Wanda Jackson at City Winery

img_20170127_222708_920I’ll be the first to admit that I’m more than a bit of a snob about music venues and their clientele. It boils down to a personal rule that if I can’t have the experience that I want at the show then I’m not going to go because I’ll only be disappointed. I generally don’t go to ampitheatre or arena shows unless it’s a free ticket, and there are even some smaller venues that I won’t visit unless it’s a performer that I really love. One such venue, is City Winery. I had never been there before yesterday but I knew enough about them from booking acts at the original New York location to know their shtick. I was pretty confident that they would be everything that I dislike about a certain eponymous venue in town but worse since it’s not just a winery but in the divisive Ponce City Market with a distinctly Buckhead-esque clientele.

Few things were get me to give in and go to CW.

It turns out by dad’s decision to venture into the big city to see Wanda Jackson, a bucket list show for him, was enough to get me to in the door.

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Hominy Grill and the Angel Oak – Charleston, SC

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I don’t normally go for the place that gets all of the attention from the food and travel shows, even as much as I love Anthony Bourdain and Adam Richman, because they rarely live up to the hype, but while I was in Charleston with a herd of fellow Butch Walker fans for his show at the Pour House we decided to visit the Hominy Grill for breakfast.

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Local Adventuring – In Search of the B-52s in Athens

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I met Kate after I worked their rainy show at the Botanical Garden (which is why I look like hell) and my amazing client took off his backstage pass and gave it to me so I could go to the after party. / Fred lent his name to a coffee line and did a signing at America’s Mart that a friend smuggled me into.

Athens, GA is a town that I’ve had conflicted feelings about for a long time. I’ve never spent too much time there but I do make the 90-ish minute drive over for shows for the right band, most recently to see Alabama Shakes at the Classic Center. I’ve been to shows at 40 Watts and record shopped at Wuxtry and had deep fried delicacies at Clocked, but I’ve not done or seen much more of the city. Given the musical history of Athens I set out on a musical road trip to key landmarks in town, specifically for the B-52s.

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Local Adventure – Criminal Records

20160527_203544_Fotor.jpgCriminal Records
1154 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

N 33° 45′ 54.57” W 84° 20′ 59.189”

Sometimes I take myself out just so I don’t feel like a shut in as much as anything else. It’s easy for me to fall into a rut so I have to actively work to not be there. Yesterday I took myself to Criminal Records, my favorite record store anywhere, for the listening party they were having for the new Monkees album, Good Times. I’m not too thrilled with the new record (It feels disjointed.), but they were doing a raffle for a prize pack that included the picture disc that I wanted on Record Store Day and I like an excuse to flip through old records. I was on a little bit of a mission, though. I wanted that prize pack.

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Local Adventure – The Struts – Masquerade

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695 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
N 40° 42′ 46.021”
W 74° 0′ 21.388”

Saturday night I ventured out to The Masquerade to see The Struts play a late show. It was the first show I’d been to in more than a month, and definitely the latest I’ve gone to in a good long while since it started at 11:30. I spent the day stressing and thinking “why did I think it was a good idea to buy tickets to an 11:30 show? Especially one I knew would sell out?”

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Music Geek in Memphis – Stax Museum of American Soul

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Stax Museum of American Soul
926 E McLemore Ave
Memphis, TN 38126

N 40° 42′ 46.021”
W 74° 0′ 21.388”

There are studies that suggest that people stop listening to new music at age 33.I’m 31. As someone who’s entire identity has been wrapped up in not just what I listen to, but my pursuit of new music, this is terrifying. That terror isn’t new. When an adult suggested to my teenage-self that there would be a time that I wouldn’t be so dedicated to it when I was older I was stopped dead in my tracks. It momentarily broke my brain.

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Mississippi Blues Scavenger Hunt – The Hollywood Cafe

hollywoodcafeThe Hollywood Café
1585 Old Commerce Rd
Robinsonville, MS 38664

N 40° 42′ 46.021”
W 74° 0′ 21.388”

I have a near incapacitating aversion to hype. If the hype that I hear about something overshadows the thing itself before I get to experience it for myself then I will never be able to enjoy it, especially if it seems like the hype has turned it into a plastic imitation of its former self. This is why I’ve never been a fan of the Beatles or Bob Dylan. This has become a major concern in my meager travels as I’ve  been burned by the cult of travel TV and what it can do to the places it features (Big Bob Gibson’s, I’m looking at you).

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