I am currently coming off an awesome night with some friends at the Jason Aldean Ride All Night Tour! I’d never attended an event there but when I heard that Jason Aldean was coming to town, I asked my friends to go. One of which is pregnant and the idea of being 28 weeks pregnant chilling on the rowdy lawn of Merriweather with all the drunk people was less than thrilling. Waiting in line for a bathroom while pregnant is horrible enough, let alone the long lines at concerts. So the idea came and went.
A month of so later, our friend text us “ok ladies, you’re mine next Friday night! You’ll love me. So get babysitters.” First of all, you don’t have to ask me twice to do a girls nights out. I’m all about that self-love and time away from my kids to have a little adult fun. I’ll throw the kids and a bag of McNuggets and McDoubles in Brendan’s direction faster than he can blink and be GONE if it means I can have a little me time (ain’t no shame in my game over here).
Not knowing exactly what she had planned or really even remembering that the tour was that close to coming to town, I was already down for whatever fun she had in mind. Wine Tour- Check, Fancy Dinner- Check, Mud Wresting- Check, night out at Wal-Mart- Also Check. Given my low standards of ideas, imagine how ecstatic I was when she said she had WON FREE tickets to the concert. Um YESSSSSS girl, count me the heck in! I was doing a happy dance in the foyer. The news came in the middle of the nightly bedtime battle, so lawn seats were just fine by me!
Then she went and dropped the bomb on us: free VIP suite tickets and VIP parking to the brand new suites at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Um what?! Yes, please. Waitress to serve you drinks and food right from your chair, a private bathroom, and everything was BRAND NEW.
The day was finally upon us. We didn’t really know what to expect and couldn’t find any information or pictures anywhere. We honestly thought they were going to be VIP huts at that top of the lawn with no view and a private outhouse. We were skeptical to say the least. We pull up to the VIP parking lot and nestled our car along side of Howard County’s finest, literally very fiiiine (had to keep an eye on Rachel, she was planning a little intermission fun of her own). Walked up to the gate with no one in line, scanned our tickets and were inside within minutes. The general admission line was huge, probably a half mile long and I imagine people waited for hours to just get in the place.
Took a little while to find the VIP parking lot and when we got there, other VIPs held up the line…
VIP admission line was a killer…
We made our way to the suites through the main section and were pleasantly surprised at where the suites were situated and how awesome they looked (we were in Section 511, Row B). The suites were added over the 300 sections of the main area under cover and had a nice outdoor industrial vibe with lots of concrete, metal and wood features.
Section 511 was on the right side of the stage and overlooked the parking lots with the tour buses and tour trucks, perfect for the groupie stalkers out there trying to catch a glimpse at some Kane Brown. The bathrooms were just steps away from the seats and the upper level of the suites featured the “Sky Lawn”. The Sky Lawn had the cutest Shock Top bus bar, pup style tables, and an elevated lawn (3 stories up!). The views from both the suites and the Sky Lawns were amazing, especially for Merriweather which is usually fairly obstructed or 1 dimensional.
The service for drinks and food were great! The selection is limited but if I don’t have to wait in a line, I’ll drink whatever you’ve got. The servers have a little credit card machine which made paying and tipping a breeze.
From the top of the Sky Lawn
The show itself was awesome! Carly Pearce opened the show and played for about 30 minutes. In between sets, a DJ was playing which was a fun way to pass the time. Kane Brown was second and for a while there I thought more people were there to see him over Jason Aldean. I’ve heard a few of his songs before but definitely left there wanting to hear more and now I know what all the hype is about. Jason Aldean played an amazing show. Not a lot of talking and a lot of singing! He played for an hour plus!.
We made our way to the exit on the last song. Leaving the VIP parking was a dang breeze. Literally on the highway in 2 minutes and 1 turn. CANNOT beat that!
I didn’t get home until 12:30am, which is practically 4:30am in mom time. I popped some Tums and an Advil because momma can’t hang like she used to. I fell asleep in my kids bed (Brendan and the kids were having a sleepover in ours and well you just don’t poke the beasts). This show brought an awesome opportunity to hang with my friends, who I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. My kids and husband are my everything, but nights out alone with my friends are what keep me feeling like me. Good laughs, amazing friends, and banging ass VIP suite seats were just what my soul needed.Blessings,