June 28, 2003 in Entertainment


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Yesterday, my friend and I took the train to Milwaukee for Summerfest. Shortly after we got there, the heavens opened up and we got monsoon like rain for about 30 minutes. Then the clouds went away and the sun came roaring back. This made for a more pleasant stroll around the park. Shortly after 7pm we went to Amphitheater for Jack Johnson and Ben Harper concert. Somehow these teenagers (no more than 14-15) were in our section making a total fool of themselves. As one point, I had to tell one of them who kept asking me to move aside so she would jump to the next row, “to figure out where the fuck she wanted to be as her actions were getting fucking annoying.” She gave me the evil eye, but knowing I could very well kick her ass, her and her friends calmed down and didn’t move until security came to kick them out for being in the wrong section. In any event, both Jack Johnson and Ben Harper were just awesome. Sadly, we had to leave early so we didn’t see most of Ben’s performance. After Jack ended his performance (around 9pm), we waited almost an hour before Ben came out. What’s up with that? Oh well! Next time we go to Summerfest, we’ll definitely have to get our act together and make sure that hotel accommodations are arranged. It makes no sense going up and coming back on the same day. Things go a little interesting after we left Summerfest for Greyhound bus terminal. Yes folks, in that Amtrak wasn’t running a late train back to the city, we had to take the bus since my friend didn’t want to drive up. While sitting in station waiting for the 11:45pm bus, I felt like I was watching a scene out of some “pimps and hoes” movie. One too many women came in station wearing skirts that barely covered their ass. Oh and lets not forget the 3inch plastic/glass looking heals on most of the shoes they were wearing. Thankfully, the bus was only 15 minutes late and we were able to get back in Chicago at around 1:45 and by 2am I was soundly asleep in bed.


  1. June 29, 2003 at 10:10 am


    I saw Ben Harper play live in a small restaurant in East Lansing called The Evergreen Grill. I (literally) stood 6 feet from him while he played the slide guitar & sang songs from his first album. I guess this would’ve been in ’91? He was amazing then. Still amazing now.

  2. June 28, 2003 at 10:38 pm


    Now, that’s a coincidence. I JUST bought two Jack Johnson CDs. (“On and On” and “Brushfire Fairytales”) I feel like I’ve already played ’em a hundred times!

  3. June 28, 2003 at 2:41 pm


    I love Ben Harper! And I wish I were brave enough to tell off people who are behaving inappropriately and getting on my nerves — I really admire that in other people.

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