Monday, August 2, 2010

Bon Jovi on a Budget

I'm dating myself here; but I still have my Slippery When Wet cassette tape.  I can hear my young cousins and God-children saying "cassette tape, what's that?"  24 years later, I still feel an adrenaline rush whenever I hear "You Give Love A Bad Name" (note to self:  add to iPod playlist).  So when I had a chance to see Bon Jovi on Friday, I jumped at the chance. 

This opportunity came via The Pearl Foundation of Xi Mu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. my sorority.  Through a partnership with Solider Field stadium in Chicago, they run a concession stand during concerts and Bear's games, as a fundraising project for their scholarship program.  This year's concession stand faced the field so I was all in for the experience.

My concert experience started Friday at 2pm working with my sorority sisters to get our concession stand ready to open and figuring out who would be doing what.  I grabbed a cash register so I could have an almost continuous view of the stage and because I can't pour draft beer without a foam head to save my life. Out the can, I am your girl but with handle?  Trust me, you wouldn't want it.  By 5pm the doors were open and people were getting ready to party.  The warm up band came on around 7pm and then it was...Kid Rock!  Who knew?  OK, the folks who bought tickets but I was a happy camper.   The crowd is pretty much on their feet by this point and the combination of beer, Mai Tais, and our sparkling personalities had our concession stand hopping with repeat customers.  When Jon, Richie and rest of band took the stage at 9:30pm, I was a little tired but when I heard the opening of "You Give Love A Bad Name", I was ready to go!

By 12:30am, my feet were "Living on a Prayer" but there was still work to be done.  We had to close down our station and get ready for the concert on Saturday.  We had done a brisk business and I was ready to call it a night.  I wanted my bed...you guessed it "Dead or Alive".

With tickets starting at $60 (in the nose bleed section), the opportunity to work a concert worked for me because I would have spent much more a ticket on a lower level.  However, while I had a great time volunteering, I'm not sure I could do it again.  I knew going in would be a late night so I hadn't planned anything for Saturday morning.  It was a good thing I hadn't planned anything for the afternoon either...a visit to my parent's house found me taking a four hour "nap"!  With my Dad's help, I've volunteered for some pre- and regular season Bear games which I'm told are not as long.  And it is for a good cause, The Pearl Foundation provides scholarships to young ladies to help them in their college careers.  I'll be at my first Bears game later this month, I'll let you know how it goes. 

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