Mon - May 11, 2009 : 07:40 am
Jason Mraz Concert in Vegas!
So, first, I've gotta give a HUGE THANK YOU to my mother-in-law and father-in-law, because it was they who bought me the tickets for my birthday last month, in the first place. I would have never bought the tickets for myself, so wthout them, I literally would have never seen such a concert.
So, THANK YOU, KIM AND HENRY!!!! THE CONCERT WAS AMAZING!!!
Now, on with the story.
Jason Mraz is currently the only musician who makes music I enjoy and trust so much, I will go and buy his albums the day they are released, without having heard any music from it previously. So far, I haven't been disappointed.
So, on my birthday last month, I found out I had two tickets to a Jason Mraz concert in Las Vegas. Sarah said she would love to go with me, but because Sam is still an infant, she probably wouldn't be able to.
So, because I don't really have any friends who share my musical tastes, it was a tough decision on who I would bring with me. For some reason, my good friend Shaun Roos kept popping in my head. So, I called him and invited him. Turns out he would love to go.
So, Saturday morning comes, and my car is washed and waxed and ready for the ride of its life.
Shaun came driving down around 9:30am, and we left right around 10:00, after giving multiple hugs and kisses to my family.
Ended up that Shaun was a very good choice because he has a brother who lives in St. George, which is about 1.5 hours from Las Vegas.
So, we made the trip to his brother's house in about 3 hours. The trip was made fun by listening to a wide array of Jason Mraz songs, mixed in with some Weird Al Yankovic. Ya can't go wrong with a mix like that!
We arrived at David and Angie Roos's place around 1:00pm, and made our introductions. They have 3 children, 2 of which have MS (Muscular Distrophy). All their family were wonderful hosts!
The concert wasn't until midnight on Sunday, so we swam in David's swimming pool, sat in the hot-tub, and watched a great DVD called "NASCAR at IMAX" or something like that. It really was interesting. David and Angie really liked my Mustang GT, so I told them they could go take it for a spin. Angie ended up taking a nap instead, so David and me went for a drive. He couldn't believe how fast it could get up to 100 MPH. I also took his Mazda Miata for a drive, and enjoyed the open sky.
When 6:00pm rolled around, Shaun and I headed for Vegas. Our plan was to eat a the Paris Buffet, catch Star Trek in the theater, and then head over to the concert at The Palms.
Another good reason that Shaun was a good choice as a companion for the trip was, he knew Vegas much, much better than I did. He knew there was free parking above the Belaggio, which was right across the street from Paris, where we were going to eat.
The food at Paris was remarkable. I had king crab legs, shrimp cocktail, sushi, pork loin, top sirloin, salmon, rice, garlic bread rolls, and about 6 different desserts. Yup, the food was amazing.
Then, we raced over to the theater, and watched the new Star Trek film. What a great flick! We missed the first 5-10 minutes of it because it took us so long to get seated at Paris, but we got the general gist of it, and didn't miss much. Yup.. They did a great job with Star Trek.
Then, with about 30 minutes to spare (or so we thought), we headed on over to The Palms for the main event.
We ended up spending the entire 30 minutes we had looking for parking, and finally found a space across the street at a casino. Oh, and while we were on our way over to The Palms, I saw an Audi R8. Holy cow, what a beautiful car!
So, we get our seats, and about 3 minutes later, the show starts. The opening band is a guy named James Morrison, and evidently, the 5 or 6 people around us know him, because they go absolutely nuts. All throughout the hour James played, they were dancing and screaming and enjoying themselves quite a bit. I didn't mind at all, but I was there to see my man Jason Mraz! James Morrison was an exceptional musician, and the band was flawless. I'll have to listen to a bit more of his music. Not too shabby.
Then Jason Mraz came on, and I was the one going nuts. I was screaming right along with the rest of them. Goooooood times.
My favorite part was when Jason started playing the beginning chords to his song, "Lucky", which since I heard it has instantly become me and my wife's "song". What a beautiful piece of art it is....
Anyway... He began playing the first chords of the song, and I was beside myself. He played them about 100 times longer than normal, and while he was doing so, he was talking. It was then that Colbie Caillat came walking on stage. I was in complete disbelief. Holy smokes.
Then they sang the song, and I really, really, really, really, really, realy, really, really, really, really wanted Sarah there. All the other people were standing up, dancing and swaying to the music, and although I was tempted to dance with Shaun, I just couldn't bring myself to ask him. hehe... Yeah, it was awesome.
The crowd, of course, went nuts when he played "I'm Yours", and the rest of the songs were some of his more popular songs from his latest album. I wish he would have played more from his previous two, but I'll take whatever I can get.
All in all, The Jason Mraz concert was everything I had imagined it to be. I'm still dumbfounded that Colbie Caillat made the appearance and sang with Jason Mraz. It was awesome.
So... At around 3:30am, we made our way back to David and Angie's place, found our tent we had put up in their back yard, and crawled into bed. I was out in an instant.
We woke up yesterday morning around 11:00, got showered and refreshed, said our thank-you's and goodbye's, and made our way back home.
The trip home was made in a little less than 3 hours, due to our following a car full of girls who had a radar detector. We averaged around 100 MPH the whole way home. Gooooood times.
Man, the trip was fun, but I sure am glad to be home.