In high school I attended a lot of concerts. As an adult and busy mother, those opportunities are sorely limited, which is why it’s so amazingly, fantastically, incredible that I’ve seen five concerts in the past five months. Two of them were Straight No Chaser here at Center Stage in Atlanta (the other three were Harry Connick, Jr., The Greencards, and Michael Bublé).

When I got the email on Monday about tickets for Wednesday’s sold out show, I jumped on it. Unfortunately, my husband and older kids weren’t available, so I took my ten-year-old daughter, eight-year-old son, and four-year-old daughter.

The kids had become SNC fans when I did a Christmas CD giveaway. Although I prefer to only listen to Christmas music at that time of year, my eight-year-old son wants to listen to this CD all the time. My ten-year-old daughter was so excited that she drew an I (heart) Straight No Chaser poster that I shared on Twitter.

Imagine our surprise at the concert when we discovered our seats were on the front row!

I’m no Alan Hess (although I do keep his concert camera settings tips on my iPhone!), but I do enjoy concert photography. Those front row seats were perfect for my 50mm lens.

(I would be remiss if I failed to mention that in editing, I was totally blown away by the noise reduction capabilities in Lightroom 3 Beta. Wow.)





Funniest story? This older lady walked up to the stage and handed money to Jerome after a particularly strong performance.


It took a moment for the guys on stage to realize what was happening, but then they lost it (along with the rest of us).



It would be enough that these guys are immensely talented, great performers, and cute as can be, but the best part? They made my kids feel special.

I think they enjoyed looking at the little Straight No Chaser stick figures on the poster that my daughter made; everyone signed it.





At the end of the autograph line, Ryan photographed my three kids holding up the poster and told them he would put it on their website. Believe me, those kids will check until he does. 🙂


If you have a chance to catch a Straight No Chaser performance, do it (tour dates here). You can thank me later. Check out this contest where you can win tickets to see them in Atlantic City!

{Disclosure: Tickets provided by Atlantic Records.}

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