July 1, 2016

Hi from California! We moved out of our house in Connecticut, so we are officially nomads. Nick and I are here in California for about 10 days visiting family and friends before going to see more friends, going to Harry Potter World, and going to New York.

What’s your favorite band? The band that speaks to your soul and you feel like you would totally be best friends with in real life?

For me, it’s Flight of the Conchords.

I love Fight of the Conchords because they are not your typical band. They are a comedy band — their songs are quirky, ridiculous, and hilarious. They refer to themselves as  “the almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand.”

Their songs are about everything from breakups to the day that the robots take over. I love the way they look at things in new and unusual ways. At the same time, I think that they speak to universal experiences. The songs are hilarious but it really is their personalities and their chemistry together that makes them so awesome.

The band’s two members, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, are two incredibly talented humans and definitely are my long lost best friends. They are both from New Zealand, and they are responsible for my love affair with all things New Zealand.

They had a show on HBO, also called Flight of the Conchords. It aired for two seasons and was about a fictionalized version of themselves trying to make it in NYC. Every episode featured their music.

My love for Jemaine only grew after I got to meet him in Hawaii (you can read about that awesome experience here!).

Flight of the Conchords hasn’t toured in a long time. I wanted to get tickets the day that they announced their 2016 tour, but I had no idea what was happening this summer with moving so I couldn’t buy tickets. After we made our plans for visiting family and moving to Hawaii, I looked through their tour dates and saw that we would be in California the same day as the show.

Dreams do come true.

We got $30 tickets so we could sit on the lawn in the back. We got there early to get a good spot – in the center, kind of higher up. We brought a picnic, got a couple of beers, and lay down on towels on the grass. I snapped this photo while we were waiting for the show to start.

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To give you an idea of the type of band they are, the show didn’t open up with other musicians. Three different comedians came on before Flight of the Conchords.

As the sun went down and Flight of the Conchords came on stage, I looked up and saw that it was the clearest night I had seen in a long time. I watched a shooting star go by and knew it was going to be a perfect night.

What I love about their shows is that Bret and Jemaine always talk a bit in between songs. They played some new songs and some old ones and everyone went crazy when they played some of  their old favorites.

I was laughing so hard during one of their new songs that I didn’t think I could take any more. They were so great to see live and I am so thankful Nick and I got to experience it.

It was one of those nights where you are so completely in the moment, where you feel the breeze and the vastness of the stars and you probably don’t even know where your phone is.

Nights like these are good for your soul.

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
What’s your favorite band?

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9 responses to “Flight of the Conchords”

  1. That’s so awesome that you got to see one of your favorite bands live, especially since you didn’t know what the future held! Flight of the Concords really is hilarious, and the song that always sticks out to me from them is the one about business socks. My husband and I always joke about business socks now! I hope that you enjoy your last bit of time in California!

    • Carolann says:

      Business Time is probably one of my favorite songs of theirs! Too funny. I just love that sense of humor. I was really hoping they would play it but they didn’t. Have you ever seen their show on HBO? If you are a fan you would love it!

  2. Audrey says:

    I love getting lawn seats. Mu husband isn’t a fan, but sometimes the lawn is more relaxing and comfortable! I think K likes their music, actually!
    My favorite concerts are Dave Matthews Band and I love sitting in the lawn for them. It’s seriously the BEST atmosphere! We saw Foo Fighters last summer and they were incredible, too!

    • Carolann says:

      I love Foo Fighters! I don’t go to many concerts at all but this concert made me remember how much fun they are. I think lawn seats are the best. We got to lay down on the grass, spread out, and just relax. In Hawaii we don’t get many big bands to come play so I knew I had to take advantage of Flight of the Conchords when I could!

  3. Susannah says:

    I’m SO jealous!!!! I love flight of the concords!!!

  4. Carolann says:

    Aren’t they just the best?! Have you seen their show?

  5. Dannielle says:

    OMG I love love love love them! If I could see them live that would make my life. I only actually heard of them when I moved to New Zealand and my housemates watched the show religiously, and then I downloaded everything. I sing business time quite regularly haha.

    • Carolann says:

      I hope you get to see them one day! If you get the chance it’s absolutely worth going. Their bits in between songs were so funny – they just have such great chemistry together. And I loved hearing some of their new songs! And Business Time is one of my favorites! Just thinking about that song has me cracking up.

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