Category Archives: travels/wanderlust

Duke/Cincinnati, 12/27

Tie Game. 7:24 to go., originally uploaded by Ash Crowe.

At the beginning of the season I told friends and coworkers that I thought this Duke team would back a bowl game. Everyone laughed.

And yet

This wasn’t supposed to end this way: victory over UNC, first bowl game in 18 years, amazing crowd cheering the team on at the bowl… That story should end with a victory, but football is a cruel game.

Still, though, during the final play a familiar Duke basketball rang through the football stadium: Thank You Seniors! Thank You Seniors! Thank You Seniors!

Jackson Anderson, Kenny Anunike, Lee Butler, Jordon Byas, Walt Canty, Teddy Force, Tony Foster, Austin Gamble, Travis Gibson, Conor Irwin, Patrick Kurunwune, Brian Moore, Sean Renfree, Desmond Scott, Conner Vernon

Thanks y’all.

With special thanks to Sean Renfree & Conner Vernon.

Hopefully building on your four years next year, hopefully we’ll be back at a bowl game next year, hopefully it’ll end better.

And isn’t it nice to end a Duke football season not just with the familiar pain and heartbreak, but also with pride and hope.

Once in a blue moon pigs fly


Favorite Shows of 2012

Following up on yesterday’s post. My 10 favorite shows of the year.

Red Collar, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 1/14/12
1. 1/14/12 – Red Collar w/ Spider Bags & Rat Jackson – Local 506
I love when a show early in the year sets the bar high. And all year long no single show topped this one. Just a fantastic kick start to the year. From Rat Jackson covering Alan Jackson to Reese McHenry joining Spider Bags on stage to the energy and passion Red Collar poured into every moment – this show was packed full of memorable moments. photo set

John Darnielle, Mac McCaughan, & Greg Cartwright, Protect All NC Families Benefit, Motorco, Durham NC, 04/19/12
2. 4/19/12 – John Darnielle, Mac McCaughan & Greg Cartwright – Motorco
Amazing night for a great cause. A completely unique chance to see these three songwriters trade songs and play off each other. photo set

Des Ark, Local Beer Local Band, Tir Na Nog, Raleigh NC, 05/10/12
3. 5/10/12 – Des Ark w/Midtown Dickens – Tir Na Nog
The best show Local Beer Local Band show I saw all year. But what really makes this night stand so high on my list is that it was exactly the show I needed at that moment. photo set

Lucero, Orange Peel, Asheville NC, 04/27/12
4. 4/27/12 – Lucero w/J Roddy Walston & The Business – Orange Peel
This show was nearly a shoe in, after all we decided to drive to Asheville to see the combo of Lucero w/ J Roddy opening. At the same time it was a show I had mighty high expectations for. They were more than met. photo set

Bombadil, The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12
5. 6/9/12 – Bombadil w/ JKutchma & the 5/5ths- The Farm
I really hope there are more shows at The Farm next year. Absolutely a stunning place to see a show. The scenrey adds to the music; the chance sit in a chair on the grass listening to great local music chorus with the sounds of night setting in on a summer night. photo set

Reigning Sound, Nightlight, Chapel Hill NC, 08/24/12
6. 8/24/12 – Reigning Sound w/Last Year’s Men – Nightlight
Reigning Sound at Nightlight? Yes, please. photo set

Team Dresch, Pinhook, Durham NC, 09/29/12
7. 9/29/12 – Team Dresch w/ The Butchies & The Tomboys – Pinhook outdoor stage
Another year, another amazing Pinhook concert for Pride. This year, finally, the chance to see Team Dresch. photo set

Ted Leo, Duke Coffeehouse, Durham NC, 02/18/12
8. 2/18/12 -Ted Leo w/ Mac McCaughan – Coffeehouse
Great night. Never had the chance to see Ted Leo play before this, but the highlight of the night may just have been McCaughan talking about the first show he saw at the Coffeehouse. photo set

Vandaveer, Local 506, Chapel Hill NC, 05/11/12
9. 5/11/12 – Vandaveer – Local 506
I love to see full shows, and am saddened when a band doesn’t draw as well as I hoped. And man, y’all all missed this one. It meant we got to sit on the riser at 506 and enjoy an amazing and intimate Vandaveer show. Lovely. photo set

Crooked Fingers, Kings, Raleigh NC, 01/06/12
10. 1/6/12 – Crooked Fingers w/ Mount Moriah – Kings
What a great way to kick off the year. A packed Kings, great sets by both bands.

Up next in the year count down: favorite videos & favorite photos.

We should remember to slow down more often

and maybe we will

Bay Bridge, 10/26

water under bridges now.


The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12

One of the best parts about living here in the summer is just being outside, enjoying the beautiful beautiful weather.

The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12

I’m not speaking for anyone else, but sometimes I can get too caught up in my day-to-day to stop and enjoy. This night was a reminder of the beauty of being outside on a perfect night – enjoying the weather and friends.

JKutchma & the 5/5ths, The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12

And in this case there was also great music.

JKutchma & the 5/5ths, The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12

Provided by JKutchma and the 5/5ths.

Bombadil, The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12

And as the sun fell and set, Bombadil.

Bombadil, The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12

This was the first show in this gorgeous space (only a short 30 minutes from Durham, 15 from Chapel Hill). The next show will be in early September. I’m hard pressed to imagine a more perfect way to spend a night.

After show bonfire, The Farm, Hillsborough NC, 06/09/12

Good friends, beautiful surroundings, stunning sunset, gorgeous music, and a crackling bonfire after the show.

The full photo set is here – I’m planning on keeping that tab open in my browser so I can come back to the wonder of this night again and again.

Big thanks to everyone who put this event on, played, laughed, etc. It was exactly what I needed.

Lucero & J Roddy Walston, Orange Peel

Friday night, I was lucky to be able to get out of town with a great friend and head to Asheville for the Lucero concert.

Lucero, Orange Peel, Asheville NC, 04/27/12

The songs from Women & Work sound great live and it was a great, almost 2 hour, set.

Lucero, Orange Peel, Asheville NC, 04/27/12

It was my first time going to the Orange Peel, and I’ll certainly make that drive again the next time a band I adore is playing there on a weekend night instead of playing the Triangle.

Thankfully, it’d won’t be long til the next Lucero show. They are playing the Cradle on 6/20.

J Roddy Walston & The Business, Orange Peel, Asheville NC, 04/27/12

J Roddy Walston & The Business opened and it was a joy to see them play to the crowd at Orange Peel. Happily, there were more people than I expected who were singing along to their songs and many more people who were wooed by their infectious live show.

J Roddy Walston & The Business, Orange Peel, Asheville NC, 04/27/12

Friday night was one of their last nights opening for Lucero. Now, they are on their own headlining tour. And, since the universe loves me, they are playing Kings tonight. Two J Roddy shows in 4 days will be a treat for me, and I hope to see y’all all there.

full photo set from Friday night here

Lucero, 12/27/11

So nice to be able to plan my trip home from the holidays so that I could stop in Winston-Salem and see Lucero play at Ziggy’s.

Lucero, Ziggy's, Winston-Salem NC, 12/27/11

It had been entirely too long and it was wonderful to see them again.

There was some really good light at the venue so the full photo set is certainly worth a look.