Sunday, July 5, 2009

Montreux Jazz Festival

Yesterday we went to the Montreux Jazz Festival, a famous three-week music festival that is held in Montreux, Switzerland every summer. Besides jazz, a wide array of other bands play there as well. We went and saw the Dave Matthews Band, which is a favorite of ours. We took the train from Lausanne to Montreux, which is only about a 20 minute ride. We got there early so we walked along the lake and grabbed a beer before we went to meet up with some people from glocals, the social networking website we joined to meet other expats in Switzerland. :) We ended up meeting 4 people who were really nice and we all grabbed a drink together before the concert. We strolled along the lakeside some more, checking out the booths and grabbed some dinner before heading into the auditorium. Once inside, we braved a long line of people who were also waiting to enter (luckily they were selling beer inside!). During our wait, we were lucky enough to see Dave Matthews come out and perform a quick song for the crowd before the show! The venue was really nice with mostly standing room only. A select few people had seats that were in the back at the top of the building. This was my second time seeing DMB, and Mark's 4th time, but it was just as great as the 1st time. Their entertainment level on stage is off the charts, and we went home thorougly happy, although exhausted as we left the venue at midnight, but had to wait an hour for a train home! It was a great day!

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