The Chance

My First Concert

I did not attend my first musical concert until I was 16 years old.  I remember it being a big deal as I continuously left out, as other kids would talk about shows that they were seeing.  Finally my day came where I bought tickets to see the band Less Than Jake at the Chance in Poughkeepsie.  I was going to see the show with Mike Stratton who was also really into the band as well.  I think the opener for the show was Lars Frederickson and the Bastards, which was a punk band headed by bassist of the group Rancid.  The day of the concert was going to be a very busy day for me.  I had a school trip to NYC, which got me out of all my classes.  My business law class was taking us to see a taping of the Judge Hatchett.  It was one of those reality court shows that were becoming extremely popular.  I had the whole day planned out.  We would be in the city from 8-3 and I would get home and meet up with Mike around 6:30 to get to the show right when it starts to see the opening act.   My plan did not go according to plan.  We did not even leave the courtroom until around 6pm.  The taping was absolutely excruciating.  It was so unbelievably fabricated and nothing seemed natural.  There were numerous takes done and someone would constantly come out and ask us to look surprised about certain things that were said.  By the time we got back to the school, my ride had already left and I was going to miss my first concert.  My business law teacher Ms. Reverri felt really bad about this and actually offered to drive me to the concert, which was about 40 minutes away from the school.  She lived nearby to the venue so it would only be a little out of the way.  I changed in the car out of my dress shirt and tie, which we had to wear for the taping and put on a Mighty Mouse t-shirt.  Why I remember that detail I have no idea.  I got to the venue in time to see the main act.  The show was so energetic as people danced around in the pit the entire time.  At the end of the event I was soaked in sweat and completely exhausted.  I went home completely ecstatic from the experience and was immediately planning the next concert.  I have Ms. Reverri to thank for making it happen.