Saturday afternoon Brad and I headed down to San Antonio for a concert. But not just any concert…
This might mean absolutely nothing to you if you loathe country music, but George Strait is known as the King of Country. The man has 60 #1 singles. SIXTY! Last September he announced that his next tour would be his final tour, the first leg of it wrapping up on June 1, 2013 in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Obviously we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see him in concert. Thankfully I found a pre-sale code to buy tickets early because the Alamodome had their fastest and largest sell-out in history with over 72,000 tickets sold in under six minutes once they went on sale to the general public.
We stayed at the St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham courtesy of a sweet deal on Priceline for only $87. The historic hotel is currently undergoing renovations so it wasn’t the standard bright and modern hotel you’d expect from Wyndham.
But for $87 on a weekend where every hotel in downtown San Antonio was sold out? It worked out just fine! Parking onsite was $26 a night for valet and $20 for self-parking, but we found a parking garage less than a block away for $8. Less money for parking = more money for beer.
We checked in at 4:00, changed, and were at the bar in the lobby having a cold Shiner by 4:45.
The plan was to take a cab since the sun was blazing and the temperature was creeping up near 100 degrees, but once we walked out the door it was VERY apparent that that was not going to happen. The city was 100% gridlocked and not an empty cab in sight.
So we walked from our hotel to the Alamodome. Not horrible considering it was just a mile away, but my cowboy boots were certainly NOT made for walking. Just after the halfway point we dipped into Bar Rojo at the Grand Hyatt to have a beer and cool down for a minute.
That made the trek across 37 much more bearable!
Our first stop was the beer line, obviously. My question of “How many can I order at once?” was quickly met with the standard answer of “two per ID” so we ordered four.
We settled into our seats just before the lights went down for the first opener, Martina McBride. She had a short set, followed by a set from Miranda Lambert (who was AWESOME!) and then a quick break before George took the stage.
I cannot even explain to you how loud the roar of the crowd was when he entered the arena – I’ve never heard anything like it. He opened with “Here for a Good Time” and played song after song after song for two hours. He led the crowd in a “Go Spurs Go!” chant. He performed Johnny Cash’s “Jackson” with Martina McBride.
In the middle of the show, he presented two families with keys to new homes in San Antonio as a part of the “Homes 4 Wounded Heroes” program, started by the Military Warriors Support Foundation. During each show on the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, George awards a wounded hero with a 100% mortgage free home. Pretty damn cool.
George and his band left the stage for only a couple minutes before returning to the screaming crowd that was begging for more. The encore the included “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and another Johnny Cash classic, “Folsom Prison Blues”. He finished the night appropriately with “The Cowboy Rides Away” and tossed his signature black cowboy hat into the crowd before exiting the stage.
The concert was Saturday night and I’m still blown away by how amazing it was. Strait’s voice is just PERFECT and every single part of that show was incredible.
We obviously threw all thoughts of getting a cab back to the hotel out the window and just followed the masses back across 37 and threw the streets of Downtown San Antonio. Having a couple more beers at the bar in the hotel lobby seemed like a good idea and we ended up making a few new friends there too. New friends who had never had a Jager bomb before and decided they needed to try them IMMEDIATELY. Brad and I haven’t done that shot since probably 2006 – I kinda wanted to keep it that way. So much for that.
Sunday morning consisted of multiple trenta-sized iced black teas and brunch at Cheesecake Factory. I think his face accurately depicts how we were feeling the morning after.
Then I serenaded Brad during the entire drive back up to Austin. Seriously, I could NOT get “Give It All We Got Tonight” out of my head for the life of me.
After about 45 minutes I switched to belting out “Give It Away” and by the time we pulled in the driveway I was telling Brad to “Check Yes or No”.
He’s so lucky to have me.
Oh! And Governor Rick Perry decided backstage at the concert that May 18th, George’s birthday, will from now on be George Strait Day in Texas. Badass.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?