EG Summer’s End Concert
- Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:40
- Colour of London
We grabbed our guitars and backpacks for a quick trip to RI this past weekend to play the Summer’s End Concert in East Greenwich. After spending a few weeks at home following the Acoustic tour, it was nice to hit the road again for a couple days! We were honored to open for the US Navy Concert Band and couldn’t have asked for a better night to play Eldredge Field. (Much cooler than when we played East Greenwich in July!) Once we hit the stage, we were energized by the crowd and before we knew it, the show was over and we were at our merch table meeting new friends and fans. Less than 12 hours later, we were on a plane back to Nashville to enjoy Labor Day weekend!
First off, it was awesome just being back there. We actually filmed the music video for our single “Back to Me” there. We just love the atmosphere and the people of that town are amazing.
Standing on the side of the stage listening to the Navy Band sound check as we tuned our guitars, we had a moment of pure joy. We realized how blessed we are to get to play music for a living. We get to do that thanks to those amazing men and women on that stage. As we watch them tune and warm up their instruments, it’s easy for us to forget all the sacrifices they have made for us. They fight and protect us so we can do what we love. We were totally overtaken in that moment and almost came to tears. As they exited the stage they looked at us, gave us a thumbs up and said “Rock out boys.”
Two songs into our set this awesome kid wearing a red shirt ran to the front and just started having his own dance party. Shortly after, his friend and tons of other kids joined in the fun. A song later the kids decided to “TURN UP” meaning to take it to the next level, increase the fun, raise the stakes – and they did just that. LOL. It was awesome – they ran on the stage and started dancing with us. That quickly came to an end as security had to remove them from the stage. We totally understand why – the last thing we want to see is someone get hurt. But hey, they had a blast for the 8 seconds they were on stage.
After we finished playing, we gave away CDs and signed autographs. It was very humbling to see the joy we brought to those kids.
Everything came full circle that night. The Navy Band that played, protect and sacrifice for us so we can play the music that brought joy to those kids.
We can never underestimate the affect of what we do on other people. We ALL have gifts and talents that are useful and add to this journey we call life.