The Week in TicketCity Search – Saving the Best for Last

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Sept 30th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 2 ACL Fest
2 1 Dallas Cowboys
3 - Pink
4 - Book of Mormon
5 - George Strait
6 - Justin Timberlake
7 - Cher
8 10 SF 49ers
9 - Pittsburgh Pirates
10 3 Houston Texans

The first notes of ACL Weekend One’s Friday lineup should be drifting out of Zilker Park by the time I finish writing this. Some band called The Orwells, to be specific. ACL doesn’t hand out the coveted 11am Friday spot to just anyone, people. With two weekends this year, ACL might hold onto the top spot a little longer than usual.

ACL did knock Dallas off the top, but this time they had a much softer landing at #2. They are followed by a significant shuffle in the results this week, starting with Pink, whose on-and-off relationship with the countdown has once again switched to the “on” position. She’s followed by The Book of Mormon. The Broadway hit is touring through our backyard with a couple weeks’ worth of shows at Bass Concert Hall.

George Strait brings the top five home, and Timberlake leads off the bottom five. Fans have a little longer to wait for George than Justin, but the demand for last leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour is growing stronger everyday. It is his “farewell tour”, and what are the odds that you’ll ever have a chance of seeing George on tour again? I mean, think about how huge Cher’s 2003-05 Farewell Tour was, and how that means you’ll never, ever, ever be able to see her on tour again.

Cher enters the countdown at #7 with the announcement of the 2014 Dressed To Kill Tour.

Sports rounds things out, with the 49ers and Texans hanging around from last week, and the Pirates show up to remind us that MLB playoffs are underway and the World Series is just around the corner.

Since I already used the Cher video with the tour announcement post, I guess I have little choice in the matter. Direct from the 11am hour on Friday in Zilker Park, a band whose Wikipedia page has been nominated for speedy deletion: The Orwells!

The Week in TicketCity Search – Don’t Call it a Comeback

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Sept 23rd
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 10 Dallas Cowboys
2 - ACL Fest
3 4 Houston Texans
4 - Luke Bryan
5 3 Drake
6 - Beyonce
7 - NY Knicks
8 - Elton John
9 - John Mayer
10 - SF 49ers

While my memory may be a little fuzzy at this point, I’m not sure anyone pulled off the 1-10-1 bounce before. America’s Team is certainly in a rather élite fraternity either way. I won’t even attempt to predict where they’ll end up next week.

In slightly more expected news, the Austin City Limits Festival drops in at #2. Somewhat appropriate, as there’s now 2x more of it than in previous years. Weekend One is one week away. If you miss that one, Weekend Two is, you guessed it, two weeks away. Headliners include hot new acts like Depeche Mode and The Cure. Which is what I would have said if it were 1980.

Luke Bryan bounces back, while Drake is one of the few who managed to hang around from last week. Beyonce, a former top 3 fixture, returns to lead off the bottom five. She is followed by the Knicks, who remind us that the NBA preseason starts in October.

Elton John’s new Vegas residency shows a spark of interest, while John Mayer’s fall tour makes the list at #9. Finally the 49ers return to slide into the spot the Cowboys left open this week.

Let’s pick a slightly more recent ACL headliner, Muse, who only hail from the 90s. Here is “Uprising”, otherwise known as the only Muse song you know:

Reliant Stadium Event Guide – Texans Game Day

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This is where you want to be in Houston on Sundays

Cooler weather, fantasy leagues, brighter Mondays, later Thursdays, and a new meaning to #sundayfunday can only mean one thing — football season has arrived. I kicked off my football season at Reliant Stadium for the Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans game and what a way to start the season. Besides witnessing one of the best games of the season thus far, Texans fans know how to throw down for a football game, especially when facing their division foes. In an ironic rivalry twist, as much as Texans fans despise the Tennessee Titans, it’s the Titans they have to thank for their beloved Houston Texans franchise which only fuels this competitive fire, and it shows. But rivalries aside, Reliant Stadium is a great place to experience the NFL.

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Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans from section 104 row JJ

I arrived to the Blue parking lot roughly an hour before kickoff and was shocked to see complete an utter chaos in the form of tailgating, it was awesome! When I say chaos I don’t mean a crazy R rated madhouse, I mean all ages in a completely succinct state of mind with one goal — root for the Texans. From DJs surrounded by flat screens to mini football fields in the parking lot, Houston Texans fans have  tailgating down to a science. If you are ever heading to Houston for a game I recommend an early arrival to experience what may be the greatest tailgate you ever attend.

If you have ever been to Houston than you know about the evil cloak the rest of us like to call humidity. It’s not pleasant. Thankfully the people of Houston feel the same and decided to create an indoor stadium complete with AC and retractable roof for those scarce “San Diego-like” Texas days. Though the AC was a huge plus, the atmosphere come game time was the best part. It was like the tailgate moved into the stadium without skipping a beat. I have never given more random high fives in my entire life and I’m not even a Texans fan, GO NINERS! (editor’s note: meh)

I am a huge fan of 50-yard-line seats, but it’s hard to complain about any lower level seat in Reliant Stadium. In fact the whole stadium utilizes the space well leaving few bad seats. The seats are as close to straight up as they can be which really puts the fans in the game. It was by far the loudest football game I have ever been to and you can’t help but join in with 70,000+ cheering fans. My wife and I were in the last row of section 104 just under the second level overhang. What I really liked about these seats is that they provided multiple hanging TV’s that displayed exactly what the two (non-visible) jumbo-trons at each end zone were showing. All in all I would and will make it back to many more Texans games and recommend it to all football fans.

Houston Texans Seating Chart at Reliant Stadium

Houston Texans Seating Chart at Reliant Stadium

As far as concessions are concerned, I think there is an overall agreement that from High School to NFL football all concessions are too expensive. Now that we got that out of the way, beer at Reliant was fairly moderate and it came in a bottom up glass. If you have never experience the bottom up draft, it is a cup that fills from the bottom up. IMPORTANT NOTE…if you only take one thing away from this blog let this be it, the hole at the bottom of the glass does not lock so don’t try to push it in. Your beer will end up in your lap and that’s no good for anyone involved, trust me.

To finish up, if you ever get a chance to attend a game that players from your fantasy team will be playing in, do it…and start those players. It was pretty sweet seeing Ben Tate bust out on a 60 yard run down the sideline and watching the rookie, DeAndre Hopkins, go up and grab the game winning touchdown to give me a 2-0 start in my fantasy league.

You can catch the Texans at Reliant Stadium this weekend (Sep. 29) against the Seattle Sehawks which is likely to be a great game. Houston will also be hosting some of the best quarterbacks in the league this year starting with Andrew Luck and the Colts on November 3. It’s Texans vs. Patriots and their future HOFer on December 1, and then Peyton Manning’s Broncos on December 22.

The Week in TicketCity Search – North by Kanye West

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Sept 16th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 - Maroon 5
2 10 Kanye West
3 3 Drake
4 7 Houston Texans
5 5 LSU Football
6 - Cincinnati Bengals
7 8 Luke Bryan
8 - Pink
9 - Depeche Mode
10 1 Dallas Cowboys

It must be the middle of September, because the pigskin’s brief grasp of the countdown is slipping away. Not to say there’s not a decent amount of gridiron action to be had. The Texans gain momentum and reach 4th, but that’s the best any football team can hope for this week. It is the very busy Maroon 5 who tops the list.

Fresh off a summer tour, Maroon 5 took a brief nap and are back out there once more on the Honda Civic Tour, with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane. The latter individual has not been deemed notable enough to have her own Wikipedia entry, so your guess is as good as mine about why she’s there.

Kanye, obviously justifying my faith in him last week, makes the 8 point jump to second place. He added some additional shows to the new tour as many sold out quickly. Impressive, but part of me wonders if everyone is going in hopes of catching one of those increasingly more common rants live and in person.

Drake and LSU both remain where they were last week, while the Bengals kick off the bottom five with their inaugural countdown appearance this season. They’re followed by Luke Bryan and the returning Pink, who is not close to winding down The Truth About Love tour. She’s followed by Depeche Mode, whose appearance in Dallas today may have something to do with this bit of countdown success.

Finally, the Cowboys take the big tumble from one end of the countdown to the other.

Here is The Artist Currently Known as Rozzi Crane joining that élite fraternity (of everyone, ever) that covered Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”

The Week in TicketCity Search – Maybe Next Time, Drake

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Sept 9th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 5 Dallas Cowboys
2 6 SF 49ers
3 - Drake
4 8 US Open Tennis
5 7 LSU Football
6 - Washington Redskins
7 - Houston Texans
8 - Luke Bryan
9 2 Justin Timberlake
10 - Kanye West

Football rules once more this week. The Cowboys make a hail mary play that pays off, reaching the top, followed by the 49ers. Also returning this week are the Tigers of LSU, though they are the only representatives of college football to make it from the previous week.

Concerts reassert some dominance this week, with Drake landing in third place. His amusingly named “Would You Like a Tour” is going strong, with over forty dates left between now and December.

Really late US Open shoppers managed to push it back to the top five from only a few days worth of searches. In the record books now, Nadal puts another Grand Slam under his belt.

Luke Bryan returns after a break, and Justin Timberlake fell pretty hard from #2 to land at #9. He’s pretty limber, I’m sure he landed just fine. Finally, down at #10, Kanye himself arrives with the announcement of The Yeezus Tour. Kendrick Lamar will be tagging along on most of the tour, which currently comprises almost 30 dates between October and December.

Technically, I suppose I should put Drake in there since he’s the biggest new entry, but I fear Kanye would be cross with me if I did. So, here’s “Power.”