Kiss with a fist

Add another show to my concert calendar, this time, Florence and the Machine at the Fox Theater in Oakland in November.  Check out this video for Kiss with a Fist, and tell me you don’t just adore Florence! Her crazy erratic dancing is similar to my own, so she holds a special place in my heart ❤

I love me some Channel 92.3 and the ticket love I get from them so often! The Florence tickets are from a winning entry from their text to win guestlist spots contest.  I texted to win (and won) passes to their secret show with Silversun Pickups and Against me that was on August 3rd. I would have loved to have gone, but I had to work and missed out. I was surprised to win more tickets so quickly, but I think Channel 92.3 likes me, and my luck seems to work for them, rather than anywhere else.

I have been curious about the Fox Theater, as it is a newer venue, one that wasn’t open when I was in my prime concert going years (high school to 20 years old) and thus I have never attended a concert here before. The photos look amazing, so I am excited to see what a concert here will be like.

MGMT concert in Santa Cruz

So….I won tickets from listening to one of my favorite DJs Tanner on Channel 92.3 last week to see MGMT in Santa Cruz this past weekend. I thought it was awesome that I had recently met Tanner, and so soon after my old radio call in winning luck had returned! I guess I should preface by saying I used to win tickets to concerts, movies, meet and greets ALL the time, but haven’t won anything in years. I was so surprised when I actually  got through on the phone lines a few times and even more so when I was caller 13 and the winner! Yay, I won something!

I asked my friend Micaela to accompany me to the concert. Oh did I mention the concert was the same day as Vanessa’s wedding? I had had an early start time, and was a little tired, but I was excited to actually get to see live music, so I was looking forward to the evening, and I wasn’t disappointed. Micaela and I went to dinner at Saturn Cafe in Santa Cruz, an amazing vegetarian and vegan version of typical diner food in a total hippie SC vibe. I ordered the Santa Fe Salad, and Micaela got the vegan breakfast, while we shared sweet potato fries and a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. Everything was super tasty and amazing, I was really impressed. I actually had a hard time settling on the salad because there were so many yummy looking options.

So I have to tell you, Micaela is freaking hilarious and has so many quotable Micaela-isms that all night I was DYING to pull out my phone and plug in all of her words as my twitter and FaceBook updates because she was cracking me up. We had a great time cracking each other up and making comments on everything around us. I just adore Micaela! I think I have since we met in Geometry class in high school way back in 2000-01. I sat behind her and even then was obsessed with hair, and would twirl her long curls with my pencil. She HATED it, and one day turned around and went to twirl my bangs with her pencil, but stabbed me in the eyelid instead. She was absolutely horrified, but I started laughing because it was so unexpected! She let me play with her hair anytime I wanted to after that. I even did her hair for prom 🙂

As for the concert itself…I think I was expected a little something else. Maybe it was because we were in Santa Cruz, or maybe it was just because MGMT is super psychedelic and trippy, but there was a lot of  pot smoking going on, and I was pretty irritated, but that’s the norm when it comes to concerts. The opening band was HORRIBLE! I think I understood all of 5 words they said they entire set, and that was at the very end when they said stayed tuned for MGMT or something like that. I swear they looked like the event promoters had picked them off of the dirty Santa Cruz streets because they looked like typical SC hippies and put instruments in their hands, but they were from Australia. The distortion and reverb or whatever effect they were using on the mic was so bad…not a fan. I didn’t even catch their name!

MGMT was much better, but I think I was hoping for more from them. They played all of the radio hits like Time to Pretend, Electric Feel (my fav!), Congratulations and ended their encore with Kids much to the crowd’s delight. It was a hippie trippy dance party complete with body paint, body jewels, hi-lighter fluorescents, and 14 year olds. We felt just a tad out-of-place, but it was all good. I didn’t take many pictures because I think it’s pretty annoying when other people take pictures during a concert. Here is my concert photo 🙂 They had a really cool backdrop that they projected images and video onto, which made for a very cool stage effect.