New Guitar (Epiphone Casino)

I have been listening to a lot of Beatles music lately, as well as some blues rock stuff like Mt. Joy, and have been lusting after a semi-hollow guitar to get the sounds that I just couldn’t with my Telecaster. So, in an impulsive move, I posted my guitar on an instrument selling/trading page on Facebook to see if anyone had what I was looking for, and I struck gold. I got a couple different offers, but tried out this 90s Korean Epiphone Casino made in the Peerless factory (renowned for its build quality), and fell in love with the sound, not to mention the gorgeous Lennon style natural wood finish. I have only had this guitar for a week, so I have yet to fully explore all that it offers, but I am been super happy with it thus far. It has a deep, warm tone that is far different from the twangyness of my old Tele. I am not a very knowledgeable or skilled guitar play, and cannot accurately describe the sound fully, but the tone is definitely what I have been looking for in an electric guitar.

Bonnaroo!

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If you’ve never been to Bonnaroo, I only have one thing to say to you: go! For those of you who have had the immense pleasure of experiencing the farm first hand, you know exactly how magical of a place it is. I could never put into words exactly what it’s like- it is something that you must experience for yourself.

Bonnaroo takes place on a 700 acre piece of farm land in Manchester, TN that is transformed into an adult playground for the weekend of the festival. For four straight days you are surrounded by great food, amazing people, and of course, incredible live music. There are multiple music venues, tons of food venders, various art installations, and even a fountain to cool off in! You have to be willing to be constantly hot, sweaty, and dirty for a couple days, but that’s a small price to pay, and it doesn’t seem to deter any of the 80,000 yearly attendees.

What really sets Bonnaroo apart from the many other summer festivals is the atmosphere. The motto there is “radiate positivity” and the festival goers truly take it to heart. There is not a place on earth with more good vibes. Each person who attends goes in with the intentions of having the best time of their lives, and the combined energy from everyone creates a feeling throughout weekend that is second to none.

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The lineup was released earlier this week…and it’s totally stacked! I started to make a list of my favorite acts and I quickly stopped because it turned into me writing down every artist attending. Per usual, there is something for everyone. Hip-hop, rock, EDM, jazz- you name it! There are even comedians if you get tired of jamming out and want to have a good chuckle instead.

Tickets are on sale now- they are fairly expensive, but if you think about how much an average show costs, they are very reasonable in comparison. Plus, if you don’t want to pay, there is an option to volunteer at the festival essentially in exchange for a free ticket. I have never done this myself, but I know a few people who have and they say that it is definitely worth it. Bonnaroo doesn’t generally sell out, but I encourage you to get your ticket ASAP so you can start planning!

Alpine Modern

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The other day I decided to make a short day trip to Boulder, CO for some sightseeing and retail therapy. Denver is such a cool city and I love living there, but Boulder has an atmosphere unlike any other. Whenever I get the chance to go there, which is never enough, I usually spend most of my time walking along the famous Pearl Street. The people watching can’t be beat and the shops are exceptionally unique. One such shop that I have gone to a couple times now is Alpine Modern. It is an interesting place because it is both a coffee shop and a retail store. I haven’t had the chance to try any of their coffee or pastries, but I have spent some time in their retail side, which offers some unique items. They mainly sell home furnishing goods, however, Alpine Modern also has a small selection of clothing and accessories. I finally ended up getting a wallet that I had been eyeing for a while.

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The wallet is a leather with big, bold stitching and the sleek Alpine Modern logo engraved on the inside left panel. It is pretty minimalistic, with just two front pockets slips. These pockets are also very tight, which means there isn’t a whole lot of room for storing cards. I haven’t had a problem with this though because I don’t have an excessive amount to put in the wallet. The leather is still fairly stiff, but it is already wearing in nicely and stretching out a bit. Overall, I am super happy with it and definitely plan on purchasing more items from Alpine modern in the future. If you are in the Boulder area, I encourage you to check out their store in person. If not, their website is also worth browsing around.