Hatsune Miku 2016 - Dallas

17
May
2016

Hatsune Miku 2016 - Dallas

This past weekend I took a short trip to Dallas to see the Hatune Miku concert for her 2016 North American Tour. It was the first concert that I went to in a while and Hatsune Miku was on my short list of artists that I really wanted to see.

This trip was also my second to Dallas. My first trip was during an evacuation so I didn't really have much of an opportunity to go around town. I didn't go around much this time either but I did walk around a bit around the historic district and downtown a bit.

This was quite litteraly one of the first things I did In Dallas. As soon as I got off the bus with no food all day (I didn't eat breakfast) I found The Original Italian Cafe just around the corner from the bus stop over by the rail line. It was a bargain of a deal and it provided me with enough energy to last me for a few more hours.

I haven't been to Downtown Dallas before so this was a good opportunity to get my bearings an look around. Granted it was a Saturday and the main business district was dead but it was still nice to take a look a many of the buildings and architecture.

I decided to try out the bus system. I got the Dart GoPass app for my phone and used it to plan my trip to my hotel. It was pretty easy to use. My only suggestion would be for clear cut instructions to tell new users to show their phone to the driver as they board. I figured that out from my experience with the Metro Q Mobile Ticketing App but people who have never used it before would still be confused a bit.

My room at the Americas Best Value Inn - Merrifield. It wasn't a 5 star resort hotel but itt was a clean bed at a good location. it was a short $7 uber ride from the venuu and it only ran me about $60 a night. A great value IMO.

Now most of the pictures here at the venue were from my phone. Naturally they wouldn't let me take my camera into the concert venue. I arrived at around 3pm with a start time of 8pm. As you can see the line was huge!

The event was held at The Bomb Factory. It was a nice venue located just to the east of Downtown Dallas.

I wish I had an opportunity to buy the VIP seating so I could have gotten a better view. Oh well, maybe next time.

Anamanaguchi was the opening act for Hatsune Miku. They were pretty good. Their music reminded me of old school video game music. Which considering the crowd it went pretty well.

It's Miku! I have video of the concert that I will upload video. Just a short series of clips. Naturally I tried to put the phone down to try and enjoy it. Granted my spot didn't afford me the best view but I tried. Here are a few of the images I snapped.

The morning after. Sunday morning is always a dead time for a lot of places. That includes the Historic District of Downtown Dallas. I did manage to find a small slightly upscale Southern Cooking restaurant that was open for breakfast called Ellen's Southern Kitchen and Bar that was jam packed. Mostly because it was the only place that was open. Sorry I didn't take any pictures of the inside, I was really hungry from the previous night.

The entrance to the restaurant is the last door on the left. Try the French Toast, it was awesome.

This is the restaurant's old location.

I admit, I like what Dallas did with their Historic District. Houston's historic downtown district is slowly evolving to something like this but it is taking time.

Utility markings always look like some kind of alien language to me.

What is with Dallas and huge car and truck signs on the sides of buildings? I saw at least a half dozen of the things plastered on buildings. It's really weird to see.

For some reason this reminded me of Kantai Collection.

And back home for the Megabus. Round trip was only about $27 with tax. That is a virtual steal compared to flying to Dallas.

Overall I had a great time for the Miku concert. I do wish I had spent a little more time in Dallas I did to explore a bit more. I know I will probably be back here for some event at some time. Maybe A-Kon in a year or two.