"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.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Keane are Keen and Augustana are Awesome

We caught a couple of good shows this past week:

Wednesday, January 23:  We grabbed some under-face-value Stubhub.com "fire sale" tickets to see the English pop/rock quartet, Keane, at the Ryman Auditorium.  The one hitch was that we had to buy three tickets to get the deal so we invited our friend, Wayne, to with us.  The show was good despite not being completely sold out.  Below is a snippet of one of their most popular hits, "Everybody's Changing" from our vantage point in the balcony.   Before the show we had a great dinner at the always-delicious Suzy Wong's House of Yum.

Friday, January 25: We were excited to hear that one of our favorite bands, Augustana, included Nashville on their most current acoustic tour.  They were scheduled to play the tiny High Watt stage at the 8th Avenue Music Complex, but ticket sales were so brisk that they were moved to the larger Mercy Lounge (where we last saw them) and they sold that out too!. Not only is Augustana one of our favorite bands, but they are also one of the most schizophrenic - i.e.  they never have the same line-up when we see them.  This was the most stripped-down we have seen them with only lead singer (and heart and soul), Dan Layus, and an accompanying friend playing piano (and accordion on a few songs).   The voice and fire of Layus are really all you need though as the short clip below of one over favs, "Steal Your Heart" will attest.  The show was excellent. Although we do hope he's working on putting together another plugged-in version  of Augustana since he played several good new songs also.  Thanks to our friends Wayne, Mike, Chris and Tarryn,  for attending with us and grabbing some dinner beforehand at the great Music City Flats (the former Urban Flats chain, now locally owned and better than ever).

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