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RV On Tour Part II: These La Mesa Employees Remember Their First Concerts


Last week we featured tales of first concert experiences from our West Sacramento La Mesa employees. Those artists included The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead and a whole lot of love for the 60s and 70s. Today we’ve rounded up a list of first shows from our Phoenix employees. Did someone say Beach Boys and Garth Brooks?


Beach boys on a jeep
Credit: Getty/Michael Ochs Archives

Jim Hesterman
Age: 43
Experience: My very first concert was the Beach Boys. I think I was 11. My uncle was a radio DJ and helped propel their career in the 60s so we were able to go backstage. I remember meeting all of them and thinking, “this is just so cool.” I was already interested in drumming at the time and I vividly recollect tapping to the music on anything and everything during the concert. I didn’t actively choose to go to this concert but I’m very appreciative of the fact that I got to go.

Shaun Hamilton
Age: 37
Experience: My first concert was Garth Brooks when I was 19 years old. It was the best concert I have ever been to! I swear, to this day it’s my favorite show and I’ve been to a number of concerts since.

Carol Olszewski
Age: 53
Experience: My first concert was Adam Ant in New York at the Hudson River Pier. It was 1980 and I was 17. The show was an act at the Dr. Pepper Music Festival. People wore feather clips and animal print to that show. I remember wearing a purple zebra print shirt and a long feather clip in my hair. Got a little sunburnt but it was totally worth it.

Kristen Blanton
Age: 28
Experience: My first concert experience was also my first festival experience at Bonnnaroo in 2008. I had just graduated high school and my friends and I loaded up my moms SUV and drove 10 hours to Manchester, a little farm right outside of Nashville. I was obsessed with MGMT and Sigur Ros (both headliners of the festival). We sat in front of the empty stage for over three hours just so we could be in the front row of each of those shows. My best friend cut her leg on the railing because the crowd was pushing forward during set. I remember she looked down at her battle wound and back up at me and said, “so worth it.”

Megan Taggart
Age: 23
Experience: My first concert was Shania Twain in Dallas, TX. For the life of me, I can’t remember what year it was, but I had to have been either 9 or 10. I remember going with my mom and sister so it was the ultimate girls night. She was such an energetic performer and her voice was no different live than it was on her album. She’s the real deal!


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