I’ve finally caught a break since Graduation! So I thought I would share with you my goings on.
So, May 17-21, I spent my time at the Hangout MusicFest. It was AMAZING!! Even though I slept in the back of my truck the whole time, I met some of the most amazing and kind people. I got to see most of my favorite bands! Here’s a short run through of what bands I saw.
The revivalists- front row, great opening act to kick the weekend off.
Delta Rae- mid way back, showed up late, but I have a new favorite bluegrass/country band! neat sound
Dirty Dozen Brass Band- front row, dancin’ my ass off! being a Nawlins Jazz guy… i completely dug it! I’d pay to see them again for sure.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band- Front row for the first half. The were great. Great musicians and singers. I just think they didn’t put off as much energy and vibe as Dirty Dozen did… Course most of PH are twice as old as DD! hahaha
Big Gigantic- allll over the place. I loved it. fun music, laid back crowd. However, the smell of reefer was pretty overpowering. (and no, I didn’t smoke it, or even see it… but we ALL smelled it!)
Funny to note: On the way back to my truck, I passed a guy on the street corner maybe a block from the main gates… He was selling pot… He had to have at least 40 bags of all sizes. Cops just drove by… I thought it was an ordinary case of blind (in)justice
Switchfoot- Front row, Got to talk to Jon Foreman, the lead singer between songs. Held him up on the rail for like 2 songs. Great show! Funny how we talked about my climbing video and our mutual friend that produced it! Small world!!
Shameless plug: Switchfoot has a new album called Vice Verses. I suggest you get it, then listen to the title track. Or watch my video again, it’s on there as well. amazing song, lyrically and musically.
Alabama Shakes- front row; they ROCKED! Definitely need to listen to more of them!
Umphrey’s McGee- front row- and it took a bit of work for that… but so worth it! FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! the music blew my mind with transitions and transpositions that were breathtaking. My new goto jam band. great to dance too as well!
Jack white- 20th row…. I was let down… Good music, fantastic musicians… It just didn’t fit in with beach, party, festival music. From others I talked to, I think I’m in the minority- but that’s okay.
STS9- around the tent. Not my favorite genre of music, but I enjoyed dancing to it. Not sure if I’d buy an album though.
No pot dealer this night… Busted maybe? ;P
The Givers- front row, good show. Give them a listen!
Julian Marley & The Uprising- front row, directly in front of the 8ft by 8 ft bass speakers… AHHH!!!! Dream come true! If I closed my eyes, I could have swore I was 30 years in the past on a beach listening to Bob… feelings I will never forget. Loved loved LOVED this hour of wonder!
Randy Newman- Wayyy back in the shade(I mean it’s just him on a piano… not much of a show) He was hilarious and easy to listen to. Very enjoyable!
Gary Clark Jr.- back row. Neat! never listened to him much before, but I really get into it!
String Cheese Incident- FRONT ROW! I wondered if I would get close.. I grew up listening to the cheese, and it was worth the $240 ticket! Two sets of nonstop musical perfection!
Red Hot Chilli Peppers- made it to the front, then left. I was pretty disappointed. And I’m a decent Pep fan… but they weren’t good to me, and a lot of others… they put on a show, but I don’t know… I expected better. They played a decent variety of stuff though.
Sunday: I spent most of the day hanging with my new friends so I missed most of the smaller acts.
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros- Front row, Regular section.They put on a HECK OF A SHOW! I can’t wait to see them again. (Must mention when I got there, I had never heard them before.)
I went to ES because they used the same stage DMB used, and I wanted to get a good spot, and MAN did that work out!
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND!!- Front row, Regular AND VIP!!* Well… I can die now. They played everything I wanted to hear live. It was Amazing to say the least. Several times, and especially during “Why I am” I felt like LeRoi was there. Due to some sweet talking and southern charm to a new friend, I was invited into the VIP pit, and me and my new friend went directly to front row…. it was…. dream-like for me.
So the concert ended that sunday night… After an evening of great fun, I rolled into the back of my truck and passed out around 2:30 A.M. I started my 5 hour drive back home at 5:30 A.M…. It was brutal. As soon as I got into town, I went to work to take a shower- didn’t have time to go home- and went to school for graduation practice. Fast forward 4 pointless hours later, go home, nap, then go to a Senior Going away party, have fun. go home. Tuesday, I slept in. hang out, clean and un pack my truck.
That night Tuesday Mayy 22.,…. I GRADUATED!!! I made the top 25 of my class of 165. Among the class of 2012, we were awarded over 2.5 MILLION in scholarships! Very impressive. That night, of course led to parties were much fun was had and many memories were made.
wednesday the 23 of may, well…. It got scary for my loved ones…. Apparently, I got some horrible sickness (not hangover). In an attempt to stop the sickness, I was so medicated, I didn’t get my mind back until friday… I don’t even remember thursday. At. All. I had to check the news, twitter, and facebook just to see what I had missed. That is a freaky feeling when you wake up knowing literally nothing and waiting on your mind to catch up.
hung out with family at the lake for Memorial weekend, got a wicked sunburn- still peeling…
Last Tuesday started a major project… I pretty much rebuilt a 1989 Suzuki ATV in three days…. I got it painted Friday, rode it with a friend Saturday for about 50 miles, and then again today for about 75 miles.
Next week I’ll be in Tennessee, farming, and climbing. I’m pretty excited. I love being on the farm! I definitely plan on visiting Urban Rocks. I love that Gym!
I’m living this summer very spontaneously, so keep an eye out, I may turn up anywhere! Even on the side of a milk carton! :P