I have to admit. I was a Hangout Music Festival virgin until this year. It’s been in existence for three years and it’s less than an hour away, but I never went because of a conflicting work schedule. It took me a while to get this blog post up because of the busy life I’m leading right now, but alas here it is. Nothing beats VIP…nothing. In previous years I was always very skeptical about music festivals because I didn’t know how to take them. I always strayed away thinking I wouldn’t fit in or that I wouldn’t enjoy the crowd, the music, or something. I was completely 100% wrong. I loved that I was able to experience the Hangout Music Festival in Orange Beach, Ala. this year. Headliners included Jack White, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The headliners were great; especially from VIP, but I enjoyed the other bands that I was able to see. Mallory and I had events in Pensacola on Saturday and Sunday so we were able to attend the festival all day Friday, and Saturday and Sunday night. We drove over each day after our events. We were able to see Flogging Molly, Chris Cornell, Gary Clark, Jr. (in VIP) and more. We sadly missed Michael Franti. This festival is completely worth the money, the drive, the time off work and everything else. Make sure to get your tickets early because they sell out – quick. Over 35,000 people were at the festival. I love their logo and their brand so much that I bought a shirt and a koozie. I would have bought a couple of Tervis Tumblers if they had the smaller ones. I can’t get enough of the cool paisley octopus!! I haven’t had a chance to download all of my photos but here are some. Mallory, Dan and me Adelene, Mallory, me and Kim Photo by Julio Diaz Photo by Jody Link
It’s sad to report that I had to turn down FREE tickets to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. this upcoming week. Given who I was offered them through, I’m sure they would have been some sort of VIP/Backstage Access. Working with Fiesta of Five Flags, there are three very busy times of the year – the first weekend of May, the first two weekends of June and the last weekend of September. Those are the times when we have festivals that doesn’t include other small events throughout the year. I’m missing Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton, Lady A, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Kip Moore, David Nail, Love and Theft, Sunny Sweeney, Craig Morgan, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge, and many many more! http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival I even considered leaving our last event as soon as I could and driving straight to Nashville to catch the last two days and turning around and driving back to work for Monday morning. What a nut. But festivals bring me an adrenaline rush like no other. So what music festival is next? We are working on tickets for BamaJam in Enterprise, Alabama June 14 through 16. If we get them – stay tuned for a blog post about it. Hey BamaJam, let me know if you are interested and we’ll work on some publicity for you in Pensacola.
ToadLick Music Festival – What a weekend! So. Much. Fun. We were sure a bunch of “Southern Sparkplugs” those four days. I haven’t even been able to catch my breath to write a review. Like any other festival, we always have a good time. Cassie says that we could write a book about the weekend if we just recorded our conversations. This one should be added to the record books! We made the trek out to Dothan, Ala. on Thursday night to see the Jared Ashley Band, as we won tickets to the festival through his fan club. We were able to see them at the Flora Bama and the Perdido Sports Bar while they were in the panhandle of Florida. I honestly cannot get his song, “Love Take All My Money” out of my head. It’s so catchy and fun to listen to. Go download it on iTunes! After the show we had to drive back to Pensacola because Regina and I had to work Friday. Yes, we know we are insane and have a weird fascination with good people and live music. (Hi Jared, Rodeo, Grady, Mike, Norm and Margie!) We were able to meet Rodeo’s nephew Mikel and his beautiful wife Sam. They were a blast! As the public relations and marketing director for outside festivals and events, I understand the stress and anxiety that comes with outdoor events dependent on good weather. I started the weekend in work mode by quickly judging the parking, entrance, ticketing, layout, food vendors, commercial vendors, stage set up, beverage booths….everything. After I got that out of my system I was able to enjoy the weekend. Friday was the worst possible weather for ToadLick. We had to drive with the flashers on at some points down the interstate. We finally made it…..just as Kip Moore stepped off the stage. David Nail came on stage next and he was so personable with the crowd it felt like a small secluded concert. His stage presence spoke to me and I’m a new fan! Then Jake Owen owned the entire stage, day and weekend. As soon as he steps out to perform he has so much energy for his fans. He takes time to sign hats, cds, shirts, posters, and pretty much anything. There was a sign that these guys made that said, “Jake, we got arrested last night trying to bring you Apple Pie Moonshine.” He took time out of his concert to read the sign, laugh and just relate with them. He sits down on the stage and sings, takes pictures with fans cameras and phones and is just all around top class entertainment. Of course nothing can surpass when Cassie and I saw him at The Block in Ft. Walton and were front row, but he is never disappointing. Glad to see a country music star appreciate his fans so much. Billy Currington put on a good performance but we stayed toward the back of the crowd after being up front […]
30 before 30 list – #22) Go on an ATV ride (completed) Destination: Ouachita National Forest – Wolf Pen Gap. Reason: DCL ATV Ride Background: DCL is the Discoverer Clear Leader drillship owned by Transocean and my husband works on that rig. Some of his co-workers planned a trip to go on this annual ATV ride and we decided to make a vacation of it and invited some friends. We started our adventure to Mena, Arkansas on Thursday morning at 4 a.m. and what a drive it was. Our friends Luke and Rachael met us at the house and then we drove over to Eric’s house to pick up the trailer with his 4-wheeler and Jasen’s dirt bike. Twelve hours later…we’re almost to Arkansas and who knew if you missed one exit you could end up in Texas? So, we made a brief drive by of the Texas border and drove up the state line until we reached Hatfield, Arkansas. Population: 402, seriously. We rented a cabin at Cornerstone Mountain Retreat. This hidden gem is set back on 210 acres. I would highly recommend staying here for anyone looking to just get away from it all. The cabin has three sleeping spaces, hot tub, a beautiful lake with a canoe and paddle boat, and many ATV trails. Adam’s friends drove in from Texas and Oklahoma to spend the weekend with us. We picked up the Polaris RZR and ATV’s that night and didn’t waste anytime before going to explore the property. I was so nervous as first and by the end of the night I was driving! We were also successful in finding mud in Arkansas. It was a great way to end the long day. We knew Adam’s co-workers rented some cabins right down the road from our cabin at Meadow Pines Luxury Cabins, so we rode the ATV’s down the there to find everyone and then we explored their property, as they had 450 acres with trails. We visited some other cabins and rode their trails and finally made our way back to the house and rode around our property until dark. Eric’s belt on his four wheeler ended up shredding and the closest one was two and a half hours away. Bummer. Things we were thankful for after the first day: Bandanas and goggles that the guys bought in town. The dust was insane and everywhere! After a long day of riding, we decided it was a hot tub type of night. They all called Saturday “D” Day. We woke up and went straight to the Wolf Pen Gap trails….of course we had to take 20 miles of back roads to get there. What an experience. I was so nervous, excited and my adrenaline was rushing all day long. No cell phone reception, so we had a hard time finding the group of Adam’s co-workers, but we ended up being okay with that because we were able to ride as fast as we wanted. The trails were […]