A very fun evening watching Maroon 5, and a little bit of Neon Trees.
We met up with friends for dirnks and appetizers at The Edgewater Hotel beforehand due to lack of spaces in nearby restaurants to the Arena. Good decision – it was my first time in this historic hotel, a place I have been meaning to visit since arriving in the US, given its legendary status with Led Zeppelin followers. The Hotel is literally on the water, and so a great place to hang out. Note the authentic bird poop on the window too.
Given we were en route to somewhere else, we opted to eat from the bar menu in the bar area. The décor of the bar is eclectic to say the least, but I like it for its quirkiness. Its somewhere between Twin Peaks meets the Shire meets a European night club.
I had the Yellow-Fin Tuna Tacos which were absolutely delicious, but pretty measly on the portion size given the price. There were only two smallish tacos, and personally I would prefer soft tacos rather than crispy, but that is a bit nit-picky as they tasted great, and were very fresh with a good balance of flavors. Thanfully Karen had ordered the fish and chips which was more substantial, and cheaper, so I was able to bulk up with some of that. On reflection, I could and should have ordered another appetizer as well, but hey-ho, next time.
Yellow-Fin Tuna Tacos / 14
avocado, tomato, cabbage, sriracha aioli
*Fish & Chips / 11
classic beer battered true cod and malt vinegar tartar sauce
Then, off to the gig we went, hitching a ride with our friends Mike and Suna – as we were leaving our car at the hotel. We arrived just as Neon Trees were wrapping up with a Human League song (Don’t You Want Me) and the only song of theirs I know (Everybody Talks).
We had fab seats, right next to stage left, and Maroon 5 put on a great show. Round about 75 minute set of songs that everyone knows with lots of audience participation and interaction. Great light show / graphics too. I would definitely recommend anyone to go and see them live. A quick visit to the T-Shirt stand on the way out and we walked back to the hotel to pick up the car.
A good evening out, particularly for a school night.