So, I get a call from a buddy Thursday at 3:30 pm. He says they cant find a sitter and I can take his wife's place to go to the IBMA award show. Man, that was one awesome music show. The highlight must have been when the Guitarist of the year played with the Banjoist of the year's band. The guitarist subbed in last minute because of a family sickness. It was funny because the guitarist was about to play when he got the award. He had to go over and get the award with his guitar strapped on, do a speech, and then scuttle back over and jam it out. Video below ...
The other highlight was when a dude named Butt Parker got an award. For real parents, be careful with your names/nicknames. They last forever.
The Raleigh Wide Open was great too. I took Friday off work so I was able to enjoy the free shows all day without a big crowd. Saturday was a mad house though. Lesson learned, don't go to the free Saturday shows. Way too many people.