Good day world! You made it and so did I. Today is November 16, 2022. It’s just after 4 AM and two days after our last road trip to Santa Barbara. My body feels like it has been hit by a truck and no, I did fall or climb though any windows…oh yeah, so we took the trip to SB to see a band that I have been following for a few years, Whiskey Myers, a band from Palestine, Texas. There were closer places to the Coachella Valley that we could have seen them in the last week or even in the next few days as I just checked, and they play the Fox Theater in Pomona tonight, which would have been closer for us. By the way, if you follow them on IG, they hide free tickets around the venues to their shows and they even show you where they are! Honestly, I am so glad that we chose to see them at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara and hope to see a few more shows in that building.
The drive to Santa Barbara was easy, well, that is for me as I do not drive anymore. The trip started just after 11 AM and we arrived a few minutes before check-in at 4 PM. Hubby, my driver, got us there and back safely. Don’t tell him, but I love that I no longer get to drive as I can zone out on the scenery and snap photos. On this trip, we took the long way, which was going through Moorpark via the 118. I must have been tired as I instructed Hubby to take the 126 instead staying on the 118 Fwy till it ended.
When I was younger, my aunt, uncle and cousins lived in Oxnard, and we visited them often. My Dad loved taking that route as he hated driving freeways. Also, I do not like going over “The Grade” near Camarillo as I hate pushing any car over it. Also, I love that the route snakes through the lush green hills near Fillmore and Moorpark. I repeated stories that I know I have told Hubby before about the memories from those long-ago trips. Not to worry, I got us lost on the way home and I got to see lots of green fields and tractors. It was the best.
For this trip, I purchased a new camera, a Panasonic Lumix ZS80, a smaller, point and shoot that I plan to keep in my purse and so I don’t have to deal with my heavy Nikon and Sony cameras. I figured it would be easier to get it into the concert instead of trying to get the bigger and better, cameras in. You see, I was too afraid to request a media pass. However, I mentioned to Hubby after the concert, I probably could have brought in all three to the concert and used them. I wished that I would have but didn’t want to cause any trouble. The Sony A7 with the 200mm lens would have been perfect to use from our seats.
The concert tickets indicated that the show started at 8:00 PM. After our nap, we headed out to grab a bite to eat. Hubby and I stopped at Rudy’s which was a few blocks from our hotel. I wish that I would have read the Yelp reviews before ordering as the servings were huge. The two plates that we ordered could have fed a family of five. I had shrimp tacos and Hubby an infant size burrito.
After Rudy’s, we headed over to the Theater. The journey took all of 5 minutes and that included securing a FREEEEEE, yes free, parking spot located around 100 ft from the entrance. Here is a Reel from instagram. The opening shot was taken in front of our car.
The doors opened at 7:30 PM and we headed inside. The doors to the auditorium were closed until 8 PM. As soon as they opened, we found our section and one of the lovely ushers helped locate our seats. I had mentioned in the last post that I purchased to tickets that indicated they were for the disabled. Technically, I am disabled, even though I can walk. However, I have trouble picking up my feet and using stairs is hard for me, so I worry that I may trip. The usher brought us over to the last row of the orchestra section and we were seated right next to the sound board. Yippee!! It was the best seat in the house, at least for me. I had glorious leg room and room to move if I chose to stand.
The opening act, Read South Hall Band, was a pleasant surprise. They were the perfect complement to the headliner. They too are country rock, heavy on the rock.
Whiskey Myers started a little after 9:30 PM and played a rock, solid show till 11:15 PM when they ended the show with Read Hall Band joining them in a cover of Tom Petty’s Refugee. The in between went way too fast for me. I could have listened there for hours more in that very drafty and cold theater. The reason I mention the cold, drafty, theater is because I bought an outfit to wear. You know, we all have visions of how we want things to go in our heads, right? The weather in Santa Barbara said, “uh uh…no, no, no.” It was around 45 degrees when the band went on stage. The skirt that I had planned on wearing was put away and I wore a pair of (Grand) Mom jeans and a sweater. During the break between bands, I went out and purchased a shirt and a patch. For me, this was exciting. When I was younger and had never been to a concert, I used dream of going to see my favorite bands and getting a jersey or shirt. I am 52, and this shirt is the third time I purchased anything at a concert because I never could justify that expense on top of a concert ticket. However, my kids are grown, and that reason is no longer justifiable. By the way, these tickets were purchased from AXS, I think I will only look for concerts they sponsor because Ticketmaster has “jumped the shark.”
Whiskey Myers started the show with John Wayne, a song off their latest album, Tornillo. The lights, smoke and harmonica got the whole place on their feet. Thank goodness I had those seats as there was a rail that I could hold on to or lean on as a stabilizer. I mainly used my iPhone to record video as I was still unfamiliar with the Lumix camera. It really didn’t matter that I couldn’t take photos as I noticed the bands photographer, Chris Poage, with his Cannon and its white lens. He does take some fabulous photos of the band. I am partial to concert photographers that hardly ever change their photos into black and whites, by the way, I love his use of color and lights. Do check out some of his work if you get the chance. The next few songs had me feeling all kinds of things. I was in awe of all the talent on that stage. The guitars, the bass player and the percussion section. Nothing makes my heartbeat faster than watching drummers performing in unison: Jeff Hogg and Tony Kent got me all googly-eyed. It was true artistry, at least for me. Also, guitarists, John Jeffers and Cody Tate put on quite a show, it reminded me of watching old footage of Lynyrd Skynrd and ZZ Top. Watching him also reminded me a bit of Johnny Lang. Fun fact: one of my first dates back in 2000 with Hubby was to a concert to see Johnny Lang, I bought those tickets and even happier that he came with me that night because none of my friends knew who he was. Oh yeah, sorry, back to the concert. I have not reviewed all the video that I shot with the Lumix but have reviewed the photos that I snapped.
Welp, all that glitters is not really gold. Most of the photos looked great when reviewing them on the camera but when you upload them, you can see all the noise. Ugh. This just means that I will have to start learning how to effectively use the Lumix unless I grow, I mean get some confidence and contact the band for a media pass the next time. Really, I would like to get a closer look at their artistry that painted such a vivid picture with those masterful guitar licks and drumbeats. The bass player, Jamie Gleaves, was groovin’ on that white Fender. During the show I kept trying to figure out what the guys were playing. Hubby mentioned that he enjoyed the interaction of the two guitar players, he said it reminded him a little of Skynrd. One thing for sure was that both bands could appeal to a variety of genres. Hubby is more of a rock and blues guy, while I am a multi-genre aficionado. Wiki lists them as Southern Rock/Country band and I agree, they did rock pretty friggin’ hard. I was not able to locate a setlist prior to the show and was crossing my fingers and toes that they would play Guitar Picker. It didn’t happen. Anyhow, I found a really cool version from 11 years ago, do press play as this is one of my favorite songs of theirs.
The concert ended as I mentioned around 11:15 PM. The last song was a cover of theTom Petty and the Heartbreakers hit, Refugee. I loved it and recorded the whole song on my iPhone. Here is the unedited song.
Really, I had the best seat in the house as far as the audio was concerned. Still smiling about it! Yes, I was in the very last row, but this was my view, even with everyone standing in front of me. After the concert ended, we were back at our hotel room and ready for bed around 11:40 PM. There was no traffic or parking lot lines. Best night ever! The next morning, we lounged till check out as the night before wore me out. Hubby asked if I wanted to go sightseeing and I said, “Not really.” What I mentioned to him was that I had my heart set on purchasing a hoodie from Farmacy as I had remembered that they had a rack of shirts and hoodies the last time that we visited that collective in 2020. While in the collective, we checked out their Glasshouse Farms merchandise and I sadly didn’t see any clothing. I asked the budtender if they had anything, and she said they did have a few things and one of those was a hoody! It was the only one and in my size and favorite color!
After making our purchases and getting safely out of the Farmacy parking lot we headed home. Hubby stopped in Carpinteria so I could snap a few photos near the train tracks and honestly, at that point in the trip, I just wanted to get back in the car, put the seat back and sleep. However, I stayed awake and kept Hubby company for the almost four-hour drive.
Thank you, dear reader, for visiting and letting me share a little of our adventure. Wherever you are going today, I hope you make it to your destination safely. Hugs to you and you and especially you.
For more info on the bands do check out their websites:
Whiskey Myers – the link will take you to their website.
Read Southall Band – the link will take you to their website.