Sunday, August 28, 2016

Flying flamingos, hamburgers and bananas: It's the Aquabats!

I'm still recovering from 3 weeks ago and 
another amazing night in Provo at our Rooftop Concert Series.
*My friend Nate, our Production Director snapped this shot from high up in a cherry picker.
A huge crowd filled with fans of all ages.
Fun to see so many parents with their young children on their shoulders
(many of whom were wearing The Aquabat costume or shirts or goggles)
there to see The Aquabats who had been part of these parents' college memories.
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 ('That Singer Guy' gave me his autograph.)

We had a blast meeting these funny guys.
They formed as a band over 22 years ago in Orange County, California
and have created quite the fan base across the country.
They take on personas as superheros headed by the Bat Commander.
Their songs are fun and catchy. Easy to sing along.
It was a communal experience for sure!

 Tons of energy and silliness prevailed through out their set.
I obviously had a great 'seat.'

 The Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs) is fantastic.
(It was neat to learn that he had served an LDS mission in Japan and that his good friend, 
and former mission companion Chris, who is married to our own founder of Rooftop,
had arranged for them to come perform this concert.)
Christian is also a former Hollywood child actor and created the popular
children's show
'Yo Gabba Gabba' 
on Nickelodeon Jr.

 Exhausted after giving their all, the band leaves the stage...

 But were still kind enough to greet some fans, give some hugs and take some selfies.

 Courtney and Cammy created some festive wall art and table fun
 drawing their own versions of the band's famous logo.
The Aquabats were delighted by the personal touches in the greenroom.

We had a last minute change having to move from our regular spot (the ballroom)
to another space (the pavilion),
However,everything worked out well and it was a beautiful location.

 And the bands and their guests loved the view!

The Bat Commander got a kick out of the fact that our dinner (provided by Good Thyme)
included 'tiny burgers' which was a shout out to a moment in their television series,
(where Season One can be seen on Netflix).
*In fact, during the concert several large blown-up 'beach ball' hamburgers were flying
throughout the audience.

Our two opening bands were fantastic as well.
Mad Max and the Wild Ones, some excellently talented brothers 
treating us to some great rockabilly,
and the reunion of My Man Friday who formed their band in Provo 20 years ago,
and were reuniting just for this show after not playing together in over eight years.
(I was lucky enough to grab this photo before they went on stage.)
I enjoyed meeting many of their families and children, who were all very gracious.
It was neat to see the warmth between all these old friends who had gone their separate ways
but were here to share the stage again.
And wow! They sounded as slick as they had all those years ago.
Another awesome night for the records!

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