Lalalalala. I am still singing Gavin Degraw and Colbie Caillat after the concert last night at the Beach at Mandalay Bay. I had really been craving going to a concert and was just searching on ticketmaster and saw it was coming up and got my friend Elizabeth to agree to go with me. Neither of us had ever been to the Beach [aka one of the hotel pools] and so we really didn’t know what to expect. We just assumed it was an open deck and seating area around a pool with the stage to the side. Well….not quite.
Yup, that’s me in the pool. The WAVE pool to be exact. every minute or so the wave would come up and soak me to the bottom inch of my dress. Behind me is the stage, in front of me [aka behind Elizabeth taking the picture] is a big sandy beach. Yup, people brought towels for this concert. Go figure. It was actually an awesome venue and I would LOVE to go to another concert there — next time I will be prepared and in my bathing suit!!
Justin Young was the opening act – he was really good too and I think I may have recognized one of his song. He is a great match for the tour because he has a nice island vibe, I think he said he is from Hawaii which would make sense.
Colbie was on first and she was INCREDIBLE. Like, better than her album in my opinion. For as little as I have listened to her cd’s i was happily surprised to realize that I knew almost all of the words to all of her songs.
She was a lot of fun to watch. She is really pretty and seemed like a sweet person when she stopped and talked to the audience in between songs
Gavin Degraw was on next. He really picked up the energy level in the pool. Colbie has a very mellow but peppy kind of feel – very happy. When Gavin came on, the bass was boomin’. yes that sounds corny in my head too. But really, lots of energy, lots of fun, and again, just as good live as on his albums. He was funny too!! In between sets he would tell jokes and was just kinda sarcastic and funny as heck! I loved it.
It was awesome that we were able to be so close to the stage. We were only about 4-5 people back from the stage at any time and if we had wanted to be aggressive, I know we could have been closer…and about a foot deeper in water, literally lol. Def a concert I would go to again. Getting to bed by 1am was rough though since I had to be up at 0530 for work. eeck. still worth it though.
Work wasnt bad today, went by fast and then I got a nice 45 min run in while watching the end of Independence Day at the gym. Then I headed to REI to get some new running shoes. After reading the book Born to Run – I really believe in the benefits of barefoot running. Really, whether you hate running, love running, or are indifferent, this book it fascinating as it talks about the Tarahumara running people and how scientists basically worked backwords to figure out how we developed to run and why we are a running people who have simple lost out way.
I have had on and off problems with my knees since I really started running my freshman year in college and I love running but hate the pain!
So yes, I have given in to these shoes. I will let you know how it goes!!