Saturday, March 5, 8:06 a.m.:
Waking up without a voice never felt so good. I guess that’s what I get for screaming all night at a Skillet concert. Let’s recap the night…
Friday, March 4, 5:38 p.m.: Text message: “Hey. Are you standing in line?”
Standing in line? Are you kidding me? The concert doesn’t start until 7! Apparently there was already a long line of people waiting to get into the PULSE-sponsored concert featuring Skillet and special guests Superchick and Flame.
There was no shortage of support for the bands as students, family and friends packed the Kolf Sports Center, which has a capacity of 5,800. You could feel the energy of the crowd immediately upon entering the room. My heart raced as the lights dimmed for the first act, Flame, which began right at 7 p.m.
You could literally feel the music as it was reverberating through the room. I was hooked.
Friday, March 4, 7:36 p.m.: Time for a dance off.
Each dancer was given 30 seconds to show his or her amazing skills… or lack thereof.
The winning dancer had captivated the crowd with his significantly less-than-perfect dance moves, some of which included haphazardly spinning on the ground (future breakdancer?) and after making a dramatic stumble, striking a model pose. Hey if it works, it works. And clearly, it worked, as the crowd couldn’t get enough of his awkward dancing ability.
After the dance off, Superchick took the stage and gave nothing short of a stunning performance.
In between acts, Nick Hall, the night’s host, gave the crowd some thoughts to think about. His key message was that no matter how hard life gets, we’re never alone. After taking a few quiet moments to reflect, everyone was then given a chance to win a Nintendo Wii. I’d love to say I won, but I didn’t so let’s move on.
Friday, March 4, 8:43 p.m.: I checked my phone in eager anticipation for Skillet. I’m pretty sure everyone around me was doing the same. When were they going to start??
After a loud chant of “Skillet, Skillet, Skillet…” the crowd cheered them onto the stage. There was an immediate rush of people to the front. I probably ended up another five feet closer riding the wave of people – which was OK with me.
The crowd sang along to every song. If you didn’t know the lyrics it was not a problem. You either caught on or just screamed because everyone else was.
Even though before the night began, I had never heard a Skillet, Flame or Superchick song in my life – you can say hello to their newest fan.
Thank you Oshkosh Pulse for a great night of fun. How many other Flame, Superchick, or Skillet fans do we have out there?