The Lagoon is a long standing tradition in Fort Collins and it is in our home town so I can’t express how exciting it was to be apart of it this year. The line up from week to week was amazing. My favorite was easily Mamma Lenny and the Remedy. Seriously, catch them if you can!
The weather looked like it was going to be perfect, no threat of rain and people started showing up with assorted lawn chairs and blankets. This event was very heart warming for me, as someone who grew up with this series and it being my home town it made for a very emotional day to say the least. I got to see old friends and acquaintances from high school and even my high school speech coach made it out. It was my own personal homecoming. As most of you who know me and heard me rant, Fort Collins is a bit of a tight music scene so playing in my home town is hard enough let alone to play a gig like this. It felt really good.
The show started off with the best opener we have ever had… yes we have never had an opener before but these kids were amazing. It was really cool to see kids getting involved in music that young. They played a few songs and got the crowed warmed up for us. So we did our thing and the energy between band and concert goers was through the roof. You couldn’t help but move, even Tom our resident stone wall was bouncing around on stage. Things got even more intense when we brought Emma on stage. She nailed it, taking command of the stage and the audience.
About halfway through the set it came cutting across the silence as clear as day… ’Skinny Women!’ and I paused not only had someone had called out a request, was a request for ‘free bird’ or Jimmy Buffett? No, this was a request for one of our songs. A song we had decided not to play. Now there are only so many minuets in a show and we can’t play all of our material and we had figured that that song may divide an audience so to play is safe we nixed it. It’s one thing to leave and audience wanting more but if they ask for it… you better give it to them, so we did and it was received very well!
The dancers, old and young were dancing, the amazing food from the food trucks was being devoured. I have ran sound for events like this for years, watching my mentors, the best Colorado has to offer like Chris Daniels and Hazel Miller just captivate and audience. It was the most amazing feeling in the world to be on their side of the fence this time.
To the hundreds of people who came out and watched and/or danced, the event staff, sound and camera crews and our amazing opening act I cannot thank you enough. I can’t wait to do it next year.
One more point of interest. So it would seem that despite all the dancers and all the fun we were all having, it is true what they say, it only takes one… There was at least one unsatisfied customer with our show as stated in the Coloradoan’s thumbs up/down column:
CSU Lagoon Series is usually a great family friendly concert and evening out. On July 29, the evening started with very enjoyable kid bands; then Three Shots took the stage. Their selection of songs included lyrics that weren’t appropriate for families there with children; the same goes for their commentaries/jokes.
Now I know you can’t please everyone all the time or even some of the people, some of the time. So to those who found us lacking, I am sorry. We left our songs PG-13 and triple A radio friendly. With any luck we will be back next year with our unique brand of upbeat, heavy blues. Till next time, keep dancing Fort Collins.