July 10, 2022

Prior Lake's Lakefront Music Fest 2022


Lakefront Music Fest 2022
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for July 10, 2022

On the 4th of July, we attended the boat parade on Prior Lake.  Top Gun was the favorite theme of the year with three different boats decorated as if they were part of that movie.  Tom Cruise was nowhere to be seen however.

I spent 3 days in Atlanta to meet with my new team from Oracle for our QBRs.  Our meetings went great and I had a lot of fun getting to know my colleagues.

I arrived at home at 4pm on Friday and then hopped in a car to join my family at Lakefront Music Fest.  A two night concert held at Prior Lake's Lakefront Park.  It was rock night and we were ready for a good time.

We joined the Korkowski family at the event.  They're always fun to be around!

 We enjoyed walking around and connecting with old friends.

Some friends like Heidi and Deb we haven't seen since before the pandemic began.  

We made some new friends like Todd Krieger who told me not to be a Todd.  I told him I'll do my best.

I normally don't see Chris Barragy outside of Clear Lake, Iowa, so it was fun seeing him in my hometown instead.  He was here doing photography of the show.

Uncle Kracker was the first performer of the night.  I really enjoy his songs Follow Me and Drift Away so it was fun to hear him perform.

Collective Soul were next.  I really enjoy their songs Shine and The World I Know so it was fun to hear them perform.

Sammy Hagar was the Headliner.  I really enjoy his songs I'll Fall in Love Again and There's Only One Way to Rock so it was fun to hear him perform.

Saturday night was country night.  I'm not a huge country music fan so I was much more excited to see old friends like Lisa Maldonado than sitting and listening to the music.

My old buddy, Jimi Gilbertson, was working the gate at the VIP Tent but said he couldn't allow me in.  I feel like a VIP, but I guess I need to figure out what I need to do to be seen that way in Jimi's eyes.

  My old friend, Steve "Cuds" Cuddihy was at the show with his lovely wife, Melissa.  They had bought Pit Pass tickets so were able to enjoy the show from a closer vantage point than I was allowed.  Good for them!  Bad for me.  Actually good for me as I'm not a huge fan of country music.

Ned LeDoux was the first one to perform.  I was really confused because he looks so young however I swear I saw him on an episode of HeeHaw once.

Randy Houser was next.  He sounded pretty good, however I've never heard one of his songs before so it's quite possible it didn't really sound like him.  I'm not a huge fan of country music so it's tough for me to know for sure.

I was excited to hear Alabama because quite honestly it was the only band that I'd even heard of on country night.  I'm not sure if I've mentioned it or not, but I'm not a huge fan of country music.  It was the 50th anniversary of their band being in existence which seems like a long time especially if you have had to spend most of it playing country music.

  My buddy Steve "Cuds" Cuddihy sent me this photo he took from the Pit area.    I thought it turned out pretty nice.  I had fun listening to Alabama and learned a lot from them.  Primarily, if I'm going to play in Texas, I gotta have a Fiddle in the Band.  I need to write that down in my reminders book.  Normally it's pretty rare for me to play with a fiddle in the band, but it just sounded like good advice. 

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