We all know the lyrics that we sing along with in our cars...
Just a city boy
Born and raised in south Detroit
He took the midnight train goin' anywhere...
This Friday Night Live! concert in Herndon is for those of us who've listened and sang to Journey in our cars and elsewhere for the past 30 years. Now we can all sing along together with other folks who understand that the power pop of Journey is a good place to be in life these days.
You should attend this concert if you still get a thrill when you hear: "When the lights come on in the city..."
This is a FREE concert that's open to the public. The featured act this week is "Almost Journey", described in the program as follows:
Almost Journey" The newest NY based Journey tribute playing all of your favorite Journey hits and B-sides to perfection.
Full details about Friday Night Live! and directions to the concert venue, as well as the complete 2012 schedule can be found here:
Our fun group has done several of the Herndon concerts, and we always have a great time listening to the bands, hanging out, and trying to keep our balance while dancing on the hillside. Lots of smiles while greeting friends and meeting new people...
When you arrive, look for a chunk of hillside populated by Second Half Rally people having a good time. Go on up and introduce yourself, and then join the fun!
The band usually begins around 6:30 pm and the concert ends at 10 pm. There are food vendors selling burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, and other festival food, as well as beer and wine.
You can bring your own picnic, but no outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. No open containers either. They do check coolers when you enter, but this is not a security-heavy event at all. The volunteer staff are friendly locals and very helpful. Everybody is in the spirit of having a good time, so it's a perfect situation for folks like us...
There is plenty of free parking for this event at the town's municipal lot off Elden Street, and all the places we go are within a block or two of easy walking from the concert area.
After the Concert at Jimmy's and O'Sullivan's
After the concert, we'll walk a block to check out Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern or O’Sullivans Irish Pub for food, drinks, music, dancing, and more of a good time. Both restaurants are well-known in the Herndon area as cool places to hang out.
Our group's standard procedure in restaurants is to infiltrate them as individual customers so we get faster service and separate checks. Then we can mix and mingle without the hassles of finding large group seating and getting an automatic 18% tip added to a single gigantic bill. Figuring out who owes what and paying each share at the end of the evening is an unpleasant chore that detracts from having fun at our group meetups.
Another reason we never make advance group reservations is that many restaurants freak out when they hear we're bringing 20-40 people. They often try to put our group in a separate room or table area, which prevents us from enjoying the ambience and fun that individual customers receive.
So just sit down and order what you want when you enter. Don't worry about trying to find room for all of us at once. Everybody will get in and have a good time. We always do...
More details below:
The Friday Night Live! concert is an outdoor event that depends upon good weather, although the sponsors say they don't cancel due to bad weather forecasts. So check back here on the day of the event if the weather looks doubtful. If our group needs to change plans or cancel, Jeff will send out an email to participants before 4 pm on Friday. Please call him at [masked] if you have any questions or need to find us.
Hope to see you there!