A few weeks ago, I was strolling through Michael’s on one of my weekly craft trips and found these AWESOME plaster skulls. I have had this idea brewing in my head for some time. It turned out so much better than I imagined. 

Explanation: This is an Avett Brothers sugar skull. The eyes are the tear drops. The teeth are music notes, similar to the idea on Seth’s necklace. The roses are inspired by the ones Scott drew for the backdrop. On the back is a moth inspired by Seth’s The lyrics on either side are from “Through My Prayers” from their most recent album “The Carpenter.” It’s a song that resonated with me from the moment I heard it. 

Materials: Acrylic on plaster, all hand painted by me

Time to complete: Approximately 15 hours

*I know this is not “live music” but it is somewhat related. 

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Asheville, NC

August 23, 2012

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Langhorne Slim & the Law

The Grey Eagle

Asheville, NC

August 23, 2012

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Gabe Witcher

Variety Playhouse

Atlanta, GA

April 21, 2012

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Noam Pickelny

Variety Playhouse

Atlanta, GA

April 21, 2012

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April 21, 2012: The Punch Brothers, Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA


There really are no words how much I love Chris Thile. I have absolutely adored him since he was in Nickel Creek. The minute he picks up that mandolin, all my thoughts and worries just disappear. And he has such a magnetic stage presence. Suffice to say, I was elated when I found out that The Punch Brothers were coming to Atlanta on April 21! Not only would I get to see Thile dancing around on stage, but I would also get to enjoy the magnificent musical stylings of one of my favorite banjo players, Mr. Noam Pickleny, aka Pickles. Per usual, I bought my tickets the day they went on sale and started counting down the days.
 
Saturday was quite the busy (and exhausting day for me). That morning I spent at Criminal Records for Record Store Day and had a very successful shopping trip. But that is another story for another day. That afternoon (post nap) I met up with my friend Michael who was shooting part of the Punch Brothers set that night so we could get to the venue early to be right up front. The opener was Jesca Hoop, who I had not yet heard. She was precious and has the most beautiful voice. I also rather enjoyed her stories about her songs and her banter with the audience. It was also her birthday so the whole audience sang her happy birthday! Chris even came out on her final song and sang with her. 
 
Then it was Punch Brothers time. I only stayed up front for the first five songs because I was so exhausted and needed to sit down. This is one of the benefits of seeing a show at Variety Playhouse. There is usually standing room only right in front of the stage and then seats behind that and in the balcony. I moved from second row standing to the last row in the balcony and let me tell you, there is seriously not a bad view at Variety. I rather enjoyed myself in the back row.
 
Sometimes shows are just as good from the back row as they are from the front. No shoving and pushing. No loud talking. Nice and peaceful. At least that is the way it was at this show!
 
The setlist was as follows:
 
Don’t Get Married Without Me 
New York City 
Next to the Trash 
Flippen 
Who’s Feeling Young Now? 
Clara 
Missy 
The Blind Leaving the Blind 
Sexx Laws (Beck cover)
Train on the Island 
Hundred Dollars 
Kid A (Radiohead cover)
Wayside/Back in Time (Gillian Welch cover)
Song w/ Jessca Hoop 
Just What I Needed (The Cars cover)
Watch ‘at Breakdown 
Rye Whiskey 
Encore:
Patchwork Girlfriend 
Movement and Location 
The Weight 
 
My emotions were all over the place. From grooving out to Beck, Radiohead, and The Cars covers to bawling by eyeballs out during, well, the rest of the set. The Punch Brothers always put on a highly energetic and entertaining show.
 www.punchbrothers.com

April 21, 2012: The Punch Brothers, Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA


There really are no words how much I love Chris Thile. I have absolutely adored him since he was in Nickel Creek. The minute he picks up that mandolin, all my thoughts and worries just disappear. And he has such a magnetic stage presence. Suffice to say, I was elated when I found out that The Punch Brothers were coming to Atlanta on April 21! Not only would I get to see Thile dancing around on stage, but I would also get to enjoy the magnificent musical stylings of one of my favorite banjo players, Mr. Noam Pickleny, aka Pickles. Per usual, I bought my tickets the day they went on sale and started counting down the days.
 
Saturday was quite the busy (and exhausting day for me). That morning I spent at Criminal Records for Record Store Day and had a very successful shopping trip. But that is another story for another day. That afternoon (post nap) I met up with my friend Michael who was shooting part of the Punch Brothers set that night so we could get to the venue early to be right up front. The opener was Jesca Hoop, who I had not yet heard. She was precious and has the most beautiful voice. I also rather enjoyed her stories about her songs and her banter with the audience. It was also her birthday so the whole audience sang her happy birthday! Chris even came out on her final song and sang with her.
 
Then it was Punch Brothers time. I only stayed up front for the first five songs because I was so exhausted and needed to sit down. This is one of the benefits of seeing a show at Variety Playhouse. There is usually standing room only right in front of the stage and then seats behind that and in the balcony. I moved from second row standing to the last row in the balcony and let me tell you, there is seriously not a bad view at Variety. I rather enjoyed myself in the back row.
 
Sometimes shows are just as good from the back row as they are from the front. No shoving and pushing. No loud talking. Nice and peaceful. At least that is the way it was at this show!
 
The setlist was as follows:
 
Don’t Get Married Without Me 
New York City 
Next to the Trash 
Flippen 
Who’s Feeling Young Now? 
Clara 
Missy 
The Blind Leaving the Blind 
Sexx Laws (Beck cover)
Train on the Island 
Hundred Dollars 
Kid A (Radiohead cover)
Wayside/Back in Time (Gillian Welch cover)
Song w/ Jessca Hoop 
Just What I Needed (The Cars cover)
Watch ‘at Breakdown 
Rye Whiskey 
Encore:
Patchwork Girlfriend 
Movement and Location 
The Weight 
 
My emotions were all over the place. From grooving out to Beck, Radiohead, and The Cars covers to bawling by eyeballs out during, well, the rest of the set. The Punch Brothers always put on a highly energetic and entertaining show.
 
www.punchbrothers.com

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November 7, 2011: Mumversary! A year since my first Mumford & Sons show

A year and a half ago, on November 7, 2010, I was getting ready to go to a concert that I had no idea would be one of the best concerts I have ever attended. That’s saying quite a lot considering the amount of shows I have been to since I was 14.  I spent the morning lounging around watching Mumford videos with my best friend, Andie, who had come into town from Mississippi for the show. At the time I was doing promotional events for Hard Rock Cafe and was working before the show that night. Fortunately for me and Andie, this meant we had to arrive at the venue extra early so I could start work. I put Andie in line to hold our spot and instructed her multiple times on which side of the stage she needed to be.

Left side in front of Ben. Remember to be on the left side if you are looking AT the stage. 

While I was working outside, there were TONS of people trying to scalp tickets. I really felt like I had the GOLDEN TICKET, espcially when one man offered me $1000 for my ticket. Sorry dude, that’s a lot of money but I have waited MONTHS for this concert. 

After everyone was in the venue, I could FINALLY go in once my work was over! I quickly ran in and found Andie right where I had repeatedly instructed her to stand. This is why we are best friends, y’all! She was on the VERY FRONT ROW! In all the concerts I have ever been to, I have never been directly on the front row. And let me tell you, It was SUCH an amazing experience! I always thought people were crazy for getting there so early just to be up front. It was worth it!!!

The first opener came on. King Charles. I feel like that is all I need to say. He was absolutely amazing. And his outfit was even more incredible!!! I had heard such good things about him from other friends, but it did not prepare me for actually seeing him perform live.

Next up on the bill was Cadillac Sky (Rest in Peace). Again, another electric performance by an incredible band. This is where I first fell in love with David Mayfield and Ross Holmes. David was all over the stage. Rolling around. Jumping up and down. Shaking his ass. Typical David Mayfield stuff. Marcus actually came out and played drums on a few songs. Ben came out and played keys. It was awesome to say the least. I was so very, very sad when they announced they were splitting up soon after this concert.

Then….it was the moment I had been waiting MONTHS for…..

MUMFORD AND SONS

The setlist was as follows:

Sigh No More 
Roll Away Your Stone 
Winter Winds
White Blank Page 
Below My Feet 
Timshel 
I Gave You All 
Little Lion Man 
Lover of the Light 
Thistle & Weeds 
Broken Crown 
After the Storm 
Awake My Soul 
Dust Bowl Dance 
Encore:
Lady of the River (King Charles cover) (with Cadillac Sky)
Go to Sleep (The Avett Brothers cover) (with Cadillac Sky)
The Cave
I think that it pretty much speaks for itself. Looking back, I realize I got to hear A LOT of songs that aren’t played very much anymore. I comforted Andie as she bawled her eyes out during Timshel. She covered me as I ninja’d an awesome video of Aawake My Soul. She also saved me from being killed by Ben’s piano during Dust Bowl Dance. That man rocked out so hard on the piano that it FELL over. If it had fallen off the stage it more than likely would have fallen directly on me. When it was happening she screamed at me “He’s coming closer! HE’S COMING CLOSER!” And what did I do in response….pulled out my camera to take photos!! Even if I died, it had to be documented. Suffice to say, my face was properly melted.

After the show, Andie and I headed out back to where the tour buses were parked. There was a short line of people waiting to talk to Ben. He was so awesome and taking time to actually talk with everyone individually. When I finally got up to talk to him, I told him what an inspiration the band was to me and how unique they were. I’m sure I rambled on and babbled. He just smiled and said “Thank you so much. It doesn’t matter how many times we hear that, it always means just as much.” Then I proceeded to tell him how he had almost killed me with his piano during the show. To which he replied, “I seriously thought I broke it. That’s why I immediately walked off the stage after the song. I played through because the song has to have the piano bit at the end.” He then took my ticket and wrote “Blair, Sorry I almost killed you. Benji.” We high fived, then hugged a million times. When we went to go take a photo together, I took off my glasses and he asked if he could wear them. He actually said “Let’s take two photos. One with me in the glasses and one without.” So we did. After he took my glasses off, he said “Woah! Those are amazing. I can see so clearly with them on. Maybe I need to have my eyes examined!” After he was finished talking to everyone else, he came back over to where we were standing and talked to us for a bit longer. I told him that Mumford and Sons were probably going to be nominated for a Grammy. He just laughed and shook his head and said “Naaaaah. Nope. No way. We are too new.” And I said, “Yes, exactly. For Best New Artist.” *Cough*I told you so, Ben.*Cough*

After we chatted with Ben, we continued to wait in the freezing cold to see if anyone else would come out. The crowd waiting dwindled down to about 10 people or so. Then out came Marcus. When I approached him, I was not quite as well spoken as I was with Ben. I think my entire body was frozen at this point. I just said “Tttttthaaaaanks.” He replied “Oh my word, you’re freezing. Come here let me warm you.” He then wrapped me in his arms and hugged me tight for our photo. After we took the picture, he put his hands on my shoulders and looked me in the eye and said “Go home and take a warm bath.” I just laughed and nodded my head because HOW THE HELL DO YOU RESPOND TO MARCUS MUMFORD TELLING YOU TO TAKE A BATH?

Needless to say, it was a night I will NEVER forget. I honestly cannot believe it has already been a year.

November 7, 2011: Mumversary! A year since my first Mumford & Sons show

A year and a half ago, on November 7, 2010, I was getting ready to go to a concert that I had no idea would be one of the best concerts I have ever attended. That’s saying quite a lot considering the amount of shows I have been to since I was 14.  I spent the morning lounging around watching Mumford videos with my best friend, Andie, who had come into town from Mississippi for the show. At the time I was doing promotional events for Hard Rock Cafe and was working before the show that night. Fortunately for me and Andie, this meant we had to arrive at the venue extra early so I could start work. I put Andie in line to hold our spot and instructed her multiple times on which side of the stage she needed to be.

Left side in front of Ben. Remember to be on the left side if you are looking AT the stage. 

While I was working outside, there were TONS of people trying to scalp tickets. I really felt like I had the GOLDEN TICKET, espcially when one man offered me $1000 for my ticket. Sorry dude, that’s a lot of money but I have waited MONTHS for this concert. 

After everyone was in the venue, I could FINALLY go in once my work was over! I quickly ran in and found Andie right where I had repeatedly instructed her to stand. This is why we are best friends, y’all! She was on the VERY FRONT ROW! In all the concerts I have ever been to, I have never been directly on the front row. And let me tell you, It was SUCH an amazing experience! I always thought people were crazy for getting there so early just to be up front. It was worth it!!!

The first opener came on. King Charles. I feel like that is all I need to say. He was absolutely amazing. And his outfit was even more incredible!!! I had heard such good things about him from other friends, but it did not prepare me for actually seeing him perform live.

Next up on the bill was Cadillac Sky (Rest in Peace). Again, another electric performance by an incredible band. This is where I first fell in love with David Mayfield and Ross Holmes. David was all over the stage. Rolling around. Jumping up and down. Shaking his ass. Typical David Mayfield stuff. Marcus actually came out and played drums on a few songs. Ben came out and played keys. It was awesome to say the least. I was so very, very sad when they announced they were splitting up soon after this concert.

Then….it was the moment I had been waiting MONTHS for…..

MUMFORD AND SONS

The setlist was as follows:

Sigh No More 
Roll Away Your Stone 
Winter Winds
White Blank Page 
Below My Feet 
Timshel 
I Gave You All 
Little Lion Man 
Lover of the Light 
Thistle & Weeds 
Broken Crown 
After the Storm 
Awake My Soul 
Dust Bowl Dance 
Encore:
Lady of the River (King Charles cover) (with Cadillac Sky)
Go to Sleep (The Avett Brothers cover) (with Cadillac Sky)
The Cave
I think that it pretty much speaks for itself. Looking back, I realize I got to hear A LOT of songs that aren’t played very much anymore. I comforted Andie as she bawled her eyes out during Timshel. She covered me as I ninja’d an awesome video of Aawake My Soul. She also saved me from being killed by Ben’s piano during Dust Bowl Dance. That man rocked out so hard on the piano that it FELL over. If it had fallen off the stage it more than likely would have fallen directly on me. When it was happening she screamed at me “He’s coming closer! HE’S COMING CLOSER!” And what did I do in response….pulled out my camera to take photos!! Even if I died, it had to be documented. Suffice to say, my face was properly melted.

After the show, Andie and I headed out back to where the tour buses were parked. There was a short line of people waiting to talk to Ben. He was so awesome and taking time to actually talk with everyone individually. When I finally got up to talk to him, I told him what an inspiration the band was to me and how unique they were. I’m sure I rambled on and babbled. He just smiled and said “Thank you so much. It doesn’t matter how many times we hear that, it always means just as much.” Then I proceeded to tell him how he had almost killed me with his piano during the show. To which he replied, “I seriously thought I broke it. That’s why I immediately walked off the stage after the song. I played through because the song has to have the piano bit at the end.” He then took my ticket and wrote “Blair, Sorry I almost killed you. Benji.” We high fived, then hugged a million times. When we went to go take a photo together, I took off my glasses and he asked if he could wear them. He actually said “Let’s take two photos. One with me in the glasses and one without.” So we did. After he took my glasses off, he said “Woah! Those are amazing. I can see so clearly with them on. Maybe I need to have my eyes examined!” After he was finished talking to everyone else, he came back over to where we were standing and talked to us for a bit longer. I told him that Mumford and Sons were probably going to be nominated for a Grammy. He just laughed and shook his head and said “Naaaaah. Nope. No way. We are too new.” And I said, “Yes, exactly. For Best New Artist.” *Cough*I told you so, Ben.*Cough*

After we chatted with Ben, we continued to wait in the freezing cold to see if anyone else would come out. The crowd waiting dwindled down to about 10 people or so. Then out came Marcus. When I approached him, I was not quite as well spoken as I was with Ben. I think my entire body was frozen at this point. I just said “Tttttthaaaaanks.” He replied “Oh my word, you’re freezing. Come here let me warm you.” He then wrapped me in his arms and hugged me tight for our photo. After we took the picture, he put his hands on my shoulders and looked me in the eye and said “Go home and take a warm bath.” I just laughed and nodded my head because HOW THE HELL DO YOU RESPOND TO MARCUS MUMFORD TELLING YOU TO TAKE A BATH?

Needless to say, it was a night I will NEVER forget. I honestly cannot believe it has already been a year.

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February 4, 2011: Guster and Jukebox the Ghost

Guster. Guster. Guster.

Guster IS for lovers.

The moment I first heard this band I believe was my sophomore year of college, I instantly fell in love. Their music is so fun, upbeat, and catchy. I often have a hard time understanding how MORE people don’t know about them. Or why I have been to TWO Guster shows by myself one of them being FREE!!! But thankfully I met my friend, Jess. One of my favorite concert going buddies. When I found out she loved Guster just as much as I did, I almost fell over. We were so meant to be friends.

Guster puts on a live show like nothing else I have ever seen. It’s one thing to listen to a bands music that is recorded in a studio. It is another thing to see them perform it live. To see the energy that they radiate into each member of the audience.

For one, I must always be in a position to see Brian jam out on the bongos. Yes! BONGOS! He plays almost the entire set with his hands banging fiercely away on the bongos. So much so that he now has to tape his hands because they used to bleed so badly! It is a true sight to behold. Secondly, one of the first times I saw Guster live was at the Tate Center at the University of Georgia. It was a smaller show, but it was amazing. The most awesome thing about it….Ryan Miller played the entire show with bronchitis and a fever!! That’s serious dedication right there folks!

Ever since that day he has been my hero. And my love for Guster has grown.

I even traveled to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2007 just because they had been added to the lineup. And they just so happened to be on my flight from Dallas to Montrose when I was traveling there. But that’s a story for another time…

Needless to say….I love this band. They will always be one of my favorites.

Plus they always seem to play at my favorite Atlanta venue….The Tabernacle.

Jess and I arrived early-ish to the show. And thank goodness we did because we got to hear the opening band. And discover a new love! Jukebox the Ghost…..what a GREAT band to open for Guster!!! They were upbeat and fun. Even though I didn’t know one of their songs, I found myself bopping and dancing along to their music. It was instant love. And they did a hilarious cover of “I Love You Always Forever” which had everyone singing along.

If you haven’t checked them out yet, I highly suggest you do because they are on the brink.

After JBtG were finished, it was time for some Guster action! I was beyond excited! Their shows are the kind where everyone knows every word and sings right along. This one was no different. They played songs that spanned their entire catalog history! The setlist was as follows:

Ramona

Barrel of a Gun

Architects and Engineers

Homecoming King (Chariots of Fire outro)

Red Oyster Cult

Hercules

Satellite

The Beginning of the End

This Could All Be Yours

Backyard

What You Call Love

Airport Song

Two Points for Honesty (chosen by audience over Careful)

On the Ocean

Come Downstairs and Say Hello

Do You Love Me

Happier

Hang On/My Life (Billy Joel cover)

ENCORE ONE:

The Captain

I Spy

Manifest Destiny

This is How it Feels to Have a Broken Heart

Demons

ENCORE TWO:

Jesus on the Radio (acoustic without microphones)

Suffice to say, the setlist speaks for itself. I always love hearing the old songs and doing all the audience participation. Holding up my hand for the countdown during Barrel of a Gun. Screaming “Dirty, dirty, oh so dirty” during Airport Song. Watching the band members dodge audience thrown ping pong balls at the end of Airport Song. But it was also good to hear the new songs live! And they are just as amazing as the old ones.

I cannot wait until they roll back through town again….it is ALWAYS a good good time!

www.jukeboxtheghost.com

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March 29, 2011: The Avett Brothers - Athens, GA

This is a concert I never thought was going to happen. I missed out on tickets initially and thought “Well, if I don’t get them it wasn’t meant to be.” But I kept looking around. Just in case something popped up. But everything I found was $125 and in the back of the venue.

That is until I happened to check on Craigslist whilst lounging in my hammock listening to The Avett Brothers.

And the stars were aligned.

There was a guy who had a friend who unfortunately couldn’t go to the concert so he was selling his extra ticket. But fortunately for me, I saw it at the right time. And it wasn’t even near $125 or at the back of the venue! I was so thankful! Really I was jumping around screaming and dancing….

It wasn’t even a big deal that I was going alone. The day before I made plans to meet up with my FAVETT girl, Lindsey, and her bestie, Ellen, before the show. I had a wee bit of drama before heading to Athens, but nothing was going to stop me from enjoying my time. Some may think I am crazy for going to shows alone, but it is actually quite enjoyable. Don’t have to worry about anyone else. Can come and go as I please. And I am not going to let a small thing like the fact I can’t find a friend to go with me allow me to miss out on good concerts!

Before the show, Lindsey, Ellen and I were standing in front of the venue waiting for the doors to open. There was a group gathered near us (who were somewhat annoying) that started running over to the street. We looked over and there stood none other than Mr. Joe Kwon, Avett cellist extraordinaire.


We quickly spoke to him and had our photo snapped. Above is me, Joe and Ellen. Then we went back to waiting. The guy I bought my ticket from finally arrived with his friends and we were ready to go in! I am not going to mention that Lindsey and Ellen made BFFs with Jim Avett, aka Scott and Seth’s dad, because I kept being in the wrong place at the wrong time and missing him. I sat with L & E as long as I could before their seat neighbors came and booted me. It was long enough to watch part of Langhorne Slim’s opening act which was quite amazing and entertaining if I do say so myself.

I made my way back to my actual seat which wasn’t really that far away from where the other girls were. Straight away, I made note of the people in my section. In the row in front of me there was a group of friends who later became “those drunk people.” Next to them was a couple who were already making out and all over each other. On my left was another couple who ended up royally pissing me off during the show. Dude I bought my ticket from was on the other side of me with 4 of his friends all who ended up being really nice!

The show was phenomenal. I realized that it was my first official, full set Avett show. I saw the end of their set when they opened up for Dave Matthews Band a few years back, but unfortunately wasn’t as into them yet. The setlist went as follows:

Living of Love
And It Spread
Pretty Girl From Cedar Lane
Paranoia in Bb Major
January Wedding
The Fall
Distraction #74
New song
Kick Drum Heart
Spanish Pipedream
Colorshow
Sanguine
When I Drink
Murder in the City
Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
At The Beach
Tin Man
Salina
Slight Figure of Speech
I and Love and You
Encore:
Laundry Room

Now my tiny rant about the RUDE people next to me. Right after Colorshow, Scott & Seth came to the front of the stage. It was just the two of them with one mic and their guitars. Beautiful, right? That is until the chick next to me decides to talk EXTREMELY LOUDLY to her boyfriend about her financial woes and buying a house. Mind you it’s just Seth and Scott on stage. Acoustic. So quiet is the operative word in the building. I bitchfaced that girl something good because if not I would have done or said something worse and probably gotten kicked out. Fortunately for all those around us, she finally shut her mouth. But I missed most of Sanguine because of her rude chatting.

Moral of the story: DO NOT TALK DURING CONCERTS! IT’S BEYOND RUDE!

The rest of the show continued to be amazing. I wish I could say the same for the crowd. They were highly disappointing. Mostly drunk college kids (I think I just proved how old I am getting with that last sentence). There was no real energy in the crowd. The Avetts played their hearts out to a crowd that gave a mediocre response.

But I danced and sang my lungs out and boot stomped and jumped around. So hopefully that made up for some of the lame-o people around me. Just like I don’t let not having a concert buddy stop me from going, I do not let lame section mates ruin my time.

After the show was over, I went out back to meet up with L & E by the tour bus. We were hoping to get to meet the brothers. We waited. And waited. And waited. For almost 2 hours. That’s dedication because I had an hour drive back to Atlanta ahead of me. Unfortunately, the brothers were tired (they did only do a one song encore so I had my suspicions) and chose to make it an early night and go to sleep on the bus after the show. They also had an early morning drive to Savannah the following day, so I completely understood. We had a blast waiting on them. Singing songs. Meeting Langhorne Slim. Getting one of Scott’s banjo picks that he used during the show that night.

Yep.

You heard me right.

One of the guitar techs came over with something in his hand. So I just stuck mine out in front of me not knowing what he was handing out. In it he placed a GLORIOUS white banjo pick. I had a feeling it was Scott’s. Upon closer examination, I realized it was worn on one side meaning used. This totally made my night! And is probably one of the coolest pieces of memorabilia I have ever received.

Overall….and AMAZING night….with INCREDIBLE memories….

Thanks again to The Avett Brothers for providing me with sheer musical happiness!

March 29, 2011: The Avett Brothers - Athens, GA

This is a concert I never thought was going to happen. I missed out on tickets initially and thought “Well, if I don’t get them it wasn’t meant to be.” But I kept looking around. Just in case something popped up. But everything I found was $125 and in the back of the venue.

That is until I happened to check on Craigslist whilst lounging in my hammock listening to The Avett Brothers.

And the stars were aligned.

There was a guy who had a friend who unfortunately couldn’t go to the concert so he was selling his extra ticket. But fortunately for me, I saw it at the right time. And it wasn’t even near $125 or at the back of the venue! I was so thankful! Really I was jumping around screaming and dancing….

It wasn’t even a big deal that I was going alone. The day before I made plans to meet up with my FAVETT girl, Lindsey, and her bestie, Ellen, before the show. I had a wee bit of drama before heading to Athens, but nothing was going to stop me from enjoying my time. Some may think I am crazy for going to shows alone, but it is actually quite enjoyable. Don’t have to worry about anyone else. Can come and go as I please. And I am not going to let a small thing like the fact I can’t find a friend to go with me allow me to miss out on good concerts!

Before the show, Lindsey, Ellen and I were standing in front of the venue waiting for the doors to open. There was a group gathered near us (who were somewhat annoying) that started running over to the street. We looked over and there stood none other than Mr. Joe Kwon, Avett cellist extraordinaire.


We quickly spoke to him and had our photo snapped. Above is me, Joe and Ellen. Then we went back to waiting. The guy I bought my ticket from finally arrived with his friends and we were ready to go in! I am not going to mention that Lindsey and Ellen made BFFs with Jim Avett, aka Scott and Seth’s dad, because I kept being in the wrong place at the wrong time and missing him. I sat with L & E as long as I could before their seat neighbors came and booted me. It was long enough to watch part of Langhorne Slim’s opening act which was quite amazing and entertaining if I do say so myself.

I made my way back to my actual seat which wasn’t really that far away from where the other girls were. Straight away, I made note of the people in my section. In the row in front of me there was a group of friends who later became “those drunk people.” Next to them was a couple who were already making out and all over each other. On my left was another couple who ended up royally pissing me off during the show. Dude I bought my ticket from was on the other side of me with 4 of his friends all who ended up being really nice!

The show was phenomenal. I realized that it was my first official, full set Avett show. I saw the end of their set when they opened up for Dave Matthews Band a few years back, but unfortunately wasn’t as into them yet. The setlist went as follows:

Living of Love
And It Spread
Pretty Girl From Cedar Lane
Paranoia in Bb Major
January Wedding
The Fall
Distraction #74
New song
Kick Drum Heart
Spanish Pipedream
Colorshow
Sanguine
When I Drink
Murder in the City
Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
At The Beach
Tin Man
Salina
Slight Figure of Speech
I and Love and You
Encore:
Laundry Room

Now my tiny rant about the RUDE people next to me. Right after Colorshow, Scott & Seth came to the front of the stage. It was just the two of them with one mic and their guitars. Beautiful, right? That is until the chick next to me decides to talk EXTREMELY LOUDLY to her boyfriend about her financial woes and buying a house. Mind you it’s just Seth and Scott on stage. Acoustic. So quiet is the operative word in the building. I bitchfaced that girl something good because if not I would have done or said something worse and probably gotten kicked out. Fortunately for all those around us, she finally shut her mouth. But I missed most of Sanguine because of her rude chatting.

Moral of the story: DO NOT TALK DURING CONCERTS! IT’S BEYOND RUDE!

The rest of the show continued to be amazing. I wish I could say the same for the crowd. They were highly disappointing. Mostly drunk college kids (I think I just proved how old I am getting with that last sentence). There was no real energy in the crowd. The Avetts played their hearts out to a crowd that gave a mediocre response.

But I danced and sang my lungs out and boot stomped and jumped around. So hopefully that made up for some of the lame-o people around me. Just like I don’t let not having a concert buddy stop me from going, I do not let lame section mates ruin my time.

After the show was over, I went out back to meet up with L & E by the tour bus. We were hoping to get to meet the brothers. We waited. And waited. And waited. For almost 2 hours. That’s dedication because I had an hour drive back to Atlanta ahead of me. Unfortunately, the brothers were tired (they did only do a one song encore so I had my suspicions) and chose to make it an early night and go to sleep on the bus after the show. They also had an early morning drive to Savannah the following day, so I completely understood. We had a blast waiting on them. Singing songs. Meeting Langhorne Slim. Getting one of Scott’s banjo picks that he used during the show that night.

Yep.

You heard me right.

One of the guitar techs came over with something in his hand. So I just stuck mine out in front of me not knowing what he was handing out. In it he placed a GLORIOUS white banjo pick. I had a feeling it was Scott’s. Upon closer examination, I realized it was worn on one side meaning used. This totally made my night! And is probably one of the coolest pieces of memorabilia I have ever received.

Overall….and AMAZING night….with INCREDIBLE memories….

Thanks again to The Avett Brothers for providing me with sheer musical happiness!

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April 7, 2011: Eyes Around, A Silent Film, and Civil Twilight

The week of the Bobby Long shows (April 1), one of my best friends, Andie, came in town. That Thursday that she FINALLY got here, we went out to have drinks and watch some hockey at Taco Mac in Virginia Highlands. We had the cutest server. I believe her name was Michelle. The restaurant was pretty slow so she stood at our table and talked to us for quite a while. We explained to her about going to see Bobby at Vinyl. She told us that the following Thursday (April 7) a band called Civil Twilight was playing at the venue next to Vinyl called The Loft. She said they sounded a lot like Muse/Coldplay.

I was sold.

Not only do I love both of those bands, but I love checking out new music. Even if they sucked, what did I have to lose. I made plans and enlisted a friend to go with me. At first we were a bit confused about the opening bands. We thought that there was a silent film being shown. Little did we know it was a BAND called A Silent Film. When we arrived the opener for the opener was on, Eyes Around. Unfortunately since we were confused, we didn’t listen to them very much. Plus we missed about half their set. But what I did hear was pretty good.

A Silent Film came on second. Since we were still confused (and had never really listened to any of the bands performing) we thought they were Civil Twilight. This band was really quite impressive. The lead singer reminded me a lot of Chris Martin (perhaps that was part of the added confusion). He danced around the stage and was very interactive with the audience. I always enjoy musicians who will chat with the audience during their set. It makes you feel more connected. The rest of the band was very talented as well. Once I figured out that this was indeed NOT Civil Twilight, I made a note to check them out more once I got home.

After A Silent Film finished their set, we finally figured out that they were not who we thought they were because people were still standing around waiting. Oops! That’s what we get for not paying closer attention.

Civil Twilight finally came on.

I honestly had not heard one song by them until they started playing. Once I saw that the lead singer was playing piano, it was all over for me. I fell in love instantly. Their sound is very reminiscent of Muse or Coldplay. They are from Cape Town, South Africa (hello accents!) Again, they were also very interactive and chatty with the audience, which was filled with fans. I had a blast dancing around even though I did not know one song. They were highly entertaining.

To me this band is still up and coming. I think they have a few songs that are played on the radio and possibly featured on a TV show or two. They are playing a few festivals, including the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. If you are going or want to check out some new music, I definitely recommend this band as well as A Silent Film.

Just goes to show that it is worth going to see bands that you may have never heard of before because you never know what you will like.

www.civiltwilightband.com

www.myspace.com/asilentfilm

www.myspace.com/eyesaround

April 7, 2011: Eyes Around, A Silent Film, and Civil Twilight

The week of the Bobby Long shows (April 1), one of my best friends, Andie, came in town. That Thursday that she FINALLY got here, we went out to have drinks and watch some hockey at Taco Mac in Virginia Highlands. We had the cutest server. I believe her name was Michelle. The restaurant was pretty slow so she stood at our table and talked to us for quite a while. We explained to her about going to see Bobby at Vinyl. She told us that the following Thursday (April 7) a band called Civil Twilight was playing at the venue next to Vinyl called The Loft. She said they sounded a lot like Muse/Coldplay.

I was sold.

Not only do I love both of those bands, but I love checking out new music. Even if they sucked, what did I have to lose. I made plans and enlisted a friend to go with me. At first we were a bit confused about the opening bands. We thought that there was a silent film being shown. Little did we know it was a BAND called A Silent Film. When we arrived the opener for the opener was on, Eyes Around. Unfortunately since we were confused, we didn’t listen to them very much. Plus we missed about half their set. But what I did hear was pretty good.

A Silent Film came on second. Since we were still confused (and had never really listened to any of the bands performing) we thought they were Civil Twilight. This band was really quite impressive. The lead singer reminded me a lot of Chris Martin (perhaps that was part of the added confusion). He danced around the stage and was very interactive with the audience. I always enjoy musicians who will chat with the audience during their set. It makes you feel more connected. The rest of the band was very talented as well. Once I figured out that this was indeed NOT Civil Twilight, I made a note to check them out more once I got home.

After A Silent Film finished their set, we finally figured out that they were not who we thought they were because people were still standing around waiting. Oops! That’s what we get for not paying closer attention.

Civil Twilight finally came on.

I honestly had not heard one song by them until they started playing. Once I saw that the lead singer was playing piano, it was all over for me. I fell in love instantly. Their sound is very reminiscent of Muse or Coldplay. They are from Cape Town, South Africa (hello accents!) Again, they were also very interactive and chatty with the audience, which was filled with fans. I had a blast dancing around even though I did not know one song. They were highly entertaining.

To me this band is still up and coming. I think they have a few songs that are played on the radio and possibly featured on a TV show or two. They are playing a few festivals, including the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. If you are going or want to check out some new music, I definitely recommend this band as well as A Silent Film.

Just goes to show that it is worth going to see bands that you may have never heard of before because you never know what you will like.

www.civiltwilightband.com

www.myspace.com/asilentfilm

www.myspace.com/eyesaround

2 years ago 2 notes