After our recent concert outing, Kim told me she would up for hitting some more shows together. Music to my ears! No pun intended. As it turned out, my parents would be in town visiting at the same time that Saving Abel was coming back through Denver doing a headliner show. I saw them with Puddle of Mudd back in August at the Ogden. I left that show with a new found interest in Rev Theory and Saving Abel. Since that show, I have been listening to both of those bands quite a bit so I was excited to see them again. On top of that, Saving Abel’s big hit song Addicted was Kim’s proclaimed favorite song of the summer. It was a date.
Given the babysitters, we decided to take full advantage at Kim’s suggestion and stay downtown for the night. I ended up splurging and put us up at the Brown Palace and Spa. This is a Denver landmark hotel and seemed appropriate for the occasion. We checked in early and got sweaty together — that’s right, we went for a run around downtown. After that, we got all cleaned up and caught a cab down to the Bluebird Theater. I had not seen a show there before but I knew it would be a small club-like venue. Great for an intimate show. But first we had to eat. So we went across the street to Mezcal and ate some Mexican. I know a big stretch for me. After one, or two, ok, maybe it was three margaritas, I had to visit the bathroom. In my daze, I looked up and saw this.
The wall was covered with Spanish speaking cartoon characters having sex. Nice wallpaper! Anyway, our dinner lasted about 90 minutes with the drinks and great conversation. It is always hard to get away and just talk as adults and not as parents of little kids but when you do, you realize you should more often.
Crap! It is past 8. The show has already started. Check please! We hustled across the street and got right inside. The opening act was Red Line Chemistry. Hadn’t ever heard them before. Usually opening bands I have not ever heard of either a) suck, or b) might not suck. These guys were a definite choice b. Will have to check them out. We scoped out the place while they played and got some drinks. Then when they were about done, we darted right down to the front row and put our drinks on the stage and took our place. Front row, no pushing. No one touching you. No security between you and the stage. I was reading the set list right there on the ground in front of me while they prepped the stage. I think Kim was surprised by the intimacy of the venue. She loved it. Wasn’t too many minutes and they brought down the lights and Saving Abel started playing.
The band played pretty hard for just over an hour. They only have 1 album so we knew it wouldn’t be a long ordeal. They did everything from the album and at least one I had not ever heard before.
After the show at these small clubs, the band is usually there to hang. So about 10 minutes after, we got in line to meet the band. We moved right through the line and Kim took a picture with Jared, the lead singer. It is such a cool touch at the Ogden and now the Bluebird to meet the bands after the show with nothing more than an admission to the show.
Oh, and right after the show, while the band was throwing out picks and drum sticks, Kim was handed the set list from the guitar player. So of course, she took it through the line and had the whole band sign it for her. We both are trying to figure out what to do with it — given its just a piece of paper — but it was a pretty cool memento of a fantastic night.
The next morning, we woke up to breakfast and bed followed by a couples massage at the Brown Palace Spa. Upon checking out, we both looked at each other and decided we need to do this more often. It was the best 24 hours of fun that I have had in a long time so I intend to make good on the promise of more to come.
Thanks, Kim. See you at our next show — in 48 hours!
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