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Barenaked Ladies: As awesome as ever! August 8, 2010

Filed under: Boston,Just for Fun,Music,Personal Finance — Stephanie @ 10:15 pm

Growing up in the Buffalo area, I ended up hearing a lot of “Canadian Content”.  I listened to a lot of Barenaked Ladies and Moxy Fruvous.  Even now, a 20-something in Boston, I’ve added more Canadian artists to the mix, like Great Big Sea, The Arrogant Worms, and The (Radio Free) Vestibules.  There’s just something about the style and comedy of these artists that really draws me in.

So, when my boyfriend told me that the Barenaked Ladies were coming to Boston, I was psyched.  I was even more psyched when he said that there were tickets for only $10!  “What?!  WE ARE GOING!”  And that was that.

So, last night was the concert.  I haven’t been to a BNL concert since I was in high school, so I was pretty darn excited.  This was also my first time seeing them after Steven Page left, so I was curious to see what they’d be like.  We got there with plenty of time to spare (I was concerned about parking…more on that later) and headed into the Bank of America Pavilion.  The first performer of the night was Angel Taylor.  I’ll admit, I hadn’t heard of her before last night.  Her set was relatively short, but I liked what I heard.  She has a very pretty voice, with a lot of emotion.  She reminded me of artists like Missy Higgins and other powerful female singers.

Waited through the stagehands setting up, then some general waiting, then Ben Kweller was up.  I’ve listened to some of his music (mostly from Sha Sha), so it was fun to hear songs I knew, as well as a lot of songs that were new to me.  I liked his style, a little bit of old-fashioned country music mixed with pop.  Pretty good stuff!

So, then, we were waiting for the Barenaked Ladies to take the stage.  You could tell the audience was starting to get a little impatient waiting for them…but then….THERE THEY WERE!!!

They played some of their classics.  They played songs from their newest album.  And they were AMAZING.  I was so excited.  I don’t think I’ve jumped around, danced, screamed, or smiled that much in a really long time.  I just kept looking to my boyfriend and smiling to him.  Because I was so happy to see and hear BNL live, and experience their music with the bf, BNL, and thousands of other screaming fans.  Yep, I was one happy camper 🙂

Oh, and I’m a bit excited to tie this into personal finance (or at least entertainment on the cheap).  Tickets were $20 total ($10 each).  They also gave away a free download of their latest album, All in Good Time (plus 5 live tracks, including the Big Bang Theory theme song).  Retail value for the album:  $16.98 (though on sale for $9.97 on Amazon, or $9.99 on iTunes).  Oh, and this might be my proudest savings:  $1.50 for parking!  We were going to park in a lot (which was at a minimum of $11, some were closer to $30), but happened to drive by a spot on the street that someone had just pulled out of.  So, with meters ending at 8pm, and an extra quarter thrown in to make sure they wouldn’t give us a ticket at 7:59pm or something silly like that, we managed to spend a total of $21.50 for an amazing night of music and entertainment (and the whole album to listen to, too!)!

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