Kenny Chesney Weekend!

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Boy was it a LONG Kenny Chesney week and weekend. With all of the Flora Bama Jama rules and regulations, I felt like I was eating, breathing and drinking all things Kenny Chesney. From the first announcement, it was all anyone could talk about in the Gulf Coast area. Since I’m in Pensacola and so is the Flora Bama, it was a must attend concert.

But locals were begging for more information since there was a slight delay with being able to sign up for wristbands, then they were gone so quickly, then an email was sent out that said I was on a wait list when I had a screen shot that I had confirmed wristbands, no one had answers and a day later Kenny said not to worry, and so on. I felt like no one could keep up with the news, changes, miscommunication, so I posted frequently on my personal Facebook page about the concert and updates from Kenny’s camp and from the Flora Bama. But on Saturday, August 16 – Kenny Chesney was performing at Flora Bama and we were going.

First, we had to get everyone’s wristbands and that was difficult because everyone in our group had to get wristbands at the same exact same time. I was definitely not waiting until the day of the event to get our wristbands. We did not want to take a shuttle or trolley to the event and opted to take our boat. We had an offer to dock our boat at a friend of a friends house but took a chance and anchored out close to the Flora Bama Yacht club, but out of the way of their drop off location. We got some flack at first, but it all worked out. We had the perfect spot behind the tour buses. I of course, being the concert goer that I am, didn’t want to hang out on the boat but wanted to make sure I got the spot that I wanted. However, my husband, who could care less about seeing a concert wanted to stay and party on the boat as long as possible. We anchored up around 10 a.m., the concert started at 4:30 p.m. and we headed over about 2 p.m. I was itching to get to the concert because it felt like a festival and that’s my happy place.

Adam and a friend had the opportunity to hold Kenny Chesney’s pirate flags during the show when Kenny sang his pirate flag song, specifically for Kenny’s music video. So we let the guys go figure out their official duties and I headed to the front of the crowd where my friends had camped out for a spot since early that morning. Thank goodness for them as I hate being in the middle of the crowd. I either have to be front or in the back. I don’t know how they sat in that Florida heat all day because I was burning up before Kenny came on stage. We were all thankful for the hose full of water that the fire department shot out to the crowd to keep us cool.

Kenny started off with a bang, singing his new single Flora Bama. What an awesome song and since he was playing to a lot of locals, we all sang the lyrics right back to him. He played almost a full three hours like he was scheduled. He brought out David Lee Murphy to sing Dust on the Bottle and Party Crowd. He made remarks to all of the boats in the Gulf watching him and how appreciative he was of his No Shoes Nation supporters. There were people in condos, boats in the Gulf, and the parking garage to catch a glimpse of Kenny Chesney history on the white beaches of Florida. (Yes, the stage and most of the crowd was on the Florida side of the line.)

Our Consensus: Awesome concert but I don’t think we’d do it again. If we did, and all depending on the weather, by boat in the Gulf. Flora Bama doesn’t have the parking capacity for an event like this every year. Yes, it brought it money over the weekend but also took away a lot of money for Saturday for Perdido Key because of no parking or traffic. The shuttles were a good way to get people in and out, but even if you four lane Perdido Key, there is still no parking and that’s the problem that needs a solution first.

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Missing My Internet.

In Florida during the summer we have these pesky little afternoon thunderstorms that often turn into torrential downpours. The kind where you just sit inside your office or home during lunch because it is too rough of a rainstorm to think about venturing outside even with an umbrella or rain jacket.

Well, one of those thunderstorms happened last week and knocked out the power for a few hours. However, it also knocked out my cable internet. So after some testing and phone calls with Cox Communications, I thought it was my router. So I went to the store and bought a new router, hooked it up, did everything right….nothing. Okay, when I say hooked it up, I really didn’t mean me, but my friend that knows how to fix everything when Adam is away, Tien. We came to the conclusion that it was not my router, but my modem. The next day I called my Dad for advice and he ordered me a new modem. It came today, I hooked up the modem, connected it to my original router, nothing. Finally I connected my new modem to my new router and I have access to the world again!!!

My cell phone bill data plan also thanks you because I already had to order additional data for the month.

It’s Been A Fun Run

Well, it’s been a fun run. On Friday, July 18, my final column ran in the Pensacola News Journal. Partially fitting for the occasion with the topic of thank you notes: The Power of a Thank You Note.

I’ve throughly enjoyed my time as a columnist. I learned a lot about myself, young professionals, and the journalism world in the process. I will continue to provide articles that I think are relevant to young professionals. It’s a passion topic for me and I enjoy providing insight and information. Someone in my company told me at some point I have to stop being a young professional and just switch to a professional. But I hope that I will be a young professional for as long as I can and when I’m not to still encourage and influence young professionals.

Thanks for being avid readers of my column and for all of your comments, notes and emails sent my way. I’ve enjoyed speaking to everyone about the topics and my column! Until next time, I’ll hope to still see you on here.

Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Kristian Bush, 1/2 of Sugarland, was doing a radio tour and stopped by local radio station, Cat Country 98.7 on June 13. Station listeners, as well as additional media, were invited to the station for a private acoustic set to introduce Kristian’s new music.

From Kristian’s website, “The lead single from the highly anticipated project, “Trailer Hitch,” will hit country radio nationwide July 28.”

I’ve seen Sugarland in concert before at the Pensacola Bay Center. But, as everyone else was wondering and Kristian mentioned no one knew what he sounded like. I was plesantly surprised by his voice, that to me has a nice rasp to it. Not as intense as a Kip Moore rasp, but a noticeable one that wasn’t too overbearing.

Radio visits are fun and Kristian’s was no different except he took time to talk to his fans, up close and personal, answer questions, and cracked many jokes. He is a really funny person, easy to listen to and just a joy to be in a room with. He started off the conversation answering the question everyone was wondering about Sugarland: No, they aren’t broken up. He even explained how he wrote the Sugarland albums and now these were his songs from a male perspective. He spoke about his journey and then we listened to some songs, he played some songs, he took time to speak to each of his guests, answered more questions, took photos and signed pictures. He spent over an hour with us. I left the station excited for his new music to be released.

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Photo courtesy of Phil Bailey, GoPensacola.com

Shout out to Kristian’s PR and Management: Jensen Sussman at Sweet Talk PR and Whitney Pastorek at Red Light Management. I admire work done by Jensen and I met Whitney outside of said concert in Pensacola while in line for Sugarland’s fan club.

Kenny Chesney Free Concert!

KC_TBR_5x5_RGB_0Kenny Chesney has announced his only concert for 2014 will be in Pensacola, Florida (where Florida meets Alabama) and it’s FREE! The news was released today and more information will be posted on Kenny Chesney’s website on Thursday, July 17 at 7 a.m. CST. He will be performing at the Flora-Bama-Jama on Saturday, August 16. Visit Kenny Chesney’s website here.

The Tennessean article

Music Row‘s article

Pensacola News Journal‘s article

Sony Music Nashville’s article