Friday, November 7, 2008

Meet, Greet, *Click*

I should not have worried. 

The performance of One Republic did not disappoint (more on that later), but I must say that the meet-and-greet was absolutely anticlimactic. Because half of the band members are from Colorado, they had about 75 legitimate friends and family members waiting to meet up with them after the show. Shannon and I were lumped into the crazy-fans-who-won-passes-on-the-radio category, and our time with the band was reduced to a 30-second photo-op. There was no time for actually meeting or greeting anyone. 
The good news is that I did not make a fool of myself because I actually didn't say a single word! 

But here's where things get good for me. It turns out that my particular meet-and-greet pass was a very special photo pass. That meant that while the rest of the crowd had this view...
...I got to stand in the "pit" (the space between the barricade and the stage) and get this view... 

It was amazing!  The perfect concert experience for a girl who appreciates things more when viewed through the lens of a camera! Though I was not allowed to take my DSLR into the venue, my little point-and-shoot did a great job and I came away with some great shots. I'll be posting more pictures on my photo blog soon, so be sure to check that out. 

I have to be honest and admit that I did not have high expectations for this concert. I like One Republic, but their album certainly does not rank within my top ten favorites. I've always thought their music was good and enjoyable, but never found it particularly exciting. 

This concert changed everything. They were absolutely amazing. 

I believe that a good band is one that sounds better live than they do recorded. For many bands, this is a very difficult feat. One Republic passed the test with flying colors. I was completely blown away by their ability to play their instruments not only flawlessly, but beautifully. Each song was vibrant, incorporating guitars, drums, piano, xylophone, and cello, blended perfectly so that one could choose to focus on just one instrument or listen to the band as a whole. 

While the meet-and-greet was a bit of a let down, I would have to say that the evening far exceeded my expectations. I've been listening to One Republic's album with a new appreciation today and have added "concert photographer" to my list of dream jobs. 

A big "thank you" goes out to my resourceful husband who found these tickets on Craigslist and to the woman who won them on the radio but chose to make a quick $70 instead of attending the concert herself. She sure missed out! :) 


Meme said...

I wonder if that means you call yourself his "original fan." Thats gotta be something.....

Tarah said...

you sure have some great stories from your past!

Brockman said...

Great pics Beck! Too bad the meet-n-greet was a bummer. I'm sure I would've said something dumb to Ryan! OR came to Little Rock during the Summer and I saw them. They are fabulous. Glad you got to see them, all the best. Becky #2