Thursday, October 29, 2009
I like to sit on the lawn because you can set out your blanket and lay under the stars, or you can stand up and dance with all your friends. When you’re sitting on the lawn, if you look all the way to your left that is where all the beer tents are. If you look behind you at the top of the hill that is where you can buy merchandise for the bands and get food, sit down and use the restroom. There are port-a-johns all around the grounds but if you’re looking for some indoor bathrooms, the top of the hill is where it’s at. The sprawling lawn section is on a huge incline so make sure you stop and get your beers before you sit down or you might not be able to find your friends without falling down the hill!
Friday, October 9, 2009
As the weather changes from a hot and sunny summer into this cooler, rainier fall, I am taking a moment to reminisce about my favorite summertime venue in the Midwest – Alpine Valley. If you haven’t seen a show at the infamous outdoor amphitheatre in East Troy, you really ought to. The venue is nestled into the hilly farm country of south eastern Wisconsin on the opposite side of popular ski hill aptly named Alpine Valley Resort and features fabulous acoustics and its signature wooden covering over the stage.
This summer, we were treated with some great performances from awesome artists including Phish, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay and Jimmy Buffett. The variety of musical genres makes Alpine Valley a great venue that any music enthusiast will love.
Aerosmith kicked off the summer at Alpine Valley on June 13th with a stellar set, playing hits such as “Walk This Way” and “Sweet Emotion”. Fans were fortunate to see them as they canceled the rest of their summer tour shortly after this date due to Steven Tyler injuring himself during a performance.
Phish played a little later in June with a two night show on June 20th and 21st. The first leg of their summer reunion tour closed at Alpine on Sunday night, which also happened to be the summer solstice. The shows featured the return of the synchronized dance moves on trampolines and intense jams and even Trey Anastasio playing a five-necked guitar during Sunday’s encore.
Summer staple Dave Matthews Band played next at Alpine Valley and had another two night performance on July 18th and 19th. The band promoted their new album, Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King much to the delight of all of the fans, playing a perfect blend of both new and old tunes. Sunday night featured an extraordinary rendition of the song "#41" and was closed with fan favorite, "Halloween".
Coldplay came next to Alpine Valley on July 25, promoting their Viva La Vida tour featuring the Coldplay shaped puppets that were seen at other dates. The band had a great set list, playing new tracks from Viva La Vida and old favorites such as “Yellow” and “Clocks”. The band also paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson by performing their rendition of “Billie Jean” late in the set. Overall, it was a great show for all attending.
To close the summer, another staple performance was given, this time by the great Jimmy Buffett on August 29th. The performance wasn’t on the best day weather wise but Buffett did not let down his fans and still put on a great show. The concert was a great way to end the summer fun at Alpine Valley and I can’t wait to check out as many shows as possible next year!