"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Getting Up with a tasty burger and getting down with The Dirty Guv'nahs

We left immediately after work today and checked in to the Hotel Indigo on West End. This was another Travelocity.com Top Secret Hotels bargain for $60 a night. The boutique hotel is quite lovely and our stylish room was huge with a very comfy king-sized bed.
After chilling in the room for an hour or so, we headed over to the happening and hip little area in Nashville known as "12th Avenue South" for our Meet-Up group dinner at Burger Up!. Our friends, and veteran members of the group, John and Monique were there, along with second-timers to the group, Bill and Jacqui, plus two other new couples to make an even ten. The rather small place was super-crowded for a Friday night and we were glad we had made arrangements for our large group before we arrived. They were able to get us a table together right on time and we had a wonderful dinner of gourmet burgers. After dinner, we set out to catch a new favorite regional band of ours, The Dirty Guv'nahs, with their first headlining show at The Mercy Lounge. Opening was a band called, Ponderosa, who were OK, but not much to write home about in terms of energy or stage presence. That all changed when The Guv'nahs took the stage around 10 PM. This young band from Knoxville is chock full of energy and no one has more of it than lead singer, James Trimble, (photo below) who came into the crowd twice where we were standing center stage...once on foot and once flying through the air in an unexpected stage dive. Good thing he's a small fella and we were able to catch him! Later in the show Ashlee even "caught" his sweaty vest as well, although not really by choice! The crowd swelled as the show continued and was officially sold out by the time the boys encored with a tremendous cover of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "American Girl" along with members of Ponderosa. Thanks to our friend, Ryan, and his friend, Curtis, for joining us during the show. We had a peaceful and restful sleep back at the hotel and woke up late Saturday morning in time to check out and have lunch at Bosco's Restaurant and Brewery before returning home.

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