Now, I don't know about you, but for me, it's always a struggle shopping for my parents for birthdays, Mother's Day/Father's Day, and Christmas. What do you get someone who doesn't really need anything, or want anything? Since I've been an adult my favorite gifts I've given have been time and experiences. A few years back my brother and I treated my dad to a racing experience in Loudon and it was awesome! A few years before that I bought concert tickets for everyone in my family.

Aura, located on Center Street in Portland, has been on my radar since it opened, When I saw that one of my favorite acts from America's Got Talent was going to be performing, I had to go, and I had to bring my mom with me for her birthday!

First off, this venue IS LIT.

No really, the lighting really catches your eye. It's not a huge venue by any means, but it's not crowded, and there really isn't a bad seat in the house. Although, I did sit front and center, so take that comment for what it's worth. Now on to the show. The first thing Mom and I noticed? THOSE PANTS.

Doing what they do is impressive alone, but doing it in the tightest pants I've ever seen? Respect. Aside from the pants this was truly a Vegas show. Which is no surprise since they perform 600 shows in Vegas a year. There was so much variety in what they did. One bit was, "Literal Lyrics" where, as one would guess, they took lyrics, literally!  Take for example a staple in party/arena jams, "HEY! HO!"

There was also fire.

Ladder beating.

And they even got a bunch of grown men to monkey around on stage. (Heh, heh)

A highlight for me (aside from the tight pants) was in the middle of a face melting drum performance, the lights went on and a cheesy jingle started playing. And that's when I learned about Totally Random Cookie Time!

It's exactly what you would think. Totally randomly, it was cookie time. The guys of Recycled Percussion brought out baking sheets full of chocolate chip cookies. See my excited cookie face? Not pictured was the extra cookie I got after one of the guys shoved one in my mouth.

The night ended with everyone singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" while the band beat on their drums, beach balls flying around the crowd, and more energy than I can describe. Is there a better way to end a night than Queen? I don't think so.

Thanks for an amazing show, Recycled Percussion!  I left with a smile on my face, a rock 'n' roll baby t-shirt, and I even caught a drumstick.

If you want to see more of Recycled Percussion, check out their Facebook Page! For more info on Aura, give them a "like" too!