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Weekend in New York

November 16, 2014

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April surprised me with a super quick trip to NYC to see Ryan Adams at Carnegie Hall!  I was floored that she did that, and was so excited because he wasn’t coming to Atlanta on this tour.  The added bonus was that we got to see him solo at Carnegie Hall.  Such an amazing an iconic venue, and an awesome chance to see something there.

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We stayed at the Park Central Hotel, which was right across the street from Carnegie Hall and a couple blocks south of Central Park.  The hotel was very well kept, close to the subway, and very reasonably priced for midtown.  I’d definitely stay there again, and recommend it to others.

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After we checked into the hotel, we walked around Midtown for a while, and went to the Top of the Rock.  While I’ve been to NYC many times for work and fun over the years, that’s one of the main tourist things that I’ve actually never done!

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A better shot of Central Park!

IMG_1284The sun was right in our faces looking towards the Empire State Building, so I couldn’t get a great shot of it in color…  but it looks pretty cool in black and white instead!

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Waiting patiently at Carnegie Hall…

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This was the only shot I took towards to stage.  The ticket Nazi’s were in full force, so I didn’t try to get anything else!

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The next morning, we toured the Tenement Museum, and took in the 9/11 Memorial.  It was very well done, and absolutely massive.  It was hard not to think back about that day and remember where we were, and how we heard the news.

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It’s hard to go all the way to New York, and not have some pizza!  At the recommendation of my brother, we enjoyed this pie at John’s of Bleecker Street.

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As we made our way back to the hotel to collect our bags and head home, we hung out in Times Square for a little bit to enjoy the people watching!

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Next time we’ll have to get to a show on Broadway!

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Nathan Angelo – Born To Love You

July 12, 2014

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Nathan Angelo recently played at Eddie’s Attic, and his song Born To Love You is one of my favorites.  April and I used the acoustic version of this song as our first dance song at our wedding!

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Willy Porter – Breathe

May 9, 2014

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Willy Porter is an amazing guitarist, and this video shows exactly why. I shot this during a show in Atlanta in May.

If you liked this song, check out Paper Airplane from a few years ago!

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Willy Porter – Paper Airplane

November 18, 2011

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Performing Paper Airplane at Eddie’s Attic. Willy is an incredible guitarist, but he’s also a wonderful songwriter. This is one of my favorite laid back songs of his.

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Counting Crows – Chastain

July 19, 2010

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Last night I visited Chastain to listen to another one of my favorite bands from back in the day – Counting Crows. They played with Augustana, and by with, I don’t mean Augustana opened for them. There was actually no opener, and both bands (and some rapper guy named Notar) played together the whole night switching people out depending on what song they were performing. Great night of music. One of my favorites was actually the opener when they all played Van Morrison’s “Caravan”.

I last saw Counting Crows two summers ago, before the last presidential election. Towards the end of the set, lead singer Adam Duritz began a political rant, and I remember thinking “this isn’t going to end well for me”. Because let’s be honest – my political views don’t often match those of the entertainment world. But somewhere around the middle of the tirade he told the crowd -“I don’t give a flying fuck who you vote for, as long as you get off the couch and take part in the process”. I loved it.

Two years later, it’s again an election year, and Adam Duritz begins a similar political pep talk last night. While his speech didn’t include quite as memorable of a line, the sentiment was still there. Who knows if he and I have similar views, but I love the guy for just encouraging people to take part regardless of who they vote for.

…Selfishly though, I would be interested to hear someone with a liberal agenda start spouting off at Chastain. Because let’s face it, that would go over about as well as a fart in church.

but I digress.

One interesting thing I noticed last night was that during the show, Adam Duritz had five wardrobe changes – all to different black t-shirts. He first appeared in a Nirvana shirt, then a shirt that read “Sleep is so last night”, followed by a Ramones shirt, followed by a shirt with some design that I didn’t recognize, followed by a Beatles shirt to end the night. I guess the dude sweats a lot?

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