That time we saw Murder by Death play in a cave 333′ below ground…

Did you miss part 1? Catch up here!

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Awesome concert poster as part of our Kickstarter reward package.

A couple weeks back, we trekked to Tennessee to see Murder by Death play Cumberland Caverns. This was a reward for supporting the Kickstarter campaign for their new album (which comes out Friday!!). For those going to the show, they were also offering a camping weekend, which we happily took advantage of. I can’t think of anything better than camping to see my favorite band!

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Let the fun begin!

After our stay in a yurt in Kentucky, we woke up on Saturday and continued the drive down. We stopped in Lexington to get lunch. After we struck out at our first choice (they had no power), I was super happy to come across a place with vegan options! It was meant to be.

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The “Lucy” at Minton’s at 760

We ate at Minton’s at 760, and I enjoyed the “Lucy”: a sausage topped with vegan sriracha mac and cheese! It was AWESOME. I also had a kale salad on the side because life is all about balance, right?

After lunch, we continued on down to McMinnville, Tennessee. Once we arrived at the caverns, they directed us to the camping spot. Cumberland Caverns doesn’t traditionally do outdoor camping, so there were no formal sites. This was actually the first time they hosted a group for camping, which was cool. We were set up in a big field with porta potties and a group fire spot at night. To get to the field, we had to drive down an insane narrow and winding road. We have a 4WD vehicle, but we were wondering how people with smaller cars made it back there–my ‘lil Chevy Aveo would not have handled it well!

We were one of the last few to arrive on Saturday, so we set up camp toward the middle of the field (the treeline was full). It was all good though!

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Camp set up (we forgot to snap an earlier pic…this was from packing up on Monday morning).

MBD was playing two shows, but we were only going on Sunday night. Most of the people at the camp were attending the Saturday show, so we hung out and made dinner. We cooked veggie burgers, which was a big deal for us, haha! We are typically “hot dogs in the fire” people, so this was really stepping our game up.

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Camp food!

Once everyone got back from the show, there was a big group fire, so we hung out and chatted a bit. Somehow, all the people from Michigan found each other, ha ha. There was a creek right by the camp, so some people went swimming. It was fun! We accidentally drank all of our beers and went to bed.

On Sunday, we wanted to explore. It was supposed to rain, but we decided to take our chances. I’m so glad we did! The weather worked out once again, and aside from some brief sprinkles, it was a nice day. We headed over to Rock Island State Park for some hiking.

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Rock Island State Park

We started with a ~3 mile nature loop. It’s so nice being out in the quiet of the trees. After, we wanted to try and find some of the waterfalls at the park. We ended up at an area where a bunch of people were hiking down to a swimming hole. We had come prepared with our suits, so we changed and started to head down.

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See that group of people down there? That’s where we hiked down to swim.
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Partway through the hike.

I have to laugh at myself. The hike was across slippery rocks, and there was no clear path. We had to double back a few times. I get nervous hiking on rocks like this, so I was moving so slowly and gripping my husband’s hand tightly at some points. I almost slipped several times. But dang, if everyone else could do it, I could, too.

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Views from the park.
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It was overcast but perfect weather!

After what seemed like forever, we made it down to the swimming hole!

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We made it!

The water felt so nice after hiking down. It was a deep water area, so once you went beyond the ridge, the water dropped off.

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I’m actually a ghost.

People were doing flips off rocks into the water, but I stuck to sitting on my rock.

After swimming/sitting for a bit, we hiked back. We were laughing because the hike back up probably took less than 15 minutes. It felt like it took us forever to get down! Rock Island was beautiful, though, and it was a fun way to spend the day. We never did get to the falls–we’ll have to go back! One nice thing about Tennessee State Parks is that they are free to the public! We only explored one section of the park–there were a lot more trails and a number of waterfalls.

Whew! OK–you guys are here to hear about a concert, right?

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The entrance to the cave.

Once we made it back to camp, we got ready for the show!! We walked through the cave a bit to the stage set up.

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Concert area.

The cave stays a constant 56 degrees F, which was super comfortable for a concert setting! It was large enough to hold a few hundred people (I’m not sure of the max capacity), but it felt intimate. We got there when doors opened to grab a seat. We also had to pick up our Kickstarter merch, including the signed poster. After about an hour, the show kicked off!

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Murder by Death!

The sound in the cave was amazing! MBD played a bunch of songs from their new album, but a bunch of older songs, too. They played for close to 2 hours, which was awesome. Their dog, Robocop, even made an appearance!

It was such a fun night and a fantastic show. The whole weekend was awesome. It was fun to spend time with a dedicated group of people who love the band as much as you do. Everyone was friendly and respectful to the space–the venue was super impressed because the campers left behind zero trash.

I love MBD’s music–all the way from when I first saw them open for My Chemical Romance back in 2003–but they also do so much cool shit for the fans. You might remember that we saw them play the Stanley Hotel back at the start of the year. We also saw them play in a lagering cavern in Kentucky a few years back as part of another Kickstarter campaign. It’s been fun to see their music evolve and change over the years, but they never disappoint. Make sure to check out the new album, titled The Other Shore, on Friday–I love it.

WOW. Are you guys still here? If you hung through this entire post, thank you!

Tell me: Have you ever traveled to see a band play? Do you like hiking?

 

 

 

KATE NASH and weekend recap!

Hi all!

How was your weekend? I hope it was a good one. It’s finally starting to warm up in Michigan! The sun was actually shining this weekend.

On Saturday, I conned my husband into going to see Kate Nash with me. If you’re not familiar with her music, you may recognize her as Rhonda/Britannica from GLOW.

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Kate Nash and Marc Maron in GLOW

I bought a ticket a couple weeks ago and was just planning on going by myself, but it’s always nice to have someone to go with. My husband isn’t a huge fan of going to concerts, though. I asked him teasingly a couple of times about going, but I knew he wouldn’t.

On Friday night, I happened to find the Valentine’s Day card he gave me this year, which promised “one date night out of my choice.” HA. Let’s just say he’s not giving me any more IOUs unless they are super specific.

He was a good sport about it. The show was pretty late–doors weren’t until 8–so we headed over to the new Founder’s Brewery in Detroit for dinner.

I like Founder’s beers to begin with, but I really liked the brewery. It’s seat yourself, but we got lucky and found a table that had just opened up. Their prices were surprisingly cheap, and I tried two beers: Dankwood, an imperial red IPA aged in bourbon barrels, and the Galaxy Wheat IPA. I like that you can choose your sizes for each beer (5, 8, 10, or 16 oz), so it’s easier to try things (or you can do a flight).

I also wanted to go there to try their vegan sloppy joe. I was not disappointed! It was a little spicy (which I like), and I really liked the everything onion roll.

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Vegan sloppy joe at Founder’s

After dinner, we headed over the show, which was at the Majestic Theatre. The Majestic is probably one of if not my favorite local venues. It’s connected to the Magic Stick, another venue with a bar, bowling alley, and pizza place. We had some time to kill–Kate Nash wasn’t scheduled to start playing until around 10–so we hung out at the bar for a bit before heading next door.

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Waiting for Kate!

It was a pretty small crowd, which was kind of perfect. I definitely prefer small shows over larger venues! This was my first time seeing Kate Nash, so I was pretty excited!

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Kicking things off with “Foundations”

She was perfect. She has a new album out, which I’m loving, but she actually played a bunch of songs from her debut, Made of Bricks. It’s probably my favorite album of hers, so I was thrilled, especially when she played “Merry Happy.”


She also played for a long time–probably close to an hour and forty-five minutes. She mostly rocked it out with her girl band, but she did do a couple acoustic songs, and even ended up playing “I Hate Seagulls” by request.

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Rocking out

It was close to midnight once the show let out, which was the latest show I’ve been to in a while (I’m a grandma–no offense Mom! 😉 ).

On Sunday, we mostly took it easy. We ran out briefly to a used book sale. It’s an annual, weeklong sale at a nearby mall, and we usually come across some good deals. This was opening day though and it was really crowded, so we browsed a bit and left. I did pick up a few things, but we may head back later in the week to give it another go.

We spent the rest of the weekend watching Lost in Space on Netflix (we’ve got one more episode to go) and mentally preparing for the week ahead.

Weekends are going to start to get busier now that the weather is getting nicer. I hope you had a good one!

Tell me: What did you do this weekend? Are you a Kate Nash fan? Have you watched Lost in Space? Do you do anything to help you prepare for the week?

Matt and Kim!

Happy Friday!!

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GIF by Ali Mac on Giphy

It’s been a pretty good week. The weather is finally starting to break, and on Wednesday night, a friend and I went to see Matt and Kim at Royal Oak Music Theatre.

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The anticipation!

I’ve been a Matt and Kim fan for a while, but this was actually my first time seeing them play a headlining gig–and really my first time seeing a full set. They played Mo Pop Festival in Detroit a couple years back, but unfortunately, all of their equipment blew out about 3 songs in. Honestly, it was still one of the best performances I’ve attended–they kept the crowd’s energy up through their full set time, dancing and throwing blow-up sex dolls into the crowd (yes, you read that right).

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Hanging in the Mo Pop VIP tent. I actually won free VIP tickets to the festival that year. It was AWESOME.

We started the night with dinner (of course) at Ale Mary’s Beer Hall. They’ve recently added a vegan menu, which is awesome. I finally got to try the Impossible Burger.

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Impossible Burger and sea salt fries

I have to say, I kind of prefer the Beyond Burger. Their preparation and all of the toppings on the burger were good, but just comparing the two brands, Beyond tastes more like a real burger to me. I didn’t notice until we were leaving that they had vegan chili cheese fries on special, so that gives me a reason to go back real soon.

After eating, we headed to the show to catch the opener: Tokyo Police Club. I was super pumped because I’d never seen them live. I listened to their debut album a lot when it came out, but never really followed their newer stuff. Consider me back on the train, because they were great.

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Tokyo Police Club

Followed by the main event!

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Matt and Kim

If you’ve never been to a Matt and Kim show, you can expect LOTS of dancing, rap interludes, confetti, balloons, drumming with dildos, jokes, and a frickin’ great time (my crappy iPhone pics are proof). At one point, they made the crowd separate and then had everyone run into each other to meet in the middle. This is not a sit-down show.

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Balloons!

We had so much fun. If you aren’t familiar with Matt and Kim, you can check them out on Spotify, or I highly recommend watching some of the vlogs on their YouTube channel. Not only do they put out good music, they’re also hilarious.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m seeing Kate Nash on Saturday and having brunch with my sister on Sunday, so it should be a good one.

BYE!

Wild Child concert + weekend recap!

Hi Friends! We’ve made our way into another week. Let’s reminisce on this past weekend!

On Easter, I was checking my email and discovered I won tickets to see one of my favorite bands, Wild Child! I was super stoked–especially because the show had sold out! I was debating getting tickets, but I’ve seen them a couple of times and am trying to limit my concert spending. Well, free tickets solve that problem!

The concert was this past Friday at Otus Supply in Ferndale. It is a restaurant/bar with a room for live music. This was my first time there but I enjoyed it–the sound quality was good, and it didn’t feel overly crowded, considering it was a sold out show.

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Wild Child!

The only downside with shows in bars is the inevitable background noise, which stands out more at a low-key show. For the most part though, the crowd was good.

I recruited a friend from work to join me and we headed out on Friday after quittin’ time. Our first stop was GreenSpace Cafe, a vegan restaurant that’s also in Ferndale. I’ve heard such good things about GreenSpace, but this was finally my first time eating there! It was great.

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Cheese board and Caesar salad

We had a cashew cheese plate, and for my meal I ordered the Caesar salad with tofu and avocado. It was SO good. I also had a cocktail (The White Fang) that featured bourbon, amarettor, limoncello, and Bailey’s Almande.

Once we were fully stuffed, we headed to the show. The opener was a new-to-me band called The Wild Reeds, and they were lovely. I quickly developed girl crushes on all of them, especially the lead singer, who was rocking a bunch of glitter eye makeup and a “Sha Na Na” tee.

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The Wild Reeds

After that, Wild Child came on! This was my third time seeing them and they were great. They have a new album out called Expectations that I’ve been enjoying, but they played a good mix of new and old. If you’ve never listened to them, I encourage you to check them out! My favorite song is probably “Reno,” but there are so many good ones.

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Alex and Kelsey

As part of my prize, I also received a signed setlist!

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Autographed setlist

The show didn’t end until close to midnight, so I got home and went to bed.

On Saturday, I went to my workout class (my mom and I go to WERQ classes every weekend!), and then my husband and I had to run some errands. We made sure to start with breakfast at Anna’s House, a local diner that has lots of vegetarian and vegan options. I had a new menu item: the Breakfast Tinga Tostadas with jackfruit and avocado.

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These were so good! The jackfruit was super flavorful. This is definitely a new favorite menu item. They also offer a lavender maple latte, which I love.

We had to go to the mall to pick up our Amy Pond Funko POP! She’s now at home with the Last Centurion.

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Rory Williams and Amy Pond

We also found a few things at the thrift store before heading home. The rest of the weekend was mostly spend catching up on TV and watching movies. On Sunday, we watched Predator 2 and rewatched Star Trek: Beyond and Club Dread, the most underappreciated Broken Lizard movie.

All in all, this weekend was a good mix of fun and lazy. Hope you had a great one, too–tell me all about it in the comments!

Tell me: What did you do this weekend? Do you collect Funko POP vinyls? Have you ever won anything?

LORDE

On Wednesday night, my sister and I went to go see Lorde perform at the Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit.

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LORDE!

I feel like I bought the tickets for this forever ago–probably close to a year now! I’m trying to get better about not immediately buying tickets for things. I always panic that shows will sell out and want to get tickets right away, but this often hurts my bank account, especially when shows go on sale around the same time. I also should start buying tickets from the box office more–the Ticketmaster “service” fees are outrageous.

Anyway!

We started things off with dinner at Seva, a vegetarian restaurant in Detroit. I had the Moroccan Sausage Stew, with beans, spinach, butternut squash, harissa, and Field Roast sausage.

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Moroccan stew at Seva

The show openers played through quicker than I was expecting, so we made it to the show a little late. I was hoping to see Run the Jewels. We missed the beginning of their set but caught a few songs at the end.

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My sister and I … hopefully she doesn’t mind that I posted this! 😉

Then it was time for Lorde! I thought she was great and we had a lot of fun. Her set production was simple but featured a lot of lyrical dancing, which I enjoyed watching. She played for a long time (one article I read said 110 minutes!), which was awesome, and she played most of the songs I wanted to hear. She even previewed a new song (“Precious Metals”).

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Lorde is down there, I swear.

I admit that I don’t love arena shows. We originally had upper bowl seats but they moved us to the lower bowl, which was awesome, but they must have undersold tickets. The crowd was great and everyone was into it, but the show probably would’ve been better suited (although sold out) for a smaller venue. All in all, though, we had fun and it was over by 10:30, which was perfect for a Wednesday night.

Tell me: Do you prefer arena shows or smaller theaters? Are you a Lorde or RTJ fan? What’s your favorite Lorde song?