HOW ALMOST FAINTING TURNED INTO MEETING MAT KEARNEY

So, I know what you’re thinking. The fainting is supposed to come after an encounter with one of the coolest people on the planet, isn’t it? However, almost passing out had nothing to do with being starstruck.

Here, I’ll set the scene:

It’s our fourth year of going to Basilica Block Party hosted by Cities 97, and we are beyond pumped. Per usual, the July heat leads us straight to the food ticket booth so that we can stay hydrated. We get a piece of pizza and some drinks, run into some old high school friends, and walk around to check out the different stages. We’re looking at the schedule deciding who we want to see most and when. Ultimately, we decide on first seeing Mat Kearney, staying a bit for O.A.R., and then heading to catch the tail end of Weezer.

Lauren, Shelby, and Me
So we end up getting pretty decent spots for Mat Kearney. We get there a little bit early and listen to whoever was on before him, while more and more people pile in around us. Before we know it, we are belting out songs like “She’s Got the Honey” and “Ships in the Night.” Mat is absolutely killing it. And it has already made the books as one of the best nights as Basilica.  
Eventually, Mat sings his final song and crowd shows their approval with an appropriate amount of whoops and hollers. And then it’s over. The temperature is hovering somewhere around uncomfortably hot, and being in a massive crowd of people is not making it any better. We gaze longingly at blue guitar shaped fans that the people next to us were using to cool themselves off. Meanwhile, the people on the other side of us decided it would be a good idea to start elbowing people around them to box them out and have plenty of space (this is a game plan they decided to make out loud as we gave them dirty side glances for being rude concert go-ers*). But you have to make sacrifices. As people ran off in sight of food and hydration after Mat Kearney, we moved even closer, so that there was only a few people between us and the stage. 
Finally, O.A.R. takes the stage with “Love and Memories” and a few other opening songs that I don’t really recognize. My friends decide that they want to hear “Peace” and “Heaven.” Everything is going great. Again, we are singing and dancing, enjoying a view we rarely get close enough for. A few songs in “Heaven” came on, and we were all excited to hear it. Then out of nowhere, I feel like I am going to see my pizza again. I turned to my friend Shelby, and I was like “I have to get of here, but you guys stay. I’ll be just fine.” Clearly, they could see on my face that I was not going to be fine, and they followed my out of the crowd like the awesome friends they are. 
As I am pushing through this massive hoard of people, I can barely see where I am going. I’m seeing spots, and I can’t figure out how I am actually still standing. Just when I think I am at the edge of the crowd, I feel a fence, and I look up to see I had reached a fenced in grass area surrounded my people. At this point, standing is barely an option, and I drop to the ground gripping the poles of the fence. I vaguely recall some women standing above me saying (read in snotty voice), “If she’s going to throw up, will you please move her?” to my friends. 
I know that I have to make it out of the crowd, and continue to push to edge of the crowd. I sat with my head in my knees right next to the fence that marks the boundaries of the concert area, as one of my friends went to get my water. And this is when it happened: I don’t remember exactly what Lauren said, but it was something like “Is that Mat Kearney? Yeah, that’s totally him right there.” So we all look over, and sure enough he’s standing only yards away from us on the other side of the fence. We watched as he talked to Cities 97 people, until some girl manages to get his attention and was taking a picture with him. I quickly assure my friends that I am good enough to get up and that we have to get a picture. 
First Lauren managed to get a quick selfie with him, and when Shelby and I caught up, I asked him if it would be okay if we got one with him, too. I SAID WORDS TO MAT KEARNEY (I know that is the least eloquent way to put that, but that describes my mental state at this point). And then we snapped this awesome picture, which I am still a little disappointed isn’t the best quality, but still. I have a picture with Mat Kearney now. Shelby kept saying that she was really sorry I had to get sick, but she was really glad that I did, because otherwise we would have never met him. And I agreed. 
In reality, this probably occurred from being super dehydrated since it was so hot out, and I had barely had anything to eat or drink that day, since I took a 5 hour bus ride back into town that day. However, I would still like to think that it was meant to be so we could meet Mat. 
Cheers to more years of Basilica Block Party ahead!
Have you had any unexpectedly amazing concert experiences?

*It was at this time that I decided my blog post about Basilica would be on concert etiquette. But meeting Mat Kearney was way cooler. So the date on that blog post is TBD.
(Also, shout out to Becky. We wish you could have been there to experience this one with with us. But I still plan on photoshopping you in on this pictures.)