...Movies, Music, Travel, Baseball, and some walking "in the streets."
|OK, the windshield sun shading gives this view of downtown Kansas City a bit of a surreal look, but it's still a cool shot.|
|Time for lunch! It's a gas station. It's a kick-ass BBQ joint. It's definitely Kansas City.|
|Burnt Ends were the special at Joe's today. They were outstanding!|
|The pride of Kansas City: Boulevard Brewing.|
Butch had a great second opener, Jonathon Tyler, who we had seen before at Bonnaroo with his band, The Northern Lights. We got to meet Jonathon briefly after the show also. We walked back to our nice, new Doubletree hotel and went up on the roof to their great bar there for a final libation for the evening and watched the full moon in all it's Missouri glory.
Wednesday, 6/3/15 - It was back to Kansas City today and a great late lunch at Blue Koi (which has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) and then we flew back home that evening.
Friday, 6/5/15 - We attended our first Nashville Sounds game this year together tonight in their exquisite new First Tennessee Park. Attending with us were our friends, Mike and Ali, who were sort of on a blind date (they had only met on Facebook previously...per our encouragement). Things went well we are happy to report! We missed a few early innings thanks to drinks and good food for dinner beforehand at Butchertown Hall in the nearby Germantown neighborhood.
Saturday, 6/6/15 - After a pretty late night, we got up much too early after spending a few hours sleeping at our friend, Wayne's house in Nolensville, to participate in the Franklin 5K over in lovely and historic Lieper's Fork along with Wayne and our friend, Mike. Despite the lack of sleep, we all finished the 5K is good order and enjoyed "the walk" along the foggy streets in the early middle-Tennessee morning. Later that afternoon, Mike went with us to see the new Entourage movie which we all enjoyed as fans of the now-defunct HBO TV show.
|"oh, yeah...oh, yeah..." - Jane's Addiction|
Saturday, 6/13/15 - And now for something completely different, but kind of the same: This year we decided to forgo the 4-day music and camping event that is Bonnaroo and opt instead to try a one-day VIP visit along with our friends, Danny and Brenda. Our enthusiasm for the festival has waned in the past few years for several reasons, but our love of this year's Saturday headliners, Mumford and Sons, made it worth a try.
The ride down from Greer Stadium in Nashville to Manchester aboard a nice bus was good. We started the day with Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen straight from New Orleans at That Tent. They were great, but it was here we found out that there is no VIP area in the four tent-stages where some of the best music is...that was a bummer and Strike 1. We also hooked up with our friends, Wayne and Bridgette, there who were doing the whole 4-day general admission experience.
|Our favorite VIP spot was the air-conditioned tent at Centeroo.|
Video Below: A bit of the
Mumford and Sons Bonnaroo redemption!
We weren't overly impressed with the One-Day VIP Experience based on what we paid vs. what we actually got. Based on the three strikes, this might have been our last Bonnaroo experience unless they really step it up with acts we haven't seen before and/or or bang for your buck. There is just too much good competition out there with competing festivals (we are excited about our VIP access at the new Pilgrimage Festival coming up in September), music cruises and individual shows with affordable perks like good seating, meet-and-greets, etc.
Wednesday, 6/17/15 - Just a mere four days after Bonnaroo ended, the living legends themselves, The Rolling Stones, visited LP Field in Nashville, and we were there, up in the nosebleed seats, checking them out. It's been almost 18 years since we saw them last over at Vandy Stadium and these senior citizens haven't lost much in that time. It was an enjoyable show from start to finish. Thanks to our friends, Wayne, Mike and Bridgette, for attending with us and hanging out to tailgate beforehand in the hot summer temps.
|Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Charlie are still together and still jamming. |
Below: a quick clip of the boys in action
|Sunday, 6/21/15 -We saw Jurassic World in IMAX today with our friends, |
Mike and Wayne. It was fang-tastic!!