I have been listening to Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours for years and have thoroughly enjoyed their music. I particularly have a soft spot for “KOA Refugee” since my parents owned a KOA in Redding for about 10 years.
We had seen Antsy without the Troubs but with Edgar Cruz at Alumafandango in August. That was entertaining but it was a bit short so I have always been wanted to see a full show. I finally bought some tickets to see them in Tracy, CA at the Grand Theatre. When I got the tickets it wasn’t a problem. It was on a Saturday so we would just go up, see them, spend the night somewhere and head home Sunday. What got problematic was the Saturday now turned out to be the weekend RIGHT AFTER us getting back from the Alumafiesta trip! We get back and then need to head out again.
Time to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. We had some items that needed to be fixed on the Airstream, such as our microwave died and the tongue jack makes a horrible noise and others. I arranged that we would head to Toscanos (110 miles from home), drop off the Airstream and go on to the concert in Tracy (about another 60 miles). This was great but what to do about after the concert. We could have driven the 170 miles back home. Toscanos came to the rescue. They offered that we spend the night on their lot at one of their hookup spots. Done!
We got to Toscanos about 11am so we could drop the trailer and go over the list. They told us the code to their back gate so we could get in later and moved it to a hookup spot. We headed on to Tracy. We had no hurry to get there so we took CA33 through some small towns that I5 has forgotten. We had another pleasant surprise ahead of us.
Roxie got in touch with Hannah (our daughter) earlier as she and her boyfriend were at Six Flags Vallejo. Since it was only 60 miles away we asked if they wanted to join us for dinner. They agreed! This was great. We ate at a very good Chinese restaurant with them then they had to leave to get back to the city.
We were here for:
This is a fantastic theatre. The lobby and facilities are very modern and clean. The theatre itself is very beautiful and preserved fantastically. Our seats were stage right and up high. I thought they would be great but weren’t that wonderful. However, since the theatre was not sold out, we moved to another set of seats that had a much better view.
The concert was very fun and entertaining. The musicians were very impressive. Ansty was sweating quite a bit so I suspect he might have been a bit under the weather. He persevered and put on a fantastic show. We will definitely see them again. Some of the attendees have been to almost 100 Antsy shows. We also learned you don’t want to go to the bathroom during the concert. They will see it and ‘wait’ for you unless you are having prostate issues.
Here is a shot of the whole band performing with Max dancing. I am not quite sure who Max was but he was very outgoing and entertaining.
We got out of the concert well after 10pm and still had our drive to Toscanos.
We got back to the trailer around midnight. The lock on the gate was tricky to get opened and once we were inside I knew that I could not open it up again so we were in for the night. That was fine with us, we were tired.
We got up and were released from prison, leaving our Airstream behind. Had a nice breakfast at Eddie’s in Los Banos.
We got home that evening after a dinner stop in Fresno with Aaron and thankfully had nothing to do the next weekend.
As I am writing this we are at an AirForums get together in Three Rivers. That will be the next blog post.