I forgot to tell you about Targhee Fest!
First off, I’m in love with that music festival. Hoola-hooping with the best of ’em. Making faces with children. Hanging with friends I hardly get to see. Dancing. Dancing. Talking with minor rock stars. Talking with major rock stars. Dancing with medium rock stars. Pretending I’m a rock star. Good times.
Grace Potter looked as worn as the back of her sparkly shorts but she de-livered… as always. Rocking out so hard and dancing like she’s sex on stage. People couldn’t help themselves. We all danced.
Micheal Franti. Ah-mazing. And I was even skeptical! He’s not my favorite favorite… but oh my gosh, so good! And we danced! He came down to the audience and danced around. We had a moment. Twas grand.
But my favorite acts of the weekend? Alejandro Escovedo and Los Lobos…
When Alejandro played “Beast of Burden”, I couldn’t have been happier. SUCH a good show.
And then later, the legendary, Los Lobos.
It all goes back to when I was six-years-old… my first concert.
We saw [you guessed it] Alejandro Escovedo opening for LOS LOBOS:
Los Lobos was my FAVORITE back then. I had written them a fan letter and everything.
Anywho, my folks took me to the concert and I fell asleep during the fourth song. Then when they played “La Bamba” I jumped up and went crazy. Danced like my little six-year-old heart out. After the show, the fam was leaving and we walked passed backstage. Dad heard a guy saying…
– Okay, everyone here for the radio contest winners, c’mon backstage.
Dad thought, “Well, why not?”
We went back stage and I was in total awe. We ate their M&Ms, got autographs and then THEN I saw my fan letter! They had it! Backstage!
That’s when I decided I would always live music and the musicians that make it happen.
At Targhee fest, last weekend, it happened again. I got to go backstage and meet Los Lobos! [thanks again, jim!]
I was insanely nervous… my childhood heroes! What would I say??
There were not interested in meeting me… which makes sense… they’ve been touring for, what? Thirty years? Anywho, I thought I’d gain their love, their respect, by telling my humble childhood story…
– Wow, so you saw us nineteen years ago? And met us?
– Yeah, that’s back when we were nice guys.
Aaaaaand I don’t think he was kidding.
That’s about all I got from them. Well, that and their new album… which was super nice.
The whole thing was weird. I remember it being more magical as a kid. More… chest swelling.
When all backstaging was said and done, I went back to the crowd of happy hippies and waited for “The Wolves” to take the stage.
I danced and danced hard. I was so tired. So tired. So, I sat down after a little bit. Sat and enjoyed.
Then… all of the sudden…
It was like I was six again. I danced like I did in front of the TV… pretending I was at the carnival… remembering the concert… running up and down the aisles.
It was magic.