Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mid-Week Holiday

I've been on vacation part of last week and all of this one, and didn't have anything in particular planned for the most part other than catching up on yard work and trying to head to the beach, maybe even get in some fishing. But the highlight was all set up sometime ago, an overnight trip to Toronto for some shopping with Kim and then John Mayer at the Molson Amphitheatre in the evening. In between the stores and the concert, we were treated to a promotional meet and greet at our hotel, the Fairmont Royal York, with an a cappella group "Naturally 7", who have been opening for Michael Buble and would be doing so that same evening at the Air Canada Centre. With just enough time for a quick bite, we went to this very polished Japanese restaurant, "Ki", for a wonderful sushi meal, easily the best I've ever had! Then on to the concert for Kim and I, while Pete headed back to the hotel. Pete had arranged an upgrade to a suite with an adjoining separate room, and it was positively luxurious, definitely the topper to a marvelous mini-holiday!

Exiting the train station and on my way to cross the street to the Royal York ... I heard this voice, amazingly over all the street noise, and there was Kim hanging out the window!


Just inside the entrance, Kim and Pete's suite to the right, my adjoining room to the left.



On our way out on the town!


A quick shot of my trip's souvenirs ...


The Amphitheatre is a partly covered, acoustically-engineered dome-type structure, with the main stage being down in the "bowl" and the seats fanning up and out from there, including thousands of "seats" available on the expansive lawn. It's down at the shore of Lake Ontario, and last night was just perfect for an outdoor event. Not being a Mayer expert, but certainly an admirer, I gained a whole new perspective of him as a performer, just as much for his guitar skills as his obvious appreciation of his fans. He's an engaging and talented artist, and pretty darn cute, too! It was a stellar performance and a sensational evening.

A You Tube video of "Naturally 7" opening for Michael Buble that same night, just down the road from the Amphitheatre.

And a fan's posting of one of John Mayer's numbers from last night ...


John Mayer said...

This was my husbands and my third John Mayer concert. 1st at the Hollywood Bowl, 2nd at the Verizon in OC, CA. This was definitely the best, we were very happy. his choice of songs was greatI used to get John Mayer Tickets easily through Whatever. I will always be a fan, believe me, there is nothing like a John Mayer show — mind blowing.

Laureate said...

Wow...John left a comment; cool!

It was a wonderful getaway; just so much fun! I couldn't think of a thing to add to make it better...

The only thing to do now, is to do it again!

Cheers, Kim

lonfrichuk said...

What a wonderful treat for yourself! Thanks for sharing!