Monday, 23 June 2014

LIFE: Ann Arbor Summer Festival

A2SF Stage Frozen Clairy Browne

Free music, strawberry frozen yoghurt and a gorgeous summer evening, well what more could you want for a Saturday night?!

The annual Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an international arts event spanning June and July and sees concerts, art installations and speaking events all coming to the university city. Granted I never knew anything about it until we saw that one of our favorite bands - Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes, were playing a free (double yey) gig there. But it was well worth the drive over for the evening as a whole.

I've been admittedly wallowing in the stress and anxiety that makes up house buying and visa related stuff to the point were I don't particularly want to be doing anything, so Joe had to drag me there but I'm glad he did. With Clairy Browne playing on the Rackham stage with the Graduate studies building of the university as the backdrop we arrived an hour early, soaked up the summer evening, enjoyed some frozen raspberry yoghurt, listened to the band before - Horse Cave Trio (Detroit bluegrass roots band - pretty good too I must say) and enjoyed some people watching.

Well the main reason we went was to see Clairy Browne and they did not disappoint, I'll be sharing more about them in another post later this week.

Hope y'all had a grand weekend!

18 comments:

  1. Love the new look of your blog! The AASF is the greatest--saw one of my favorite a capella groups there a few years ago. If you're ever in Galesburg, IL, you should stop in at Coney Island, which is a 50's throwback diner and their specialty is you-know-what.

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    1. Thank you - and yeah certainly going to make a point of following the schedule a little more in the future they seem to get some really interesting acts there so we'll def be heading back!

      Thanks also for the diner heads up, that certainly sounds like my kind of place!

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    1. Why thank you Misses, it's some old random Models Own on if I remember rightly!

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  3. ... Just proving that I obviously read everything on here ;)

    It's good to get out, you need to relax. Kris always drags me around when I get in a funk... live music is the way to my heart :) (and some food)

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    1. I was starting to wonder if you was reading my words or just drooling over my nail varnish, you had me there for a second!

      I totally suck at relaxing, i'm one of those people that can't just do nothing, but it gets hard to stop my head from wandering off and stressing. But you're right live music is a big help. I like how you describe it has being in a funk.

      I like that.

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    2. Funky town baby... although not the fun kind of funky. Hope you're feeling a little perkier!

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  4. I love that nail color you have on! Super pretty, I think my sis would love that... she loves light purples. Anyways, I know sometimes all you want to do is stay home and crawl in bed and forget your worries, but it's good to get out so I'm glad Joe dragged you out there, it looks like you had a fun Saturday night! :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Yeah he's pretty good at distracting me from wallowing in it too much, he knows me too well about how my head can drift off into stressing over something. And yes, it turned out to be a nice Saturday night and the weather was just right too which was super nice.

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  5. Looks and sounds like such an awesome time.

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  6. I need to look into going down there in July for sure! I'm glad Joe was able to get you out and your mind off everything. It's always hard to do but in the end it's needed just as much!

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    1. You should try if you get the chance, It's happening until mid July and there's tonnes of things. Yeah it's all the important paperwork and waiting for things to come back from Lansing, and with trying to push the closing date forward to try and move this weekend rather than the next, it just seems to dragging!

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  7. Did you change the banner? I am still stressing with exams and I didn't notice before. It looks really great!

    Taking break from stressful things like moving feels awesome, especially when you get to see a band you life for free. I am really happy for you!

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    1. Yea I did, well spotted, I changed it on a whim on Friday so only recently! The free part should have had me there from the off really, but sometimes i really do need a kick up the arse!

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  8. Clairy Browne is so good! Gotta love those impromptu nights out, they always take stress and anxiety away, if only momentarily. Love your blog and excited that I came across it!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by - great to meet someone else who knows who Clairy Browne is!

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  9. It's good to have a man who'll drag you out (in a nice way) when you feel pretty down and not into it. I don't know how many times Kami has convinced me to go out when my anxiety has been getting the better of me and I usually actually enjoy myself. Sometimes he just knows what's best. Haha.
    Debi x

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  10. Awwww, I wish we had something like this here. We do have "concerts in the park", but they are really bands no one knows about, which is fine, but room is limited, if you know what I mean. Really LOVE the way the first photo turned out, by the way! -Jess L

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