Y’know, I should have put something out for St. Patrick’s Day this past Saturday, but I was too busy being awestruck to write anything down.
So my parents bought 3 tickets to see the country a capella group known as Home Free. I didn’t really know what to expect because I hadn’t been to a concert in YEARS. And even then I wasn’t really interested in what was going on. A classmate caught me sitting down, reading a book while listening to a concert at a county fair. He tried to tell me off at school the next day, but I was too busy reading again to care. (I was an even bigger book nerd than I am now.)
This time, there were no books to keep me distracted. We drove to Cincinnati, OH, which is about 45 minutes away from where we live. I was trying to rest after the hectic morning I had with my high school’s winter percussion competition. But my dad had Home Free songs playing in the car, and of course I sang along to a few of them.
We arrived at the Taft Theater, which I hadn’t been to since I was a toddler. It was a good-sized theater, holding I think a few hundred people. There was an open bar, so when we walked though the doors, they asked if we were going to be drinking. I said no, because I’m still underaged (one more month, one more month…) and we went to our seats. There was a strong smell of cigarette smoke and alcohol, which made me want to gag. That was quickly forgotten when the group came out.
Oh. My. Gosh. I was pulled in right away! The harmonies they made gave me chills. Each one showed off their talents throughout the night. Especially the beat boxer, Adam Rupp. I think he had almost 10 minutes just for him, and we were all floored.
Look at Adam go! Shine on, my friend!
Then there’s this man. Tim Foust. He’s the bass of the group, and I… just… wow. He could give Avi from Pentatonix (so sad, but understandable why he left) a run for his money!
During intermission, I bolted to the merchandise table, where I bought a Home Free pink camouflaged hat and a picture of the group. While in line, a man in front of us said that the guys will be out after the show for autographs! I turned to my dad and said, “We are not leaving until we get my stuff signed.” Luckily, he agreed.
Towards the end of the show, they sang a really, really beautiful song, but I’m not saying which one so as not to spoil the show for others. And you know what? I started crying! Not the Dean Winchester, one tear kind of cry. I was close to sobbing. I feel so bad for the man sitting next to me, watching me blubber away. My parents laughed at me after the song, but whatever.
In all honesty, I can never cry like this man can and manage to look that good.
Anyway, after the show, we managed to be one of the first people in line for autographs! Seriously, there were only 4 other concert-goers before us. We waited for almost half an hour I think, watching the line get longer and swing back into the theater. Finally, we heard shouting from the back of the line, warning us that they were on the way. I had my picture, while my mom took my hat to get signed as well. There wasn’t really any time to talk to them. They would grab, sign, then pass it down the line. One of them tried to make eye contact with me, but what did I do? I froze and hid behind my mom, blushing really hard. My dad managed to shake each of their hands after I grabbed my stuff and ran out.
Me as I’m going down the line…
There was a lot that went on during the concert, but I’m not going into too much detail in case someone else is planning on seeing them. But if you aren’t, what are you doing? Get your tickets now before it’s too late! They’re in the middle of their Timeless tour, and shows are selling out fast. If you can’t go see them, check out their new album or their YouTube channel! You won’t regret it!
Can you see me? C’mon, I’m right there!
Tour Website: http://homefreemusic.com/tour/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/homefreevocalband/