My parents were in town last weekend to visit me and Bud….and to see Chicago. Thankfully their daughter lives in a pretty awesome city, so it wasn’t too much of a hassle for them to make the trip out to Texas.
Chicago is one of my dad’s favorite bands. I grew up listening to their songs on road trips and quickly became a fan as well. Back in December, I received an email announcing that Chicago would be playing at the Moody Theatre downtown. I immediately texted my dad. I finally knew about a tour date before he did! Within 24 hours, we had four tickets and dad had booked the plane flight. We were a little bit excited.
Fast forward to last weekend, just two days before the concert. My parents, Bud and I explored an art festival, rummaged through a spectacular antique store and gorged ourselves on all types of food. Finally, it was time for the concert. I honestly didn’t know what to expect.
ACL Live at the Moody Theater in itself is quite an experience. The venue fits about 2,500 people so there’s really not a bad seat in the whole place. The Moody Theater overlooks Second Street, which is right in the middle of the warehouse district. Instead of closing in the lobby, it’s an open-air bar area that allows you to mingle with other concertgoers and enjoy the Austin skyline. One of the best ways I’ve ever started a concert.
We were lucky enough to acquire floor seats on the eighth row. However, I think we would have enjoyed the concert no matter the location of our seats. The band made sure to play all of their big hits, but also played a few of their lesser known songs as well. Before the intermission, each band member played a solo that displayed their particular instrument. It was something I had never seen before, but it was wonderful. Overall, Chicago put on an entertaining and powerful show. It was obvious, too, that the band members truly enjoy what they do and who they work with.
Although some of their songs are 40 years old, they still apply to today’s world. People still enjoy listening to the same songs over and over again because it’s dang good music! I think my favorite part of the concert was sharing the experience with my parents. I’ve listened to Chicago with them before, but I have more insight now into why they enjoy the music and how it was a part of their lives.
If you’ve never listened to Chicago, here’s a clip of one of my favorite songs.