Barenaked Ladies at Busch Gardens

Hubby and I have been huge Barenaked Ladies fans for years decades.  Back in 2004, my sister and I had the opportunity to see them perform live on the Today Show at Rockefeller Plaza.

Nine years later (and two more kids later), another opportunity presented to see the BNL live once more when Busch Gardens brought the Barenaked Ladies to Tampa as part of their new Bands, Brew and BBQ series.

We were so there!  Only this time we brought our kids, but it’s Busch Gardens, an amusement park made for family fun!  Though we had three kids in tow, the BNL were one less.  Sadly, Steven Page left the group back in 2009.

My kids  are almost as big BNL fans as hubby and me.  After all, my kids learned the alphabet with the help of BNL’s Crazy ABCs.  And who doesn’t love If I Had a Million Dollars?

With a stage facing a huge open field as their venue, it felt like a concert in the park.  My girls studied the map and our roller coaster course of action while we waited for the show to start.

Many concert guests had spread blankets in grass, but my kids and I were too busy dancing along to the music to lie down and listen to the music.  Also, it was way too chilly by Tampa standards to sit still.  The Canadian band joked about bringing the cold weather with them to Tampa.  Apparently, they play better in cooler weather.

The Sheikra and Gwazi roller coasters were scenic backdrops to the show and often led to impromptu songs by lead singer, Ed Roberston.  He even encouraged the audience to join him on an epic naked roller coaster ride entitled Streaka!

In true BNL fashion, there offered many funny and not quite PC one-liners about the animals and the American Sign Language interpreter.  Ed Robertson wondered if the interpreter really was interpreting.  Robertson also encouraged all the children in the audience to take an animal home today as a parting gift from Busch Gardens.

Of course, they played all their classic BNL songs such as The Old ApartmentBrian Wilson, Pinch Me, One Week and If I Had a Million Dollars.  (The video quality on my phone videos isn’t great, but you should click play and just listen anyway.)

And they even offered an amazing cover of Talking Heads’ Burning Down the House.   Of course, most of the audience only wanted to hear the Big Bang Theory theme song and the crowd cleared shortly after that which is too bad because they missed my favorite part: a hip-hip dancing mash-up of Forever Young, Party Rock Anthem, Call Me Maybe, Dynamite, and Good Feeling.

It was such a fun show!  We definitely enjoyed the “band” part of Busch Gardens’ Bands, Brew and BBQ event.  Next month, when we return to hear the Goo Goo Dolls, we’ll also partake in the “brew”and “BBQ” portion of the program.

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Denise

From start to finish, Denise is Run DMT, a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run trying to maintain an easy pace through it all between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 13, 9, 4). In 2007, I discovered a passion for running and in February 2015, I completed my tenth marathon, however, I continue to train for a variety of races and triathlons. In my spare time, I founded Tampa Bay Bloggers, a hyperlocal blogging network.

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10 comments

  1. Jenny says:

    What fun!! How fun to see them sing “Party Rockers in the House Tonight!”

    Hopefully it won’t be so cold for the next concert! It was brutal yesterday!

  2. Stacy Uncorked says:

    Ohhhhhhhh I’m a little jealous! I love me some Barenaked Ladies! Wait…that doesn’t sound right… :) How cool that your kids got to experience it, too! And I’m LOVING all the shots – especially those of your cuter-by-the-day-and-growing-by-the-day-munchkins. :)

  3. Kim @ This Belle Rocks says:

    What fun! I hope I am someday able to go to Busch Gardens. I can’t think of a more fun way to spend a day than with a concert AND roller coasters :) I love some of the Barenaked Ladies’ late 90s stuff – I think The Old Apartment is my favorite.

  4. Cathy Kennedy says:

    It certainly looks like you and yours had a lovely time at this outdoor concert. What a wonderful photo & video op for you! Thanks for sharing with us on Monday’s Music Moves Me! You rock!

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