Sunday, July 8, 2012

Paul Brandt and the Young Canadians' Grandstand Show - Worth It?

Last night I went to my first ever Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand Show. I am not sure if I have shared previously my horrific life luck with you, but I have it. Case in point, we bet on the races and I lost every single one AND we were betting loonies. You don't need to tell me how dumb I am, I know.

So the Chucks took away my money and then it was onto the Grandstand show. I had no idea what I was in for, but the peeps I was with said that it was going to be phenomenal...and they were right. It was one of the biggest spectacles I have ever seen.

First up was the Young Canadians. A crazy dance teacher came out and tried to get the audience to participate. It was hilarious.  I don't do audience participation (that is the 5% hipster side of me talking) so I did not waves my arms back and forth or 'do the monkey itch,' but there were a few tourists that got in on the action.

Then came Paul Brandt, flying in on a circular platform singing Didn't Even See the Dust. I think Brandt was the best get ever for Stampede because he is 1. From Alberta. 2. A country singer and 3. Gives credit for his success to the Calgary Stampede.

My one complaint of the show was that Alberta Bound was thrown in the middle of Brandt's set. What the hell is that?! It should have been at the beginning or the end, like a dope song should be. But that's it...other than that I was entertained and glad that I stood in the standing room only for 3 hours leading up to the performance.

If you have a chance to see the show, do it. Ballin' out of control. Totally worth it.


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