well, I was lucky enough to also attend the Ironstone concert. what a beautiful venue, fabulous weather and a great crowd. as guests of the owners, John and Gail Kautz, we had fantastic seats - so close to the stage that we could see sweat on VG's brow.
the concert details that were given in the "my 100th show" thread were almost identical to last night's performance. the following are just a few of my observations...
kick-a$$ talent, consumate musicianship and a humble persona made for a wonderful performance and an even more enjoyable evening.
although many songs that VG sings are ballads, when he was on stage with no less than SIX, count 'em SIX, guitars, a great 4 piece horn section that added depth and soul, two keyboardists and 2 percussionists (and assorted fiddles, mandolins, etc), he's as much a rocker as any on the planet!
my husband, even though from oklahoma stock, shunned bluegrass...until last night. the del (mc?)coury band was as tight as you can get w/o popping. appearing in black pinstripe suits and ties, these guys were so hot they were on fire! their act is polished and choreographed - such a juxtaposition to the straight-out-of-the-holler tunes and voices! they actually got the crowd to their feet first.
before the show started, I told DH, "I wonder if he's gonna get all musicians on stage to jam together" and "I hope he sings "Go rest high" (which I thought was a long shot 'cuz it's such a mega sad, tear jerk ballad).
the last hour was VG with the del (mc?)coury band, then the rest of VG's band. at one point, there was a jam with twin fiddles, twin banjos, twin rythym guitars and twin mandolins.
I almost couldn't stand it, it was so good. then the show was over and they came back for an encore where every one was on stage and they sang "Liza Jane" which of course, everyone was dancin' hoopin' and hollerin'. then he dropped the tempo and finished with "Go rest high." OMG - thought I was gonna die.
amy grant's voice couldn't stand up to all the rockin' going on. she really needed a more, how to say it, subdued musical backup.
a big downer was a guy in the very front who, at the beginning of the show, made some heckling comments to VG, which he heard. after the 2nd or 3rd, VG, visibly annoyed said something to the effect, "hey buddy, did anyone pay $50 to come see you sing? shut your a$$ up"
go vince! no more was heard from that SH.
I also got to do a meet-and-great with VG. what a night!
hilary - hope you had a safe drive back to where ever you came from. we live in the area. a hop-skip-and jump away.