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The Avett Brothers Concert // 02.07.2015

One of my big goals for this year is to have more fun! Seeing live music is at the top of the “fun list” for my boyfriend and I, and lucky for us the Phoenix metro area has a ton of great venues. Awhile back we got tickets to see The Avett Brothers at the Mesa Amphitheater – a group we had never seen live before in a venue we had never visited! That’s what I like to call a “win win”!

A somewhat related tangent… We moved to Arizona about 18 months ago after having lived in Kansas our whole lives. Last winter I was so smitten with the weather here! Who needs ice and snow when you have sunshine and 70 degree temps for several months on end?! My smugness has finally caught up with me it seems. I have really missed the change of seasons this year and am completely envious every time it snows in the Midwest!

Just when I thought I couldn’t take another beautiful Arizona winter day, we went to The Avett Brothers concert last weekend at an awesome outdoor amphitheater and I was very thankful for the mild winter weather here. 🙂

Chatham Co. Line

A bluegrass group, Chatham County Line, opened for The Avett Brothers and they were AWESOME! From their Instagram profile “Chatham County Line is an all acoustic, suit-wearing, single-mic performing outfit formed at the turn of the century in Raleigh, NC.” If you love bluegrass, you will LOVE these guys! I especially loved how much the lead singer interacted with the audience. He was super relaxed, funny and pretty effortlessly made a great connection with the audience. Highly recommend!

The Avett Brothers KandD

All tickets at the amphitheater were general admission, so we got there prior to gates opening and stood on the lawn. The lawn in front of the stage was definitely full, but not packed, so it was easy to see the stage and move around if needed. Extra special shout out to the stranger that took pity on my selfie taking soul and snapped a couple of pics for me!

The Avett Brothers were amazing too! I feel like there are two kinds of live performers… Those that sound better recorded and those that sound better live. The Avett’s definitely sounded better live! Don’t get me wrong, I love their recorded music and listen to it frequently, but they were wonderful live! They did a nice variety of fast tempo, upbeat songs and acoustic songs. Plus, I loved the variety of instruments the group played – piano, cello, violin, banjo, bass and probably a ton of cool things I couldn’t even see! You could tell every member of the group loved performing – so fun!

Chatham County Line and The Avett Brothers was a great first concert for 2015! Can’t wait to see what other groups come to the valley this year.

If You’re Happy & You Know it… Keep Doing it!

Why these post titles have taken on a lyrical theme, we may never know, but what I do know is that I sure am enjoying sharing my 2015 goals with you! Thanks for sticking with me (goofy titles and all!)! A quick recap… Monday I shared my business goals, while on Tuesday I focused on health and self-care.

Today’s goal is going to focus on having fun and doing more things that make me happy! This may sound like a complete no brainer to some, but I often find myself enjoying something and thinking “I should do this more often!”

Sunflower Paperie blog - Having more fun!

Read from a book DAILY. Alright, I love reading, always have and hopefully always will. However, I always start out the year with grandiose plans of “reading 26 52 books a year!” And then I pick long books, get busy at work and with my Etsy business and before I know it, I am terribly behind. This year, I am going to be more realistic and focus instead on making sure I read from a book everyday. Some days it may be several chapters and some days it may only be several pages – and I am o.k. with that.

See more live music. I love music and I love concerts! I am lucky to live in a metro area with tons of concert venues. The trick is keeping up with who is coming to town.

Travel more. Again, I am super lucky to have a manfriend that enjoys traveling (and more importantly trip planning!). In 2014, we actually averaged 1 trip per month (we didn’t realize this until we were chatting on New Year’s Day!). A lot of our trips are simply long weekends out of town or built around a professional conference in a fun location, so I definitely want to continue these types of trips.

Watch more movies. I love going to the movies, but am notoriously bad at watching movies at home. This year, I want to catch up on some titles that interested me when they came out, but I missed in the theater. This goal also includes supporting our local (really nice) $3 theater.

I am sure this list is incomplete, so I will add to it as the year goes on! I am also a little behind on my daily posts, so I will be sharing my last two 2015 Goal posts over the weekend. Until then, don’t forget to check out my interview with illustrator Madison Lytle and enter to win a set of her darling cards! 

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