Last September, when we saw The Romantics, Loverboy and Rick Springfield at the St. Augustine Amphitheater, we were inspired to become volunteers for the Amphitheater so that we could continue to see concerts on a regular basis…for FREE! Carl’s parents have ushered at their local performing arts center for years and have enjoyed it so we figured it was the thing to do now that we are over 50 years old.
After completing a bunch of paperwork, having background checks completed and attending orientation, we were finally approved to become ushers. In July, we “shadowed” at our first performance…OMD/Howard Jones/Barenaked Ladies. I had heard of Barenaked Ladies but thought I wasn’t really familiar with the other two. However, I was pleasantly surprised during the concert to find that I had heard many of the songs from all of the performers.
We did another performance later that month (a musical comedy due…Flight of the Conchords who are apparently a big deal and even had a show on HBO for 2 seasons) and have signed up for 1-2 more each month. This past weekend we ushed for Ray LaMontagne (another performer that I thought I wasn’t familiar with but turns out I know many of his songs) and next month we will usher for Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys.
It’s a fun way to get out of the house and listen to some entertaining music without spending any money. We love free stuff!