On May 3, 2014, Susan and I attended the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the first time. We went with three friends: Maria, Julie and Jon. Maria asked us to go because she wanted to see Bruce Springsteen. Although we are not Springsteen fans, we knew the festival would be fun.
We arrived in New Orleans on the Friday before. We just hung around the French Quarter for the first night. Maria and Julie had a tarot card reading.
The next morning, we got an early start and headed to the festival. To the right, is Susan and I as we entered the festival. The festival opened at 11. We got there about 12:30, just in time to sample some of the traditional New Orleans food.
The festival is the largest one we have ever attended. We might have seen half of it in the one day we were there. Susan was excited to see a pow wow that was hosted by several different Indian nations. The photograph to the left is Susan with the Indians after the pow wow.
We were not able to see Springsteen. We got to the stage too late. It was packed. We did get to see Better than Ezra and Foster the People. We enjoyed both concerts.
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On December 5, 2009, Mike and Susan traveled to Ft. Walton Beach to see All American Rejects in concert. Our friend Dan and his friend Kristina went with us. The concert was held at the beach bar, the Swamp. This concert was very interesting. We met a lot of people. Several people seemed to hang around with us for awhile. One guy showed up with a pale of liquor and a pitcher of beer. He hung around us for most of the concert. He kept telling us how the Air Force kicked him out. We had a very good time. It was cold. It started sleeting on the way home. Here is a photograph of us during the concert. Click on the photograph to view the entire gallery.
On October 28, 2009, Mike and three of his friends (Dan, Maria and Jessica) went to New Orleans to see ACDC in concert. Susan was unable to make this concert because it was during the week and she had to work. This was Mike’s third concert during the month of October. The concert was held at the New Orleans Hornets’ Stadium. After the concert Mike and his friends headed to Bourbon Street for a few drinks. They went to a bar called Boondock Saints, which is supposedly owned by a retired New Orleans police officer. Here is a photograph of Dan and Mike right before the concert. Click on the photograph to view the entire gallery.
On October 19, 2009, Mike and Susan went to a Kiss concert in Pensacola. Mike was able to get two free tickets at the last moment. Buckcherry opened for Kiss. This was our second time seeing Buckcherry. Kiss sounded good. They put on quite a pyrotechnic show. At the concert we ran into two of our friends, Maria and Jessica. Here is a photograph of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during the concert.
On October 9, 2009, we went to a U2 concert in Tampa, FL. We made a weekend trip out of the concert. Several of our friends went with us. A total of eight people left Pensacola to see U2. We rented two houses in Ybor City. The night we arrived we just hung out at the houses. The following day Maria woke everyone up early to go to Ikea. Maria fell in love with Ikea. Since Mike had his truck with him, Maria wanted to buy some furniture. Maria woke us up so early that we actually arrived to Ikea before the store even opened.
That night was the concert. The concert was held at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stadium. Muse opened for U2. Before the concert we did not know who Muse was. We liked several of the songs. Muse sounded very good in person. U2 played next. This concert was called the 360 tour. The name was after the 360 degree stage that U2 played on. There was a massive LED screen that expanded above the stage. This concert was the largest and best concert that Mike and Susan ever attended. Most of the songs were known by the audience, who sang along most of the time. After the concert we went back to Ybor City and continued the party. The photograph on the right is Mike and Susan with U2 playing in the background.
Maria thought it would be funny to short sheet Mike and Susan’s bed. Maria took the sheets and tucked the majority of them under the bed. Mike and Susan were a little intoxicated when they went to bed and could not figure out what was wrong with the sheets. They slept that way for the night. Maria got a kick out of it. Maria later reversed the sheets so they were coming from the head of the bed and not the foot. To get Maria back, Mike and Dan took Maria’s mattress out of her room and hid it in the other house. When Maria went to go to bed, she realized all she had was a box spring covered by a comforter. She came back to the other house and drug her mattress back. The photograph on the left is Mike and Dan sitting next to Maria’s mattress.
On the day after the concert, Mike, Susan, Julie, Jon and Dan went to the Tampa Aquarium. Maria, Edward and Cory had to leave early. They went to Orlando for another trip. We had a nice time at the aquarium. After the aquarium, we watched college football at the houses we rented. Mike and Dan’s teams were playing at the same time. We setup to television in one of the living rooms to keep track of both games. The photograph on the right is of Mike, Susan and Dan watching college football. After the games were over, we walked around Ybor City. We went into several bars. One was the famous Coyote Ugly.
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On May 3, 2007, Mike and Susan saw Buckcherry in concert. The concert was held at Pensacola Beach, at Capt’n Funs Beach Club. We went to the concert with several friend Mike knew from Dillard’s. Julie, a manager at Dillard’s was a Buckcherry fan. Mike used one of his contacts at Capt’n Funs and had her compact disc signed by the members of the band. The concert was very good. Buckcherry sounded good live. Here is a photograph of Mike and Susan backstage with Buckcherry playing in the background. Click on the photograph to view the entire gallery.