"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.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Filthy Irish and the Dirty Guv'nahs

We saw a couple of great shows in Nashville this past week:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012:

We caught a show by the Irish folk-rock band, Gaelic Storm, at the new & (somewhat) improved 3rd & Lindsley tonight.  We fell in love with these guys on the Rombello Music Cruise we did last year (see previous blog). 

This was a good show, albeit a bit less raucous than on the ones on the cruise ship since there are still too many damn tables and chairs in this venue to really get up and move around and enjoy yourself.  Thanks to our friends, Nate and Ginny for joining us at the show.

  Saturday, February 4, 2012:

We attended another SOLD OUT show for The Dirty Guv'nahs tonight at the Mercy Lounge.  The band was on fire as usual, but unfortunately a rowdy crowd of drunken frat boys near us kind of spoiled the overall experience with their antics. It wasn't a total loss, however, as we also enjoyed the opening band from Nashville called The Cadillac Black, a hard-rockin' trio that we had not seen before and whose original music is very good.  Above is a shot of TCB lead singer and guitarist, Jaren Johnston, wowing the crowd in their finale song.

  We called it a night a bit early before the Guv'nahs were done playing just to get away from the rowdy crowd of drunks and headed back to our nearby hotel, The Loews Vanderbilt.  Thanks to a great deal found on Sniqueaway.com, we were able to get a room at this famouns (and fancy) West End hotel at a sweet price that included some yummy complimentary  hors d'euvres in their conceirge lounge before the show.  We had enough of the free crab meatballs and spring rolls to basically call it dinner, although we did slip over to the nearby Blackstone Brewery for a few craft beers and a hot pretzel as well before grabbing a cab to the show.   We continued our Nashville "staycation" with a visit to the always-popular, Pancake Pantry, for breakfast the next morning.  It was the first time we had actually been there and the food was great.  After lounging around our lovely and comfy room until the noon checkout, we headed over to the 100 Oaks area and caught a matinee showing of  "Hugo" in 3D.  This charming film is up for "Best Picture" at the Oscars later this month and it gets our vote of the nominees we have seen so far. 

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