I'm sitting here watching American Idol as I'm writing this post. I missed last night's show and tonight is when they will reveal the top three for this season and send someone home. We've always been a family that really enjoys music. I've been pretty proud of the fact that we raised our two daughters exposing them to good music. It's great to be able to say that we all enjoy listening to some of the same artists with The Beatles being our all time favorite band and the Dave Mathews Band one of our favorites during their lifetime.
My husband and I took both our daughters with us to their first concert to see DMB perform. It was at a summer outdoor concert on the lawn at Darien Lake which is a theme park with a performing arts amphitheater that's right off the New York State Thruway between Rochester and Buffalo. Our daughters were both pretty young then, but old enough to appreciate the experience and to be actually familiar with the music. They were however wondering "what's that funny smell?".
My oldest daughter Kelsey is just finishing up her first year at NYU and was lucky to attend the DMB concert a few weeks ago in New Jersey which was the band's second performance after kicking off their new tour at Madison Square Garden the night before, April 14th. She was still singing Satellite the next day and amazed at how great a band they are.
Now after a long break from the studio the band traveled down to New Orleans to complete work on their much anticipated new studio album, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King, which is slated to be released on June 2. They have put together a great promotional campaign utilizing social media to launch the album and since I'm a "fan", I have been receiving regular email message regarding the promotion which is called:
DMB BIG WHISKEY AND THE GROOGRUX KING ADVANCE LISTENING PARTY CONTEST – Party With the King For a chance to win the GrooGrux Grand Prize'!
Fans are invited to host a listening party and create a Facebook Event page scheduled for Memorial Day weekend and invite all their friends. Be one of the
hosts of the 100 event pages with the most attendees and they win a personalized advance watermarked copy of the new album to use for the listening party. Hosts
must submit an entry form on the Advance Listening Party Contest Page
by the May 12th deadline.
The host of the best listening party will win a trip to meet Dave Matthews and see DMB perform live from the front row at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL on Saturday, August 15th!
To enter this stage of the contest hosts must post a video to their Facebook Event Page after their party. Videos will be judged by a combination of:
I'm going to try and talk my daughter into entering the contest. I figure she'd have more luck getting a good number of guests to attend them I would. So we'll see. DMB will be on tour till the beginning of October. They are one of the best bands to see live. The album is available for pre-order and comes with a bunch of different packages that include some extra tracks and other promotional merchandise as well. I'll be one of the many listening to the album on June 2nd!
BTW – Allison just was sent home from American Idol. Looks like my eariler predication of the top three was a little off. We're now down to three guys, Danny's in instead of Allison. Well at this point it's Adam's to loose! He did perform an amazing rendition of Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love!