Monday
Jul122010

Austin City Limits Festival...

My ACL tickets arrived in the mail today and I am stoked! The timing couldn't be more perfect. I am off to Austin later this week and now when I visit Zilker Park I can sit back and imagine how it will be in October when 130 bands and 35,000 + people take over the area.

The lineup for this year's  Austin City Limits Music Festival includes: The Eagles, Norah Jones, Switchfoot, The National, The xx,  Amos Lee,  Muse,  Spoon, The Flaming Lips, Phish, JJ Grey and Mofro, Blues Traveler, and tons more. I am super excited!

Also, I had lunch with two wonderful people today, Christina and Mack. We dined at 3 Sisters located inside of the Gulf Power Building downtown. Great food and friendly service!

The combination of a great lunch with great people and the arrival of my tickets definitely made my Monday!

I hope everyone had a fantastic day as well!

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Sunday
Jul112010

Blue Week Ends and the Blue Team Wins....

 

Blue Week has "officially" come to an end. It has been a terrific week! Red, White, and Blues Gallery Night was a success in downtown Pensacola. I played down on the North end of Palafox at Digital Now and had a blast. Thanks to all of you who came out and supported Digital Now. And special thanks to those of you who made the trek across Garden Street only to arrive after I had already packed up. It's the thought that counts ;)

The air show on Saturday was amazing! I think my favorite maneuver had to be the sneak attack. The jets came screaming by out of nowhere at unbelievable speeds. Ridiculous! I love it!! I also love the constant reminder that it doesn't matter what you are doing, it is the people that you are with that make the moment. I have the greatest family and friends and am so blessed to have been able to celebrate Blue Week with such amazing people. For all of you who jumped on board with my ridiculous Blue ideas and events, thank you! You've made it a wonderful week.

And just when I thought that it was over, I was wrong. Today was the icing on the Blue Week cake. It's such a girly thing to notice, but did anybody else take note that the Blue jerseys won the World Cup? Spain (decked out in their sporty blue uniforms) are the World Cup Champions. What a perfect ending to a great week!

One last Blue song : Blue Mind by Alexi Murdoch.

Hope you had a great weekend. Enjoy!

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Friday
Jul092010

Blue Week Continues...

As I was heading downtown  Wednesday for my afternoon run, a sign caught my eye;

" Blues Week all Week at PNJ.com"

"Awesome!" I thought, "This is perfect! Blue Week must be catching on..." :) 

Nicole and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get a picture of the sign, so later that night after some Hopjacks Trivia we ran out on Cervantes Street, ignored the honking vehicles passing by, and snapped a photo of the sign in all of its glory:

 

Definitely worth the late night jog down one of the sketchiest thoroughfares in Pensacola...

To keep the spirit of  Blue Week going strong, yesterday I met up with a friend at the Blue Dot Barbecue on the corner of DeVilliers and Wright Street. This is a place that if you haven't visited, you should. I feel as if I am stepping back in time when I enter the building. It may be due to the fact that they don't have air conditioning, but I like to think it is because of the friendly people and 1950's atomosphere. Either way it is by far the best burger in town.

When you walk up to the counter the man won't say a word, he'll just look at you; this is your cue to order. There aren't any menus, so just say you want one "all of the way." When he returns he'll hand you a brown paper bag with a burger inside. He'll look up at you once more; this is your cue to say what kind of soda and/or bag of chips you want. He'll turn around to the 1950's Coke cooler located behind the bar and return with your chips and drink in a separate brown paper bag. He'll then say a price and you pay. Cash only. It's something that every Pensacolian should experience at least once.

 

Today is the rehearsal for the Blue Angels out on Pensacola Beach. For all of you heading out that way make sure to take some sunscreen and plenty of water. It's going to be a great show! I plan on heading out early tomorrow morning and enjoying the Saturday show.

Don't forget that tonight in Gallery Night. I will be playing at Digital Now on the corner of Palafox and Wright Street  from 5:30-9:00. This months theme for Gallery Night is Red, White and Blues! Should be fun!

Today's song pick is KT Tunstall's cover of Bob Dylan's Tangled Up in Blue!

 Enjoy your Friday!

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Wednesday
Jul072010

Blue Week Part I...

 

Oh man. So, I started this blog with the intent of writing on it everyday, but as you can see, I've failed already... In my defense, I have been out camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains (over near Tennesse...) and I am a firm believer that sometimes you just have to let everything go. No internet. No cell phones. No television. Just you and the moment. And that is exactly what I did. And it was glorious!  A  break from societal norms is good for the soul.

 

 

So, Blue Week! Thus far it has been fantastic. We had an excellent time spending the 4th of July in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Moonshine Creek was full of wonderful people and surrounded by the amazing beauty of God's creation. Oh, how I love me some mountains ;)

  

Prior to leaving for Blue Ridge, I met some folks at Five Sisters Blues Cafe. If you haven't stopped by for some of their soul food, you definitely should. The atmosphere is reminiscent of Belmont-DeVilliers during its golden age and the food is delicious! They have a bar that is open until 2:00 am nightly, and live music Thursday-Saturday from 9:00pm-12:00am.

  

 

Once back from the mountains, Nicole and I stopped by Dharma Blue for lunch. This is another fabulous local spot in downtown Pensacola. Blue Week is really just an excuse to go out and dine at all of the local dives...

 

 

This morning was Breakfast and the Blues on Pensacola Beach. I stopped by Bagleheads on Gregory Street, grabbed a cup of tea and my favorite bagle with cream cheese and headed across the Three Mile Bridge. Watching the Blues makes me feel like a little girl. When the jets fly by it reminds me of when I was young, going to the airshows with my family; the noise of the planes and the smell of the fuel. It all just makes me love being from Pensacola! I can't wait for the air show this weekend!!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth of July!!

Oh yeah! Here is the Blue song of the day :

Jack Johnson, F-Stop Blues

 

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Friday
Jul022010

Blue Day.... Blue Week..!

So this time last year, I was a happy resident of the great state of  Virginia living in the historic Lafayette neighborhood in Norfolk. Prior to packing up and saying goodbye to my beloved Pensacola, my best friend, Nicole, and I decided to implement a day dedicated to the city of my birth. We planned a day full of very Pensacola-esque activities and deemed it: Blue Day!

We awoke that May morning to the a Pensacola sunrise, ate blueberry muffins, listened to blues music, watched the Blue Angels practice at NAS Pensacola, ate lunch at the Blue Dot in the historic Belmont-DeVilliers neighborhood, and checked out the Blue Morning Gallery in downtown Pensacola. We donned blue dresses and bought Blue Angels posters which we then had signed by the Blue Angels pilots. It was a wonderful day, and an awesome farewell-for-now to the city that I love.

Well, I have once again returned to Florida, and this year we have decided to keep the tradition going! However, instead of Blue Day I have decided to officially declare it Blue Week! Blue Week is a celebration not only of everything Blue in Pensacola, but in the entire Southeast. Therefore, tomorrow we are heading up to a campsite along the Blue Ridge Parkway!

Once back in Pensacola, we will visit at least one "Blue" place (Dharma Blue, Blue Dot, Blue Morning Gallery, Five Sisters Blues Cafe, etc.) each day. To end the weekend we will attend the Blue Angels Air Show on Pensacola Beach.

I'm super excited! If anyone would like to join in on the celebration, just let me know. Blue Week is for all!

Also, to kick off Blue Week here is the song pick of the day; Sky Blue Sky by Wilco.

Enjoy!

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