On my way out of Harris Teeter a week ago, I grabbed a copy of Williamson Parent magazine. It’s a great resource for fun things to do with kids, has exhaustive lists of things like summer camps and preschools and usually has a few articles on parenting. I was flipping through it and saw an ad for the Nashville Symphony and noticed that Boyz II Men were going to be performing with the them this past weekend. I showed it to Josh and as soon as we got home, we logged on to see if we could get tickets.
The Saturday evening performance only had a few random seats available, none together, but Friday evening still had a few sections of great seats. We chose 2 Orchestra seats, about 20 rows back from the stage.
Little did I know how phenomenal these seats were going to be!
We arrived about 30 minutes early, first stop, one of the 7 bars. That’s right, 7!
After quickly ordering our drinks, I realized that I had left our printed tickets at home when I changed purses! Josh pulled out his phone and the usher tried to scan the barcode, but the scanner wasn’t picking it up. We were then shown the box office where they could print the tickets out for us.
We waited patiently in line. Tick tock!
Then, I saw the little sign, printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper that Meet & Greets were available with Boyz II Men.
For a small price.
We asked where the nearest ATM was and were told there wasn’t one in the building.
Ok. You’re selling meet & greet passes, for cash only, at the box office, and you can only buy them the night of the show, but you don’t have an ATM? Really.
Josh decided we should just grab our seats, it was time for the show to start.
I settled in nicely:
And admired all of the fantastic fashion on display! I can assure you, this was no ordinary symphony crowd.
OH NO. No stuffy pale old people.
Well, some of those.
There was a lot of excitement in the air, a lot of nervous laughter and exactly ONE bright red fur coat.
It was glorious.
The hall was not too shabby either. The acoustics were perfection!
Boyz II Men have been singing together for 23 years. They have an incredible discography and I’ll admit it, I was a little nervous to hear them live for the first time. I wondered if they still sounded as good, would I be disappointed, would it just make me regret not seeing them 20 years ago?
Let me assure you, THEY WERE INCREDIBLE! After the first few lines with the symphony backing them, I felt tears sting my eyes. It was THAT emotional. Their voices got stronger with each song and honestly, their harmonies were like nothing I’d ever heard before. I don’t know they do it, much less how they do it for 10 songs in a row, but their voices are really something special. I had goosebumps the entire performance.
At intermission, we decided it was worth finding an ATM so we could get cash for the meet & greet passes. You don’t wait 23 years to see Boyz II Men and not take the chance to meet them. Luckily, there was a bank across the street, and we were able to purchase the passes.
After the intermission, in true form, they sang ‘I’ll Make Love to You’ and I (along with about 100 other women) rushed the stage to get a rose. Wanya (pronounced WAN-YAY) gave me this rose:
We were corralled after the show into a waiting area (along with Ivan Nathaniel from Kings of Leon and David Cook from American Idol) and after about 30 minutes, we were ushered in to meet the guys. They were lovely and funny and genuinely happy to be there.
I was sure to tell them that 7 year ago, Josh wooed me by singing one of their songs and now we are married, with a toddler, and that this night was a check off of the bucket list. It was a beautiful show and a really, really awesome night. xo
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