Going to a Concert Alone

Hiiiii. Happy Tuesday! So I mentioned in my Thanksgiving post that I went to a concert last Friday. So, well, here is the story about said concert.

Okay let me start at the beginning.

Last Wednesday I was driving to work, listening to KFOG, per usual, and they played a live version of some random song by an artist I had never heard of before. I loved the sound of the song and they said it was by Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, who were playing at the Fox Theater in Oakland that weekend with Jackie Greene. I knew I didn’t have anything going on that night, so I seriously considered buying tickets. Then they announced that they were going to give away tickets to the first five callers. So I called, and the phone rang and rang and rang.. and then I won!

Welp, I was one of those 5 callers! And I won two tickets to Nicki Bluhm and Jackie Greene!

I had never heard of either artist, but was still super excited to go. (I have never won a radio contest before, so I was feeling pretty cool).

I then realized that I don’t have a ton of friends yet. And the ones I do have, I knew already had previous family commitments or were out of town for Thanksgiving. But was actually thrilled. I have always secretly wanted to go to a concert alone, and this was the perfect opportunity, and I’m so happy I did.

If you have never been to the Fox Theater in Oakland, you need to go there. Like yesterday. What an incredible place to see a show. The theater itself is insanely beautiful, and it’s a relatively small and intimate setting. The whole front part of the floor is standing room only, so you can get right up next to the stage. (Van Morrison is playing there in January, and Vance Joy/Elle King in February, if you need excuses to make the BART ride over).

Jackie Greene was so so good, but Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers were absolutely incredible. I had listened to some of their music before the show, but nothing compares to Nicki singing live. Do yourself a favor and watch some videos of their live performances (here or here, or if you’re really bored, here’s a video of a full concert).

And yes, I survived my first solo concert experience, and it was actually pretty amazing. I arrived when I wanted and left when I wanted. It’s significantly easier to fight crowds and to meander your way up to the stage when it’s just one person. And I found myself having a really easy time connecting to the music. Being a chronic people-pleaser, I’m often worried about the person I’m with (are they having a good time? Do they need another drink? Should we move closer? Blah blah blah) and this obsession with making sure everyone else is having a good time, definitely limits my ability to just enjoy the moment.

So that’s what I did. I just enjoyed the moment and the music and I will definitely be doing it again.


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