And my love for Jack Johnson lives on

So I mentioned before that Jack Johnson was coming to Toronto and I scored tickets for Evan and myself… Last Wednesday was the big day, so we headed over to Molson Amphitheatre after work for some sweet JJ action.

I really love Jack Johnson, he is a rare true artist, and he’s just my favourite. So I was excited. That might actually be an understatement, I was a little beyond excited.

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I was smiling so hard that my eyes were just a squinty mess. Also this is the first time I have ever bought a concert T-shirt. I have seen a lot of live bands that I love over the years; Incubus, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Blink182 (we got them to strip down to their boxers on stage, but that is a story for another time…), KoRn (the moshpit was the most insane experience of my life), Deftones, Silverchair, Hole (haha!), Dallas Green, etc. etc. etc. but I have never bought a concert shirt because they are always so insanely expensive that I just can’t justify it. The Jack Johnson shirt I am wearing in the above photo set me back $35, but I have no regrets about that. JJ is the best musician I have seen live and I wanted to have something to remember my experience. I still regret not buying a shirt when I saw him four years ago. Also, that’s my favourite colour. It brings out my eyes, when you can actually see them. So I had to get it.

We hadn’t eaten dinner yet and I had just been planning on getting a jumbo hotdog or something, but then I noticed The Poutinerie food truck… Annnd I can never resist poutine, so that also had to happen.

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Pulled pork poutine! Fries + cheese curds + gravy + pulled pork. Amazing. I ate the entire thing and had I been dining in the dark I would have been sticking my face in that carton to lick it afterwards. Delicious.

We settled in with our dinner to watch the opening band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

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We didn’t have the greatest seats, as you can see. We were in the last row before the lawn, but last time I saw Jack Johnson I was behind a pillar so I figured this had to be better. I would have preferred to be up front on the floor, but all good. However I do have a slight beef… On the Monday before the concert the venue actually released 100 extra tickets that were RIGHT up front and only $10 more per ticket than I paid, so I tried to call and upgrade my tix but Ticketmaster told me it was too close to the event and they couldn’t do it. I was pretty bummed about that and kind of annoyed that I had purchased my tickets so far in advance and someone could come in last minute and essentially get front row seats. Of course, life isn’t fair and what can ya do. I was really tempted to just buy two more tickets and try to sell my original ones, but in the end I just kept ours.

Anyway, Edward Sharpe and friends were really great! They kind of remind me a bit of Arcade Fire, as there are so many members of their band and there are two leads, Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos (and like Arcade Fire those two are either dating or were dating previously). They are definitely hippy-esque, which I enjoy, and they were so good live and SUPER interactive with the audience. Alex invited people from the floor area on stage with them, and they let one random guy play their guitar for an entire song.

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The guy in the white is a random fan

See, this is why it’s good to be on the floor. You never know when you might get asked to come up and be a part of the band. I’m pretty sure this experience made that guy’s life.

If you’ve never heard of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, I recommend listening to 40 Day Dream (really great song probably my favourite of theirs), and Home:

Also quite nice. I like them a lot.

But of course not as much as my (platonic) love JJ. My excitement really hit when Edward Sharpe finished up and it was Jack Johnson time.

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He’s up there somewhere!

It was kind of cold outside so Evan and I bundled up and snuggled in for the show.

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#coldandnerdy

I like the cut of Evan’s jib. He was the best concert buddy.

The following photos are stolen from aux.tv because I was just too far away to get anything decent…

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I could see him well on the screens though, and I could hear him perfectly. He was so amazing, as I knew he would be, of course. He played all my faves (except Go On, but he played it last time I saw him so it’s okay). Here is the setlist if you want to check it out. I fangirl’d out a few times and my voice was nearly gone the next day because I was singing so loud the entire time. I am so glad we went, and I’ll never forget it! Evan had a really great time too, and the next day he downloaded a bunch of JJ’s albums 🙂

I found some videos from the concert on YouTube, and this one of Jack singing Radiate from his new album is really good quality:

(it’s dark until about 10 seconds in, and then it’s all good!)

I just really like him.

You watch this video (not from Wednesday) and you tell me Jack Johnson isn’t a stand up gentleman.

I love how much of a family man he is and the obvious love he has for his wife. I love their love!

Wednesday was such a great time with my own love.

Bolded question time! What is the best band/artist you’ve seen live? Worst?
It is a dream of mine to see Neil Young, so please don’t tell me he’s not good live!

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15 responses to “And my love for Jack Johnson lives on

  1. The best would be so hard to choose. I’ve seen so many great concerts and all very different.

    Worst = Kei$ha. Or is it Keisha now? Doesn’t matter – it was the worst.

  2. Shanondoah is wrong. Kesha is awesome. I’ve seen her 4x and her show was hilarious and fun and amazing each time. I even saw her two days in a row I liked her show so much.

    Little known fact, the best seats always come available just before the show, which is why FF and I never buy when they first go on sale. If we think a show will sell out, we’ll buy right away. But we’ve gotten 2nd row Britney tickets, 6th row David Bowie tickets, 2nd row Prince tickets, etc, etc. all from waiting. We are total concert seat snobs now.

    Best concert = Toss up between the Stone Temple Pilots Purple tour back in the day and last year’s Pink tour (she is amaaaazing in concert.)

    Worst = Fiona Apple (I love her music but her concert was a total bore.)

    • Seriously thank you for that heads up, I had no idea. I really love being on the floor, ’cause that’s where the action is!!! You guys are such concert connoisseurs. We should all go to a concert together!
      I love STP, I saw them yeeeears ago. And I don’t usually like Kesha but I feel like I trust your opinion.

      • I feel like you, me, and Kesha could have a really good time together. Her show is just a lot of fun and craziness happening. I will have to share with you why she got in trouble at the House of Blues show I went to because it is LOL.

  3. Also, I hate you for talking about how it was cold outside. Must you hurt my soul like that?

  4. another reason i know we are internet/blogging bffs – i LOVE NEIL YOUNG! seriously.
    surprisingly one of the best concerts I have been to (other than like a music festival with tons of bands) is Red Hot Chili Peppers – they did an awesome performance! and the worst concert I went to was Destiny’s Child (also the first concert I ever went to) -yes, back in the day before ‘yonce branched out on her own. I was in middle school or something so it was cool at the time.. but looking back, it was pretty bad.

  5. Oh I heart JJ so hard. And thank you so much for the Radiate video. He is a precious soul, and seeing him just makes me so happy. Some day I will see him live!

    I haven’t been to a ton of concerts, but I saw Sara Bareilles and One Republic at a small venue a few years ago and holy crap they are all so amazing and talented. And Sara B. was so cool–she makes you feel like she’s your BFF and you will want to hang out with her forever.

    • You are welcome. He IS a precious soul!!! He is a good human! You have to see him live, you will explode with happiness.
      I really like Sara Bareilles, that is exactly the vibe I get from her, so that’s good to know. OneRepublic also – one of the few mainstream, pop, “cool” bands that is genuinely talented and I think would be really good live.

  6. Oh Jack.. I love him! I saw him once.. 5 or 6 years ago, I think. I would LOVE to see him again. I love talking about concerts – they’re where most of my money goes haha. I saw Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s tour last summer and was SO impressed with JT’s stage presence. He is just amazing. One of my favorite concerts to date was Hootie & the Blowfish and Counting Crows – two of my favorite bands sharing a stage. It was an awesome night.

    • I really want to start going to more. I went to so many concerts back in the day but have really been slacking lately.
      I have heard that about JT – he is someone else who seems like a genuine artist.
      Aw HOOTIE!!!! I have seen them and loved them! Would love to see Counting Crows also, lucky duck 🙂

      • Hootie plays in Charleston every summer – one of the most fun concerts every year. They’re all from SC (Darius lives in Charleston), so it’s like seeing Springsteen in NJ (which I have also done). Just such a fun atmosphere!

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