|Rob Thomas||Apr 22||Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN|
We stopped at the Parkette Drive-In in Lexington for lunch. This nostalgic place was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives a few years back and it's a perfect representation of the show. The double burger and tots were delicious!
We spent the night in Louisville at the beautiful and historic Seelbach Hotel located downtown. It happened to be Derby Week so we ambled over to the Brown Hotel for one of their signature mint juleps. I varied mine up a little by asking the bartender to use Jack Daniels instead of bourbon. He obliged...secretly. It was great, by the way. Part of the week-long Derby Festival was a charity poker tournament held aboard The Cinncinnati Queen paddle-wheeler boat which was docked downtown. Ashlee didn't play, but tagged along for the ride since the boat went out on the Ohio River for the first hour for a nice cruise. The evening went long with me placing 30th out of over 200 people (no money, but a good run) and Ashlee stayed with me the entire time sipping libations and watching the antics.
The next morning before heading back south with a stop in Elizabethtown, but before we left Louisville we had breakfast at a new location of one of our favorite restaurants there called Wild Eggs. The new downtown spot is beautiful and roomy and the food was just as good as we remembered.
|Wednesday, May 7 - We caught an incredible live show from the band, Blue October at the Exit/In tonight. This group has quickly jumped up the ranks in terms of performers we want to see play live again and again. They had two solid openers as well tonight with a strong acoustic set by Matthew Mayfield (great cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit") and a last-minute substitute for a band we like (Terraplane Sun) by the name of Zeale, an indie hip-hop artist|
with great on-stage energy.
Saturday, May 10 - It's not the first time we've traveled to Chicago to see one of our favorite bands, Augustana, but it was the first time we saw two back-to-back shows from them in the same venue on the same day! After the first show at The Double Door sold out quickly, they added a second earlier show and we said, "Hey, why not??" It helped that our friends, Laurie and Derek, were going to the earlier show as well. And much thanks to our friend, Wayne, for flying up with us today and going to both shows as well. We all had a great dinner of New Haven-style pizza and some brews beforehand at the nearby Piece Pizza and Brewery which we had visited before during a Chicago food tour in this Wicker Park neighborhood a few years back.
Sunday, May 11: Since it was Mother's Day, Ashlee got up early and flew back to Chattanooga early to see her mom. Wayne and I goofed around in The Windy City the rest of the day before catching a late flight back to Nashville.