Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Space Aliens!

A local chain restaurant.  Being a sci-fi fan and dork, I totally dug this place.

North Dakota

September 7, 2011.  Day 7 of roadtrip.

We crossed into North Dakota.  Rest of the drive in Minnesota was beautiful - truly a state of 10,000 lakes. We saw so many while driving.

In North Dakota,  off I-94,  we stopped to see the world's largest buffalo (a statue of course, not a real one, although we did see real buffalo in the field near the statue).  This wad in Jamestown, ND, also known for where Louis L'Amour is from - a western author.

Very odd driving through and being in such a rural area.  Fresh crisp air. It's a nice change of pace.

Minnesota- September 6, 2011

Day 6 of roadtrip: 
we went to the Mall of America near Minneapolis and rode a couple roller coasters at Nickelodeon Universe inside the mall.

Lake Geneva- September 5, 2011

Near where we stayed in Wisconsin.   Beautiful lake.  And the people were extremely friendly.

PJ20 at Alpine Valley

The Pearl Jam 20th anniversary festival took place at the legendary Alpine Valley outdoor amphitheater in East Troy, Wisconsin. 

Here are some photos.  It was a two-day festival, but most of the photos are from the 2nd day because the first day was rainy.

the shows were my 50th and 51st Pearl Jam shows and they were completely amazing. I couldn't have asked for more.  For me, it was not only celebrating their 20 years, but also my 16 years of being a fan. Their music has meant a lot to me and has helped me a lot over the years.

Pic 1: view from top of the lawn at the Ten Club tent (fan club section).

Pic 2: wearing the t-shirts I made.

Pic 3: Alpine Valley sign

Pic 4: description of the demographics of PJ fans - a staff member at the venue who I was talking to showed this to me.

Pic 5: billboard at the venue that artist(s) painted over the 2 days.

Pic 6: Mike McCready from PJ playing with Star Anna at the side stage

Pic 7, 8, 9: the wall that they put up for fans to write a message on for the band

Pic 10: Pearl Jam

Roadtrip: Delaware to Seattle

The first stop on my road trip from Delaware to Seattle was Wisconsin for Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary festival in East Troy, Wisconsin.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Rx Bandits Farewell Tour

music + roadtrip = ecstatic tanya.

A few months ago Rx Bandits announced that they will be doing their last tour this summer.  Quite frankly, I was heartbroken.  I couldn't believe it.  I was in shock.  After seeing how great they were live at their 3 full album shows in L.A. that I went to September 2010, I instantly knew I had to go to as many shows as possible on this tour.  I've followed this band since 2001 when the album Progress first came out.  I've watched them grow and progress (no pun intended) to who they are today.  They really have evolved.  They care about their fans immensely, they care about the music world, they are strong advocates of DIY, they send out messages to their fans through the power of their music, and have become who they are today without any commercialization - all of which I respect. Their music has been a big part of my life over the years.  It has provided inspiration and been a soundtrack to my life during the times I needed it most.  

The show at the 9:30 Club in D.C. on July 9th was my first show on this summer Farewell tour.  It didn't hit me until we got there that I was going to be seeing them.  

I got there just in time for them to start - missed the opening bands, but I have a few more shows to go to where I plan on getting there early to see the opening bands.

I went up to the balcony and got a decent spot where we could see.  Wow....they are just so ridiculously amazing live.  I can't believe this is their last tour.  They opened up with 3 songs from their older album Progress (the album from 2001) - what a surprise, was not expecting that.  I got into the show early on.  They mixed up their setlist a bit, which was really good.  I wonder if they're going to continue to do that at the shows and change order of songs, etc.

I left feeling content.  Reminded me why I love going to shows. The feeling of forgetting about everything and being lost in the music.