I’m kind of in love with Nashville.
HOW DID I NOT KNOW THERE WAS SUCH A COOL PLACE 2 HOURS FROM ME??
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve been living under a rock for most of my life. No doubt, this is not news to some of you.
A couple weekends ago we ventured out to Nashville to see Walk the Moon play (yes, different from Walk Off the Earth, but also very very good – I know, confusing) at Marathon Music Works’ Blocktoberfest Block Party. I had a free Marriott night so we snagged a hotel room and made a date weekend out of it.
We had a blast. We ate, we drank, we walked, we shopped, and we talked. We saw live music. We toured breweries. We slept in. It was glorious.
Out hotel was the Fairfield Inn and Suites – Downtown/The Gulch. It was brand new – it opened the Tuesday before we arrived. I thought I got a picture of the outside, but apparently I did not, so here’s Marriott’s photo. It pretty much looks like this.
Our room was fine – a little small, but since we were only there one night it was more than adequate. The bathroom was pretty good sized, and I loved the shower (can you see it in the mirror?).
Service was excellent throughout our entire stay. I have to highly commend the breakfast ladies….there was a “bacon thief” who literally took the entire dish of bacon as soon as the ladies brought it out. Crazy person. So the nice ladies brought me my own bacon. And checked on me during breakfast. (This was quite impressive, since I’m not known for being a morning person.)
What made this hotel even more exciting was that when I looked out the window, staring back at me was the Yazoo Brewery. Uh…….
Blocktoberfest was scheduled to start at 3:00pm. There were 7 bands playing…. Tristen, *repeat repeat, Scars on 45, Vinyl Thief, Boom Forest, Self, and finally, Walk the Moon.
Unfortunately, Marathon Music Works did a horrendous job providing information about the show. They posted the lineup the day before. We didn’t know until we arrived whether the show was indoor or outdoor. We also didn’t know if you could leave and come back. I’d tried sending them a message asking, but never got a response.
So when we got to Nashville that afternoon, we were early enough that we could have gone over to Marathon Music Works for the opener. But there was the brewery. And we still had no clue if we could come and go at Blocktoberfest. We didn’t even know what food options they’d have. We made the call to wait for Walk the Moon, since they were the one we really cared about, though I’d have kinda liked to have seen Scars on 45. That left us plenty of time to explore, have dinner, and relax a little before the show (I even took a nap).
We ended up touring Yazoo and Jackalope, both Nashville Breweries. They deserve their own posts, so hang tight for a few days! Afterwards, we walked to dinner at The Pub, which is a British gastropub. I’ll admit that I was not entirely sober (ok, not even close) by this point, but OH MAN IT WAS DELICIOUS. Jimmie had fish and chips, and I had Shepherd’s Pie. I ate the entire thing and didn’t feel the slightest bit guilty. They had a really awesome beer selection – which we skipped since we’d just toured 2 breweries – that I can’t wait to go back and try. All sorts of beers I’ve never heard of. English beers, Scottish beers, Irish beers…yum.
Here is where I should probably apologize for my photos. This is what happens when “not entirely sober” Casey gets hold of things.
I’m really, really, REALLY glad we made the call to wait on the show, because when we finally did arrive there was a giant sign saying “NO RE-ENTRY.” There’s no way on Earth we’d have made it there for 7+ hours. It was tiny, there were about 3 food trucks, and the whole thing was a giant gravel pit. I’d have died.
It was the kind of venue that wanted to be cool. It’s this little courtyard in between all these old brick buildings. They had projections on the brick that reminded me of that scene in Batman with the spotlight. If it hadn’t been gravel, or if the ground had been sloped, or if the stage had been higher….it’d have been better. I spent most of the show not being able to see a thing. (To their credit, though, the sound was really good.)
Jimmie actually turned me on to Walk the Moon. We’d be driving somewhere, and a song would come on, and without fail I’d ask who it was. It was always Walk the Moon. It kind of got to be a running joke that the only way I knew who the band was was the fact that I had no clue who it was. Does that make sense? If I had to ask, it was automatically Walk the Moon. (Eventually I learned all their songs, but it took a while.)
They were awesome. So much energy, so much fun, and I was simply amazed by how GOOD they were. I keep wondering if the singer has been professionally trained. His voice was just so on pitch, and so clear…for a while I thought he was lip singing because he was so good, but then he sang something differently than the album track. They’re a fairly small band with only a couple of EPs, so it was a short show, but I’d see them again in a heartbeat. If you ever get the chance to see them, take it. (In the meantime, listen to their music!!!)
I tried to take video, I tried to take photos, but I’m too short, and I couldn’t see a thing when I was holding my phone above my head, so they’re all blurry and full of heads. You’ll have to settle for this video instead. This is Walk the Moon’s new single, Shut Up and Dance. Warning – it’s highly addictive.
I’d also recommend Anna Sun, Tightrope, I Can Life a Car, or Iscariot – which might be the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard.
With that, I’ll leave you listen in peace….