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What's a Shaggy Turtle?

Rae Hering

What's a Shaggy Turtle?  Well, keep reading.

It was a sunny June afternoon when my band and I pull up to the next stop on tour.  We’ve made it to Charlotte, NC by way of Knoxville and I’ll tell you right now, this venue is quite a bit different than what you might call “the norm.”  No smoky bars here, folks, this is a HOUSE CONCERT!  And a House Concert is where MAGIC happens. 

Ya know how Magicians can make a handkerchief turn into a wand?  Well, hold on to that imagery for a moment and apply it to what I call “House Concert Magic:”

Abracadabra!  A Home transforms into the Venue!

Poof!  A Back Patio morphs into the Stage!

Marvel as a Delicious Potluck becomes the Menu!

And right before your eyes Audience Members turn into Friends!

Thanks for letting me be silly :)  In all seriousness, the Shaggy Turtle House Concert was all this and more.  Founder Phil Murphy is an amazing host.  He puts together these shows literally out of sheer love for music; doesn’t make a dime but certainly organizes an event like a true professional. 

Shaggy + Turtle = Shaggy Turtle!!  The name and emblem was fashioned from Phil's tattoo.

Thankfully for Phil, he’s got a solid Community of folks who are willing to lend a helpful hand.  I witnessed everyone in the Community offer something to make the evening flow smoothly: chairs, lights, homemade beer and food for the table, and of course a warm bed for us weary musicians!

Community has been on my mind lately (read my last post here).  With so much going on in our daily schedules or on the news, it can be easy to isolate our selves.  I certainly get caught up in my own little frenzied world of worry or over-work.  But at the Shaggy Turtle House Concert, a Community of people made the choice to gather and be together, bonded by their love of music and desire for fellowship.  It’s a little slice of what I think we all want, which is connection.

If you’re in Nashville on Friday, July 31st I hope you’ll join me in being a part of my Community.  Together with my husband Jonathan we’re putting on a FREE Nashville Fringe Festival event called “Face to Face.”  The vibe will be very much like a House Concert (or as I like to say “Up-Close Concert”) and the theme of the evening is COMMUNITY.

 
 

Face to Face: An Up-Close Concert
FREE
Friday, July 31st
6:30p doors, 8p show
2301 Franklin Pike
BYOBooze and BYOFood

Lastly, thanks to Phil and Everyone at the Shaggy Turtle House Concert for allowing me the opportunity to share in your Community!  It was an unforgettable evening!

Here we are after a successful show! Jonathan Morse, Phil Murphy, Yours Truly and our drummer, Nic Wiles.

Face to Face: my favorite social platform

Rae Hering

I may joke at shows that my favorite social media platform is Face to Face, but I do really mean it.  And judging by the audience reaction, it sounds like people agree.

We all know that the definition of Community has vastly changed over the last 20 years.  As a musician I can attest to the wonders of the Internet for making my indie music career possible - how amazing is that?!?  But I’ve also realized that my Virtual Community has weak legs to stand on without my Face to Face Community. 

For me, Face to Face is where Community begins. 

These two fellas are a big part of my Community: Ford Heacock of Firebreath Media and Jonathan Morse of Husband! :)

Over the next couple of months I’ll be discussing the topic of Community and I hope you’ll join the conversation.  It will all be leading up to Friday, July 31st.  That’s because my husband Jonathan and I have been given the opportunity to curate a Nashville Fringe Festival show and we decided to make the event all about COMMUNITY!  

This will be a Full Moon, Friday Night, FREE Event to acknowledging the Community in which we live - people meeting people, Face to Face.  If you’ll be in the Nashville area, I hope you can come be a part of the Community. 

 
Thanks to Jan Bossing of NFF!

Thanks to Jan Bossing of NFF!

 

Face to Face: an Up-Close Concert by Rae Hering
FREE Event!
Friday, July 31st
6:30pm
2301 Franklin Pike

If you won’t be in Nashville, that’s OK – the Internet still has it’s charms :)  We'll be live streaming the event thanks to Firebreath Media

Read more and RSVP on Bandsintown or Facebook.

 

So now that you know what Community means in my life...“What does Community mean in your life?”  I recently asked my Facebook friends this question.  To get the conversation started, here are some of their thoughts:

“Support in all ways through unconditional love.  It means intentional living…we are all connected.”

“Being mindfully present in good times and in bad.”

 “A tribe based on respect, trust and experiences…mutual compassion for each other’s fundamentally lonesome paths.”

“Kids playing together, the swans in the lake, neighbors stopping unannounced, raising kids together, community rummage sale and fishing fest.”

“…it means knowing that wherever I go, there’s going to be people there that I know I can or will love and who can or do love me.”

“If we fail to find a place for everyone, it would just not make a choir.”

 

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