The Red Butte Amphitheater
was the perfect setting, with gorgeous
foliage and a distant backdrop of the mountains.
Frenz and I found a great spot to park our chairs
on the grass, the crowd was friendly and
enthusiastic, and the weather was perfect!
had in store for us (which I won't spoil- you'll have to
watch the PBS special!) but Alex Boye singing "Paradise/Peponi"
was a-freakin'-mazing!!! See the music vid HERE. Watch it now!
(I know I'm sounding really bossy but I promise you'll like it!)
Alex Boye is such a great performer! I came home and watched
dozens of YouTube videos featuring his singing/dancing and love them!
He has earned himself another fan to add to the list.
This was BY FAR the best Jon Schmidt concert
I've ever been to. In the past, I've preferred the more
personal, small-town shows he has done... but this performance
still FELT intimate. Plus, the sound and lighting were phenomenal!
When props were being set up or taken down,
Jon and Steve would crack jokes, tell us stories, play
little on-the-side tunes for us... it was great!
We, the audience, had a special behind-the-scene look at everything.
Sometimes they would do songs a second time, if they felt it wasn't quite right.
We saw the camera tricks in action and props/people that will magically appear
on screen when it's edited later. We heard Jon & Steve talk to "Shelley," the
mysterious director lady behind the scenes who gave
them orders through earpieces.
PBS camera guys:
Jon cracking a joke:
I think Steven Sharp Nelson (the cello guy)
is a cutie-patootie. He looks so happy all the time
and his fun personality seems contagious.
Plus he can PLAY those cellos!!!
He has many of them, each with their own names.
I liked Thor, his all-metal cello.
It has been SO exciting to see Jon Schmidt's popularity grow. He has been well-known in Utah for a long time, but it wasn't until he teamed up with The Piano Guys that our best-kept secret has been spreading across the world. So thank you, Piano Guys and You Tube!
I have been a Jon Schmidt fan for 15 years,
ever since my piano teacher introduced me to his music.
Since that time, I have purchased all of his albums,
have seen him in concert 7 times, spoken with him in person
a few times and had a dorky picture taken with him.
My piano teacher knew Jon personally,
so when he had dinner at her house one night,
she invited me and my husband too!
Sure, that was like 10 years ago and Jon
wouldn't remember who I am (nor do I expect him to)
but it was neat to meet my music hero and see for myself
what a humble, genuinely nice guy
he is in real life.
He was visiting our small town that night to do a free concert
for the youth in our area. Someone said, "It's so nice of you to take
the time to do this." He replied, "I believe that the Lord gives all of
us talents, and that it should be our duty and privilege to share them
with others." That comment really struck me. I thought, Am I giving of my time and talents with others around me? That's a good
question to ask ourselves!