5/13/00…Natalie Merchant with Spin Doctors @ United Center, Chicago

Natalie Merchant @ United Center 5/13/00

Natalie Merchant @ United Center 5/13/00

My friend, Raj, who I had hung out with numerous times in the late 90′s at Funky Buddha Lounge called me out of the blue right before his company party.  Raj was someone who I had gone to high school with (he was two years behind me), but I never actually knew him in high school.  We met at Funky Buddha Lounge almost ten years after I had graduated high school through my friend that cocktailed there.  He & I hadn’t talked for a while, so I caught him up on my plans for moving to New York in the next couple of months.  As soon as he found out how soon I would be leaving, he invited me to this company party/concert so we could hang out before I took off.  I thought that was so cool of him.  I was also excited to see Natalie Merchant perform.  I loved her!  The funny thing is that I was stuck seeing Spin Doctors AGAIN!  I kinda laughed about it and tried to enjoy their opening performance.  But I have to admit, it was DAMN hard. lol  Once Natalie came on, we got pretty close to the stage.  Since it was a company party, everyone was down on the floor to enjoy the show.

It was so amazing to have such a small audience for such a great artist.  I really, really enjoyed her performance.  She was so cute and fun.  She even took an audience member’s glass of wine and took a sip…or two.  It was great!  I didn’t expect her to have such a fun personality.  What a nice surprise.  I wish I had taken more pictures!!  Nevertheless, I will always have the memories.

Raj, Charles, Unknown Girl, & I after the show at one of our fave hangout spots, Funky Buddha Lounge. 5/13/00

Raj, Charles, Unknown Girl, & I after the show at one of our fave hangout spots, Funky Buddha Lounge. 5/13/00

 

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