As summer starts to wind down this Labor Day weekend, I got to thinking about the highlights of the past few months. Waterfall excursions with friends, family reunions where I ate way too much, pool parties where I regretted that I ate too much, and even going on my first weekend tour with the band!
But one thing really stands out. On July 31st my husband Jonathan and I had the honor of curating a Nashville Fringe Festival event from the ground up. We called it "Face to Face: An Up-Close Concert" because we wanted to create a unique atmosphere where people can come together and get to know each other while enjoying a free live music event. Thanks to Jan Bossing with the Nashville Fringe Festival, we turned South x Sea recording studio into an East Nashville music venue and had a ball celebrating our Nashville Community!
Face to Face: An Up-Close Concert
Our M.C. Jason Marsden characteristically weaved his way through the audience (the word "stage" is a broad term in his book) and not only kept the laughs coming but spoke about the meaning of Community much more eloquently than I could imagine. My favorite part of his monologue was when he passed out blank Thank You cards to everyone because - well, what better way to build Community that to send an old fashioned personal note, right?
Our local beer sponsor Little Harpeth Brewing came through with refreshing craft beer that was perfect for the summertime heat. Also (you may have noticed this in the slideshow) we had two giant donuts - let me repeat - TWO GIANT DONUTS from Fox's Donut Den because, well, that's just awesome!!!!
Yes, our theme was the Nashville Community for this event, but we didn't want to leave everyone else out! That's where our friend Ford Heacock with FIREBREATHrecords came in. He provided high quality lifestream for everyone, everywhere. I regret we couldn't find a way to get our internet guests some of that delicious giant donut though...
I will leave you with one of my favorite songs from the evening. It's a cover song I sing called "Bei Mir Bist du Schöne," originally sung by the Andrews Sisters. We're having WAY too much fun in this video to be allowed, especially at the end when it gets all dramatic!! Enjoy!