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Wow…it’s been a long time since I’ve posted! Since my last post, I’ve made a trip to Salem for Haunted Happenings, attended an epic Pearl Jam show, and decided to go back to school. Preparing for a career change to graphic design has been so far both very rewarding and time consuming, especially while maintaining my full time job. Since my Etsy shop will be on hiatus until graduation, I have decided to shift the focus of my blog to music, travel, and my new adventures in design.

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On Thursday, I attended the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn. Some of the highlights of the evening for me were Peter Gabriel’s heart-felt performance of “In Your Eyes;” the spectacular tribute to Linda Ronstadt featuring Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and Carrie Underwood; and the awesome jammed-out version of “I Can’t Go for That” by my Philly boys, Hall and Oates.

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The most meaningful part of the evening for me, as a quintessential Generation X-er, was the induction of one of my favorite bands, Nirvana, just five days after the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. The performance was EPIC, featuring, along with Krist Novoselic on bass and Dave Grohl on drums, four-hard rocking females, led off by the incomparable Joan Jett rocking out on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and culminating with a hauntingly beautiful performance of “All Apologies” featuring the amazing Lorde.

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This Class of 2014 ceremony ushers in a new era for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, with one of the most prominent bands of the ’90’s now an inductee. Next year, Green Day is eligible and in 2016, Pearl Jam. These bands I came of age with are now falling into the classic rock category. I regularly joke about how that makes me feel old, but in all honesty, I truly feel a sense of pride when I see a teenager or college student wearing a Nirvana tee shirt or attending a Pearl Jam show. The true test of the staying power of any music is the way it continues to inspire new generations, much in the same way I was inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin back in the day…

Peace, Love & Rock n Roll!

NOLA wrap up

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I just returned from a fantastic trip to New Orleans…the weather was hot…the food was hotter…and the music was hottest! I would like to share some of my guilty pleasures from this wonderfully decadent city…

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NOLA CHILL

Relaxation is just a way of life down in the Big Easy, and I find the Garden District to be one of the most tranquil parts of the city. To get there from the French Quarter, head north on Royal Street and cross over Canal Street – Royal becomes St Charles Ave. – and hop on the historic St. Charles Street Car. The most picturesque houses are located between Jackson and Washington Avenues. When finished your leisurely stroll, be sure to visit one of NOLA’s Cities of the Dead, Lafayette Cemetery #1, whose entrance is right on Washington Ave. One of the city’s oldest cemeteries, it is also featured in several movies, including Interview With a Vampire and Double Jeopardy. To finish a relaxing afternoon, stroll down Magazine Street for some of New Orleans’ best shopping.

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NOLA SPLURGE

These gorgeous earrings from ReStrung Jewelry are made from recycled guitar strings! They were an amazing and unique find at the French Market in the French Quarter. Owner Naomi Celestin creates these beauties from strings donated by local musicians and also donates a portion of her sales to the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation. Here is ReStrung’s website for more info or to purchase:

ReStrung Jewelry

If you are interested in local handicrafts, a great place to shop is Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op, on 912 N. Peters Street, just south of the famous Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter. Another fun place to peruse the work of local artisans is the Frenchmen Art Market, on 619 Frenchmen Street – right next to The Spotted Cat – in the Marigny just south of the French Quarter. It is a wonderful outdoor grassroots evening market and is open Thursday through Saturday from 7 PM to 1 AM and on Sunday from 6 PM to midnight.

Dutch Alley
Frenchmen Art Market

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NOLA YUM

If you leave New Orleans hungry, shame on you! This city truly has some of the best food. My favorite breakfast spot is The Ruby Slipper Cafe on 200 Magazine Street in the CBD. Their Bananas Foster Pain Perdu is life changing! For dinner, I like Oceana on 739 Conti Street (between Royal and Bourbon) for their Crabcakes and Ralph & Kacoo’s on 519 Toulouse Street (between Decatur and Chartres) for their blackened shrimp.

The Ruby Slipper Cafe
Oceana
Ralph & Kacoo’s

If you happen to be walking by 334 Decatur Street and are completely overcome by the delicious wafting aroma of freshly made caramel, it is pointless to resist. Stop in Southern Candymakers and allow yourself to indulge in the best pralines and turtles the city has to offer!

Southern Candymakers

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NOLA JAM

The best place to listen to original music in New Orleans is Frenchmen Street in the very bohemian Marigny section of the city. To get there from the French Quarter, head south on Decatur and you will run right into Frenchmen after you pass Esplanade Ave. This three block stretch of music clubs has a refreshingly mellow vibe and lacks any of the tackiness of Bourbon Street. I really liked both TheSpotted Cat and DBA. The Spotted Cat, on 623 Frenchmen Street, is an intimate music club that features funky jazz and roots music every night. I enjoyed a fun performance by the newly formed Dr. Sick & the Late Greats and some spontaneous swing dancing by some very talented locals. Shows start nightly at 6 PM and 10 PM. DBA, on 618 Frenchmen Street, is a larger club with a huge beer selection and large stage area, perfect for jamming to the fabulous Treme Brass Band.

The Spotted Cat
DBA

The best place to take home some local music is The Louisiana Music Factory on 210 Decatur St. They have an extensive collection of local jazz, blues, zydeco, and any other genre you can imagine. The staff is both knowledgable and friendly.

Louisiana Music Factory

I hope you have enjoyed my New Orleans wrap up. Please feel free to share a comment on anything you particularly love in the Crescent City. Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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I visited New Orleans for the first time for JazzFest in 2010 and it was an amazing experience! The festival itself is an awesome onslaught of the senses. Thousands of spectators, over a hundred food vendors, and a dozen music stages – blues, gospel, zydeco, rock, and, of course, jazz! It is definitely an experience any music aficionado should partake in at least once.

Beyond the festival, the city was pulsating with its famous incredible energy. Jazz bands on Royal Street, street artists in Jackson Square, steamboat and horse & carriage rides…with every step, a new level of vibrancy. As much as I enjoyed the crowds and the energy of one of the busiest times to be in New Orleans, I also wanted to return to the city at a quieter time to experience it at a slower pace.

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I am pleased to announce that I will be returning to New Orleans in five weeks to do just that. (I was able to book a deal on Expedia that was too good to resist!) On my last visit, I made sure I took in all of the quintessential experiences: munching on beignets at Cafe du Monde…visiting Marie Louveau’s resting place at St Louis Cemetery No. 1…riding the streetcar out to the Garden District to view the stately mansions. This trip, I have a much less ambitious itinerary. I plan to eat plenty of Cajun and Creole cuisine. I plan to listen to some fantastic music on Frenchmen Street. And I plan to purchase some great local tunes from Louisiana Music Factory. Beyond that, I am going to leave the rest of my visit to the Big Easy up to serendipity…

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

this week in my musical world

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I need to add one more band to this list, the Black Crowes

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This past Friday, I attended an amazing Black Crowes show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. The Robinson Brothers and Company rocked out on a killer set list that included perennial favorites such as Wiser Time, She Talks to Angels, Thorn in My Pride and Jealous Again, as well as newer jams like Movin’ on Down the Line and cover tunes like my favorite, Lou Reed’s Oh Sweet Nuthin’. All in all, a very solid outing by one of my favorite bands for the past 20 or so years.

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I was very excited to learn that the Black Crowes will be coming back to the area this summer, on Sunday, August 11th at the Mann Music Center at Philadelphia’s lovely Fairmount Park. They will be performing with another one of my favorite bands, the Tedeschi Trucks Band. If you like bluesy jams, the soulful voice of Susan Tedeschi, and the virtuosity of guitarist Derek Trucks, this is a double header you do not want to miss!

UP NEXT…SOUNDGARDEN

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My next concert is coming up soon and I am totally stoked to see Grunge legends Soundgarden on Friday, May 3rd at the Borgata Casino! As I listen to Chris Cornell’s amazing vocals, I will fondly reminisce about my misspent youth…

PEARL JAM ALBUM WATCH

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And speaking of Grunge legends, I am please to report that progress was made during the most recent Pearl Jam studio sessions. Speaking to Rolling Stone, guitarist Mike McCready said that the follow-up to 2009’s Backspacer will be coming out “this year, for sure”. McCready said that seven songs are “relatively completed” and there are an additional 15 “ready to go.” “We’re excited to get it done, because we’ve kind of been waiting for about two years to do it,” he explained. Of the content of the album, which will again be produced by Brendan O’Brien, McCready said inspiration was taken from Pink Floyd and punk rock, adding that the record is “experimental,” and “a logical extension” of what Backspacer was. Music to this Jammer’s ears!

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After the LA recording sessions, Pearl Jam headed down to South America to perform at festivals in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. The link below is from a YouTube clip of Eddie Vedder rocking out at Lollapalooza Chile with the Queens of the Stone Age to Little Sister. Need more cowbell, Eddie!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wdFBGxAreRc

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That’s it for now…life is good and the soundtrack is great!

Peace, Love, and Pearl Jam,
Erin

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I cannot believe it is almost 2013! A new year is a just cause for a celebration…it is a time of fond remembrances and new beginnings. 2012 was a good year for me. In addition to avoiding the Mayan apocalypse, I made some new friends & reconnected with some old ones, had a successful year as an artisan, visited three new cities (Savannah, Atlanta & Key West), and experienced some great shows – Roger Waters, Pearl Jam (both home & on the road), Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, and, ending my year, G Love & Special Sauce.

Quite often, G Love plays a show at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City on 12/30. It is a sort of homecoming for him, since his roots are in both Philadelphia (born & raised as Garret Dutton) and Avalon, NJ (spending summers at the shore.)

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G Love’s music style is both eclectic and unique. If I had to describe it in a word it would be GROOVE. He fuses blues with old school hip hop, and still manages to keep it all very mellow, evident with his many collaborations with Jack Johnson. He maintains an indie following, and is known for his stage shows. He is backed by Special Sauce: Jeffrey “Houseman” Clemens on drums and Timo Shanko on bass. I have seen him several times, and this recent show was one of his best. He seemed to play fewer songs, but jammed out more. He also had a great mix of old and new tunes.

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Long time fans of G Love will be stoked to hear that he played the two perennial favorites from his self-titled first offering released in 1994: Baby’s Got Sauce and Cold Beverages. He jammed out both songs and the entire audience was on their feet grooving with him.

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His set list included several tunes from my favorite disc, Lemonade Hot Cookin’, Rainbow and Can’t Go Back to Jersey. He also played Peace, Love and Happiness from Superhero Brother and a fun acoustic version of Booty Call from The Hustle.

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G Love also played some songs from his latest offering, Fixin’ to Die. This album has a much more bluesy feel to it and I absolutely love it! Highlights from last night’s show include an acoustic Milk and Sugar and an awesome cover of Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

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The show ended, as it always does in our area, with I-76, from his 1997 release Yeah, It’s That Easy. He was joined on lead vocal by Katman, who originally collaborated with G Love on the tune. While I-76 is one of my least favorite roads, it is one of my favorite G Love songs.

All in all, a great way to end the year. Since I had a late night last night, I decided to make this evening a mellow event with family. I look forward to all of the wonderful new experiences 2013 is sure to bring!

I wish everyone a safe and exuberant evening and a New Year filled with peace, love and joy!

Shanti,
~Erin

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