Our Midtown Life, Part II

• December 17, 2013 • Comments (1)

Midtown Club Member Betsy Simek shares her Midtown Men story
(click here to read Part I)

With our “Midtown Men Rasta Banana” T-shirts at the ready, we began preparing for our next show!

In October (2012), there were two shows – October 12 in Lowell Mass, which is about 30 minutes from Steve and Alicia; and October 13 in Utica NY, which is about 90 minutes from me. So, on October 11, I drove the three and a half hours to join Alicia and Steve for another wonderful show in Lowell. We heard a few songs we hadn’t heard at the fair, and we were just as impressed as ever! We were in line for autographs, and when the guys saw our shirts, they asked us to wait, so we could take a photo. We gladly obliged!

The next day we left Nashua caravan style to return to NY for the show in Utica. Three and a half hours back to Gloversville, a little down time, and then 90 minutes to Utica. Another great show, and another picture to add to the collection!

After that, we concentrated on the 2013 concert calendar, and figured out where our next show would be. The Men were playing several shows in Scranton PA on January 18 and 19 (a six hour drive) and we decided we would do one evening show and one afternoon show. We busied ourselves having “Rasta Banana” shirts made to give to the guys at the show. That started our tradition of bringing a little something to each show that we hoped would show our appreciation for the wonderful entertainment the Men provide, each and every show.

Next up was an early summer road trip – June 7 in Morristown NJ, June 8 in Atlantic City, and June 9 in Concord NH! This trip, my dear friend Kathy would be with us for the NJ shows, and one of Alicia’s friends would join us in Concord. This was also a trip where we finally met up with some other fans, Doreen in NJ, and Dee, who drove down from Maine to attend the show in Concord.

Morristown is a great town, small and quaint, and the theater was beautiful. And the show was nothing short of fantastic. Off to Atlantic City, but not before getting gas and enjoying our first experience with cicadas – they were jumping everywhere – Kathy’s IPad, Alicia’s shoulder – there was some screaming and a lot of laughter!

The show in Atlantic City included a meet and greet in one of the casino restaurants, which was a nice perk! They guys breezed in, had ample time to chat and take pictures with the fans, we met some other die-hard fans, and we had some nibbles and cocktails. The show was fabulous, as usual. We gambled a little, had a nice chat with Christian as we were entering the bar and he was exiting with a large bottle of water – gotta stay hydrated! It’s pretty great that they take the time to chat after singing their hearts out for 90 minutes, and it’s one of the many things we love about all of them.



Atlantic City was also the spot where we got to meet some of the wonderful musicians that back ‘our Men’, and back them so incredibly well. We shared a couple of hours of conversation and drinks with Jay, Paul, and later on Adam. Just as nice and personable as the Men are. It was a memorable time – we ventured back to our room at 4am!


Click here to read the third installment of “Our Midtown Life.”

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  1. Dee Hancock says:

    Can’t say enough about the friends I have met through the Midtown Men and this site! The guys,Betsy,Steve and Alicia and Catherine just to mention a few..The guys always are so gracious and take time to take pics and chat awhile..They have actual become friends instead of just some one that sign stuff and push you along your way…you can tell they love what they do and we love them for doing it so well! I am looking forward to meeting up with Betsy,Alicia and Steve for 2 more shows in February. I have never been to NY before so it will a fun new experience for me… and we planning on more through out the summer..See you all Soon 🙂

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