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After 2 weeks at the beach, and 4.5 hours in the car driving back from the beach, I was not totally psyched to head to Saratoga for a show last night. But, I've never seen John Mayer perform and I was looking forward to getting away from the boys for a few hours, so, off I went. I was a little surprised that a lawn ticket was going to set me back $42, however, I guess that's what things cost these days and there were two first rate bands playing - it averaged out to about the same amount per hour that I pay our babysitter, and Tom was home with the guys at no additional expense. Bonus.
Now, the ticket price I was expecting, the crowd, however, was a different story in many ways. My favorite secret parking lot was full, so I had to park inside of the park, which I hate. It seems that every time I've been forced to park (for an additional $10) within the park's boundaries I get stuck in traffic after the show. Or I get lost within the park somehow. Or, they close the exit that I'm heading towards and I have to turn around and go completely through the park at a snail-like pace. After backing into a spot (to facilitate getting out, of course), we walked to the gate to get tickets. This fairly short walk was a mere preview of the overwhelmingly female composition of the crowd. As a woman who considers herself more of a "guy's girl," I have always had limited patience with under-clad, over-served girls - they simply annoy me, and the brief walk to the ticket office made me question my decision to attend the show. I couldn't believe how many young, drunk girls there were flopping all over the place. I understand that I'm probably not the typical demographic for a John Mayer show, but is it really necessary to get totally loaded to "enjoy" a concert? And why do I seem to see this consistently at SPAC? I've gone to other outdoor venues in the area (Tanglewood, Bethel Woods) and I have never witnessed the same degree of public drunkenness that I have come to recognize as the norm for SPAC. What is the deal?
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Train opened and they sounded great. I must admit that I did not see any of their performance because I was working up the nerve to go near the lawn - I basically spent much of the evening sitting on the back lawn beyond the concession area, because I was repulsed by the vomiting, face plants and staggering around that I witnessed. I twittered the early part of the show and was completely appalled by the uncountable number of people, who I personally saw, throwing up. This is not what I want in a show experience. Nor did I enjoy witnessing the numerous trips between the crowd and the medical facility in that little emergency vehicle. Their beyond-buzz really put a dampener on my show and by 10:30 or so, I knew I wanted to be out of there and off the road before these kids got to their cars.
For the record - I was really impressed by John Mayer. Yes, he talked a lot but that guy can seriously play guitar. His cover of Voodoo Chile smoked and I thought he played with humor, skill and enthusiasm. I only wish I had gotten tuned in to him earlier - before his personal (ha!) life became larger than his musical talent, because I would have loved to have seen him at a small venue where the drinking age was enforced and the audience enjoyed music more than alcohol.