What is the best part about working for a place you love, a place that hosts your favorite live acts, a place where you have felt at home from day one? When you get older, they rock the hell out of a birthday party!
Photo courtesy of Van Caerndow
There is something about being surrounded by great music that makes jumping an age bracket a lot easier. Yes, I no longer fall into the 25-34 age group when I fill out surveys, but I got to ring in my 35th year with good friends, sweet tunes and a few surprises!
LadyGlory outdid herself with the decorations. Her exact words were “I hope it is not too girly!”. I may drink and cuss and belch like a sailor, but I still love getting girly! I was really touched that she acknowledged my love of wieners by having hot dogs in the food spread!
Had I been warned that Meegan would have a birthday throne on the stage and would expect me to sit in it for photo ops I might have made sure I was wearing a dress that was “sit worthy”. But I wasn’t and I didn’t and I spent too much time getting my necklace just flipping right, so I did what I normally do. I embraced the inappropriateness of the moment and showed the world my alpha layer on more than one occasion!
Oblee started off the evening by playing every stinking song that I asked him to! Poor dude probably did not expect a list when he asked if I had any requests! Obs gets an extra high-five for playing even though I forgot to confirm him! (And this is why I do not book!) Crap! I nearly forgot! I asked Oblee to play something that no one in the crowd would expect, something “completely silly and ridiculous”. He freaking nailed it with “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. Spitting every lyric like he had written it himself!
Loreen Legion’s lovely voice started the second hour of fine tunage. It was pretty obvious from the get-go that there was something up Loreen’s sleeve. On more than one occasion she mentioned that she had a surprise for everyone. And what a perfect surprise it was! Enter Mr. Voodoo Shilton and this birthday girl was in dual stream heaven!
Voodoo carried on solo into the third hour. Feet were tapping, and I giggled more than once during his new tune “Airport Love”. I am fairly certain that it is impossible to not have a happy heart when listening to Voodoo Shilton. I know it is not possible for me!
As the night was drawing near the end, the fantastic FunkyFreddy Republic took the stage. Freddy had just celebrated turning a year older the day before and it was a complete honor to have him on stage for my birthday. Call me weird, but hearing Fred play Grave Digger into Don’t Fear the Reaper really was a feel good moment for me!
The evening ended with one final photo op. How could we possibly let Fred escape without sitting in the birthday throne?!?! He looks good in pink…..I might need to get him one of those chairs next year for his birthday!
I cannot thank the After Dark family enough for throwing together this shindig. Another big round of thanks goes out to the musicians who played! Y’all sure do know how to make a girl feel loved!