Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Allegiance to Rock

Last week I attended yet another concert. This Rock Allegiance tour consisted of seven killer bands, five of which we saw: RED, POD, Puddle of Mudd, Papa Roach, and Buckcherry.

Two of these bands I've seen multiple times (Papa Roach - 7, Buckcherry - 5), so when I heard they were in the general area, I HAD to go!

My mom and my friend Shanon accompanied me on this 90+ degree evening. We were pleasantly surprised that the festival venue was next to a river and had a friendly, casual atmosphere and best of all - the seats were awesome and we snuck even closer! We were happy, sweaty rock fans.

Here are a few pics. I've written a full review at a new ezine that goes live soon. I will link it when it does. Yep, I've got another writing gig!

My friend and I with Tobin Esperance, bassist of Papa Roach.

Puddle of Mudd

Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach

Josh Todd of Buckcherry

A quick snippet of 3 bands at the fest. Watch to the end to see Josh Todd of Buckcherry dance. He can move!

It was a great way to end summer! Did you do anything special to commemmorate the end of the summer season?

Don't forget to check out my other blog, Book Recs of the Rock and Famous. This week I have Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees and John Taylor of Duran Duran featured! Thanks!


Susan Fields said...

Looks like you had a great time! And congrats on your new writing gig!!! I'll head right over to your other blog, I LOVED John Taylor when I was in middle school!

Anita said...

I don't know how you find the time!

Matthew MacNish said...


Matthew MacNish said...

Those are some devil horns for ya'

Stephen Tremp said...

Sounds like you had a head bangin' rocking good time. Rock on!

Elana Johnson said...

I don't know how you keep up with everything! Teaching, and rock concerts, and ezines... I got another side writing job, and I haven't been able to complete one single thing.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Cool, Kelly!

MG Higgins said...

When Elana Johnson, the queen of busy, comments that she doesn't know how you keep up. . . . Um, yeah.

julie fedderson said...

This looks like a blast!! And congrats on the new writing gig, let us know what the ezine is when it comes out!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

LOL. I just can't help but think how adorable you are about your rock concerts! :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You rocker chick!

Kelly said...

Susan - Ahhh! I loved JT, too!!!!
Anita - Says the woman who is writing novel after novel! I need to be more diligent on my wip!
Thanks for the horns, Matthew! You rock!
Stephen - Thank you! I actually did headbang a bit. :)
Elana - You crack me up, because I'm sure you are way busier than me!
Thanks, Tina!
Mel - I know! I don't know how she keeps up!
Julie - I will give word when it is live. Thanks!
Thanks, Shannon. I'm just glad that I have people to go with me! Not everyone loves them!
Alex - My alter ego. :)

Christina Farley said...

I didn't do much this summer other than write. It was nice. Oh and I read books, lots of them!

Suzanne Casamento said...

You rock. Seriously. Like it's your job. ;)

Laura Pauling said...

Awesome! Congrats on your new writing gig! And how awesome that it all ties into your writing? Very.

Kelly said...

Christina - That is great you got some good writing in this summer. I actually write less in the summer with the kids home full time.
Suzanne- Noooo, YOU rock!
Laura - I'm very excited that I can write concert reviews for the ezine. Win-win! said...

Looks like you had an awesome time. My summer fun was marked by the kids going back to school. Best gift ever. Now I can write more and do it uninterrupted. At the same time my highlight was my two oldest kids went off to college, it was sad, yet a very proud moment for me. I was so proud because I didn't cry even when my daughter began to sob. I miss her but that made my summer complete.

Enjoying your blog. I'm a new follower.

Bish Denham said...

You rock, as usual! You're right the dude can dance.

Didn't do anything to end the summer except stay indoors out of the heat.

DEZMOND said...

I bet you'll keep on rocking even when you become a granny (in some 50 to 60 years) :)

Lola Sharp said...

How'd your mom like the concert?

I love Puddle of Mudd.

And, I've long thought Josh Todd HOT. (I know, some of your readers will be horrified by that, but, he's sexy. And, yeah, his little dance was adorbs.)

Rock on, girlfriend.

Kelly said...

Lena- Thanks for coming by! I hope to get into the back to school writing routine too!
Bish- Hopefully you'll have some cooler days ahead of you.
Dezz- I most certainly will. My mom is 60-something and goes!
Lola- My mom is a huge Papa Roach fan so she loved it. And I think she might be in love with Jacoby. :) And yes, Josh Todd is sexay, especially when he dances!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I felt hot and sweaty just reading about it. ;)

Lydia K said...

You are the quintessential rock chick. I bow to you.

LTM said...

omg, Kelly! LOL! You are so darn funny. Woo, Papa Roach! Rock on, girl~ :D

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I love how much you enjoy life! Your blog always puts a smile on my face.

We took a long ride on the Harley and did a little hiking on Friday and Saturday. We rode in the dark for the first time.

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Did I read this right? You brought your mom to...rock concerts??? Apple/tree, eh!

L.A Speedwing said...

This picture of you with tongue out and arms raised is cool! You look like a fun person to be around. Thanks for passing by on my blog! Campaign platform rocks!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Wow, looks like a blast!!! Did you come into Chicago for any of Lollapalooza? I was out of town, but really wanted to see Eminem. I know, you're probably laughing now, right? :)

Christina Lee said...

Every time you mention Buckcherry you've got me reminiscing (remember once I told you I got to "style" them for my cool job in NY?)!


Jackee said...

What fun! You are the coolest mom I know--I bet your kids brag about their rocker mom (at least when you are out of ear shot). :o)

Have a great Monday!

cleemckenzie said...

Rock on, Kelly. You're right, what you did was a super way to end the summer.

Rena said...

Sounds like a fun time, especially with some of your favorites there.

We did a quick trip through Yellowstone to end summer -- tent camping, which is something I said I'd NEVER do in Montana. Ha! We lived to tell about it, but I sure did miss my bed in our trailer!

Jennifer Shirk said...

WOW, what an awesome way to end summer! Looked like a blast!

Movies on my Mind said...

Hey, glad to see such a fellow lover of rock is out there.

ali cross said...

Look at you! You're a totally hot rocker chick!

And nope, didn't do a thing!

Kelly Polark said...

Stina - It was seriously SO hot!
Lydia - I bow to your vast knowledge in the medical field!
LTM- I love, love , love Papa Roach!
Sharon- I bet the ride in the dark was exhilarating! (though I'd never do it myself!)
Sam- She goes with me a lot! And yes, but a maple tree. (my maiden name)
LA- Thanks for stopping by! It's been so fun meeting new people through the campaign!
Lindsay - I was out of town, too. I wanted to see Foo Fighters
Christina - You must tell me that story!
Jackee- They mostly think I'm weird. :)
Lee - I'm sad to see summer go, but a great way to end it.
Rena- Yay to new adventures!!
Jennifer - It was so incredibly fun!
Movies- Happy to have another rocker in blogland!
Ali - I'm mostly a suburban mom. The rocker chick only comes out every couple of months. ;)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Looks like sooo much fun!
I am loving your Book Recs of the Rock and Famous, and now a soon to be live ezine? Wow! Impressive!

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds and looks like a great time!

Madeleine said...

Yes you look like a cool rock chic. :O)

Theresa Milstein said...

I love concerts with multiple bands. Looks like you had fun.

I went to the beach the last few weekends. Nothing like riding waves on a boogie board to end summer!

Tara said...

You know how horrifically jealous I am of your groupie ways. I'm thinking of moving to Chicago - to be your groupie. ;-)