Several weekends back we took a mini road trip to see some of our favorite bands. It was a total blast and kind of a dream come true for the teenager in me. I still love the music I listened to as a teenager, even if I’m not full of angst (most days) and I no longer believe that ‘no one will ever understand me’. ;] Pop Punk bands will always have a special place in my heart.
We got to follow Saves The Day and Say Anything around on tour for two of their dates – Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Our good friend Matt tour manages/runs sound for several different bands. He happened to be on tour with them and invited us out, so we made a little weekend trip out of it! I had no idea what to expect. I assumed we would just attend the shows both nights and be out in the crowd as per usual. We found our place in the back (pregnant girls don’t get to crowd surf or be in the front – lame) on Friday night and got comfortable. Saves The Day started their set and there was no sign of Matt- but he was working so I didn’t expect we’d see much of him. After a couple of songs Matt swooped in and said ‘follow me’. Next thing I know Nate, Jackson, Kristie, and I are all running behind Matt between the banner and the curtain that is directly behind the band on stage. We popped out on the side of the stage right next to the band, wide-eyed and ecstatic that we were going to actually get to watch from there. Both Saves The Day and Say Anything killed it! After the show we hung around and waited for Matt to finish up what he needed to do. Once he was done he invited us to hang out on Say Anything’s tour bus. Hilariously enough I was more excited to sit on a couch and be comfortable after standing and dancing that long than I was to be on one of my favorite band’s tour bus! Some of the members of Saves The Day came over and then not too long after that Reliant K showed up! It was definitely a full bus! The only person missing was Max’s wife, Sherri, from Eisley. I follow her Instagram and love all of their family photos – they are the cutest people ever. I would have loved to have met her (and Lucy!) and it would’ve been nice to have had another pregnant lady around! ;]
The next day we were all completely exhausted. Nate slept on a cot, Jackson slept on the floor, and Kristie and I took the bed. We finally made it out of the hotel room a few minutes past checkout and piled all of our stuff into the car. As we started to leave the parking garage Nate realized that we had a flat tire. Hooray! Once the guys got the donut on the car we made our way to Wal-Mart to get it fixed. Low and behold – I have a car that requires all 4 tires to be changed when one tire is replaced. We were behind several people and knew it would take quite a while. Thankfully we were in a shopping center with plenty of shops and places to eat. It was pretty late by the time we finally got on the road. We made it back Nate’s car just a town over from Lexington around 8:30PM and when we arrived he realized that he had locked his key in it on the day we left. The set backs of the day were pretty comical at that point. We waited a while for a pop-a-lock service and finally around 9PM we were on our way back to Lexington. I think we finally got home around 10PM or so. It was such a long trip back but all of the fun we had over the entire weekend made it worth it. I know a lot of things will change once Nate and I become parents, so I’m soaking up these mini trips with friends while it’s still all about us! This is one that we’ll definitely never forget!