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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Place Them In a Box Until a Quieter Time.

When I was a senior in high school, a group of my friends and I escaped from prison and crashed a Dave Matthews Band concert at the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Just kidding about the prison part.

Needless to say, being the bunch of wild and crazy kids we were, we had an absolute blast. Dave was always in my tape player (yes, I'm totally dating myself here by saying I owned a tape player). I also had a mad crush on the man. Not only was he sexy as all get out, his voice was unique and his song lyrics were brilliant. What's not to love?

Fast-forward 13 years.

Add a few more wrinkles to my face.

A few more dimples to my ass.

A wedding band to my left ring finger.

And you have ME on Sunday.

Same place, same time, same band, same me - different group of people, but it was just as fantastic!

Let's get started with pictures, shall we?

Let me give you a bit of a warning, mmkay?

I am white. I'm talking one shade from albino, Casper is my best friend, milk laughs at my whitness white. I've come to terms with this over the years. To protect my flourescent white skin, I must wear 2,000 proof sunscreen along with every ridiculous sunhat on the market. I'd like to keep from looking like a leather bag for as long as possible, so I deal.

Here's my dislcaimer to you: In the following pictures, I will be wearing a ridiculous sunhat - the kind that 80 year old Boca Raton, FL residents wear on a daily basis. This is also my PSA to WEAR SUNSCREEN and take care of your skin. Louisiana is nestled in the armpit of the sun, so it's a must.

On with it.

3313_76659043239_511683239_1819947_349069_n Here we are starting our day. You’ll note that Joe is a Fun Guy and my afro has roots that would do any PWT (poor white trash) person proud.

IMG_5443The entrance to the Jazz Fest. They used my body silhouette to make that purple dancing thing.

IMG_5454As luck would have it, we all had to pee as soon as we got there. Oh joy. Port-O-Pots. Here’s my sister showing her disdain.

IMG_5456Here's Better than Ezra's tour bus.

IMG_5472 This is Dave’s tour bus. I stood outside stalking him most of the day. I think he was scared to get off of the bus for a while.

IMG_5471I have no idea who the hell these people are. This random picture was on my camera, so I figured I’d post it here.

IMG_5462Since we were special guests of Acura, we were able to get past the barbed wire fence and ravenous dogs to get a closer look at the stage!

IMG_5466Since my husband and I are Mr. and Mrs. Klassy with a kapital K, we decided to take this lovely photo. My grandma hat makes it even more klassy.

BTW, see how close to the stage we are?!

IMG_5464 My sister and me.


Here I am with Dave’s body guard. I was very brave to stick out my tongue like that. He didn’t laugh. I cried a little.

3267_170604580561_742925561_6603151_7608224_nThis is the only picture I have of Dave. I have to actually be honest here – another person took this. My lame ass left my camera with Joe while my sister and I went to get some food. On our way back, Dave was out of his bus signing autographs. We ran to get our cameras, but by the time we got back, he’d already gone back in. The nice girl standing next to me was able to get this shot of him, and she sent it to me.


Anyone recognize this man? Anyone? Anyone? Yes, it’s Red Forman from That 70s Show. For some odd reason he was on Dave’s tour bus. When he got off of the bus, I was the only idiot in the crowd shouting for him. The only problem is I don’t know the actor’s name. I only know him by Red. He turned to wave at me and was then kinda like, “WTH?”


I didn’t care – I still wanted a picture with him! Like any girl with no self-respect, I ran up to him and begged for a picture. He obliged. I think I scratched his retina with my dorky black hat. After waiting for Dave for 30 or so more minutes, I decided to head back. Better than Ezra was playing at the time, and they were doing a fantastic job. I missed most of their set, but I did get to hear a few songs. Oh, and I got to take this picture when they were done…

Recognize this guy? He’s Tom Drummond from Better Than Ezra. I promise.

Here he is performing at another concert. It looks like he’s wearing the same shirt?

IMG_5488Finally Dave comes out to play.

IMG_5487And play some more (sorry for the blurriness and the random hands)

IMG_5497The highlight of the show was standing behind Crystal Gail and getting knotted up in her hair.

So, all in all it was a great and tiring day. We were there from pretty much the time the gates opened to the time when they closed. We were so exhausted at the end of the day but running on a DMB high (and also b/c I got to meet Red and the Better Than Ezra dude).

That is all for now. I have some video that I may upload later. We shall see!


Jennifer said...

So jealous! I love Dave AND BTE

LittleT said...

Miss Natalie I did not know you were a Dave fan too! Hubby and I take our DMB obsession to new levels - lots and lots of concerts (1 so far this year, 4 more to come!), custom license plates relating to DMB, and plenty of stalking over the years! Glad to know I am in good company!

Allison aka Half of VAMH said...

OHEMGEE I would kill to see DMB! Lucky whore!

I love Joe's asshole face, its like LOLCATS, always provides a laugh.

Mandy said...

What a fun recap Nat!
:giggle at Joe's asshole face.
And I can't believe you got your picture taken with Red Foreman! :rofl

hopeful #1 said...

Wow, looks like a great time!

Boy you weren't kidding about that hat!!!

Beth said...


I heart Dave. And that hat.

Freckles Chick said...

I can't decide which pic I love more, the one of Joe's a-hole face or of you guys getting "handsy" w/ each other or the one of the huge bodyguard where you cried a little.

I cried a little from laughing as I read this post.

OH.MY.GAH. I lurve DMB. They got me thru high school, college, and are still getting me thru life. Luuuckkyyy!

Freckles Chick said...

Or the pic of you and Red. He will always be "Brain" from the Pinky and the Brain show to me. Yes, I was one of their 5 viewers.

Myndee said...

That looks like fun. I don't do nearly enough "New Orleans" stuff.

That's funny that you met Red Foreman. What is his real name?

Sweet Nothings said...

i love that you called the gu from that 70s show by his characteres name..i was at a bar in LA and ran into Paul Rudd, and was umm, a few cocktails deep, and decided-naturally-the best thing to do was to recite lines from cluelss and call him josh....

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