If you live in Upstate New York or have ever visited the Capital Region, you have probably heard of Saratoga Performing Arts Center or SPAC. The outdoor ampitherater that has concerts, ballets, festivals, and the orchestra from mid May to early to mid September.
For people who live in Vermont or Maine, this is sometimes the easiest venue to get go to to see artists such a Zac Brown Band or Dave Matthews Band. For many locals, SPAC is a summer tradition. I’m hoping to go this summer for the ballet or orchestra. The venue consist of both indoor and outdoor seating (on the lawn). When I was younger I enjoyed sitting outside (cheaper and you can usually get a 4-lawn pack which is great when you have a bunch of friends going) but now I would rather be inside.
Okay, less about SPAC and more about the actual show which was the very talented Brad Paisley. This was the 3rd time I’ve seen Brad Paisley and while he’s not my favorite (here’s looking at you Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood), his guitar skills are out of this world. Other than that, here’s some of the things I just couldn’t help loving about his concert:
- His interaction with the crowd such as: letting a couple come on stage to get engaged and drinking a beer with a fan
- Community involvement- he had seniors from a local high school have a “free concert”, they were able to watch his preshow/warmups earlier in the day
- He brought service men and women on stage during one of his US songs. It was emotional, I had tears in my eyes. Everyone stood, took their hats off, sang, clapped and just appreciated