Best impulse ticket purchase ever. Friday, March 29th – Gloriana at the House of Blues in Boston, MA.
I won’t lie – I had only heard one song by this band prior to the concert. The day before the show, my friends and I met up to head to the Brendan James show in Londonderry, NH. Right before leaving, we decided to check if there were four tickets available for Gloriana the next night. My three other friends loved the band, and I figured why not go! We were disappointed to see that there were only sets of two available on the House of Blues site. However, we checked StubHub, and several people were selling tickets. On StubHub, people are allowed to mark up the prices on tickets. So, we ended up paying a bit more for general admission floor tickets – a fee we were willing to pay since we were so last minute!
The day of the show, two of my friends were working in Boston and were going to meet us at the venue. My friend and I wanted to get to the House of Blues early to ensure a spot close to the stage. Doors opened at 7 p.m. and the show started at 8 p.m. We arrived in the city at 6 p.m. thinking that was enough time to be in the front of the line… nope. There as already a huge line formed outside the House of Blues.
Parking was, surprisingly, very easy. We parked at a parking garage that was right down the street from the venue for only $15. As we approached the line, our hopes for any spot near the stage started diminishing. The line was very long, and we still had time to kill before the doors opened. As we waited, security guards checked our IDs and gave people over 21 a bracelet to purchase drinks.
As the doors opened at 7p.m., we made our way inside the House of Blues. We walked straight to the stage, where we ended up getting a fourth row spot… much better than we thought! The House of Blues is a beautiful venue. It is typically general admission for the first level, while the second level has both standing and seating. Three bars line the opposing sides of the stage, which made the wait time for drinks very short. I have been to a few concerts here, and each time I have had a very good experience.
Gloriana had two opening acts. Chase Rice, a country music singer/songwriter who was previously on the show Survivor, was supposed to open, but for some reason, was unable to make it. The opening acts were horrible – so horrible that I can’t even remember their names. The first was a young girl who had performed on The Voice or some other musical television show. The second was an older band that played REALLY old and REALLY horrible songs. It seemed like these opening acts were on stage forever. I was second guessing my decision to come to the show…
Finally Gloriana came on stage and the night turned around.The country band from Nashville, Tennesee consists of three people – Rachel Reinert, Tom Gossin and Mike Gossin. Previously the band had four members, but Cheyenne Kimball, the fourth member, left the band a few years back. They really got the crowd going instantly, which was a feat in itself after the horrific opening acts. I was impressed with not only Gloriana’s performance but their powerful voices. I instantly became a fan.
Some of my favorite songs of the night were “Wanna Take You Home,” “Sunset Lovin'” and “Gold Rush.” Their music encompasses a lot of their personal journeys as artists traveling the world and balancing relationships. More background information on the band can be found at http://www.gloriana.com/bio.
After the show, the band met with fans who were purchasing CD’s or shirts. They were autographing things but were not allowing pictures as there were so many people in line. My friends and I were some of the first people to reach the table, and the band members were all extremely nice and personable. Overall, fun experience – great venue and fun atmosphere!