June 19th, 2014
Waco is almost exactly in the middle of Dallas and Austin on the I35 corridor, so if you don’t live here you probably just pass through not realizing what a cool place Waco really is. Every summer the City of Waco puts on a free admission concert series called Brazos Nights and this year Whisky Myers and the Toadies came through town. If you were around in the 90’s you are most likely familiar with the Toadies, and how timeless and amazing they are... seriously.
I am not a native Wacoan (or even a native Texan), so this was my first Brazos Nights experience. Waco definitely delivered an awesome time. I arrived about 30 minutes before the concert was supposed to begin. Parking was a breeze so I was a little surprised to see how many people were already there and set up in camping chairs, picnic blankets, boats and other water crafts. It felt like outdoor concerts I’ve attended in New Braunfels and Denton, so that was really neat to see in my own backyard.
People from all walks of life showed up for the festivities, making the atmosphere so much fun. There were bikers milling around, young families camped out on blankets and chairs, teenagers strolling around holding hands and everyone in between. Everyone was enjoying the same food trucks, Rubberneck Red beer (the official beer of the Toadies), and music in the same venue at the same time. Seeing how diverse Waco really is, and how friendly the citizens are was a really cool experience.
As the sun started to go down, the Toadies hit the stage and they didn’t disappoint me. Several of their songs will be ingrained in my memory forever since I grew up listening to them, so hearing these same songs live was definitely a great time. Some of their more diehard fans partook of a mosh pit, which I wasn’t expecting to see in Waco, but it was still pretty awesome to observe.
Brazos Nights was a unique experience that I recommend to anyone in the Waco area during the summer months. I had a blast, and got to experience one of my favorite bands complements of the city I live in. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Enjoy downtown Waco for the 4th of July - free fireworks show!