Upon arriving to King Street, Rachael and I quickly made our way into the block party which contained a massive group of people standing before a stage at the opposite end of the street. It was clear PHOX was getting a warm, welcoming homecoming from the local scene with so many people ready to take in their set. After pausing a few moments to take in the scene, Rachael and I worked through the crowd in search of one of several beer carts scattered throughout the block party. Eventually, our efforts directed us to a cart near the back of the crowd where we found Madison's best bartender, Reanna, working hard to get drinks out to the ring of people surrounding the setup. She was prompt in getting us some drinks and wishing us a good time, which sent Rachael and I into the crowd to take in PHOX's set which had begun some minutes earlier.
|Welcome back, PHOX!|
|It that a scruffy toddler drinking a beer?|
No, it's Caleb and a 32 oz. can of PBR.
As the night progressed, our group took the dance floor with the terrific Bluegrass sounds of Railroad Earth guiding our feet. While I was skeptical about how much I would enjoy the band's performance before we entered the theatre tonight, Railroad Earth's infectious melodies and driving beats made it easy to have a great time. Although the style of music was very different than the first concert of the night, Railroad Earth provided the perfect way to cap off an eventful evening. After their first set Megan, Rachael, and I decided to call it a night, which sent our separate ways as we walked back to our homes. As Rachael and I continued home I looked back on the night and thought about how it all came together. In total, my first experience at Live on King Street was a great night with some amazing people that was made possible by simply going to the block party. While we didn't plan anything other than attending the PHOX show, Rachael and I ended up spending time with great people on a beautiful late summer evening. In my book, it doesn't get much better than that, which makes me glad I experienced Live on King Street for the very first time. I'll just have to make sure I set aside time to do it again in the future. After all, summer is only nine months away.