by jess lewis


i could check, but i’m fairly certain the summer i was pregnant with henry we saw more live music than we have since he was born. before children we went to as many concerts as we could afford. after the arrival of children the concert going trips rapidly dwindled. live music was no longer at the top of the list when thinking about a (rare) night out. the ability to sit down for a nice dinner with the option of lingering at the table afterwards for some conversation won out almost every time (plus, there was the added bonus of not having to do the dishes). seeing a movie in a theater was a close second. reality slowly set in when we realized we hadn’t seen a single concert in over a year. what happened? surely we could make it out for a concert every now and then. we were craving good, live music. there is something to be said for how rejuvenating and energizing being in a hot, crowded, dimly lit venue with a thousand  other people (+/-) is.  and as much i gripe about the area i live in, atlanta and the surrounding areas are a great place to see amazing music in smaller venues.  this past year, we’ve been trying to get to as many shows as we possibly can (thank you, babysitters!) and  in doing so we’ve been introduced to new favorites, new people and new, smaller venues. the best part is, we get a rockin night out and we’re supporting the artists we love.

photos from these shows: a.a. bondy, the head and the heart, drew grow and the pastors’ wives (and black girls), the avett brothers.

have you been to a great show lately? who would you love to see live? if you haven’t been to a concert in a while i suggest you get up offa that thing, find a show, and shake it till you feel better.

p.s. if you have the time, this is a really great read about supporting musicians. also, drew grow and the pastors’ wives have a kickstarter for their new album. check them out and if you enjoy their music try to chip in! we have their self-titled album and it’s in our regular rotation.



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  1. June 20, 2012

    I love concerts, but we can go years between them. Then again, I might pack five into a two month period . . . and that first photo makes me swoon a little.

  2. June 20, 2012

    We’re lucky to be really good friends with members of a couple of the bigger bands in our city so they make sure we know whenever they have a gig that would be fairly kid kosher (not ridiculously late, at a chill venue where people won’t care if they’re running around) so between them and all the bands they play with we (kids as well) get to quite a few live shows a month.

    It makes my heart happy.

  3. June 20, 2012

    i too used to go all the time in my youth. LOVED concerts. then we went years without, til 2 years ago i think when hubby surprised me with brandi carlile and i was SO stoked. guess who got serious food poisoning and could not go? yeah. me. so not ok. but on the good news i just scored mumford and sons tickets for here in august, a large outdoor festival by the water. i will not get sick, i will not get sick, i will not get sick…..

  4. joelynnej #
    June 21, 2012

    Fucking RAD post. Makes me want to grab my fanny pack and head South to hook up for some shows.

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