Rod Stewart | Ford Idaho Center | October 24, 2018 (Cancelled per Rod Stewart)

Even though this show was cancelled at the 11th hour by Rod Stewart due to a injured foot, I spent two days working for the tour chef. Tours that have their own catering work from the time they open their eyes to the time they shut (they work 24/7 so I’m certain their eyes never reaalllly shut) Tour catering prepares 3 meals + snacks a day onsite for the entire touring crew (+150 people) and more often than not in a makeshift kitchen (outside in any weather condition. No shit) in tents fueled by huge propane tanks.

They not only plan out daily meals and snacks but there are multiple main dishes for varying diets, several side dishes to choose from and a dessert bar that will knock any sweet tooth out of the park. I see tricked out coffee bars and fresh juice bars with every fruit and vegetable to keep performers and crew in tip top shape. I don’t know where they find the time but the presentation is always well thought out and some tours even include holiday/seasonal appropriate props so even the most seasoned crew feels at home….. and don’t get me started if it’s someone’s birthday!.

It’s hard to eat healthy and thoughtful on the road so a giant “Thank you!” to the hardworking catering crews that keep hundreds of people fed. Every day. Every meal. Every show.

Thomas Rhett + Brett Young + Midland | Ford Idaho Center | October 19, 2018

The “Life Changes Tour 2018” had to be one of my best shows and only the second country show I’ve worked in all the years I’ve been doing this. I had Brett Young + Midland for the day. Pre-show runs ensue!.

This trifecta of performers couldn’t have been any more down to earth, and they were overly humble (seriously). Some might know that I trade guitar picks- similar to trading baseball cards. I asked Jess Carson (Midland’s guitarist) if anyone on the tour trades because I needed some country picks in my collection. He had never heard of pick trading so what better time than to get someone new in on tour underground fun?. I had TWO Prince picks that I swore I would never trade but I thought it would be a good time to give one up to Jess….for the cause you know.

This is a band I truly hope to work for again and by all means if they’re in your town grab a ticket because they put on a great show. Energetic, entertaining and they truly love their fans.

Skallywag Festival | Century Link Arena | September 30, 2018

Skallywag Festival was the perfect show to kick off fall. Bad Religion, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and The Interrupters took the stage with incredible energy. I worked mostly with Penny Wise for this show and felt like I won a small lottery, mostly because of the verbal banter with Fletcher Dragge. He might have met his match if he would have stuck around longer. Next time Mr. Dragge….next time.

Luke Bryan| Ford Idaho Center | September 20, 2018

It’s time to “boot + scoot” (again) with Luke Bryan and this time in the +12,000 seat arena at the Ford Idaho Center. Luke Bryan seems to like his Idaho fans as much as we love him. He’s circling around for the 3rd time in 3 years and country folk are waiting with baited breath. What a great show to wrap up summer.

Slayer + Anthrax + Lamb of God + Testament + Napalm Death | Idaho Center Amphitheater

I was lucky enough to work for one of the biggest heavy metal bands from my younger years and better yet, Slayer's  "Final World Tour". Slayer, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Testament + Napalm Death took the stage at the Idaho Center, August 21, 2018. It was a full (full) house and let me say this. They were awesome!. I'm really observant of backstage "living" and this show was not what I expected it to be. At. All. Aside from the wonderful crew, the leads of the bands were my favorite part. I'm not a heavy metal par-taker and I don't know who any of the performers were nor did I research them before I worked this tour. I ended up driving them back and forth to various places of the venue for a good part of the day in my golf cart- so faces became familiar fast.

Since you can only  "lay rubber" at 5 mph in my cart we got into mini conversations. I saw pictures of kids, family's and learned small bits and parts of their life/music journey. I drop them off backstage and tell them I'll be there when their set's done. They so graciously say "thanks for the lift!". When I picked them up, they were drenched in sweat and that is no exaggeration. Towels draped over their heads, wobbly in stance from exertion as they make their way to my cart. I'm pretty quiet when I pick artists up because most need downtime but not them. A cheerful "Hey! how's it going!?" and they picked right back up on the conversation where we left off pre-performance. In my head I'm thinking "I can't believe what just came out of your face on stage and you're actually asking me how my day's going?".  Most of us would be laying face down in the dirt after exerting a performance like that but not these guys. 

In short, I have a great new appreciation for heavy metal performers. They give A LOT to their audience and truly love their fans and when they step off stage they quickly return to their inner soft self. These experiences are what keep me doing what I'm passionate about. I'm a very lucky girl. 

Dirty Heads + Iration + The Movement + Pacific Dub | Idaho Center Amphitheater

Kicking off the summer with some reggae-rock and perfect outside concert weather. These guys couldn't have been any nicer and easy to work with. In addition to the concert, they shared the Ford Idaho Center with the El Korah Shrine Circus. Circus's give me very bitter/sweet feelings. I love seeing the animals but would rather see them in their own environment. However, El Korah gave us the opportunity to see the animals "back stage" eating watermelons and getting a nice bath and in turn El Korah got to shake it a little and meet the Dirty Heads.