t be if you know me); for me, it’s heartache. I have no problem putting onto paper what it is that makes me ache and being vulnerable in a way that only heartache can produce. What’s extremely difficult for me is writing about happiness, which is why it has taken so long for me to write about my last concert; because I’m very happy right now. Isn’t that ridiculous? Writing when I’m happy almost feels like a cop-out. Sure, hopefully people want to see others happy and you hopefully continue to want to come with me on this journey of seeing some of my favorite artists up close and personal, but sometimes I think we just would rather know that we’re not alone when we feel gut-punched by our emotions.
In short, I’m sorry it has taken me a while to put this together. Now I will move forward with my recap of Runaway Country & being the ultimate fan-girl because…it’s what I do.
Runaway Country is a festival at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee every March. This last one was I believe the 3rd year, but our 2nd going to this one. The first one wasn’t great, which the first year of anything usually isn’t that great, but the lineup this year was enough for us to try again. With that being said, I’m only going to talk about who we saw because (this is going to sound braggy so I apologize in advance) when you see the same people over and over, sometimes you’re just kind of over it and don’t need to stay for a whole concert. We tend to see who we want to see and then…go to Taco Bell. It’s a pretty great progress, but I digress.
They run tickets only a little different for this one, which is to say that if you want to be in the “pit” you have to buy individual tickets to each performer. It’s a cool concept because you can pick and choose who you want to be that close for instead of having to stay there all day for people you aren’t big on. For this reason, I picked two people for us to be up there for. I say that I picked versus my friends picking because as always, they let me be the annoying fan-girl over and over again and still put up with it. We’ll start with Walker Hayes.
I just talked about him in my lost post about him opening for Kelsea Ballerini, and before that back in October when he opened for Thomas Rhett and I was crying on my way to the concert because I thought we were going to miss him. **This is a disclaimer I am very annoying to go to concerts with.** But now I got to see him up close and personal. I’ve been following Walker for going on 2 years now when he released his Mix Tapes. His music is just different & I can’t quite explain it. It’s fun, it’s sad, it’s melodic, his songs have messages and sometimes they’re just about being different. Whatever it is that drew me to him, I’m still into it. After the show I got him to sign my koozie and we took a picture together and I’m content. Go get him album AND his mix tapes. Thank you.
That was Friday. On Saturday we went for 2 people so instead of going to the concert all day, we found an outlet mall and I spent all of my money there. The hard part of going to three day festivals where you don’t want to be there all day is finding something to kill time that doesn’t cost a lot of money. We haven’t figured that part out yet. I want to buy an RV and camp, but I can’t get anyone to agree with me yet. I’ll break them eventually.
The other pit passes I got us was for Brett Young. This was also my 3rd time seeing Brett, but again next this close and now I can cross him off the list. Brett gets me IN my feelings, which is very important. Also, very obnoxious. I have only 1 video that I took where you can’t hear me screaming in the background. Woops. There’s an even more embarrassing one of me that…I’m going to share with you. Because remember my disclaimer about how I’m annoying? I’ll let you watch the video and decide for yourself. But you know what? I think if you’re not gettin’ after it are you really feeling it? I don’t think so. Needless to say, I was only a little better than the girl who was screaming she loved his eyes & likely tried to find his tour bus after the show. Back to Brett – he sings into your soul & if you’ve not experience any sort of show yet I encourage you to buy tickets right now because he’s going to get big and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
You ready to hear who was after Brett Young?? Yeah??
None other than….Florida Georgia Line! Are you surprised? Remember when I said that sometimes we leave because we’ve seen people too many times? Well…13 is not enough for FGL and we 100% stayed and I probably jammed harder than I have in a while to these guys. I just don’t know what more there is to say about their performances that I haven’t already. What I will say is that they are two of the sweetest guys and for this concert had invited a little girl who has cancer to come to the show with her family & brought her up on stage and it was the cutest. While they were doing that a drunk girl also jumped on stage and then prompted was removed by security and we saw her in the back of a cop golf cart(?) after the show and I can only hope she actually got arrested. PSA: don’t be the drunk idiot at a concert, it’s not funny.
On the last day we only went to see Lanco, who I also wrote about last time and their performance was just as great. If you still haven’t gotten their new album you should do that, too.
In conclusion, I’m sorry for being lax with the writing but my life has been really really HAPPY lately and instead of finding time to put it on metaphorical paper, I’m just out living it.
I promise really cool stuff from this upcoming weekend, though, because TORTUGA. Who’s coming??