Between misty dawns and eternal sunsets lies a trap for an outdoor compulsive. Summer is here.
One recent Saturday night, I was an outdoor compulsive who was driven to be outside, rain or shine, having attended ZZ Top and John Fogerty at CMAC/Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center.
Compulsives are controlled in December by days that end by 5 p.m. Not so in June, when 15-hour days demand we enjoy summer.
The concert was like a giant summer party filled with red, white and blue confetti, along with a performance for the ages from both ZZ Top and Fogerty, and the warm-up act Ryan Kinder. The environment was like an outdoor summer party, complete with red, white and blue confetti, beach balls and, from an admitted music nerd such as myself, a great night of music from undiscovered material from Ryan Kinder to such memorable hits from both Fogerty and ZZ Top, such as Fogerty’s “Centerfield” and such memorable hits from ZZ Top as ‘Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimmie All Your Lovin’,” along with some cover songs a new song from Fogerty honoring our nation’s veterans, and a Mardi Gras band roaming the crowd just to make the evenings entertainment that much more interesting.
In three blinks of an eye it was time to leave. Ever so slowly, the sky turned from blue to purple. The rain stopped, crickets rubbed their wings and music from an undiscovered artist in Ryan Kinder, along with music from the 1980s played reminding me of my youth.
Later that night I crawled into bed and crashed, so thrilled to have been a part of such a great evening.
Tom Turner
Victor