I covered the Everclear concert at Cowboy Up Greenville last Friday night. I have to admit (sorry, 1990) that I had no idea who they were. I wanted to see the venue. Anything with the word Cowboy in it appeals to me.
First of all, it was raining. I’ve never been so thankful for straight, boring hair. My sister was in a state of panic. Her hair is very curly and has a tendency to “friz.” My friend, Kathi, stood under the 93.3 radio tent until we got to the front of the line. She popped up in time for the security man to card her. He did not actually look at our license. We are a lot of things, but no one is going to mistake us for under twenty one. Thank you to the security guard (who was young enough to be my son) for not laughing at us. He was very sweet. He was also roughly thirty pounds lighter than me. I’m not sure who would help who in an emergency.
I was impressed with the friendliness of the staff. We called earlier in the day about the food options. The lady was very helpful and very bubbly. Kindness is less common these days, so this was worth noting.
We decided to eat beforehand. Due to the event, they were offering a limited menu. Everything looked yummy, but this grandma’s stomach can’t handle fried chicken tenders, wings, and cheese sticks. We had a hard time locating a menu on their website. It might have been operator error, but keep that in mind if you want to eat there. Think bar food and plan accordingly.
The room had one big bar in the center with a huge dance floor in front of the stage. I didn’t count them, but there were probably four huge booths lining one wall, a few tall tables on the other side, and a handful of stools scattered around. If you have a big party and/or get there early, you’re in good shape. Otherwise, you’ll likely stand. Standing didn’t seem to be an issue for most everyone there. Notice I said most. Remember how my back almost locked up when I had to stand at the Brooks & Dunn concert?
The bathrooms are large and clean. Two hundred women won’t have to fight over one stall. Thank you.
The stage can be seen from anywhere. The music was loud and the (young) crowd loved it. Familiar favorites played over the speakers between groups. We sang at the top of our lungs.
Once Everclear took the stage, I recognized them. Probably because the lead singer is sixty.
I definitely want to go back for a few of the country artists. We’ll just get there early enough to snag a seat!
If you love live music and live your best life on a dance floor, Cowboy Up is for you!
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