Monday, April 12, 2010

Friday Night Outfit: A Date with Aaron Neville!

Yay for Friday-night dates with Husband! As I mentioned a few days ago, we went to see Aaron Neville perform on Friday with our local symphony orchestra.

It's part of a music series that's put on several times a year, and we've gone many times before....

Unfortunately, we FORGOT how uncomfortable the seating is. The seats are about half the size of a normal stadium seat, so if you have long legs, you're basically in danger of kneeing someone in the back of the head all night. Second, the seats face the middle of the auditorium, but the stage is at the far end of the room so you have to crane your neck all night to see. Ouch!

Luckily, there were some empty seats higher up in the stadium so the people sitting around us left to spread out. Whew.... (But the tight quarters were still a good excuse to snuggle up to my honey!)

The show itself was amazing. First the symphony played their set, including a James Horner medley. Horner composed the music for Titanic and Apollo 13. (According to Wikipedia, he ALSO did the music for I Love You to Death with Tracey Ullman and Kevin Kline!) Then they did a cute cartoon medley with lots of fun, familiar Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird songs.

To be honest, we weren't sure what to expect from Aaron Neville. We only knew a few of his famous songs from the 1990s ("Everybody Plays the Fool," "Don't Know Much") so I guess we anticipated easy listening. But the night was much jazzier and soulful! His brother, Charles, performed on the saxophone---let me just say WOW!---and the orchestra played backup on several compositions, which really took things to another level.

Aaron put his own spin on several classic hits like "Summertime," "Ain't No Sunshine" and------wait for it-----"SARA SMILE"! And any friend of Hall & Oates is a friend of mine! I thought these arrangements were fantastic and fresh, and I actually enjoyed his "remixes" more than the songs of his I came in liking. And I also discovered some of his great earlier hits ("Use Me" and "Don't Go, Please Stay").

All in all, we were very pleased with the night. After the show, we went and got sushi from our local supermarket to take home! We were so proud of ourselves for getting out of the house that we allowed ourselves to spend the rest of the weekend in front of the TV. (Tee hee...)

You can visit the Neville Brothers' Website (there are four of them!) here. (And be ready! You'll be jammin' to their music as soon as the site opens....)

Here's my outfit of the night....

AE skinny jeans, Size 8
AE soft black ballet flats---size 9. They seemed a bit big at first, but they are comfy now! And super cheap! Lots of flats here.
Old J.Crew mint green cardigan, Size Medium
Lisa for Loft ribbon bracelet
Anthropologie Embroidered Thicket Blouse, Size 8---this season's version here

1 comment:

  1. I love the rolled jeans. I might have to steal that idea and yay for a night out with Aaron Neville - LOL. I'm sooooo excited for my Taylor Hawkins concert in a few weeks - the tickets arrived today. That will be our big night out for the year! LOL