9/15/14, The Stone Fox
Following a day spent mourning the end of another weekend, I stepped into The Stone Fox and traded my Monday blues for JD McPherson’s blues-infused rock n’ roll. On the first night of his two night engagement in Nashville, Tennessee, people of all ages crammed into the small venue, ready to kick back and have a good time listening to the music of McPherson and his band.
Live on the Green: Week 4, Day 3
Featuring Phin, Sugar & The Hi-Lows, Ingrid Michaelson, LP, The Lone Bellow, & Jake Bugg
The grand finale of Live on the Green 2014 came on a Saturday, a first for the music fest that, before this year, had held tightly onto its Thursday timeslot. But change is good, and with this one came some additional perks, namely that the weekend allowed for much more music. Instead of the usual three acts, the Saturday lineup doubled the number of performances, and included sets by Phin, Sugar & The Hi-Lows, Ingrid Michaelson, LP, The Lone Bellow, and Jake Bugg.
9/13/14, Bridgestone Arena
I recently sat down to a lunch with Rudimental, a London-based dance-pop group, not knowing exactly what to expect. Well, I did know one thing - it was a lunch given for a couple of Suburban Roads contest winners to meet and talk with the band. I’d been to these types of extended meet-and-greets before; typically, it’s an awkward time for all involved. Artists or bands can be guarded (which either comes off as arrogant or actually is arrogant), and fans too timid. This meet-and-greet, however, was a breath of fresh air. Rudimental was a breath of fresh air. Their humility and gratitude towards everyone involved in the lunch was apparent throughout the meal. Each member was incredibly personable and equipped with a welcome sense of humor, and they made conversation around the table an effortless experience. After the fact, I was even more excited about their show, which I was planning on catching that night. I was curious to see if their infectious, good-time personalities and evident bonds with one another translated to the stage as much as in a casual setting.
As I arrived at Bridgestone arena that night, I couldn’t help but notice that Rudimental had their work cut out for them. Rudimental (a group that is still paving their path towards notoriety in the U.S.) would be opening for an artist that tens of thousands were on-site for, pining to see. They would somehow have to get the audience to momentarily set aside their anticipation for the headliner, Ed Sheeran, and give attention to what they were doing. But, as soon as they took the stage, I knew Rudimental would have no problem winning over the crowd.