Thursday, September 17th was an awesome day for me. When I heard that Carman was coming to town, I was stoked! I love Carman’s music and ministry and believe he has a gift for spreading the gospel message. The one concern I had was, who would go with me? When I first heard about the concert, I thought it would be a fun event to go to with Bobby; however, as the concert date approached, it was becoming more apparent that this wasn’t going to be the case. Bobby’s second job (creating Kris’ Alice in Wonderland birthday bash) was in the final stages and in order to get the job done, he had to work. I was so, so, so sad…but I knew it couldn’t be helped.
Then an idea struck me. What if I took my nephews with me? I wasn’t sure if they knew about Carman so I called their Mom to see if they ever heard Carman’s music at home (knowing Linda might have some of his CDs). She said they didn’t really listen to him, but thought they would enjoy seeing him in concert. The next step was to ask Josh and Brent if they wanted to go with me.
When I asked them, they confirmed what their mom told me. They didn’t really know who he was…but they were willing to go with me to see him in concert. The excitement hit me again! I had someone to share this experience with.
The general admission price was $10 (kids 17 and under were free) which was a great deal. I wanted to be close to the action though and decided to buy the $25 tickets which would allow us to sit in rows 4-7, the Gold Circle are…I would have really loved the VIP tickets where you not only got to sit in rows 1-3, but you also were able to attend the “meet and greet” with Carman himself. The price for those was way too high for my budget at $100 a ticket. The $25 tickets did not include the 17 and under free offer so I had to get two additional tickets for Brent and Josh. And since Bobby wasn’t available to join us, I invited my friend Rosalind.
The day of the concert I left work early so I could pick up the Beltrans at 5:30pm. After picking them up, we went back to my house to wait for Rosalind. Once she arrived at 6pm, we were off to South Coast Fellowship in Ventura to see Carman!!! We arrived around 6:20 and the concert was scheduled for 7pm. We entered and were directed to the Gold Circle section and found seats in the SECOND row! Right smack dab in the middle. The perfect seats to see all the action.
It was a great concert. Carman, who had battled with cancer back in 2013/2014, still had the anointing. He shared his chemo stories and how, although he wasn’t expected to survive, God had opened up the opportunity to record a new album from which this tour idea became a reality. He shared how his fans came together and supported the idea through Kickstarter. He’s now cancer free and sharing the gospel with a new vigor. Such an uplifting message and I’m glad I was able to be a part of it.
“Jesus is my A, and there’s no plan B”
After the concert we headed to the reception area to look at the products on display for purchase. There were CDs, DVDs, and t-shirts. I asked the boys if they wanted a souvenir and they both said no. I continued to look around and found a DVD I thought I would enjoy (it had music videos and a movie on it). “Are you sure you don’t want anything? Not even a t-shirt?”, I asked again. This time they said ok. Both of them picked a blue “No Plan B” t-shirt. The deal was buy 2 items get the 3rd free, so my DVD was free! Hee! hee!
Being a hot evening (have I mentioned the weather in Ventura has been very hot and humid lately), I told Josh and Brent we’d head over to Chick-fil-a for some shakes. I really wanted the frosted lemonade – it is SO good and addicting! Poor Rosalind was on a 21 day fast and couldn’t have a shake, but she was able to get a fruit cup and unsalted waffle fries.
It was a night to remember and I am thankful I was able to go to the Carman concert. I am extra thankful I was able to go with my dear friend and my wonderful nephews. Oh, and I found out from Josh that this was their first concert experience! I’m glad they enjoyed it and that Carman interacted with the crowd so that their first concert experience was a positive one. It was fun to see Josh and Brent yelling and clapping along. Good times.