The most American experience that I’ve had: Chris Stapleton in New Hampshire
Updated: Mar 15, 2019
If you’ve heard Justin Timberlake's “Say Something”, then you have also heard Chris Stapleton - the one who sings it with him. If you don’t know who Chris Stapleton is than make sure to check him out, he is a big deal here in the States. Not too long ago I got a chance to go to his concert and it was The Most American experience I’ve had so far!
So let me share with you my experience:
First of all, he is a country musician which already scores 10 out of 10 on «The most US Thing» scale. But it was not just that, the whole event was so full of cultural traits that are specific to this country I felt the integration at its finest.
It was the welcoming surprise that I didn’t know was a part of almost any public gathering that involves parking. For those who are as clueless - tailgating is a party in a parking lot where people drink, play lawn games and socialize at the back of their pickup trucks (not necessarily, but that is also a very American vehicle type for me).
Cowboy hats and boots were the accessories of the evening! Half of the people were well prepared to embrace the atmosphere of country. Next time I will be too…
Tractors and Pickups Sale:
There was a lot of bear, there was some merch for the concert and the venue and.. there were tractors and pickup trucks being sold right on the spot! How cool is that?
Lawn and Folding Chairs:
I honestly am not a frequent attendant of events like this, so maybe I just don’t know how it works in the rest of the places, but here it went like this - it was an open-air venue, so there was a fun zone, there were some seats and then there was lawn. What was unusual to me is that on the lawn people would be sitting in their folding chairs that they bring with them. I’m not quite sure they do it in other countries, so I guess sometimes being clueless payed off in that you are fascinated by something that
is ordinary to others.
P.S. I wish I had more photos, but I was consumed with the experience and forgot all about the digital world
(at Alien Thoughts Blog for International Students in Boston)