"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, June 12, 2013

Bonnaroo Prep-work

We had a few activities around town recently leading up to Bonnaroo this coming weekend that kind of helped us get in the right frame of mind for the massive 4-day music and arts festival:

Friday, May 31 -  Bonnaroo Prep Activity # 1:  Get outside at night and enjoy the "Pretty Lights" (i.e. a band name at this year's festival).  We accomplished this tonight with a visit to Nashville's Cheekwood Gardens to check out the new "Light" exhibit going on there.  We had another great dinner beforehand at The Sushi Train over on the west side of Nashville near the gardens.

A night-time flower garden, Field of Light, is the centerpiece of the exhibition with 20,000 stemmed light-flowers fed by fiber optics infused into the landscape of the gardens including the front lawn of the Cheekwood Mansion (photo above).   Best thing beside the sheer beauty is the fact that most of the materials used are recycled and reclaimed.

This is only the second time British artist, Bruce Munro, has presented his "Light" exhibition  in North America.

This amazing chandelier inside the Cheekwood Mansion was also part of the exhibit.
Friday, June 7 - Bonnaroo Prep Activity # 2:  Go see some live music, preferably from some Bonnaroo veterans.  We did just that as one of our favorite discoveries from a previous Bonnaroo Festival, Sons of Bill, out of Charlottesville, Virginia played the new High Watt stage inside Cannery Row in Nashville. 

The three "Sons of Bill" Wilson (from L to R - Abe, James and Sam) put on a great show at the small but excellent new venue and we were right up front to enjoy it.  Thanks to our nephew, Matt, for attending the show with us.  They had two good local openers also: W.B. Givens, and Andrew Leahey & the Homestead
Monday, June 10 -  Bonnaroo Prep Activity # 3:  Stay out way too late and eat some great food while watching some amazing artists.  We were able to do this by having a late dinner at the ultra-exclusive Nashville restaurant, The Catbird Seat.
Our 9 PM reservations on a Monday night give you some idea of how exclusive The Catbird Seat is.  Our 10-course meal with wine, cocktail and beer pairings was out of this world.  We had a great view of each of our courses being prepared in front of us and the service and staff were excellent.  Presentation of each course was beautiful as well and we didn't get done until after midnight.  It is easily the best meal we've ever had in Nashville.  Our favorite part was the duck course and neither of us were big fans of the fowl before tonight. (photo courtesy of Flickr.com)

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