This is just my opinion, but I think the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, or, SPAC, deliberately schedules concerts on Sunday nights so more locals can go to them and it doesn’t turn into a crazy tourist mess.
When I had to drive back south for work every Sunday night, this annoyed me, but now that I don’t have to do it, I think it’s a lovely benefit. It also explains why for someone who likes going to see concerts, it was recently my first time at SPAC, even though I have lived in the area for 6 years and have been visiting since I was a baby.
My friend and I saw Lady A with openers Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt. It was a wonderful show. Coming from New Jersey, where you are not allowed to bring anything side anywhere, it was so nice to be able to bring in umbrellas, ponchos, a bottle of water, and most importantly a small lawn chair because we had lawn seats.
Besides the concert being great, because all three of them put on a fabulous show, it really is a such a great location. Although it’s really big and there were a ton of people there, it was controlled, organized and I could still see the show. You feel like you’re in the middle of the forest watching a show, because, well, you kind of are.
Another thing I liked about this venue? They had a bunch of vegetarian options. I didn’t have any, because we had eaten before we got there, but the selections were great. Usually, vegetarians are stuck with just pizza or pretzels. A vegetable rice bowl? Yes, please!
Actually, I did have a pretzel, because it was sourdough, which was different, and wasn’t ginormous like most of them.
By the way, Hunter Hayes is a damn good musician. At one point, he kind of just jammed, very Dave Matthews-ish, and it was super impressive.
My only complaint? It was soooooo cold! At least the rain held off until almost the end of the show.