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TBT: Columbus, Georgia

Two Blondes Travel, travel bloggers in Columbus, GA

We’re starting off 2019 with a full dose of adventure with your two favorite blondes on another installment of Two Blondes Travel. This time our travels take us to Columbus, Georgia, a little town with big adventure (perfectly worded tagline thanks to Jenna), just 100 miles outside of Atlanta.

Friday

Since Columbus is just “down the road” from Atlanta, Jenna and I left after work and arrived around 7:30 pm. We were pleasantly surprised that the Columbus Marriott placed us in their presidential suite. Now I refuse to stay in any other room 😉 This two-story room was outfitted with a kitchen, two baths, a large living room, and a king bedroom. This was just enough room for Jenna and me to spread out our things and get to work planning for the following day’s adventure. Before we got down to business, we walked next door to Houlihan’s for dinner, which is conveniently located adjacent to the hotel making wine time quicker and easier.

Saturday

This was the day, people! Columbus Whitewater, here we come!

Jenna and I suited up in our Fabletics, and met our guides, Jacob and Wren, at 9:30 am. Now, for the sake of transparency, I’m not a fan of heights nor not having control. So this was going to be a challenge for me, but after hearing everyone speak so highly of the ziplining experience I was giving it my best positive effort. However, I was a bit overzealous by offering to go first without asking what the first experience/challenge was…jumping off of a 64ft + building. Do not fret, Jenna caught the whole meltdown on camera. Hopefully, this never sees the light of day, but I’m certain this will come back around as blackmail one day.

Here’s the rundown of the course:

  1. 64 foot jump STRAIGHT down
  2. Zipline across the Chattahoochee River into Alabama
  3. Aerial Course, a treetop obstacle course with a total of 10 obstacles
  4. A final zip line back across the river into Georgia

Now, you will be able to see the course and zip lining in greater detail in our recap video below. After all of that adventure, which I cannot say enough nice things about our two guides. Ren and Jacob were patient, kind, and easy-going which are necessary qualities for others that must endure Jenna and I’s hijinks. They were super accommodating providing us assistance whenever we needed a photo taken, a shoulder to cry on, or even encouraging words to reinforce the fact that you are NOT going to fall to your death.

Two Blondes Travel, travel bloggers in Columbus, GA

After working muscles I didn’t know I had, nourishment was required. After a quick change at the hotel, Jenna and I headed to the downtown area and stopped at The Black Cow. Between the lobster tots, chicken lettuce wraps, and a signature burger we were two happy gals. We were off to roam the happen’ side of downtown on Broadway Street. This street runs for several blocks and is packed with restaurants, bars, shops, and a portion of the local college, Columbus State University. Obvi Jenna and I would find a vintage jewelry and record shop, Broadway Estate Jewelry. This place is a real-life treasure trove of records, hats, jewelry, home goods, and the list continues. Definitely, a must stop!

As for our nightlife portion, the weather wasn’t in our favor this weekend. Heavy thunderstorms rolled through sending Jenna and me back indoors for the evening. We hated to miss out on the nightlife scene, but even more of a reason to come back.

While we stayed in Saturday night, we decided to put back on our Fabletics attire and snap some photos around the hotel. Naturally, I chose the Demi Lovato jacket and Kelly Rowland pants. This was my first time trying out Fabletics workout gear, and I was pleased with the quality and design. Fishnet sleeves…yes, please! The pants have a leather panel that suits my rocker style while still practical allowing for ease of movement, which will come in handy for those box jumps.

Sunday

We were up early to snap some pictures of our hotel before heading to brunch at Ruth Ann’s. Jenna swore that this place wouldn’t disappoint and my girl came through. They are famous for their Capt’n Crunch and red velvet french toasts so we decided to get both and share…alongside a side of hash browns and bacon. We worked hard Saturday and deserved every delicious calorie. 😉 This charming diner has been a staple in the Columbus community for many years; serving a full gambit of eaters from church-goers, college kids, to Fort Benning recruits.

As our third TBT trip came to a close, I was especially thankful for this one. This adventure required me to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. Who willing says, “Sure, I’ll do something scary today??” A statement not heard enough, so a huge thanks to Columbus GA Whitewater for allowing us to take a big leap into an unknown adventure.

Make sure to watch our recap video below with an amazing song by musician, Daphne Willis. Her song “Out of the Black” is gritty and ballsy, a tune that perfectly encapsulates this experience.

Until next time, friends…

Fem Fit

Today is Valentine’s Day, and while everyone is making dinner reservations, shaving their legs, and scheming up romantic surprises I’m at the gym. Don’t get me wrong, I love love. But I’ve got a tropical trip planned with my best friend coming up within the next two weeks and mama needs to look snatched in a bikini. In order to stay on track, I’ve made a playlist comprised of some badass lady musicians. You cannot help but move when you hear the sounds of Lizzo, Janelle Monae, and Dorothy. So while some people may be celebrating their V-Day with popping champagne, I’ll be getting it poppin’ at the gym. Cheers, you lovebirds and gym rats.

Radney Foster

Radney Foster at Dockery's in Charleston, SC

It can be nerve-wracking when you interview an artist. Will they be intimidating? What if our conversation doesn’t flow? Or how should I handle too much silence? These are all valid concerns; however, none of these could be farther from the truth when I met Mr. Radney Foster. Humble, friendly, kind and an overall rad dude…name pun intended. Foster was in town this past week giving an intimate show at Dockery’s on Daniel Island. It’s a great venue for live music and tasty beers. Foster and I were able to meet prior to the show and my intended 5-10 minute interview turned into 30 minutes. We discussed Charleston, his most recent projects, and what music keeps him inspired.

This is a man that is proud of his work and excited to share his upcoming projects. This isn’t Foster’s first rodeo, he’s been a songwriter for over 30 years, released a book/album combo in 2017, working on his next book, and acted on the stage as well as the silver screen within the last two years. This is a man that has been working for more than half his life and doesn’t intend to stop any time soon. If you haven’t had a chance to see him live, no need to worry, Foster makes a point to include Charleston on his tour. Both personal and professional reasons keep him coming back to The Holy City and who wouldn’t blame him? Family, friends (some from a famous group called Hootie and The Blowfish), and the cityscape make it an ideal location to share his music. I’m just wondering when we’re getting a Darius/Radney duet?! However, with these two schedules who knows when they would be able to arrange it.

As of lately, Foster has been touring promoting his album/book combo, For You to See the Stars. While suffering from a severe illness of pneumonia and laryngitis, Foster was forced to remain silent. This left him in fear that he may never be able to sing again, so during his silence, he found comfort in writing prose and expanding on the stories he originally wrote in songs. The book serves as a continuation of the songs; however, one can enjoy the book and album separately.

During this forced silence, Foster found comfort in a creative writing place. As we talked about his process I needed to know if music was involved. While he loves it all, he seeks inspiration from new and old music like William Clark Green, Shawn Colvin, Miles Davis, and William Beckman. He’s goes into more detail about this process but I will let you listen for yourself in the below audio.

It’s always a great experience when you can connect with people that share similar passions. In this particular case, Foster’s passions range from written word, music to performing. His continuous drive will result in many more creative projects that we will all be excited to experience. Let’s hope that the Darius/Radney duet will be coming soon in these new projects. 🙂

Listen below to hear some of our conversation.

 

 

For the love of music

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I started this blog as an avenue to share all of my favorite music-related stuff. However, this past year I lost my passion. The lack of direction mixed with the stress of trying to “keep up” with other media outlets, bloggers, and websites made me give up. I was in a constant state of trying to create content that pleased others rather than myself. I let the desire for notoriety overtake the original reason I started Disco Teepee…for the love of music.

After the loss of a dear friend this year, it sent me further down a path of lack-luster pursuits. I’ve been desperate to find something that would ignite that creative flame. A song, a band, an experience brought on by live music, something to wake and shake me back to create. So in an effort to start over, Disco Teepee received a much-needed face lift from my talented friend, Matt.

This platform will no longer promote things that I do not believe in to just get likes or follows. But you can expect some good shit i.e., playlists, music-inspired outfits, band crushes, and the list goes on. This is an exercise in creating an outlet that highlights the reason I fell in love with music.

Thanks for reading, friends, enough of this sad diary entry and back to our badass adventure.

On The Table

 

This past Thursday I joined Michael and Ian from the lifestyle blog, I Love That For You, for an evening to discuss all things Charleston in honor of Lowcountry On The Table. This region-wide event was held on October 4th to encourage small groups to discuss obstacles throughout your community. There were roughly 200 tables that were organized for this event in Charleston. However, I’m biased as I think our table was the best with a guest list packed with local heavy-hitters:

Michael Stettner and Ian Palacios, Lifestyle Bloggers, I Love That For You
Jai Jones, Food Blogger, JaiEats
Jordan Amaker, Director of Marketing Communications, Lowcountry Local First
Adam Helms, Founder, GigDawg
Jude Shiflett, Muralist/Designer
Susannah Runkle, Resident Martha Stewart
Ali Holliday, Jill Of All Trades

The evening was filled with delicious food, great conversation, a warm surrounding, and of course, music. I created a playlist that would pair perfectly with the evening. I feel like standard dinner music can be too sleepy, so I went with tunes that were mellow enough to set the tone but carried a punch. Beach Tiger, Sigrid, Shovels & Rope, Will Hoge to name a few; after all, this a fun event, people.

Make sure you check out the playlist here.

Our conversations weaved between flooding, parking, responsible development, street art, and even more. However, the overarching theme among our discussions was how do we actually make a change. Is it holding our current government officials accountable? Do we need to attend more meetings and voice our concerns? Who should we run to when we need help? How do we push back when shit isn’t working?

As Charlestionias, I think these ongoing discussions can help bring attention to our concerns and can create a stronger community. Every city has its issues, but by bringing our problems “to the table” we can start working together rather than apart and, of course, with some good music.

 

Music Confab 2018

Charleston Music Confab 2018 event poster

It’s Charleston Music Confab time again! The fourth annual multi-genre music conference is kicking off this Thursday night. I had a chance to chat with Dave Stewart, Confab founder, yesterday to get a preview of the upcoming events. I asked Dave the following questions, and you can listen to Dave’s answers in the recording below.

  1. Every year Confab keeps expanding the musical lineup and this year you’ve added some large acts like Houndmouth, The Wild Feathers, and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, what was the reason for including some of these bigger name bands this year?
  2. Besides the great nighttime showcases, there are educational seminars during the day. What are some of the most important ones to attend if you’re an aspiring musician?
  3. This is also a great time to network and discover some great upcoming talent, do you have some bands that stand out to you this year?

There are still tickets available and you can see the full schedule here.

 

Bud Light Getaway

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Who doesn’t love a good music festival? And who doesn’t love a music festival in their backyard? This past weekend I attended the Bud Light Getaway music festival at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park. I had the same WTF reaction as most people when I saw the lineup. Up-and-coming folk-pop singer, Harry Hudson, Lil’ Jon, Dashboard Confessional, and country music headliner, Sam Hunt. While this wide-genre festival left people confused, it was really a good thing for Charleston because it will lead to more festivals.

With over 3,000 tickets sold, making this a sold-out festival and a huge reason for large advertisers like Bud Light to keep hosting more large-scale events in Charleston. Charleston is becoming an ideal destination for music festivals like High Water, Be More Tea, and now Bud Light’s Getaway. There are some pros to having larger festivals setup in our Holy City: jobs for local restaurants/vendors, sponsorship deals, and profit for the city as people will be spending money.

As an avid concert attendee, my gal, Ali, and I came prepared to take in all there was at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park. Bud Light made sure to take advantage of the space with pick-up trucks for seating, palettes turned into lounges, and bars conveniently placed throughout.

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This would make any concert-goer pleased with the number of areas to relax, drink, and listen to music. While we did try to get an interview with an artist this year, unfortunately, due to scheduling, we weren’t able to make that happen. We did, however, we did get an opportunity to meet Lil Jon. Overall, the festival was run smoothly and efficiently. It was a good time had by all and let’s hope that more show organizers see what makes Charleston an ideal festival town.

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Thanks to Bud Light for the fun day and to Ali for being my photographer.

 

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

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Rainbow Kitten Surprise (RKS)…a memorable name for an unforgettable band. I wasn’t 100% familiar with RKS, but what I did know was their fan base is loyal. The line started way before the doors opened at 7 pm and people were happily waiting to get as close to the stage as possible. The first thing I noticed about this act is their incredibly energetic stage presence; jumps, leaps, and backbends filled between breaths. I would like to know how lead singer, Sam Melo, hits all his notes while continually dancing around the stage. They included fan favorites like, “Cocaine Jesus” and “Devil Like Me”, making sure to cover tunes off the new album like “Fever Pitch”.

I’ll have to be honest that trying to capture images of this band was difficult. The Music Farm is a great venue to play for any artist, but the stage becomes smaller the bigger the band. As RSK has five members, they continued to dance around each other making their set a rave-like, non-stop dance party.

Being only five years old, RSK has created quite a reputation and following. In that time, they have released three studio albums and one live album. They’ve been on the touring circuit for some time now landing reputable gigs at largest festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Austin City Limits (ACL) in 2017. This year is no different as they will be making stops at Forecastle, Sloss, Lollapalooza, Voodoo, and Outside Lands this year.

Don’t miss out a band that will make you an instant fan. Just be prepared to dance your fanny off. Check out their tour schedule here.

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Salute to Service

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This past Friday, I attended the Salute to Service Memorial Day Concert at Joe Riley Stadium; the lineup included Logan Mize, Chase Bryant, and Brothers Osborne. As a concert setup, the stage was stationed in the perfect position within the outfield with easy access to the bar and bathrooms (thank you, festival organizers). It was thoughtfully organized by giving general admission and VIP areas a lot of room to navigate through crowds while still allowing families and non-crowd lovers access to stadium seating and lawn space for blanket lounging and playing.

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The opener, Logan Mize, started the party with popular songs, “Better Off Gone”, “Ain’t Always Pretty”, and “Somebody to Thank”. Kansas native released his latest album, Come Back Road, in 2017 climbing to #2 on iTunes Country Charts. His calm and confident demeanor made him the perfect start to the evening as the crowd began sipping their Budweisers. Mize’s music complimented the beginning of a rowdy night just how his shirt showed off his perfectly toned arms. 🙂

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Next up in the lineup was the Texas-born singer, Chase Bryant. At this point in the evening, beers were flowing down easy which fit Bryant’s no-shit-taking attitude. Over the course of several songs, Bryant cheers service men and women and making it known that if anyone disagreed with his opinion he would happily escort them outside. Bryant was a passionate and active performer showing the crowd his love for his music and of this country. His pride, high jumps, and quick feet would make him my choice as a partner on American Ninja Warrior.

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As for the main event, brothers TJ and John Osborne, aka Brothers Osborne, hit the stage around 9:30 and played for a good hour to an hour and thirty. They covered several songs from their latest album, Port Saint Joe. They changed it up with several covers from Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, and John Denver. This was my first time seeing Brothers Osborne and enjoyed every minute of their show. The energy on stage and off made for an awesome show. Their fans are loyal and highly spirited; singing every word and super excited to hear the music off their latest album.

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This was the perfect start to the Memorial Weekend with great music and appreciation for those that fight for our country.

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