January 30, 2015

he's a musical genius....

My love for Jack White is no secret. I've spoken about this affection for Jack before on this blog. However, until Wednesday night, I didn't realize how deep that love was.

For our birthday's last year, Mike and I received tickets to Jack White's show,  from his parents, and we finally got to use them Wednesday night.

I'm not going to blab too much - just let the photos do most of the talking.

PLEASE NOTE:
All photos were taken by Jack White's personal photographers and available for viewing via Jack White's website under live shows. (My seats were not this amazing and I can't take credit for a single photo in this post).

At the beginning of the show the announcer instructed all of us to relax, and enjoy the show, without our phones. He stated that he understood we'd love to have keepsakes, or our own, but you miss the big picture when you're busy staring at a small screen. In order to keep us all happy, he let us know that Jack had hired his own personal photographers to capture the night for us, and that all the photos would be available the next day. And in turn we were free to use them and share them however our hearts desired! This is something Jack must do at all his shows, as well as ones he hosts at Third Man Records. We had a similar pep talk before the Mudhoney show we went to a year ago, and that is why I didn't have any photographic evidence of that either. And I'm ok with that.

And Evening With Jack White + Loretta Lynn
1.28.2015 • Nashville, Tennessee 

ONE//
His opening act was the one and only Loretta Lynn. I am a huge, classic country fan (most of the new stuff is absolutely CRAP, yeah I said it). Her set was refreshing, very down to earth, sweet and so enjoyable. She came out in a beautiful ball gown, she was polite (even after having to blow her nose a few times for which she apologized, a lot), she was poised, and talked to the crowd the entire time. Often she would say "Yell out what you want to hear sweetie, and I'll sing it." Once a fan would yell, the band would start up a tune. I am really, really thrilled that I was able to see her. It was a joy to hear "Coal Miners Daughter" live.


TWO//
Jack White and his band came out swinging and NEVER slowed down!!! I was floored by their energy, and the sound was ON POINT! And LOUD!!!

All Photos Courtesy of Jack White's Website


Could he look any more amazing? I loved his suit!
I loved the vintage vibe of EVERYTHING on the stage. 
(Please appreciate the old television behind his head in the image below, more on this in a bit).



It's hard to see in this photo but this entire stand up bass was mirrored. VERY reflective and gave off an almost "invisible" vibe when he turned with it. SO stinking cool!

Below: The entire band switched to different instruments from time to time. Jack even played the piano for a song. The use of fiddles in rock n' roll was fresh, not the standard, Southern Rock vibe, and not entirely "folk driven" like so much that's on the airwaves today - the blended really well, like they were meant to be there in the song, but yet still stood out enough that you thought, Wow, that's so cool!


I couldn't see the detail of the drum set from the angle we were sitting - and because there were NO big screens for this show (his drummer was set off to the left hand side of the stage instead of front and center, which was awesome. Being able to see him JUMP UP and down while playing was truly a sight!  I dig the anatomical ear on the front of the main drum.



THREE//
After the first set (about an hour into the show) Jack and the band took a break, pulled the curtain and gave the crew time to set the stage back up for the 2nd half of the show.  Before the curtain lifted, his announcer came back out and introduced not only Jack, but also The Raconteurs! I was SO excited and floored. I didn't expect his other band to even be near the Bridgestone Arena - getting to hear them do 3 songs together was AWESOME! [As you can see he's all about not only giving you a great show musically but that the visual is just as important, for this set the lighting transformed the stage to be a much warmer, golden color. I love, love, love his attention to detail).




FOUR//
His set design was on point. Very mod, had a very 60's vibe to it, and his Powder blue suit complemented it so well! This man has an amazing eye for detail, and I love it! Remember that TV I mentioned above, and in the photo above this??? Well... 
*** It totally reminded me of the scene from the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie, where TV Stevie gets zapped into the television and made smaller. ***

"Look Ma, I'm on Television!!!" • via
FIVE//
Not only was Jack joined by the other members of The Raconteurs, but Loretta came back out to sing their duet "Portland, Oregon". They were so sweet together and you could completely tell how much he truly looks up to Loretta, and respects her.  He told a sweet, fun story about the first time he called her on the phone to discuss recording, and how she disguised her voice on the phone. She giggled and gave him grief. During her set, she said he couldn't sing a lick, and it was rather comical.

Side Note: I think that having Loretta open the show was a special treat just for the Nashville, his 2nd Home Town. I'm really glad we got to witness this!





FIVE //
I literally think I smiled the ENTIRE time I watched this show. Jack's energy and his entire band's energy was nothing short of amazing!

SIX //
Jack finished off the night with a more recent, White Stripes favorite. "Seven Nation Army". The whole arena literally sounded a lot like a College Football stadium game. Everyone chanting the "Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhhh" together was MOVING and ugh, so, so good. At one point the entire band silenced themselves and let us sing it together.

SEVEN//
The night wasn't just about them being on stage, Jack and his band were hell bent on making sure that we all enjoyed ourselves and that we wanted more. He asked us quite a bit... "Are you all still with me?" "Are you doing ok?"  "Do you want more?"  It reminded me of something that Johnny Cash, Elvis, or maybe even James Brown might do with their audiences back in the day. Mike also commented that the stage set to him, really reminded him of old school performances by Johnny, on variety shows.

Speaking of Elvis and Johnny, can we appreciate these images below, and see where the Cash and King resemblance is strong? Maybe it's the hair, or the clothing or the stance, but either way, it's there. The music might be different but we can agree that all three were and are definitely pioneers of music in their time. And incase you can't see it - yes he's wearing white, leather shoes with his powder blue pants (and jacket) and a black shirt. The evening's color was mostly BLUE. I like that he's very into black, and one signature color. (Usually yellow, blue or red - primarily speaking) ;)




Anyone that says ROCK N' ROLL is dead, has never been to a Jack White show! If you are even remotely into his music, do yourself a favor and GO. Run to the box office and get yourself a ticket! You will NOT be sorry!

Definitely a birthday gift that was WELL worth waiting for.  I was running on less than 5 hours of sleep yesterday but I'm finally feeling human again today!!!

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January 21, 2015

4x4x4x4 FOUR!

I'm a sucker for "about me" surveys in the blog world - so I was really excited when my pal Lauren aka Salt, of the awesome Run Salt Run tagged, all her readers into playing along. So here I am, and here you are, so get ready for the power of FOUR!

4 NAMES THAT PEOPLE CALL ME: 
  1. Kelly, because um, it's my name.
  2. Kitten - nickname from Mike
  3. Squeak - nickname from my father
  4. Kell or any version of Kelly you can come up with.
4 JOBS I’VE HAD: 
  1. Graphic Designer
  2. Office Assistant - Mental Health Office and Printing Company (not at the same time, that might be some Roashach level shit right there!)
  3. Breakfast Bitch - that was my nickname/tagline at the first printing company I worked at, I ordered, and went to get our breakfast every morning.
  4. Manicurist. I miss this job sometimes.
4 MOVIES I’VE WATCHED MORE THAN ONCE: 
  1. Billy Madison - too many times to mention.
  2. Rock Star - more than I should admit.
  3. Singles - all time favorite romance movie.
  4. Ghostbusters, it's a classic.
To be fair, I watch a lot of movies over, and over again if I really love them.

4 BOOKS I’D RECOMMEND: 
  1. Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
  2. Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain (still need to finish this completely)
  3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me - Mindy Kaling (still reading)
  4. PJ20 - History of Pearl Jam still reading this too.
**** I clearly don't read enough and have a list of WANT TO READ a mile long ***

4 PLACES I’VE LIVED: 
  1. Frederick Co, Maryland
  2. Hollywood, FL (Ft. Lauderdale adjacent)
  3. Towson, Maryland
  4. Florence, Alabama 
4 PLACES I’VE BEEN: 
  1. Costa Rica
  2. Mexico
  3. New Orleans, LA
  4. Breckenridge, CO
4 PLACES I’D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW: 
  1. New Orleans.
  2. Denver, Colorado
  3. Somewhere warm and relaxing with a drink in my hand
  4. Midway through a binge session of a new show on netflix from the comfort of my own couch.
4 THINGS I DON’T EAT: 
  1. Veal.
  2. Olives (unless in an alcoholic beverage - I keep trying to like them but it's not happening).
  3. Lima beans - they still taste horrible to me after all these years.
  4. I've had cow tongue and heart in the same dish so I'm pretty sure I'll try almost anything at least once, just NOT Veal.
4 OF MY FAVORITE FOODS: 
  1. Pizza
  2. Maryland Crabs (whole crap / cakes / cream of crab soup / gimme all the crab!)
  3. Chicken Wings
  4. Steak
4 TV SHOWS I’VE WATCHED: 
  1. Supernatural (totally obessed)
  2. Arrow (pretty obessed) - Flash is great too!
  3. The Kroll Show
  4. Workaholics (I truly watch too much TV but I love it!)
4 THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR: 
  1. April Trip to Denver!
  2. Seeing the Foo Fighters Live in Washington DC on July 4th
  3. Seeing Jack White & Sleater-Kinney early this year!
  4. Kayaking this summer!
4 THINGS I’M ALWAYS SAYING: 
  1. "I know right?"
  2. "ANGUS! [cat] LEAVE HER ALONE!!![dog]"
  3. "Diet starts Monday!"
  4. "Is it Friday yet?"

Just like Lauren - I encourage you if you read this - to play along!!! TAGGING ANYONE THAT STILL SHOWS UP TO READ THIS BLOG!

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January 15, 2015

new music: Sleater-Kinney

I'll be honest when Sleater-Kinney was really popular, new, in the zone, I had no idea who they were. It wasn't until meeting Mike and him talking about the time he saw them open for Pearl Jam that I even had an inkling of the band. If I had known about S-K, in the 90's I would have been ALL OVER it. 3 Chicks, rocking out, RIOT GIRLS? Yes, please!

Fast forward to these days - watching a show called Portlandia, I discovered that Carrie Brownstein was a member of S-K. Mike purchased some of their past vinyl records, and my love for S-K was born. I immediately fell in love with their sound. The vocals, the guitar, the angst, the anger, and the love. He has since acquired I believe all their albums and today his Christmas present finally arrived (it was a pre-order) from SUB-POP, S-K's new Album!

In honor of this fun day - I saw this video that SK had posted on their instagram and I wanted to share it, even if you don't like S-K I bet you will enjoy some of their fans, and some of your favorite celebs singing along with the single "No Cites To Love".

Enjoy!
Happy New Music Day!!! It's not official or anything.

PS Their tour date in Nashville can't come soon enough!!!!


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