the latest adventure started innocently enough as we were trying to figure out where we could see mellencamp, which led to you tube, which led to farm aid concert videos & a "why not check it out?" and the airfare was reasonable, the line up looked good, so we were off to milwaukee.
The Blackwood Quartet; Robert Francis; Randy Rogers Band; BoDeans; Amos Lee; Band of Horses;
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real; Jamey Johnson; Jason Mraz; Jeff Tweedy; Norah Jones;
Kenny Chesney; Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds; John Mellencamp; Neil Young; Willie Nelson
mostly artists & their guitars, lots of great stripped down, acoustic stuff. all of the performers donate their time. our neighbors were great folks, and the show was well attended. it was cool & rainy, so the dome stayed closed.
i discovered some music to explore- amos lee, jamey johnson, randy rogers band & back to wilco; i still don't understand the fascination with dave matthews and loved seeing all of the well played guitars & their scars on the big screen. all of the performers were there to put on a show, which was great.
kenny chesney flew in from la for his set- he had 2 band members with him-
mellencamp didn't disappoint- the last time i saw him he was still john cougar (it was probably 1982)- but the man still rocks. even the young gal next to me (maybe early 20s) thought he was kind of hot for an old guy. sounded great, brought the house down. he did an acapella version of cherry bomb and the entire stadium sang along. for an artist that must be an amazing thing. judging from his smile at the end, it was.
neil young looks pretty rough, but his voice still sounds great. we got "long may you run" and "ohio" among others. gotta admire the man for continuing to be an activist & speak out for what he believes in.
steven tyler (in town for american idol call backs) showed up & sang one song with willie. wow. making me not believe that i have never seen aerosmith- what a voice & stage presence!
this was farm aid's 25th concert, and it is an amazing example of the good that artists can do when they band together behind a cause to reach people. there was an organic food alley, and area with demonstrations of renewable energy & sustainable agriculture. the event was as green as it could reasonably be. the message of healthy food and the economic impact of healthy family farms is a potent one, and the audience was a wide range of people. it was a great experience in ways beyond the music.
we enjoyed checking out milwaukee too- from the bronze fonze-
to the lake-
there was a private function at the art museum, so we didn't make it in, but it's an impressive building
the leaves were just starting to turn
what a nice fall weekend!
and now, back to reality! hopefully get caught up on some art this week, open studios is next weekend- i am doing it with pam, at her house, as my studio isn't ready. it'll give me 2 solid afternoons for making art- yipee! i should be inspired & ready to go after the layoff of the past few weeks & the books i've been reading- we'll see!