2011 A.V. (After Vegas)

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.

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