Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Coolest Thing I've Ever Seen at a Concert

I saw this on Feministing, and it inspired today's random story from last April.

Rose and I went to the Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood concert at Rupp, as you may recall from an earlier post in which I berated the people next to me for asking me to sit during Carrie's set. I'm not the biggest Keith Urban fan in the world, but I fell in love with him shortly after he opened his set.

He sang a couple opening songs. And he looked over to his right, and read out loud from a really bright orange sign, "Let Her Play Your Guitar." He stood there a second, and said, "ok. Come on up!" The crowd went wild.

A few seconds later, there appeared on stage a young girl who looked like she was maybe 14 or 15, who had braces and long, bushy dark hair that almost covered her face, wearing jeans and a Janis Joplin t-shirt. She walked on stage looking a little shy and uncomfortable, and in the back of my mind I was thinking, I hope she doesn't screw up and embarrass herself. She said her name was Leslie and she was from Hazard, Kentucky.

This is what happened next:

Keith Urban - Raise the Barn

Girl rocked it out!! The quality of this video doesn't do her playing justice. As soon as they got her plugged in, she started wailing on her guitar. I hope to God she makes it as a world-famous musician someday. Keith was obviously impressed, and his band members stood around looking stunned by her musical ability. I could've listened to her play all night.

And that's the coolest thing I've ever, ever seen at a concert.


Jessy said...

That was pretty cool of him. I'm not a big fan of him either, but that was super nice of him, and she totally had it.

Grace said...

when was this concert? this story and her playing was incredible!! love it, thanks for sharing.