if you’re headed to bonnaroo and have the time, try and set aside a day or two (preferably pre-festival so you’re not completely worn out) to explore the city of nashville. the self proclaimed “music city” and birthplace of country music is home to the ryman auditorium (the “mother church of country music”) and a lively bar scene where you can listen to live music any day of the week. broadway and printer’s alley are lined with honky tonks (what they call the bars that also serve as music venues) and just walking down the street the sound of guitar and country music twang will entice you to step inside. at bars like robert’s western world and legends corner you can feel the ghost’s of past musicians in the creaky wooden floors and beat up cowboy boots that line the walls. it is easy to lose an entire day wandering from bar to bar and listening to music – plus a lot of the bands will take requests! i had a fun time trying to get one band to play some stones and the only song they knew was “honky tonk women”. shocking :)
stay tuned for a post on the awesome vintage shopping scene in nashville!
free people highland park is turning one! they’ll be celebrating all weekend long with refreshments and live music from their very own janelle kroll on saturday from 12 – 5pm. plus all weekend customers can enter a raffle to win a personal styling session at the store to be featured right here on the blog!
our suburban square store is having a sidewalk sale starting today through sunday! suburban square is a really cute outdoor shopping spot in the suburbs outside of philly. if you’re in the area, stop by our store and cool off with some lemonade and cookies! they have some really great new summer merchandise and markdowns to take advantage of as well :)
last week i told you all about the trip fp jemma and i took to NYC for the day to visit some of our stores. well we had a small window of free time before our train back to philly so we hit williamsburg in brooklyn for a quick shopping session at stella dallas. this was my first time visiting the vintage store and i could have spent all day browsing the racks and rummaging through boxes in search of antique treasures. i love the smell of vintage stores…like your grandparents attic mixed with an old library of yellowed, crackling books. you always know you’re going to find something special and what that find will be is the mystery.
here are some photos from our shopping excursion…
what was my big find? i was absolutely smitten with the vintage rock tees hanging all over the store- so it broke my heart a little when i saw the sign saying they were part of the owner’s private collection and not for sale…. until I found a rack in the back with a sweet pink floyd t-shirt that i grabbed and would not let go of!
here’s another tip – follow up a day of vintage shopping with food and drinks at blackbird – a charming little corner spot on bedford ave that i would love to spend hours in, reading a book and people watching. it’s got a great atmosphere with wooden shelves lined with books and an old wooden bar full of character.
following up part one, here’s a look at the bands i want to see on saturday and sunday at bonnaroo!
on saturday i am most looking forward to jimmy cliff, jeff beck and stevie wonder… they are legends. jay z, thievery corporation and the disco biscuits should all be fun late night shows!
mumford & sons
the dead weather
angus & julia stone
sunday at bonnaroo is usually pretty mellow. the weekend is coming to an end and people are tired, but there’s a headliner that night to close out the weekend. i honestly don’t know if i’ll stick around to see this year’s closer, dave matthews band, but i’ll probably check out these shows:
and here’s a playlist of all the bands listed above!
one of our readers, annaliese, emailed me a little while back about a sculpture she had created that she wanted to share. she didn’t send any photos but her description was enough to peak my curiosity. i asked her to send along some photos as well, and here they are! read on for the description of the sculpture in her words…
“i made a tree branch grow forth from inside of an unwanted book, bringing life to the pages whose words have been forgotten, left in a charity shop where its bright green cover with a black silhouette of a forest and frolicking rabbits dancing about the undergrowth caught my gaze and sparked my imagination. within the grasp of the branch i made a nest from lines of text that i built up to become a home for a family of birds. above the nest the last bird is flying the nest, facing the time of flight or fall, beating its wings against the invisible air to reach that open sky its desperate gaze is locked onto, leaving behind an empty nest where a single feather lays, lingering like a memory, a remnant of the past.
the book is called “the forest lovers” and was the only material used for this sculpture with glue to bind its former flat pages together.”
what a beautiful description and sculpture! thanks so much for sharing, annaliese.
in the days leading up to a music festival like bonnaroo, it’s hard to think about anything else. one of the first things you need to think about before going are what bands you definitely want to see, because it is never possible to see them all. there are two stages and three tents which all have shows going on simultaneously, so sometimes two acts you want to see will be playing at the same time. bonnaroo announced the festival schedule last week and i immediately printed it out and highlighted the bands i want to check out.
here’s a look at some highlights on thursday and friday!
unfortunately we aren’t getting there until friday- so i was a little bummed about missing these acts!
here’s my tentative lineup for friday, which is jam packed with good bands…
edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros
she & him
kings of leon
the kings of leon will headline friday night – fp jemma and i were talking about this the other day and we agreed – we want to hear the old stuff! i can do without the latest album please play “trani” and “joe’s head”!
another great thing about bonnaroo? it never stops. the shows go on late into the night and into the early morning. a couple of years ago my morning jacket went onstage at midnight and played until 4am – one of the greatest shows i’ve ever seen. if you can hang in, the late night shows are always good for dancing… here are some good ones on friday night/saturday morning:
the flaming lips
the black keys
the first predicament of the weekend – the flaming lips play from 12am – 2am and the black keys from 12am – 1:30am. i love the black keys so normally this would be an easy pick, but the flaming lips rock too and they’ll be playing pink floyd’s the dark side of the moon in its entirety with star death and white dwarfs. which would you see??
here’s a playlist of the above artists for you to enjoy!