This past Sunday I went to see Colbie Caillat at the House of Blues in Anaheim. I took my friend Shyleen with me since she loves Colbie. This was her first official concert so it was sort of like taking a fifteen-year-old girl to her first rock show. Although I wouldn’t consider Colbie a rock show experience.
This was the first show I’ve gone to since Coachella. The mellowness of it was a nice switch from all the jumping up and down, dancing, mosh pit fest that was Coachella.
The show opened with Andy Grammar, which is somebody I’ve never heard of. Shyleen said he has a song playing on the radio. I wouldn’t know since I don’t listen to the radio anymore. Tonight someone mentioned a DJ on KCRW, and I had no idea who it was.
I had to give Andy Grammar some points, however, for covering Boyz II Men’s End of the Road in the middle of his set. Everyone who knows me really well knows my adoration for Boyz II Men. I almost went to see them at the LA County Fair last year. In any case, Andy did a good job on covering the song so kudos to him.
Although it was Shyleen’s first real show, she became a pro at maneuvering through the crowd and got us pretty close to the stage.
She befriended a really nice couple who ended up sticking with us. Although I would have ended up enjoying the show more if the guy didn’t talk to me for most of it. So his girlfriend and Shyleen were totally enjoying the show while us guys were by the bar chatting up. I do have to say though that I did have an enjoyable conversation with him. We did keep mentioning Colbie’s looks. Oh, us boys.
There was a really tall guy there at the show sticking out in the middle of the crowd. He was basically singing to all of her songs and taking pictures. That’s what you call a super fan. It was pretty fun watching him sing his heart out. I would like to think that he’s a fellow hopeless romantic.
Shyleen said she had a good time, which was the most important thing. That’s exactly what you want to have for your first real show. There’s nothing worst than liking some musician, and then you realize that they’re terrible live when you go see them. (Are you seeing this, MGMT?)
I’m not quite sure when my next concert outing will be. I still would like to go to the Sunset Strip Music Festival since Bush is playing. There’s also some talk with friends about going to the Fuck Yeah Fest in September. These certainly won’t be as mellow as the Colbie Caillat show. (You know, maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t go to LA Rising and rock out to Rage Against the Machine.) So, yeah, she was a nice respite from my otherwise usual rowdy concert going experience.