Big Wangs is a restaurant I have walked by several times but I have never eaten at until now. It’s kind of like your sports bar. It was a Sunday night and the place was maybe half-packed. After ordering, we sat and waited. And waited. A half hour passed and our server did not come to us — not even to check on us or give us an update.
I got from my seat to find her and asked for the food. She then gave me the option to see the manager. That is rare for a server to give up so easily and let the customer see the manager.
I stood and waited and finally got to the manager who first asked if I wanted to cancel; I just said I wanted my food after this long of a wait. The manager asked what I ordered and would check on it. I saw a plate of wings come out and I said that might be ours so I returned to my seat. Five minutes later I noticed that those wings were for another table. I decided to address this to the manager again and as I stood and waited, another customer saw me and asked if this was about the food not coming. He said that was his case as well. I found the manager again.
Why did you force this change on me??
Last night I got to see Lights at the El Rey. I had discovered her last year but didn’t really start digging into her sound a little after. Her style of electronic pop was fun and I really liked it. But I would learn that she also has taken her songs and played them on guitar for an acoustic set. She recently released “Midnight Machines,” another acoustic album of her previous hits. I was compelled to see her. Even though her pop music was the style I grew accustomed to, something about an acoustic set sounded wonderful.
The theater was filled with chairs so unlike the last time I was here, I had a place to sit and it set the mood for the evening. The entire show was absolutely wonderful. Starting off with the opening act LOLO who had a great voice and even took the time to take a picture with me! From Tennessee to living in New York.
Then Lights came on and the entire show was amazing! Because I knew her setlist, I was easily able to follow her and know what songs she did. I am still learning her catalog but it was still nice to hear songs I know in such a slow, harmonic voice. She joked with the crowd, told stories about some songs and really was a sweetheart. I like the entire night as an acoustic set. It felt real intimate and that’s what I like.
This was a very sweet and intimate show that Rachel Platten did tonight. I bought tickets to this show knowing that this was what I was going to see. In fact, I was really into this because it reminded me of the first time I saw Rachel in concert four years ago. It was just her and the keyboard and drummer Craig (who is awesome!). But she also had a bassist and another guitarist as well with her but it was still very stripped down.
There were no big strobe lights, loud production or anything. Just Rachel and Craig with his box drum. Oh it was magical to hear her sing these select songs:
- Stand By You
- Lone Ranger
- Better Place
- Fight Song
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I am sad but I also want to celebrate something about Prince.
You know what Prince taught me?
Prince taught me that it’s OK to be weird. It’s OK to look different. It’s OK to be myself.
I remember seeing Prince for the first time and was very confused about his purple outfit. But this music drew me in so much that I didn’t care. I don’t think Prince cared either what I thought about him.
I can’t put it into words right now. Maybe I will have time later. But for now, I have this:
And we can relive the time I saw him in concert in 2011 here.