So, check this out…
Right now, I’m sitting here wearing my pink Tinkerbell pajamas and watching Jars of Clay perform live from my living room.
Oh, and they are singing a remake of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”
Again, no joke.
(OK, so maybe I should have prefaced this blog by saying that technically what I’m watching is a live stream on my laptop; with that being said, however, I did purchase a $5 ticket to watch the stream, so I still consider this a concert. Fair enough, right?)
To make a long story short, I wrote the following equation to simplify matters a bit:
Jars of Clay + Me in PJs + Sitting in My Living Room – $5 Ticket = Win!
I’m not sure who the mastermind is behind concert streaming, but I’ve got to hand it to whoever invented it…streaming is awesome! (Perhaps not quite as awesome as a real, live concert…but the price can’t be beat and I for one am happy not to have to deal with parking nightmares, traffic, and lines for concessions/souveniers/bathrooms like you would normally have to contend with at concert. The older and crankier I get, the more I hate spending what little time I have left standing around in line!)
Oh, but I digress…
The concert itself was great! Great song choices that true JOC fans would appreciate and not just a run-down of Greatest Hits, including a couple from the band’s 2005 magnum opus, Good Monsters (Dead Man (Carry Me) and Oh My God). The vocals sounded AWESOME, which was sort of a relief because you never know when you are dealing with technology what could go wrong. Of course, there was a lot of fun commentary and humor mixed in between numbers (plus a live chat for concertgoers which I thought was fun!)
By far, the runaway performance of the night was Steve Mason’s handlebar moustache; it was oddly interesting to say the least. I just hope the trend doesn’t catch on! (Can you picture tobyMac with a handlebar moustache? Jon Micah Sumrall from Kutless? Bart Millard from MercyMe? Well, maybe Bart Millard. Just kidding!)
The other show stopper from the concert, at least for me, was Charlie Lowell’s harmonies during Dead Man (Carry Me). Dan Haseltine sounded superb all night long, but when you add Charlie’s voice…wowza. Really good stuff!
For those of you who want to know the full set list from tonight’s concert on StageIt.Com…here ya go!
2. Sunny Days
3. Worlds Apart
4. Something Beautiful
5. Five Candles
6. Dead Man (Carry Me)
7. Oh My God
8. Girls Just Want to Have Fun
9. Eyes Wide Open
(See, I told you I wasn’t kidding about the Girls Just Want to Have Fun song!)
This was just the first of 3 already scheduled JOC live streaming events, so if you missed out on tonight’s fete never fear. The next one is scheduled for April 23rd, 2013 at 7 pm EST. You can purchase your $5 ticket now at www.StageIt.com… Currently, there are about 40 tickets left, but I wouldn’t worry if they run out. The band added tickets in increments of 30-50 at a time right up until a day before the show and based on the success of the first StageIt.Com/JOC live stream event, there would be no reason why they wouldn’t do that again! (Hint, hint.)