If you're anything like most other people under 30 that I told I was going to the Steve Winwood concert, you would now say, "Who?"
Who? You know Steve Winwood. You probably just don't know you do. If you grew up in the 80s, his songs are cemented somewhere in your psyche and you don't even know it. "Valerie," "Roll with it Baby," "Bring me a Higher Love" - ringing any bells?
As soon as Jay and and I heard that Steve was coming to town, we immediately bought tickets. In the last few years, I've become more familiar with his former bands, Traffic and Spencer Davis Group and didn't want to miss an opportunity to hear "Dear Mr. Fantasy" or "Gimme Some Lovin'" live! Steve did not disappoint!
But before I jump into concert details, let's rewind a bit. Before the show, Jay and I went to a bar called Butterjoint in Oakland near the venue. It was awesome! Butterjoint shares the kitchen (and ownership) with Legume (one of Pittsburgh's top restaurants) so we were sure this wasn't going to be your typical bar menu. They tout their locally sourced and fresh ground burgers as their specialty. Jay had "The Fancy Burger" with blue cheese crumbles, bacon and blue cheese aioli (never enough Blue Cheese, right?). I ordered a regular burger with Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions. Both were fantastic.
Oh - and it was happy hour which meant plenty of Portuguese table wine! So fun.
After dinner, we stopped for a cocktail at The Porch and then made our way over to the Carnegie Music Hall. It's quite possibly the prettiest place I've ever seen a concert.
And while we were most certainly the youngest people in attendance, there is something to be said about sitting down during a concert. No awkward swaying or drunk dancing here. Just a bunch of music loving Baby Boomers...and me and Jay.