As you guys know, on Thursday I went to see Tom Petty. Two days later, I was lucky enough to get to see The Avett Brothers play in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena. It was a pretty magical (and exhausting) weekend.
To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this weekend—I knew Saturday was going to especially be rough. I’m definitely not a night owl anymore, and being gone all day and getting home at 3am didn’t really sound appealing to me. But The Avett Brothers are one of my favorite bands.
My friends Mark and Maile and myself got into Nashville around 5pm, so we walked down Broadway to get dinner at Jack’s Bar-B-Que. Mark had eaten there before and said it was really good, and he was right.
I try not to eat pork, but the one thing I cannot resist is pulled pork BBQ. So good. #noregrets
Jack’s was awesome and super affordable, and we ended up getting there at the perfect time—just literally a few minutes before the line was wrapped outside the building.
After dinner we walked over to the arena, where Mark and Maile went to get drinks and I went to get a $30 tshirt. Hey, you’re paying for the experience, right?
We took our seats at 7pm and…waited. The concert was supposed to start at 8, but in true rock and roll fashion, it started at 8:30.
I’ve seen The Avett Brothers play once before (in Indianapolis), and as soon as the show started, I forgot all the reasons I had been complaining about going to the concert. They are so fun to watch live. Their music is so earnest and genuine, and you can tell they honestly love what they are doing.
OK, here’s the deal with these pictures—I only had my phone with me, so they are terrible. I tried so hard to take a good picture and they all ended up being absolutely awful. I apologize. I’m working on finding my actual digital camera.
This is even a close up! They played a couple songs in the back of the arena, so we could see them really well. iPhone camera could not though.
Here’s the full set list from the show (I’m pretty sure this is right. It’s close, if nothing else.). Highlights: “Laundry Room” and “Down With The Shine” are two of my favorite songs, and they sound so incredible live. Also, for an encore they sang “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” and it was really beautiful.
So overall, The Avett Brothers were amazing and I would totally pay $50 to see them play live again. They are one of those bands that I forget every now and then how much I love them, but once I start listening to them I will not stop for a month straight. #love