Have you heard of Needtobreathe?
I really want to tell you about them.
But they are getting big.
And getting big fast.
I want to put them in a little bottle (you know, I Dream of Jeanie style) and keep them to myself.
A year ago, a group of us saw them at the Fillmore.
It was THE best concert I have ever gone to. EVER.
But they only sold about 300-400 tickets.
A little over a year later, after a tour with Taylor Swift (don't let this bias you), and with a new album out, they sold out the Fillmore.
Cindy graciously coordinated, ordered, and picked up our tickets.
A quick dinner at Panera.
A drive through rush hour traffic.
And we arrived.
And, this part of the story makes me SO insanely JEALOUS - Laura, Angela, and Ashley were behind on our walk from the car, and I was freezing, and had to pee, so Ellen, Cindy and I were hustling....and next thing we knew, they were no longer behind us....
Because they saw Bo walking down the street and chased him down for a photo.
I may have had a quiet temper tantrum in my head while we waited to get inside.
Because I was still cold. Still had to pee. And didn't get to meet Bo.
But the good news is, I had my big girl pants on, and got over it.
I was really just so excited for them.
Opening act, Ben Rector.
Next time he comes to town I want to see him in concert.
Loved EVERY. SINGLE. SONG.
Sorry Robert Francis, but this guy smoked your opening act dust.
The set was incredible.
A giant typewriter, with keys that lit up the name of their newest album, The Reckoning.
It was even more awesome than it sounds.
This was our fourth Needtobreathe show, and by far, the loudest, and most rocking show to date.
The Fillmore was bouncing harder than a bounce house at a 5 year old birthday.
You had no choice except to bounce with it.
Otherwise, you'd fall over.
It was kind of freaky.
And totally awesome.
And, after all, it's the Fillmore. Lined with giant crystal chandeliers.
(Hit play for a few quick snippets from my perspective of the show! It's a playlist, let it play through!)
Each of their shows has ended with the most insane unplugged encore. It really is where these guys shine.
After a few hours of incredible talent, vocals, lyrics, you name it - these guys put on a SHOW, we grabbed our traditional Fillmore treat, a red apple, and our first Fillmore treasure - a poster (only given out when shows sell out) - we headed home, with the biggest smiles in all of San Francisco.