Just a quick note to let our millions of blog followers know that we have returned home safe…well, “millions” might be a slight exaggeration since I don’t actually think anyone is reading it yet, but as they say “If you build it, they will visit”, or something like that.
Anywho, the Steve Martin concert with the Steep Canyon Rangers was the highlight of our trip (and the best live show I’ve ever seen). I have to admit bias since I’ve been a huge fan of Steve Martin since the 70’s, but the show was excellent.
The band is a group of masterful musicians who play banjo, upright bass, guitar, mandolin and violin. They play bluegrass music, and their singing is filled with humor and heartwarming harmonies. Steve Martin has been playing the banjo since he was 17 and he’s a fabulous musician too. He’s a Grammy winning musician/writer too!
Of course, he was funny as always with hilarious introductions and stories between songs and lightning quick responses to the few comments yelled out by loving fans. We sat a few rows behind Penn and Teller, so that was cool too. I really wanted to yell “Keep it down, Teller!” (fans will get that one), but I just sat there for two hours with a huge grin and eyes wet with tears of joy.
Their encore was a hyper-fast rendition of “Orange Blossom Special” with a few fun twists. The violinist stole the show on that number.
They closed the evening with the audience on their feet singing along with “King Tut”!
A life-long dream came true when I got to see Steve Martin perform last night.
Christy and I are having an awesome time in Las Vegas! After I won $500 on the first $20 I put in a slot-machine at the MGM Grand (had to brag), we went to the Golden Nugget Casino to take a photo. I had one taken there on a family vacation in 1970 with my mom holding me in front of the casino sign, so I wanted to get a new photo to send her from 2011.
The Golden Nugget is a cool old casino that’s decorated with hand-blown golden glass art and chandeliers surrounded by dark wood. We loved the energy there. It was very laid back, with normal looking people relaxing and having fun, so we decided to look around the area.
We had no idea about the amazing time we’d have on Fremont Street! It’s the street in Vegas where a row of classic casinos are covered by a huge arched canopy. Millions of lights are attached to the canopy. At night, the lights display video images as you hear music fill the 4-block area. It’s a sight you have to see, but the best part is the people watching experience. Performers sing, dance and play music. People dressed as cartoon characters, famous actors and singers, and an infinite number of Elvis impersonators, stroll around and take photos with you for a tip. Visitors (hate the word “tourists” for some reason) also join the show. They dance and sing along while others watch and smile.
Last night there was a big production by MTV Online Music Awards. Imagine seeing a dazzling light show and music videos displayed on a 4-block video screen above you while watching a live concert. Of course, I was drooling a bit over their production equipment that included a 40-foot video crane!
I had many favorite moments, but two stood out. The first was when they played “American Pie” (the classic version) while thousands of happy revelers sang along on the street. People were flying by above on zip-lines silhouetted against that amazing video display! My other favorite moment was seeing Rick Daly, stilt-performer-extraordinaire dancing to hip-hop music played by a DJ. There were girls on stage in sexy outfits, but when Rick danced in the audience, he stole the show! (Video of Rick and other fun stuff coming soon)
There were showgirls, margaritas, street artists and lots of souvenirs to buy. It was a fun, memorable experience to share with Christy! We’re going back tonight after we see Steve Martin in concert. Ah life is good 🙂
I’m heading to Las Vegas with my sweetheart Christy of On Air Media to see Steve Martin in concert with his band. They are promoting their new “Rare Bird Alert” album, and I have to confess that I’m a sucker for bluegrass music. I’m hoping that he plays “King Tut” lol! Steve Martin is one of my all-time favorites. We’re going to stay at the MGM Grand and see the sites. It will be a fun, short vacation, then back to work on Monday!
It’s always fun to get new clients! We are producing television commercials for two Roseburg businesses. I’m an independent video producer but often work with advertising agencies, TV Stations, Cable TV providers and other production companies like On Air Media. Their Account Executives sell airtime to businesses, then we are called in to do the video production. These two new clients were acquired that way, and I thank the hardworking AE’s who sent the business our way! Working together increases our creativity; it reminds me of M.C. Escher’s “Drawing Hands“.
I’ve spent most of the evening working on creating this new website. I’m using WordPress and it makes some things easy to do, and other things quite difficult. Christy Desermeaux of On Air Media Services is showing me how to use the online software. My goal is to create a site that is easy to navigate, contains information that is helpful to visitors, and features examples of my video production work. Blogging is new to me, but I think it’s a great way to keep the site current and interesting.