This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Just memories for you now…
March 19, 2015
Carlene Carter & Michael
Just memories for you now…
Growing up in Indiana, I was subjected to an almost constant
barrage of the music of John Mellencamp. From his earliest incarnation as
Johnny Cougar through his time as John Cougar Mellencamp to his current simply
John Mellencamp phase, he was a constant part of the soundtrack of my life (and
any Hoosier’s life). I never minded, in fact I always was a fan. I can’t even
count the countless times that I have seen him perform live.
From his humble beginnings, I recall and earlier Johhny
Cougar show at a place called Muggins at 54th and College (currently
the Jazz Kitchen) through his early success and shows at the Vogue, Market
Square Arena, the Indiana Fairgrounds and more. I remember he played a five
night set at MSA during the Scarecrow tour in 1985 and I attended every show. I
have attended three Farm Aid shows where he was a co-headliner with Neil Young
and Willie Nelson.
I have even attended his very first art exhibition at the
Indianapolis Arts Center in Broad Ripple where he first displayed his own
artwork in public. I have been to other band’s shows where he joined the band
on stage to perform a couple of times and I have seen him at the mall and at
more than a few IU basketball games.
Since moving to Key West 23 years ago, I have remained a fan
and continued to go see his shows when I got the chance, which is a lot less
often than it once was, but I still enjoy it. So when tickets went on sale for
his current Plain Spoken tour at the intimate Broward Center for the Performing
Arts I had to get VIP tickets.
The Broward Center is a smaller venue with excellent
acoustics that is most often used for touring Broadway shows and it is somewhat
rare to see a performer of Mellencamp’s caliber in such a place. It is very
similar to Clowes Hall in Indianapolis in that it is a great space with perfect
acoustics and excellent sight lines from just about anywhere.
Carlene Carter & John Mellencamp
Opening the show was a member of an American Music Royal
family, Carlene Carter of the famous Carter Family Singers. She was fantastic,
golden voiced and an amazing singer and performer. Rarely does an opening act
captivate the audience the way she did, it was a wonderful and pleasant
Mellencamp played a 22 song set that was remarkable in its
breadth and diversity. Not settling for a greatest hits show, though plenty of
hits were included. Mellencamp and his band delivered a show that provided
ample evidence of his place in American music history. His newest songs hold up
with his most famous and popular hits and his place as the voice of the
American Heartland not only seems secure, but somehow it does not do justice to
his amazing catalog of music.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.