For Carley's birthday (actually on Monday the 23rd) she got a surprise date to the Al Green concert at Memphis Botanic Garden. Rob planned every detail - he got the tickets, booked a nice hotel, secured our trusty babysitter (MeMe), made all of the picnic food, bought the wine, gathered all picnic accessories, packed the car - all without Carley knowing. He even stealthily removed the weekly music listings from our newspaper. When we got to the concert, he carried everything inside and topped it all off with a brand new copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! Needless to say, Carley was blown away!
Not only that, but with all the people around us similarly stylin', the overall vibe was festive and even sublime. (Or maybe it only seemed that way from all the wine we drank?) One guy next to us had an expensive bottle of vodka, some kind of juice-mix, and a giant martini glass with 2 straws for him and his date. Stylin'? You bet. (Unfortunately we don't have a photo of them) The audience was definitely not the Bonnaroo/Jazzfest/High Sierra sorts of crowds that we're so accustomed to, but it was a refreshing change, especially with everybody in such a good mood.
The screens combined with the festive-friendly vibe ensured that the ever-common complaints from sitters berating dancers never materialized. Even the high-priced table-crowd was up dancing for a good part of the show.
Widespread Panic there a couple years ago and thought it was a sweet venue.
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