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2 May 2019

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24 March 2019

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21 February 2019

My 2018 in Live Music

27 live acts seen in 2018. Not too shabby for a 47 year old, father of 3 (thank you, Lisa). That’s down from 33 last year. Almost half of that 27 came from the LOCKN music festival, which I don’t go for the music anymore. LOCKN is too much jam, not enough rock for me, but it’s a fun time hanging out with old and new friends every year down at Oak Ridge farm.

Sons of Bill @ The Jefferson Theatre, 12/23/18Sons of Bill @ The Jefferson Theatre, 12/23/18

Speaking of old friends, I did catch Phish again for the 45th time. That number is pretty small compared to many, but those 45 shows have occurred over a 22 year period. I’ve managed to catch Phish every year (they’ve toured) since my first with one exception in 2012. This year’s show took me back to the mothership, Hampton Coliseum, where I caught them in 1997, 2003, 2004, and 2009. The show I caught on 10/19 was the best Hampton Phish show I’ve seen since those legendary shows in 97.

Even though it was great, that Phish show was not my favorite of the year. That award goes to Dr. Dog. Actually that entire evening was fantastic. It began with a free private show at The Southern sponsored by New Belgium Brewing who were promoting their new Hemperor HPA. Willie Watson performed and several Hemperors were sampled. The night ended with the sold out Dr. Dog show at the nearby Jefferson Theater. It had been at least 10 years since I saw Dr. Dog last and I left that show underwhelmed. I don’t listen to Dr. Dog as much as I did when I saw them last, so I came in with low expectations. That resulted in a really fun show with tons of energy and solid musicianship (or maybe I had just the right number of HPAs).

Unfortunately, I did not catch a show out of state or in a new venue. That’s certainly not normal for me and I’ve already made plans to correct this in 2019 by clearing my calendar on the first weekend in May to attend Jazz Fest.

Below is a list of the musicians that I saw live in 2018 with favorites in bold and first-timers in italics

  • Camper Van Beethoven — 1/15, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • Cracker — 1/15, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • The Wood Brothers — 1/25, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • Marc Broussard — 02/08, The Southern, Charlottesville VA
  • Drive By Truckers — 03/26, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • Willie Watson — 04/20, The Southern, Charlottesville VA
  • Dr. Dog — 04/20, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • Shakey Graves — 05/10, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • Trey Anastasio Trio — 07/05, Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
  • Umphrey’s McGee w/ Jason Bonham — 08/24, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • George Clinton & P-Funk — 08/24, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Widespread Panic w/ Margo Price — 08/24, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Big Something — 08/25, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Keller & The Keels — 08/25, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Foundation of Funk — 08/25, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band — 08/25, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Dead & Company — 08/25, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Spafford — 08/26, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band — 08/26, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Dead & Company — 08/26, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit — 09/30, Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
  • Phish — 10/19, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
  • moe. — 10/26, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • Chris Robinson Brotherhood — 11/08, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • I’m With Her — 11/15, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • Billy Strings — 12/20, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • Sons of Bill — 12/23, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA

Previous lists: 2017 | 2016 | 2015

1 January 2019
Music Lists Beer

Charlottesville Ale Trail Brewers Launches with Brewery Crawl & Passport Program

10 September 2018

Announcing the Charlottesville Ale Trail

5 September 2018

My 2017 in Live Music

Below is a list of the musicians that I saw live in 2017 with first-timers in italics and favorites in bold.

Wilco @ The Beacon Theatre, 3/21/17Wilco @ The Beacon Theatre, 3/21/17

  • Kurt Vile & The Violaters —  01/26, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • Spafford —  02/12, The Southern, Charlottesville VA
  • Jeremiah Tall —  02/15, Ruby’s, Harrisonburg VA
  • Wilco —  03/21, The Beacon Theatre, New York NY
  • The Bright Light Social Hour —  04/28, WNRN Studios, Charlottesville VA
  • The Head and The Heart —  06/14, Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
  • Gary Clark Jr. —  07/14, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
  • My Morning Jacket —  07/14, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
  • The New Pornographers —  07/19, Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
  • Spoon —  07/19, Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
  • Phish —  08/01, Madison Square Garden, New York NY
  • Phish —  08/02, Madison Square Garden, New York NY
  • Portugal. The Man. —  08/21, Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
  • Greensky Bluegrass —  08/26, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • John Butler Trio —  08/26, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • John Fogerty —  08/26, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Widespread Panic —  08/26, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • The Revivalists —  08/27, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Phil Lesh & Friends w/ moe. —  08/27, LOCKN Music Festival, Arrington VA
  • Dave Matthews (solo) —  09/24, Concert for Charlottesville, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville VA
  • Cage The Elephant —  09/24, Concert for Charlottesville, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville VA
  • Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland (Coldplay) —  09/24, Concert for Charlottesville, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville VA
  • The Roots —  09/24, Concert for Charlottesville, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville VA
  • Brittany Howard w/ The Roots —  09/24, Concert for Charlottesville, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville VA
  • Pharrell Williams w/ The Roots —  09/24, Concert for Charlottesville, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville VA
  • Chris Stapleton —  09/24, Concert for Charlottesville, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville VA
  • Ariana Grande —  09/24, Concert for Charlottesville, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville VA
  • Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids —  09/24, Concert for Charlottesville, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville VA
  • Dave Matthews Band —  09/24, Concert for Charlottesville, Scott Stadium, Charlottesville VA
  • Spafford —  09/27, The Southern, Charlottesville VA
  • Chris Robinson Brotherhood —  10/08, The Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
  • Los Colognes —  12/01, Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones —  12/01, Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN

Previous lists: 2016 | 2015

21 February 2018
Music Lists

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6 December 2017

Improving the Web Design Process Through Style Tiles

31 October 2017

Entrepreneur by Accident

I’ve been on my own” professionally for almost 12 years now. It’s still crazy that it all really happened by accident.

In the Spring of 2005, I decided to change jobs after a rewarding stint at Musictoday. Musictoday was my first start-up experience, but it wasn’t as small as the company I was going to work for. That company had less than 10 employees and I was going to lead an eCommerce division that only included one person, me.

I took a long weekend in between jobs. My wife and I visited the Homestead resort and that’s when I received the call. The CEO of the company that I was going to work told me that the owner has decided to shut down their eCommerce line of business. Therefore, I was without a job. I was a little taken aback, to say the least.

Thankfully, I left Musictoday on good terms. Luckily, they had yet to fill my position. I didn’t want to go back full-time though. So, I decided to freelance as a Project Manager/Business Analyst. I picked up a couple other gigs and liked it. Specifically, I liked the freedom and the variety of work. I also enjoyed the chase for new business.

Over the course of the next 12 months, I freelanced and also interviewed for jobs. I received one offer that was really hard to turn down. I also was helping my wife go through some very difficult family issues. It was a period of transition that finally ended during the second half of 2006 when I decided to fully focus on starting a business.

I never thought too seriously about starting my own business. I never felt a burning desire to become an entrepreneur. I’m not sure I would even be in this position if it wasn’t for those series of events in 2005. However, it taught me one of the most important lessons of entrepreneurship: how to transform a setback into opportunity.

14 February 2017
Entrepreneurship Life