Saturday, June 07, 2008

Throwback to the 80s

Last Sunday, we attended the True Colors tour at Jones Beach. Normally, we aren't much for concerts, but this was an opportunity we picked up through LIGALY, an organization we support and with which we enjoy a terrific friendship. LIGALY had a pair of tickets up for auction that included a meet and greet with Cyndi Lauper. So we bid on the tickets and won...and so we went to the concert. Jess has a recap of the show on his blog, so I won't repeat it here, but it was interesting. I was just so impressed that the B-52s sounded like they did 20 years ago, and they delivered their show with as much energy as 20 years ago. I felt like I was watching an infomercial for an exercise regimen. And Cyndi delivered her tunes with the same power and energy she has always had. It was very impressive. The night was beautiful, too...a lovely 67 degrees at the beachfront theatre, with a very slight breeze, made it a fabulous evening for an outdoor show. This was my first show ever at Jones Beach, and I was very happy with it, with one exception: the bugs. Because we were on the waterfront, we not only had mosquitoes, we had biting flies and gnats and other pests. I don't know how many bugs I ate, but more than a couple, and they tasted bad. And I am still scratching the bites I got while there.



The special wristband we had to wear to get into the meet and greet. Oooh, exciting. Printed on Tyvek, it made your wrist sweaty because it isn't breathable.



One of the nicer shots of me ever taken, as we wait for the concert to start.



As you can see here, the evening was nice.



Carson Kressley hosted the affair, and he was pretty good. Carson's a nice guy, much like his Queer Eye persona. We met him last year at LIGALY's "On the Bay" event, and I actually got to talk with him for a few minutes at that event. He was quite genuine and friendly.



The Indigo Girls performed. Our friend James called them "The Angry Lesbians", which was about right. The lesbian on the left was really angry. Still, they sounded as good as ever.



The meet and greet with Cyndi was less than I expected: it lasted less than 30 seconds and was hardly more than "hi, how are you?", and positioning for our picture. Our group of 30 people was just one of several to be granted audience with Ms. Lauper. She was very nice, and I don't know what I was thinking that it would be anything more than that; after all, when we met Martha Wash of The Weather Girls a couple of years ago, it was basically the same thing: say your hellos, pose for the picture and get the hell out of the way. Still, we got a nice picture, and the concert was fun.

4 Comments:

At 12:28 AM, June 08, 2008, Blogger Greg said...

Nice to get the visuals to go along with Jess's celphone review of the evening. Sounds great(except for the bugs...they ought to make that admission wristband treated with insecticide or something)--and that is a terrific picture of you!

 
At 10:41 AM, June 08, 2008, Blogger Matt said...

I've never had a meet n greet before but it sounds like a rushed event -- at least you got to meet her.
Loved the picture of you, Cindy, and Jess :) -- and that was a great pic of you!

 
At 7:49 PM, June 08, 2008, Blogger Squirrel said...

Great pics--your portrait and You and Jess with Cyndi Lauper are nice shots. very handsome. I guess you didn't know it was the night of the big bug dinner dance at Jones Beach too.

 
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