Photos courtesy of J.Lutz
On Monday night I had the pleasure of seeing Sir Paul McCartney perform in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena. I’ve been a hardcore Beatles fan since I was in 7th grade and my music teacher at the time made us watch the making of Sgt. Pepper’s (thank you Mr. Biff). That documentary changed my life. I was hooked.
I spent most of high school and college trying to hammer out Beatles songs on the guitar. I tried to use their songs as maps to write my own tunes. I would then get so frustrated because I couldn’t even get close replicating any of their music magic. I’ve got mad respect for The Beatles but who doesn’t?
Paul’s always been my favorite, so when they announced his show at Bridgestone I pretty much freaked out. I couldn’t wait for it. We even made it a family affair. My parents, wife, sister and brother-in-law went with me.
Monday night was everything I could have hoped for. He played a lot of solo and Wings favorites and some great Beatles songs. My personal highlights were: “Blackbird”, “Live & Let Die”, “I’m Looking Through You” and of couse “Hey Jude.” It’s hard to believe that the guy sounds so great at 67. He didn’t miss a beat. If he plays around here again I will definitely be going. You probably should too.
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The Local Taco has been a Nashville establishment for a little over a year now and is one of my go-to restaurants. You can find me in there 2-3 times a week. It’s open for lunch and dinner on the weekdays and brunch on the weekends.
I mention it on the blog for 2 reasons: 1) I’m addicted to their southern fried tacos and 2) they’re opening a new location in Brentwood next week. The owner recently gave me a tour of the new Brentwood location and it’s really impressive. The kitchen out there is 4 times the size of their current one and there’s a lot more seating.
I can’t recommend the southern fried tacos enough. A couple other tacos to check out are the korean bbq, the buffalo chicken, and the fish tacos. Also be sure to grab some queso and chips. Don’t tell them Chet sent you because they don’t know who I am. I was the mayor on foursquare for a bit, but some girl has made it her mission to boot me out of the spot and she did (ps foursquare is really stupid). I will get it back soon enough.
I can’t believe I didn’t see this clip this weekend. At least some good things came of the flooding. Thanks News Channel 5.
CD and I went to breakfast Sunday morning and the water in my basement went up a couple of feet while we were out. It continued to rise the rest of the day. It tapered off at a little over 5 ft. It’s a funny thing to see your washing maching floating in your house.
Downtown Nashville is in bad shape right now (click pic for a bigger view). The streets are completely flooded. It’s been a long weekend for almost everyone in the city. If your basement didn’t flood, then your car floated away. My basement had 40 inches. I took me 2 full days to get all the water out. I was lucky just to lose my HVAC unit, hot water heater, washer and dryer. Others in the city lost everything. If you have any extra players, please pray for my hometown. Thanks.
Great jam. I’m going to see them tonight at The Basement here in Nashville. You should probably come if you’re cool enough. Chet favorite Suckers are opening for them. Should be an amazing show. Starts at 9. #cmonson
I saw Vampire Weekend at the Ryman last night. This was my view:
I understand that it’s not his fault he’s tall but this dude was 2 rows in front of me. I’m 5’9” on a good day so this made it difficult to see. Other than my view and the guy that smelled like he hadn’t bathed since last year’s Bonnaroo sitting next to me it was a killer show. If you get the chance to see VW, do it.
Last night I got a phone call around 9 o’clock from Erk telling me to come down to some sketch bar in East Nashville to see The Suckers play a short set before they head off to SXSW. The way he explained it you would have thought it was the second coming of The Beatles. After 20 minutes of debate I hopped in the car and went on down to Matty’s Alley.
When I got there, Erk and Wick were sitting at a table with the band having a couple of beers. Their friend Austin plays guitar in the band so they introduced me to the guys and we watched Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson finish his set. Most of the crowd of 15 was there to see Miles play and I noticed when he finished that Erk told some neighboring patrons to stick around because they were about to be amazed.
I’ve seen a lot of live acts – especially next great thing bands. The album always sounds great in my car, but they never seem to be able to piece it together live. Last night was the exception. Last night I witnessed something truly amazing. I saw four guys making the music of a 10 piece band. I saw people get up off their asses and start really moving – not because they felt like they needed to but because the music commanded them to. It was an uncontrollable groove that took over everyone’s body. You couldn’t help but get into it.
I was so charged up after their performance that it took me 2 hours to get to sleep. Their full length comes out in June or July, but don’t wait until then to check them out. They’ve got an EP they released last summer that’s exceptionally done. They’re in Austin today playing for the masses and will soon be on every blog imaginable. I just wanted to give you a head’s up so you can tell the hipster elite that you heard them first.
Here’s a little taste of their sound, but this clip does not do them justice. Buy the EP and then go see them live. You’ll thank me later:
If you don’t have plans tonight, let me recommend the Gaslight Anthem at Nashville’s own Mercy Lounge. I’m going so you should too. Coincidentally my dog has the same hat as the lead singer (sorry Riles – she told me not to share this pic):