Common Grounds Music Festival 2006 – Day 1

COMMON GROUNDS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2006 – DAY 1

Originally Published August 03, 2006

YouTube Video URL : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynb3Awi7uq8

Contributing Author – Diane Gomez

I don’t know, but I’ve been told, “If you keep on dancing, you never get old.”

Lansing, MI- What a lovely day! I have been waiting for this concert most of my life. As I am sure they rekindle the same for most people, Steve Miller Band takes me back! Many young adults today have grown up with Steve. We can recall our parents turning up the radio whenever “The Joker” came on, soon learning about tokers in our years following. Whether on commercials or the motion picture soundtrack for Space Jam, Steve Miller Band is simply part of our lives. Steve Miller Band is timeless. It brings families together. Seriously.

The Common Ground Festival, the venue I was able to catch Steve Miller Band at, was one of many different sites they’ve played at in the area; however, I can pretty much guarantee that none of the other venues provided such an array of activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Opening this festival with SMB was an excellent idea, supported by the fact that the show was sold out. I had never been to Common Ground before, but I talked to several people who have attended for all seven years! I also talked to people who came all the way from Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Ontario. This was one of those times when I actually wished I were from Lansing, because they definitely have something going on there. I mean… where have I been?

This crowd had a wonderful energy. Everyone just wanted to hang out and be friends. Ben and I had some time before the show started and wanted to get a bite to eat and explore some of Lansing’s sights. We ended up at Bonnie’s Place, after a friendly bum informed us where to go (always trust a friendly bum), and the place was stacked! It was the place to be before the shows started. Never mind the Burger King right across the street, because I support local businesses. Apparently, so did everyone else. Yay Lansing! It was a good ‘ol bar and grill with a beer tent set up for the occasion.

After finishing our fabulous burgers, we headed back to the festival for the opening act, the Huntunes. These guys were great, and had a following of energetic, supportive fans all sporting their band shirts. They were simply a down home group of guys who love what they do, and that energy was simply contagious. The audience was a little unsure at first, but by their last song they had a good majority of them dancing and singing along. I had never head of them before, but with their stage presence, they made me want to be part of da’ posse.

And then for Steve Miller Band!

We had a great group of people to hang out with during the show- a nice, appropriate census form family consisting of Mom, Dad, son and daughter. After sitting in the same place for so long and getting to know this family, Ben and I had a great time dancing and singing along with our new friends. It was a fantastic show, and Steve Miller Band played all of their greatest songs. Standing in front of that family is really what made me realize what this music is all about. The Mom kept reassuring the daughter that “Fly like an Eagle” would in fact be played, while Dad kept asking the son if he was actually having a good time. Despite the age difference, the daughter actually knew as many songs as mom and dad, and the son had to keep correcting his parents about the actual lyrics. But hey, a good time was had by all.

There were awesome guitar solos with lots of blues. Pretty light shows, and a nearly full moon. The older people were dancing along with the younger crowd and the audience basked in such a wild, open spirit! Of course, Lansing wasn’t going to let SMB get away so easily, topping off with a kick ass encore. I can’t wait to see who Common Ground books for next year. Keep an eye out for this one, and grab the chance to see Steve Miller Band whenever possible.

I’ll be back soon! Don’t you get the worrying!