Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A fan shares their memories of Scotty McCreery's "Secret" concert in Pennsylvania



 @redshoetapper or pap in chatzy room has been kind enough to share his memories with all of us here at Fans of Scotty.  I'm glad you were able to have this "once in a life-time experience". Thank you for taking the time to do this for us - I felt like I was right there in the room with you.  Donna

Greetings
Recently I was fortunate enough to win two tickets to a private Scotty McCreery concert.  This “Secret” Scotty concert was hosted by Great Country Radio WGTY 107.7 FM in Gettysburg PA.  The concert was held Sunday October 7, 2012. Beginning with a reception and light fare at 11:30AM with Scotty performing at 12:30PM.  The audience was limited to 200 people and was held at the Historic Gettysburg Hotel's Grand Ballroom.  Scotty sang 10 songs in fifty minutes, and it goes without saying that, he killed each one. He is a great singer with a wonderful mellow voice. He has great stage presence for a young performer and the audience loved him. 

My journey to this Scotty event began on Monday September 17, when I heard that WGTY was hosting a private Scotty concert and they were giving 2 tickets to 100 lucky listeners.  All you had to do was listen for a snippet of Scotty singing each hour from 6 AM till Midnight; be the 7th caller to be the winner.  Sounds simple enough but reality was otherwise. I called hour after hour for days, a couple of times I was number 4 but mostly it was a busy signal.  Finally on Friday I had just left my senior center and was making my way home with my bride when I heard Scotty's snippet. Of course my cell phone was in my jacket and I had to fumble around for it; found it and hit the send key.  Much to my surprise I was caller 7. I'm glad I was stopped at a stop sign or I might have driven off the road. I'm usually not an overly exuberant guy but I was thrilled beyond words.  I could not believe it and the DJ had to reassure me that I had won. I got a lifetime dose of country music that week.  They sent me a letter with instructions on the time and place of the concert. The wanted to keep this information as confidential as possible.  I suppose for security and crowd control. Later that day my neighbor calls to tell me that her cleaning lady heard me on the radio!! Of course I had to tell my two daughters, who are over 4o, to share my excitement.  They were happy for me and said “Dad we only remember you liking John Wayne? What's up with Scotty?”  I said “right Scotty McCreery and John Wayne the standard by which all others are measured.”  :-)

Waiting two weeks for the concert seemed like a long time but finally Sunday October 7, 2012 arrived.  I had a fitful night sleeping kept waking up thinking it was time to go. Finally, dwn came I prepared for the big event. Trimmed my mustache and those pesky nose hairs. Scrubbed my arm pits with a vinegar treatment to prevent any excitement odor and got all slicked up like I was going to church. Promised the bride I would not do anything to embarrass her and we set off to Gettysburg. Although we were instructed to arrive no later than 11:30 AM, I always like to get to events early to reconnoiter the facilities. We arrived in Gettysburg at 9:30AM. The bride was good about it and held her comments. Of course we were not the first people there.  After we found the Grand Ballroom I was able to see how the program would be laid out.  The ballroom is a large rectangular room and they had erected a small stage in the middle.  And had 12 to 14 rows of banquet type chairs set up in front of the stage in two sections. There were more than enough seating for the 200 guests and I believe all of the seats offered a good view of the stage. We waited around talking with some of the other early birds and by 11Am the reception area was pretty crowed.  The radio station provided a vegetable platter but it was left mostly unmolested.  The hotel had a cash bar and I noticed a few folks got cokes and some other assorted adult beverages. But most of the people just waited patiently to get in to the ballroom and get the show on the road.  During this time I was able use the hotel's wifi and sent out a few tweets. I tweeted Scotty and asked if he could sing a song from his Christmas album.

The crowd was made up of both genders and a wide range of ages. Old ones like me, middle age, young adults and children. I'd say most of the folks we talked to were Scotty fans although some were double minded folk and liked other performers as well and some just won tickets and were there. I think they left as Scotty fans. It was a little hectic getting into the ballroom because there are always some folks that want to buck the line. The radio station checked my drivers license against the letter they sent to each winner. This took a little time but it prevented a mad rush into the ball room to get front row seats. We were among the first people into the room and we got two good seats in the last row with a clear view of the center stage.  My bride has lost the hearing in one ear so she is sensitive to loud music so we picked these seats.  Everything was going smoothly, we were seated we had the option to stand and had a commanding view of the entire room and the stage.

After all were seated,  Scott Donato WGTY's Program Director took the stage to introduce Scotty. He mentioned how they wanted to have Scotty earlier but due to scheduling it was not possible.  He had some nice positive things to say about Scotty, one of which was that Scotty was responsible for revitalizing American Idol. (I agree with that comment). 

Scotty's band came out Matt the guitar player the drummer and key board player. I don't recall all their names.  They have a sound man also.

At last Scotty came out (12:35pm) Scotty sang 10 songs and performed for 50 minutes. This venue was arranged in such a manner that we were all close to Scotty.  He was up front and personal. One could close their eyes and imagine that Scotty was in your living room.  Scotty came out and sat on his wooden stool for the entire program. He had on a reddish pink shirt that had a light plaid look. Between numbers he commented on various things like the weather being cold, being in Hershey with Brad on Saturday and of course the pretty young PA girls being special. They all loved that.  Scotty also mentioned that his mother Judy and sister Ashley were in the room with us. We all turned to look.  :-) One young lady had made a sign that she held up a few times.  The room layout did not lend itself to jumping up etc because there really was no room to do so and we were so close to Scotty you did not have to.  A lot of the folks new the words to his songs and you could see them singing along.  The crowd was courteous and well behaved.

Scotty began with Walk In The Country and continued on with You Make That Look Good, I Love You This Big, Write My number On Your hand, Do You Love Me, Dirty Dishes, Letters From Home, The Dance, The Trouble with Girls and he concluded with a rousing rendition of Water Tower Town.  Each number was followed by thunderous applause and after Water Tower Town We all gave him a standing ovation.  During WTT I was amazed how many people new the words and sang along especially the kids. It is an upbeat tune.  For lack of a more eloquent statement about the show “Scotty Killed it.”

The Historic Gettysburg Hotel is built on the site were Abe Lincoln worked on his speech and Gettysburg is noted for its “ghost” sightings. When Scotty was singing WTT I looked down a darkened hallway and imagined I saw old Abe doing the Texas Two step. Haha

At the conclusion we were all given a surprise treat; Scotty would be having a Meet and Greet for any and all of us.  IF anyone left I did not notice them leaving. The concert ended at 1:25 pm. We finished our meet and greet by 2:30  The location of the meet and greet was in a meeting room off of the ball room. We had to form a long line and snake around the outer walls.  Each person got a Autographed 8x10 picture of Scotty and Mike Scotty's tour wrangler/manager would take a picture of you with Scotty.  We all enjoyed that.  I was taken with how genuine and gracious Scotty, his mom Judy and sister Ashley were to his fans.  It takes a lot of patience to shake hands smile and be friendly to a large group like Scotty did.  I noticed that Scotty was especially courteous to the younger children.  It was during this time that we had the chance to chat a little with Mrs. Judy and Ashley.  They are troopers!  They have a way of putting one at ease.  If I had to shake that many hands I'd have called for hand sanitizer.  Also since we were near the end of the M&G line I noticed that more than a few of the Hotel staff wanted to meet Scotty and have a. picture with him.  I thought that was a nice tribute to Scotty and his popularity.

Scotty told me that He and his family were flying home after the event was over because I asked him where Big Loretta was parked I wanted a picture. I have no idea how his band transports their equipment. I assume they were heading to Nashville. I think that's where they are from

There were a lot of happy folks at this concert and especially the youngsters and at least one old man. Of course to be fair my bride enjoyed the day as well.

This was a once in a life time experience.  To be so close to Scotty as he performed is something that rarely happens and for me, unfortunately,  it is not likely to happen again anytime soon. If any of you that read this get a chance to attend an event such as this DO NOT pass it up

I often wonder why a 71 year old grandfather to 6 would be so taken with a 19 year old country singer. My family teases me, my daughters say Oh! dad thinks of Scotty as the son he never had. I don't know what the reason is.  He is a great singer and a wonderful person. However it is what it is I'm a die hard McCreerian and that's that.

My one regret is that the pictures I took did not turn out so good.  If I can get them in shape I'll post some.

Come follow an old man on twitter @redshoetapper or pap in chatzy rm.



28 comments:

  1. What a great/wonderful experience and thank you so much, Donna, for sharing this with us and THANK YOU @redshoetapper for sharing your personal experience! Wonderfully written and as Donna said, it makes us feel like we were right there. I'm so thankful you and your "Bride" were able to go to this special concert of Scotty's. This McCreerian is going to see Scotty with my "Groom" at the NC State Fair next week and we're so very excited. Scotty and others like him, give me hope in our country's future. THANK YOU SCOTTY for using your God given talent/gifts/blessings to bless us! Stay in your boots/grounded and let's all follow this journey God is taking you on. :)

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  2. What a wonderful review! I believe that some of us older folks are taken aback, by how much we love this 19 year old... But then you think about everything he is, and it makes perfect sense!! Thanks again for sharing your experience!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your time with Scotty.I have never been taken by any other person but my own son and Scotty I'm sure some people don't understand this connection but I love it.i will be a fan for life.

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  4. http://eventful.com/competitions/billboard2012 vote Brad is like vote for Scotty

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  5. You were so lucky to get those tickets and hey God was in it for you to win it, as Randy use to say to our Scotty. Yes he is awesome to see and My kids also think I'm silly at 59 yrs. old for loving Scotty but I could listen to him all day.He reminds me so much of my son, not looks but the love he gives to all of us young and old and Scotty just stays the same true to himself and God has laid his hand on him and he knows what he wants in his future and he is letting us enjoy it with him every day. We are so blessed that Mom Judy and Dad Mike lets us share their wonderful son with us. God Bless you Scotty. You have a GREAT BIRTHDAY and just hope your family and friends get to be there with you today. ILYTB

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  6. Thank you so much, redshoetapper, for sharing your experience with us...I feel like I was there with you. I totally understand being a die hard Scotty fan...I have been from the first time I saw/heard Scotty on American Idol, and he just keeps getting better and better. I am 57 and my family didn't understand how I could be so taken by a teenage country singer....until I played his music for them and showed them some articles written about him...now we are an entire family of fans! Scotty McCreery is a wonderful young man with a huge God given talent, who is an inspiration to young and old alike.

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs1eXfJTqe4 birthday present for scotty from Indonesia

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  8. Pap, thank you for sharing your Scotty experience with all of us McCreerians. We understand your attachment to Scotty. We are hooked too. We all have difficulty trying to understand our great devotion to Scotty or to explain it to anyone. I am sure that most of us have been teased about it, but do we care? No way! I felt like I made the trip with you and your wife. It sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day. God meant for you to win those tickets. You are blessed. Thank you for sharing. A 74 year old Great Grandma and a McCreerian for life.

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  9. @redshoetapper it was great reading you experience !!!and i have say you were very blessed to meet him...i think Scotty is a very special young man and we are so blessed to experience this journey with him...he is a caring person, very genuine and sincere and he really has the ability to make people happy so this is why we are so connected to him... his voice is just so amazing that you can't stop listening to him!!!

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  10. What a great review/testament from another Mccreerian.
    It must be WONDERFUL to live in a radio market that actually even PLAYS snippets of Scotty's music. Be nice in my area to hear even a snippet. :-(

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  11. Thanks for sharing. I hope someday to see Scotty live. I've told all my family that I don't know what it is about this now 19yr old...I don't know how to explain it, but I'm a fan for life. He just brings joy to my heart.

    I laugh about it because I was not like this about anyone when I was a teenager and now I'm 43....Oh and Pap, I just gave you a follow on Twitter.

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  12. Thanks! A very nice review pap! Love your reference to your wife as your bride! Ha!Ha! Your coverage of hearing Scotty sing and your visit with him was fun to read and I gather from it, Scotty is everything you expected and more!

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  13. The Boot.com has a nice article on Scotty for his birthday called Top Ten Scotty McCreery Moments.

    Really good.

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  14. I just loved this beautiful review by @redshoetapper. Yes Scotty has fans that span every age. We all love him. He absolutely has that "IT FACTOR" that appeals to both young and old alike. Pap I'm so happy you were able to see Scotty in person. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Someday I hope to see him too. Until then I will support him by buying all his CD's and voting for him and requesting him anywhere and everywhere I can. McCreerian forever!!

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  15. REDSHOETAPPER..... THANKS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE IN GETTING TO MEET SCOTTY AND HAVING THE JOY OF HIS PRIVATE CONCERT. I ALSO HAVE SEEN SCOTTY IN CONCERT AND UP CLOSE. HE IS SO HUMBLE AND WHAT A GREAT YOUNG MAN WITH A WONDERFUL VOICE.

    I AM A 75 YEAR OLD GRANDPA FROM OREGON AND READING YOUR REVIEW BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES. FROM THE FIRST TIME I SAW HIM ON AI I KNEWS THERE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE NOW 19 YEAR OLD YOUNG MAN. HE JUST HAS THE WHOLE PACKAGE, LOOKS, VOICE, GROUNDED, SO HUMBLE AND LOVES HIS FAMILY, GOD AND HIS WONDERFUL FANS. ;THANKS AGAIN.

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  16. OH I forgot to add; HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCOTTY !!!

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  17. Thank you for sharing...I had a very simular experience when Scotty was in Mpls for the Idol tour a year ago. I won 2 tickets to attend his interview with K102 (this has been posted on you tube). My spirits were alittle down after recently becoming a widow, so this was such a joyful day for me. Could only have been planned by God. At the interview I got to meet Scotty, have my picture taken, and receive his autograph picture. Not only that, but I got to visit with his mother who helped me get tickets to the concert that night. 8th row with back stage passes. I felt truely Blessed..Happy Birthday Scotty.

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  18. This 76 year old is so hooked on everything about Scotty I cannot put into words how amazing Scotty has become such a beautiful young man God will always Bless our Scotty

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  19. what a beautiful story - thank you so much for sharing it with the rest of the McCreerians. Like everyone else, I found Scotty to be special at his AI audition. Held my breath every show until I knew he was safe. I think he is just going to get better and better. I can't wait til he comes back my way

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  20. THAT WAS ONE GREAT STORY - THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING THIS STORY WITH US. SCOTTY IS SUCH A SPECIAL PERSON THAT HAS COME INTO OUR LIVES A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND HE JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER. I SURE HOPE HE COMES TO ILLINOIS SOON.

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  21. Redshoetapper thank you so much. What an amazing story

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  22. Thank you, Redshoetapper, for your wonderful story. I felt as if I were right there with you & your bride. Totally awesome!

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  23. It's nice to read such wonderful reviews. Thanks for sharing. It's great hearing from men, too. It's just not teens and crazy grandmas!!! Love that he appeals to so many.Especially love when I see moms and dads bringing their kides to see him...he's the kind of young man they'd like their kids to listen and pattern their lives after or their daughters to find when they are older.Definitely a great role model.

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  24. For me, a 79-year-old grandma, Scotty is what America's youth should represent. It makes my heart glad to think that youngsters out there can have such a role model-of course, that is a hefty burden to put on a young man with such an agenda. My son was able to get 2 tickets to his Christmas concert in Massachusetts. My grandson is escorting me. I won't be able to express myself like this gentleman, but I'm sure my experience will duplicate it.

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  25. Great! How nice to share Scotty with this young man.

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  26. So thoughtful of Redshoetapper to share his memorable day with us. Thank you. I always enjoy great reviews like this from here. Am wondering if it is worth flying out from here (Singapore) to see a Scotty concert sometime. Maybe if he ain't coming this way. With reviews like this specially coming from a not-so-young man, its very umphhh (just go)..
    Btw, I, too, loved how he lovingly described his wife as bride..
    Pm (a singapore mccreerian)

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  27. Great review RedShoetapper. Thanks for Sharing with us. That was great that you got to see our Scotty. And to see how incredible he is. It's always fun hearing great storys like this. when he was on Idol I Could sense that he would be Special to us and he is. I'M 55 years old but I will turn 56 on the 30th of this month. I feel the same way that ya'll do about our Scotty. I will be A McCreeian for life!!!! he is the best in the whole world. ILYTB FOR LIFE.

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  28. I too have been a Scotty fan since day one. My kids and grand daughters could not understand why I was always talking about Scotty. Now they too are great fans of Scotty. I gave his album to each of them as a gift. I too watch every video and check each day on what is happening. Unfortunately, I have not been able to attend any of his concerts. I am a 66 year young Grandmother who this past year has been fighting Breast Cancer, but am positive I will be able to go to one of his concerts in 2013. That is my goal!!! Thank you Scotty and his beautiful family for giving us such great memories and joy!! I was such an Elvis fan growing up and Scotty is our new generation of one of the best singer there is and will ever be.

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