You would think, seeing that it was June 18th, that it would have been the perfect summer evening concert. Not so, my friends. For here in Michigan, we love to boast of 59 degree evenings in the midst of what should be prime summer weather. I have a feeling that it's not often Jack Johnson has outdoor concerts where people are wearing jackets and huddling in blankets.
Regardless, Jack put on an awesome show. I was relieved that his voice live is exactly the same as on the albums. He played "Constellations," which is one of my favorite Jack Johnson songs ever - with a sweet guitar solo and a gorgeous piano accompaniment.
Here are some observations:
Number of men with unkempt hair wearing rolled up bandanas: 124
Number of times Jack Johnson dropped his pick: 2
Number of girls wearing flowy Bohemian shirts with tight-leg jeans: 876
Number of 40-year-old women wearing Roxy wedges: 1
Number of people wearing flip flops: total attendance minus 95
Number of 4-year-old boys wearing homemade "Jack & Me" t-shirts who said "HI!" to me: 1
Number of holes in jeans: 8312
Number of people wearing socks under sandals: 2
Number of middle-aged mothers dressed too young and dancing: at least 12
Number of lighters swayed during slow songs: 371
Number of cell phones swayed during slow songs: 839
Despite it being a fun time and praiseworthy performance, I've discovered that I'm not really a "concert" girl. I mean, under the right conditions, there are a lot of performers I'd love to see live. However, many of these are highly unrealistic. Here are my top ideal concerts, in no particular order:
-Jack Johnson: acoustic, on a secluded beach in Hawaii. Only about 15-20 people in the "crowd," which would just be people lounging on beach towels. No one would sing along. It would be about 78 degrees and there would be a light breeze. Also, fruity drinks. Girls must be wearing either bathing suits or cute sundresses/skirts. Boys must be wearing swimming trunks or just khaki shorts. No close-toed shoes allowed. Flip flops scarcely permitted. Time: sunset.
-Radiohead: in an old, worn down building (but structurally safe, of course) in Manhattan. Lots of people. Loud, jumping, but minimal moshing. I would wear a black t-shirt, jeans and my Vans rip-off shoes from WalMart. Time: 12am
-John Mayer: acoustic, in a slightly smoky lounge. 50 people max. I don't know what I'm wearing, but it's undoubtedly understated but cute, and I'm sitting at a booth. Time: 10pm
-Coldplay: in an old church in Chicago. No pews, though - they've long since been removed. A lot of people, but less than at the Radiohead show. I would be wearing some hip shirt with a message of love or peace or environmental consciousness, jeans, and probably those buddy slides again. Time: 10pm
-Damien Rice: gardens at Dublin Castle. Lots of people with blankets in the courtyard. I'm wearing something totally Euro-chic that I could never get away with in the U.S. It's a little overcast, naturally. Time: 7pm.
So if anyone finds tickets to any of those shows, let me know.