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Toad the Wet Sprocket! Not everyone's cup of tea, I suppose, but I'm definitely a fan. I discovered them when their Coil album came out in the late 90s--I loved that record, so I went back to their earlier stuff and loved that too. And then they basically broke up, which made me sad. But then they got back together and put out a (fantastic) new album a couple years ago, and I was thrilled to see them on the roster for the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival this year. Hermione likes them too and was interested in coming, but the timing was bad so I ended up going alone. Just as well, I doubt she'd have wanted to stay for 2 sets like I did. Great shows!

A few more pics:
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A batch of photos from the concert I went to last week, and some other stuff too.

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Okay, that's all for now. Hope your week is going well!
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I dunno, NashVegas.. it's a thing around here.

So it's Thursday night, conference is all wrapped up, and I just got home from a Grand Ole Opry Country Classics show at the Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music. It was a pretty good show! Larry Gatlin was the host, and he was pretty awesome--funny guy, seemed quite down-to-earth too, which is nice. The headlining act, I suppose you'd say, was the Oak Ridge Boys, whom I've seen at Opry shows before. Not bad. There were a couple standout performers, though--a guy named Chris Janson who gave a very energetic and well-done few songs, and an 18-year-old girl named Mary Sarah who had quite a good set of pipes. It was actually her debut performance on an Opry show, or at least at the Ryman. Apparently she was discovered on YouTube by the aforementioned Oak Ridge Boys, so they've been helping her along. Anyway, good show as always. If you like country music, I guess. I feel the need to clarify I don't JUST listen to country, lest I sound like a total hick with no musical taste. But I do enjoy a lot of it, especially the classic stuff I grew up on.

I was going to recap the trip so far, but I'll save it for the inevitable photo recap post. :) Or posts plural; I've had more free time than expected and I'm near a lot of good stuff downtown, so I've been taking scads of photos this week. It'll take me forever to edit them, but it's all good fun. And tomorrow is my free day (until I head to the airport, anyway) so I'll be taking more! I'm excited.

But for now, time to wind down and turn in. I hope everyone is having a great week--the weekend is almost here!
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Musical stuff update!

I think I mentioned that on our New England vacation earlier this year, most of our driving was done to the soundtrack of a couple of mp3 cds that I made years ago, and I was reminded that I really missed listening to Toad the Wet Sprocket. After we got back, I saw on the Net that they had reunited and recorded a new album, and were doing a Kickstarter to fund the production and distribution. NICE, thought I, I will have to get in on that! But I didn't at the time, and pretty much forgot about it until I saw on their Facebook this week that the Kickstarter was about to end, so I jumped in and contributed. They started out with a goal of $50k and ended up breaking the $250k mark, which I think is just plain awesome. I love the idea of artists who played such a big part in the soundtrack of my life--as Toad did, for a good number of years--getting some direct love (and cash!) from their fans instead of losing it to greedy record execs, you know? Anyway, this morning I got my download code for the album, New Constellation, and I've been listening to it today at work. I am very pleased to report that it is really quite good. Very Toad-like, which may seem to have been expected, but was by no means a sure thing since they'd been split up for so long. Good stuff, I am pleased. I contributed at the level to get a physical cd as well, so I'll look forward to that!

I don't make it to many concerts these days (I actually missed Toad themselves at a little show at the Hard Rock Hotel a couple weeks ago, darnit), so I always look forward to the Food & Wine Festival at EPCOT, which has a concert series that generally includes a number of artists I like--and since it's EPCOT, the wife and kids don't mind humoring me to go out there. This year's lineup has plenty of returning favorites (Night Ranger, Sister Hazel, Dennis DeYoung of Styx fame, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) and some changes--new this year: Spin Doctors! That is outstanding, I loved those guys in their heyday so I definitely plan on seeing them. :)

Aaaand.. I guess that's about it, actually. Back to work!

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