I am a huge fan of Texas country music! Some of my favorite artists and bands are Cody Jinks, Casey Donahew Band, Cody Johnson, Stoney LaRue, TurnpikeTroubadours, and Josh Abbott Band.
My sister, Monikka, and I have actually been following Josh Abbott Band for about 7 years! They have some widely known songs like “She’s Like Texas” and “Oh, Tonight” featuring Kacey Musgraves. Almost every time the come to Denver and play at the Grizzly Rose, my sister and I have tried to make it to the concert. We would make a whole sisters date night out of it: getting dolled up, going to dinner, and enjoying the concert.
As most of you know, Monikka recently moved to Florida, so I didn’t have my built-in concert buddy to accompany me when Josh Abbott Band came to town this month. I asked a few friends, but it was late notice and so many people already had plans set. In reality, I wasn’t sure if I was up to going because I had been so sick all week. I had actually made alternative plans that didn’t end up working out. As I sat at home pondering how I would spend my last Friday night free before work really kicks into high-gear, my mom said, “Why don’t you just go by yourself?” And, you know, I couldn’t really think of a good excuse. I changed my clothes, made my brother take a few pictures of me, and went on my merry way.
I think that the reason most people in my area don’t go to the Grizzly Rose is because it is further than you think. When you live in a suburb like Parker, you can get to DTC (Denver Tech Center) in less than 20 minutes, Downtown in 30-35 minutes, and the Grizzly Rose in about 45-60 minutes. So when you say “Denver,” it could mean a variety of things. From my house, the Rose is about 25 miles, but anyone who knows Denver knows that traffic always plays into a commute like that.
I was about 30 minutes into the drive when I noticed a large accident on Southbound I-25–approximately 7 miles from my destination. I heard a strange noise and immediately knew that I had a flat tire. Like a courteous driver, I turned on my cautions and tried to pull over to the right as other cars in traffic would allow. This was around 8:15 pm and, yes, there was still traffic.
When I finally got into the lane furthest to the right, there were so many other cars pulled into the shoulder so I couldn’t pull off the road. I was coming up on the exit to 6th which is a smaller highway with narrow shoulders on the side of the road, so I figured I better take my chance and pull off into the small shoulder area I had left on I-25 before entering that exit lane.
When I pulled to a stop, I actually had to crawl over to the passenger side to get out of my car. I went to the rear passenger tire to confirm that I did indeed have a flat. Of course the second thing I did was call my mom. Luckily my dad has owned an auto body shop for over 30 years and used to race stock cars and late models, so I have someone pretty much around the clock to help me with anything car related.
In moments like these, you really realize how prepared (or unprepared) you actually are for this type of emergency. I realized a few things while pulling out my spare tire that I never have checked in the 5 months I have owned this car: (1) I have a full sized spare tire, (2) my jack is extremely hard to get out of trunk, and (3) I don’t have a tire iron. I am so thankful my dad was willing to come help me, although I am absolutely capable of changing a tire myself with the proper tools.
I waited and made a few phone calls and posted some funny blurbs about my night on Instagram as cars flew past me. Both of my parents showed up and my dad got to work right away–he brought his floor jack and a tire iron. I waited in my moms car and chatted with her for a little while my dad did all of the work. He actually had to put a lot of effort into getting my flat tire off, but still changed my tire in record time right on the side of the highway. I went back to my car, gave my dad a big hug, and headed for the concert.
I Made It!
I showed up to the concert late, but I didn’t have to wait in line to get in! I figured I would know a ton of people there, but I really didn’t. So I had to put on my friendly smile and make some new friends, although I spent most of my time just listening to the music and dancing! Eventually, I saw one of my good friends I hadn’t seen in years and joined his group. I was so grateful to have made it there at all because I love this band and I love live music!
I seriously love this band, but I hadn’t really listened to any of their newer songs before the drive on the way to the concert. I am a sucker for their first album, She’s Like Texas, which includes the songs “She’s Like Texas” and “Oh, Tonight” which they played at the concert. However, Josh Abbott Band recently put out a new EP this year and played those 4 songs at the concert: “Little More You,” “Surprise Surprise,” “Oughta Get Drunk,” and “Catching Fire.” They mixed in songs from each of their albums and delivered an amazing set followed by an even better encore.
One thing I love about their music is their way of telling a story while keeping a more traditional format. The songs “Little More You” and “Surprise Surprise” were both written in this style and gave you that good ol’ country way of telling a story and including dialogue–not to mention, these songs are so catchy! The other two songs from the EP are more of anthem-type songs and are, also, very catchy. Overall, the new songs are nothing less than I would expect from such a great Texas country band.
After all of the craziness to get to the concert, I had to have the best night to make it all worth it. It’s kind of funny how it happens when you have just a colossal fail of a time, and then it turns into a funny story and great time after all. I am so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to the concert by myself. SO WORTH IT!
I would definitely recommend to any live music enthusiast to go to the concert of the bands you love even if it is at last minute, and even if you have to go alone.
What is something you have done outside of your comfort zone that you never thought you would do?
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