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War and Treaty lead singer at High Water Festival

High Water Festival

I recently attended the third annual High Water Festival at Riverfront Park. The two-day event was curated to appeal to music and food lovers. The lineup was stacked with powerhouse musical acts like Leon Bridges, Jenny Lewis, The Head and The Heart, and many more. For the foodies, Pass the Peas brunch and Low Tide Social provided outstanding noshes and cocktails.

Le Creuset pot top at Pass the Peas brunch in Charleston SC

I started my Saturday morning with Pass the Peas a 4-course brunch. I tagged alongside the Le Creuset team to partake in the flower crown making, imbibing, and scent-sniffing from Candlefish candles. The meal was served family style on long tables allowing for us to mingle with newly-made friends. All of the meals were served in Le Creuset dishes, perfect for cooking serving, and dining. The gorgeous decor, people, and food inspired me to create a playlist that would be perfect for any dining setting. Give it a listen here. As for the food, chefs Jacques Larson of Wild Olive and The Obstinate Daughter, and Shuai Wang from Jackrabbit Fillycollaborated alongside Cappie Peete of Ashley Christensen Restaurants and Craig Nelson of Proof for an amazing menu. Check out the sample menu.

chefs at pass the peas brunch

The afternoon was filled with music from The War and Treaty, Mitski, Lord Huron, Leon Bridges, and so many more. The park is divided by two stages where acts play asynchronous making it easy for concert-goers to hear and see each performance. The landscape made it convenient for large groups and families with children to spread out. Something I noticed was the large number of families and individuals with children. This festival was perfect for such a demographic. Another aspect of the festival which stood out to me was the lack of a local stage. Charleston has a plethora of musicians that would help draw a crowd from nearby neighborhoods or assist with pulling a diverse audience. The inclusion would make this homegrown festival even truer to its roots. The Charleston-based band, Shrimp Records Family Band, had a spot in the lineup but perhaps securing a dedicated stage/area would help show off the local musical talent in a more effective manner.

This was my first time attending High Water and overall it was lovely. What’s not to enjoy? You’re sitting on the Cooper River overlooking the water while listening to live music. It seems this festival keeps getting better with every year that passes. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for 2020.

Brooke Ryan

In an effort to get back to the roots of Disco Teepee, I’m starting a series where I can connect with people about music. I will investigate how music plays a role in their life and get inside people’s heads and hearts about their relationship with music.

My first guest, Brooke Ryan, is 1/3 of the morning show, Two Girls and A Guy on Mix 95.9. As a radio personality, her livelihood is dependent upon music. She’s been working in this industry for over 20 years and I turned the mic around on her to get down and dirty about radio and why she will forever be faithful to music that creates a sense of nostalgia.
Listen to our chat below and let me know what you think. What’s your relationship with music? We’ve all got a story to tell so let’s share it together.

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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

troublemaker jacket at the royal american bar

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.

 

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