I drove to Fayetteville mid-afternoon, and went to the box office to get my ticket at Will Call. There were 20-30 people already hanging out around the venue, with a couple of hours to go before the concert. I left the venue and drove around looking for the hotel. The area around the mall has changed a lot since I lived in Fayetteville (and I realize that this is what cranky old people say - but it's totally true). It took a bit more driving than I expected to find the hotel that was only two blocks from the mall. I found a Market Place Express restaurant and had a burger. I drove back to the mall, timing my arrival toward the end of the opening act. I got to my seat on the 7th row, six seats right of center.
I caught the last two songs of the opening act (whose name escapes me at the moment), a lanky long-haired singer-songwriter. Her last song was a cover of Brandi Carlile's "Josephine" - knowing that the audience most likely attended Brandi's concert at George's Majestic Lounge just a few months ago. I sat uncomfortably in my seat during the in-between, with a soft-spoken couple on my right, 5 empty seats to my left, a family of 5 in front of me. The heat of the evening sun and humidity just made me feel like a big unpopular sweaty blob. I was delighted that the Indigo Girls took the stage 10 minutes early - jolting me out of the icks and right into my first solo concert experience.
Love of Our Lives (Poseidon and the Bitter Bug)
at this point, I was truly disappointed - because I hate this song - and my brain just scattered across the floor, wondering if it was a big mistake to get the tickets, sweat over the fact that the ticket never arrived, call various people to assure my admission, drive 3 hours up, get a hotel room, and the eventual 3 hour drive back home - just because I hated the song
Become You (Become You) - and all at once all was forgiven
Fill It Up Again (All That We Let In)
Driver Education (Poseidon and the Bitter Bug)
What Are You Like (Poseidon and the Bitter Bug)
Dairy Queen (All That We Let In)
Power of Two (Swamp Ophelia)
Ghost of the Gang (Poseidon and the Bitter Bug)
Fleet of Hope (Poseidon and the Bitter Bug)
Joking (Rites of Passage)
Get Out the Map (Shaming of the Sun)
Three County Highway (Despite Our Differences)
-here, we got a story by Amy Ray of her missing dogs and her wonderful sheriff's office which helped find the dogs
It's Alright (Shaming of the Sun)
Yield (Become You)
Ghost (Rites of Passage)
Shame on You (Shaming of the Sun)
Southland in the Springtime (Nomads Indians Saints)
-here, I was really surprised - I thought this must have been a cover, since I _have_ all of their albums and had never heard this song. Thankfully I wrote down as many words as I could, and did frantic internet searching when I got back to the hotel room - only to find the song as one of two new songs on a greatest-hits-type album. Now I have a new temporary-favorite song, mostly because it was a complete surprise and it has a FABULOUS zydeco beat.
Closer to Fine (Indigo Girls) - they brought out the opening artist and allowed her the third verse and at some point during the song I took a picture when they gestured for the crowd to do the lead singing
Land of Canaan (1200 Curfews style)
Second Time Around (Poseidon and the Bitter Bug)
Galileo (Rites of Passage)
There's a strange dichotomy in my brain: trying to lower my expectations (this can't possibly be the BEST SHOW EVER because every show can't live up to that - so lower those silly expectations) and forgetting that it isn't about euphoria.. that it's about being a balm in Gilead.