"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, August 1, 2014

Music, Baseball and BACON!!

Thursday, July 10 - We caught a great FREE set by Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds tonight downtown on the riverfront at Nashville Dancin' (formerly Dancin' in the District). We got right up in the front row and enjoyed the beautiful weather and the great show by this band we discovered at Bonnaroo a few years ago. We had dinner beforehand at Hana House of Sushi in Mt. Juliet.
The Cumberland River, the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the edge of downtown made for quite a panoramic backdrop for  Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds as they jammed away at Nashville Dancin' tonight.

Friday, July 18 - We caught a showing of the hilarious comedy sequel, 22 Jump Street, tonight at our local Mt. Juliet theater for free thanks to some passes we won at an Oscar party hosted by our friend Brenda way back in January.
Saturday, July 19 - Tonight was our first of two scheduled overnight stays this summer at the beautiful, new Inn at Fontanel.  We picked this night since we were also seeing The Fray play at The Woods Amphitheater on the same property up in White's Creek north of Nashville.  While this is a "local" venue, it's a pretty long haul  back home after a late show, so when they converted the Southern Living Idea House that we visited last year (see previous blog) into a small hotel, we knew it was worth a try despite the kind of high price tag.  We will be staying again in a few weeks for the Michael Franti show, but in a different, larger room.  We had a great stay in the "North Bunkie" room which included a large cooked-to-order breakfast the next morning.

Nashville... Pretty much our second home. Excited to play tonight. Come on out! -BW

The Fray were tremendous live.   Their Tweet (shown above) from before the show was an indication that they love this area. The video below isn't that great visually, but it does a good job of capturing their pure sound on stage.  We only had general admission tickets, but found a nice place to watch the show on a little hill just right of the stage. We enjoyed some Jeni's Ice Cream before the music started. The two opening bands, Oh Honey and Barcelona were decent.

Friday, July 25 - We loaded up in separate cars and headed north into Kentucky today and stayed in Louisville overnight as the start of a little fun (and a lotta work for Ashlee in Kentucky) and southern Ohio. I played some poker across the river from Louisville in Indiana while Ashlee worked.  Early in the evening we met up in the quaint old Louisville neighborhood of Clifton and had some delicious desserts at the Homemade Pie and Ice Cream Kitchen, then took a stroll that including passing the very interesting personal residence known as  Jerry's Junk (photo above) and onto the relatively new Apocalypse Brewing Company for a couple of tasty craft beers.  It was certainly a lovely summer evening to be in "Loo'avull."
Saturday, July 26 - We got up this morning (had breakfast at Wild Eggs...of course) and headed further north to see the Washington Nationals play the hometown Cincinnati Reds at The Great American Ballpark.  It was our first time in the ballpark and she is a beauty.  We had great seats hovering above the first base line in Section 301 which are shaded and attached to an all-you-can-eat suite that was phenomenal.  We got the most out of our money too with hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches and ice creams sandwiches before the game even started.  Then it was popcorn, another ice cream sandwich each, pizza, a soft pretzel, nachos and peanuts plus free soft drinks.  What a deal!  The game was an exciting, albeit low-scoring, defensive struggle with the Reds winning 1-0 and posting 11 strikeouts on the division-leading Nationals.  This looks to become a once-a-year tradition for us if possible.  We had such a great time including our leisurely walk across the Ohio River to the ballpark from Covington, KY where we parked for just a few bucks.
Sunday, July 27 - It was back south toward Louisville again today as we planned on heading to the Kentucky Speedway for an Indy Car Ride-Along.  It got rained out unfortunately. We are rescheduling it for next summer where we hope to do a duplicate trip.  We had more delicious pie at another location of the Homemade Pie and Ice Cream Kitchen and then went our separate ways as Ashlee had a couple more days work in Kentucky to complete, and I was due at work back home the next morning.  What a dandy little weekend it was despite the rain hiccup.

Thursday, July 31 - Tonight we attended the first of two SOLD OUT shows of The Bacon Brothers at The Franklin Theater.  Even more exciting to us was the chance meet and greet Michael and Kevin!   Thanks to our friend, Brenda, for grabbing the tickets for us while we were out of town and for going with us to the show.

The meet and greet was only a little more in price and included down-front seating for the show.  The Bacon Brothers couldn't have been nicer.  We got autographs, a group picture with them and even individual shots.  I have never gotten more "likes" on a Facebook post than I have of this picture of me and Kevin.  One degree feels pretty darn good!!
We had a delicious dinner beforehand at The Red Pony Restaurant across the street from the theater in downtown Franklin.   And, yes, one of the delicious (and our favorite) appetizers was THE BACON!!  Jason's Grilled Bacon to be exact.

Let's be honest here, we grabbed these tickets for a chance to meet Kevin-Freakin-Bacon and not really for the music.  But, guess what?  These brothers can play some pretty good music!  Below is a true "boot-leg" clip (I shot it from around my boot-leg since cameras weren't allowed during the show) that shows just how good the brothers and their stellar band are.  This is some of their closing encore cover of The Band's classic "Up on Cripple Creek."  It was a great show and we would definitely see them again, meet-and-greet or not.  This was also our first time at the beautiful Franklin Theater which has been lovingly restored and has great acoustics and sight lines for music.  We are lucky to have it so nearby and hope to catch some more events here in the future.

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