Ben Folds & “NoDa” – Charlotte, NC

Our weekend in Charlotte was great because I got to get off the computer, and went somewhere new. I haven’t done either of those in a while so it was very appreciated.

Friday night entailed the “ditch a car in a parking lot and hope no one tows you game”, followed by a Ben Folds show at the Fillmore. The Ben Folds show as AWESOME. I have seen him twice before in Blacksburg, VA and then later that week in Charlottesville, VA when he was with a full band and was blown away. This past show was Ben Folds playing solo. It was definitely different, but was not disappointing. The highlight is definitely the fact that we were the first crowd he ever tried Chatroulette with :-). He put his laptop on top of his piano and then logged into this random video chat program called Chatroulette. Here is the video he recorded on his computer that has gotten millions of views on YouTube:

Now that Ben Folds show was a complete success, we only had one other “must do” item for the weekend. That was to hit up Cabo Fish Taco, one of our favorite dining establishments in Blacksburg, VA that we knew had a second location in Charlotte. The Charlotte Cabo was just as awesome as the one in Blacksburg, and their margaritas were just as good too. The time we spent in the North Davidson (“NoDa”) district of Charlotte was our favorite. I even tweeted about it.

Because I was more in relax mode I didn’t carry my camera around with me at all during the weekend. What this meant was no handstand picture… I realized this before I left town, so I went ahead and pulled off on a random street while it was raining and did one. I hope to return to Charlotte and get a cool handstand in “NoDa”, but for now I have a handstand in Charlotte!

Incubus at Merriweather Post Pavillion

Last night was awesome.
Incubus at Merriweather

Time Really Does Fly

One year ago I was here in Yellowstone National Park.

So amazing. Luckily things keep going well *knock on wood*, and today I am going to see Incubus, my favorite band of all time at Merriweather Post Pavillion. 🙂

I hope the concert is as amazing as I have been hoping it will be.

UPDATE (12:18am): Incubus rocked. Going to a show like that makes me love music. The opener “The Duke Spirit” on the other hand… not so hot.

Backstage at the 930 Club

Getting to hang out backstage at the 930 club while Thievery Corporation was definitely a highlight of my life. I hold 930 club as the most intimate place to see a show in D.C., especially for seeing bigger acts, but it was even more special when you get to see it from a new perspective.

Reasons for awesomeness:

  1. Watching a huge crowd from the artists perspective.
  2. Seeing the band up close and personal.
  3. Free drinks.
  4. The awesome feeling of being “special”.

Shoutouts to Andy, Mike, Annie, Marc, Mike and Ben’s Chili Bowl. Had an awesome time! We went on January 30th, 2009.

Thievery Corporation – 930 Club – Tuesday Show

Tuesday Night, met up with Steve and Erin to go to the Thievery Corporation Show @ the 930 club. We took the metro over, and got in just before the show was starting. We had been looking forward to this for a while, and had bought tickets about a month prior (which was necessary) because they sold out.

Chance had it that I saw my friend Brittany there and we all got to hang out. She’s left the next day or so to head out to Utah to go snowboarding at Park City which sounds almost as cool as our upcoming Colorado trip!

We worked our way up the right side of the club and got pretty awesome views of the band. (It’s hard to have a bad view at the 930 club.)

The show was really awesome, and we got to talk to my friend Andy who was working Lighting after the show was over. Brittany and I had been talking about our photo hobby and how cool a press pass would be. So… I asked for one… and got a pass… That would lead me to going to their show this past Friday which I will post about soon (It was even more amazing!).

I have been listening to their CDs a lot recently, and here are two of the more popular songs you might recognize:

Lebanese Blonde

Richest Man in Babylon

Musical talent!?

How far can someone go without learning to read sheet music? Well… I’m still going but I guess I haven’t gone too far. I know “F.A.C.E” for treble clef, that’s about as far as it goes. My brother got me a book that should help me learn but I have been too stubborn so far to use it.

Anyways, I have been told that I have the tendency to go flat when singing. Last night I felt like I began to get past that. About a 2 hour singing/guitar/piano session and I was doing much better. I heard the notes in my head, before anything came out of my mouth, and I was able to hit notes that are usually a struggle for me. Previously I’d do my best first shot, and then to try and “climb” up to reach them when I realized I wasn’t right on.

Whats the point? -> Well, It seems like a “duh” moment, but I believe I have had an epiphany where if I conciously picture the note in my head before letting it come out of my mouth, it works. That’s all. Anyone do something similar?