We packed up most of the house on the thursday morning, and were still able to make it on the road by 9am. We had already decided to take the coast road, I95, home as we did not think it would be too busy. Other than a bit of traffic around the major cities, we were right. Paul managed to do the first 200 miles while listening to the cricket through his phone.
|Note the headphones|
Friday was spent relaxing, recovering and eagerly awaiting our night out. Way back in February, we booked tickets to go and see The Black Keys at the Charter Amphitheater in Simpsonville. We watched a storm come over at about 4.30, and the rain chucked down. The thunder was almost continuos, and the lightning just kept on coming. We wondered if it would even be on. Our wonderful friend Anna arrived at 7pm, to babysit the boys. We got the younger 2 in bed, and headed off. I had originally planned to park our car at a good friends house, she lives on a subdivision right near the amphitheater. We headed the back roads, as traffic around the area can be notoriously bad if there is an event on. We drove by the back entrance, and noticed it was open with parking available, so we went for it. I text my friend to offer my apologies for messing her around. We paid our parking, and got parked near the side of the amphitheater. It was very muddy, but at least not raining. We walked down to an entrance we had seen that was not as busy, but the place was a mad house. It took us a good 25 minutes to queue up and get in, not what you want after doing a whole load of theme parks, followed by a 500 mile drive.
When I first told my friends here I had booked these tickets the majority of the responses were "who are the Black Keys?" Well, they won 4 Grammy's this year. We only got into them just before we left the UK, but still do not have their fill back catalogue yet. What we heard at the concert though, we really loved. They played a lot from the album we have, and a whole heap more that we have never heard. They were very good. It has been a long time since we saw a concert (think it was Reading Festival, 2004!!!), but this was good. They were tight, rocky, eager and very good! They finished playing just after 11pm, but came back for an encore, which was awesome. We both really enjoyed the concert.
|The Black Keys|
We were able to get out of the venue in about 20 minutes, which I though was very reasonable given the amount of people. We had a slight delay in our journey home, due to a car being in a ditch down the back road, but the fire brigade seemed to have it all under control. We made it home just after midnight, gave Anna a bottle of wine as a thank you, and headed straight in the show to wash our muddy feet (they truly were disgusting, I wish I owned a pair of wellies)
Here is a link to one of The Black Keys well known songs