Zac Brown Band’s DC Concert Rocked Our Socks Off

Last Friday, my sister Anna Maria and I attended the Zac Brown Band concert at Nationals Park. This was the Washington, D.C., stop on their JEKYLL + HYDE Tour.

Since my first exposure to country music several years ago, ZBB has grown into one of my favorite bands. They remain authentically country, and their lead singer can masterfully belt out tunes.

Below is a picture of us enjoying the concert:

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ZBB was preceded by The Avett Brothers, which was their opening act. Admittedly, I’ve never heard of them but figured their music aligned well with ZBB’s. (Indeed, they were pretty good!)

I particularly love ZBB’s music for combining country with tropical flair. They incorporate classic country elements, but spice it up with unique things like a fiddle and gospel choir.

ZBB opened up with their new leading single, “Homegrown.” It was followed with “Loving You Easy,” their rendition of “The Devil Goes Down to Georgia,” “Dress Blues,” “Castaway,” “Let It Be,” “Colder Weather,” “Sweet Annie,” “Keep Me in Mind,” “Jump Right In,” and other well-known tunes off their new album and older albums. Everyone around us was dancing in their seats, singing along, and having a good time. How could you not enjoy Zac Brown Band? It was a rousing good time!

One of the touching moments from the concert was during the performance of their new song “Dress Blues.” They brought out several servicemen, who then marched on stage. The crowd then burst out with “USA!” chants and resounding claps. Patriotism was alive and well at Nats Park. It was a touching moment for those of us living in the belly of the beast best known as Washington, D.C.

Below are some pictures from the concert:

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Unlike other concerts I’ve been to, this one was different in that the leading act – ZBB, in this case – performed for a good chunk of time. (Their show lasted roughly 2 and a half hours.) It goes to show that they appreciate their fans and love bringing happiness through music. Gotta give props to them for that!

Check out their music, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter!

 

Eric Church Rocked the Verizon Center

Last night, my sister and I saw country music artist Eric Church perform at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., as part of a stop on his “The Outsiders World Tour.” It was his first time performing at the Verizon Center. And unsurprisingly, the show was sold out.

My sister got us these concert tickets as an early birthday present. (My birthday is next Monday; I’ll be turning 24.) Hands down, it was the best birthday present I’ve received in recent memory. (Thank you and love you, sisute!)

Below are some pictures I took at the concert:

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Drive-By Truckers opened for Eric Church. It was my first time hearing their music and I LOVED it!

 

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Eric Church. Swoon.

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Eric Church is a badass. He really connects with his fans and loves what he does.

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Church and his signature ball cap look.

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The concert was sold out, as evidenced by this massive crowd.

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A few months ago, The Bobby Bones Show talked about a devil making an appearance at the Eric Church concert while “Devil, Devil” was playing. Here it is. Terrifying, isn’t it?

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For $35 seats, we had this optimal view. Not too shabby!

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Another awesome shot of Eric Church.

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Close up of Eric Church.

 

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Isn’t he dreamy?

I’ve been to my share of concert music concerts featuring Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Florida-Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, among many people. While I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the aforementioned artists perform, I was absolutely blown away by how talented and dedicated Eric Church is to his craft. He has more of a rock ‘n roll vibe to his music, which I greatly appreciate and enjoy. (Who doesn’t like rock ‘n roll? It’s as American as they come.) He performed hits like “Talladega”, “Smoke a Little Smoke”, “Homeboy”, “Devil, Devil”, “Guys Like Me”, “That’s Damn Rock ‘N Roll”, “Springsteen”, and many other tracks from his various albums. His music is refreshing in the day and age of bro-country-though I do enjoy some FLAGA Line and Thomas Rhett.

If you also attended the concert, I hope you enjoyed it too! It was refreshing to see people decked out in camo here in D.C. (It’s a wonderful break from the usual stiffs and suits you see here in the nation’s capital.)

Want to learn more about Eric Church? Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

 

D.C. is the ‘Coolest’ City in the U.S.

Washington, D.C., is the coolest city in the U.S. according to Forbes.com.

Forbes relied on Sperling’s BestPlaces to measure and determine a city’s “cool” factor:

To compile our list of America’s Coolest Cities, Sperling’s helped us calculate entertainment options per capita in each metro area. This metric essentially measures ways you might spend a Saturday, quantifying the availability of professional and college sports events, zoos and aquariums, golf courses, ski areas, and National parks, among others. It also factors in art and cultural options, measuring the presence of theater and musical performances as well as local museums.

As a denizen of the D.C. metro area, I can definitely attest to this. Yes, this area attracts egomaniacs and bureaucrats–yet you can be above the corruption and lead a normal life here. There are so many cool things to do, places to see, and great food/entertainment options to enjoy.

Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny that this metro area is fascinating.

Hail to the Redskins

This morning, it was revealed that the U.S. Patent Agency cancelled the Washington Redskins’ trademark because the name is “disparaging” to Native Americans.

This doesn’t come as a surprise. What government agency hasn’t tried to ban speech or ideas that don’t fit their big government mold?

 

As a result, I felt inclined to respond to the hysteria on Twitter.

Then several of us were prompted to troll the #NewRedskinsName Twitter hashtag, so I contributed several tweets to it:

Where’s the left’s priorities? Facts? Clearly they’re nowhere to be found.

Additionally, government has no right to determine “right” speech or ideas.

But but but, the Redskins name is so offensive? Only 17% of people in this country think that way.

Shame on the U.S. Patent Office for cancelling the Washington Redskins’ trademark. This is a very bad precedent that emboldens government to control and discourage private businesses.

Not surprised…50 Democrat U.S. Senators recently wrote a letter to the organization pressuring them to change their name. (Because, priorities!) Anything that doesn’t fit the big government mold is deemed offensive. (Yay to restricting free expression!) I don’t know anyone here in D.C. who feels distraught over the Redskins name, except for few thin-skinned “progressives” who complain about everything. (Even an AP poll from January found that 83% of people approve of the Redskins name.) Might as well rename them as the Washington Whiners or the Beltway Barnacles to better reflect D.C…

Historically speaking, the Redskins name was chosen to honor Native Americans and their bravery in battle. How does this disparage them? How are their rights being undermined? Might as well be consistent and rename the Cleveland Indians, Florida Seminoles, Oklahoma, Minnesota Vikings, and all other “culturally-insensitive” athletic teams?

But hey, America is weak here and abroad. Who cares? The cause of fighting imaginary bigotry must continue! (Sigh.)

Those who disparage the Redskins are nothing but a bunch of tyrants. As a resident of the DMV, I will continue to support the Redskins and their name.  Hope others continue to do so too.

#HTTR

Get Ready for the March for Life

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Photo Credit: March for Life (Facebook)

Today marks two months until the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, DC. The march will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014, at the National Mall.

It is the premiere pro-life event in the country. Most recently, the event attracted over 500,000 people from all 50 states.

This January, I was able to attend my first march. It was a beautiful and uplifting event. I highly recommend everybody attend it.

If you plan to come, be sure to RSVP here. Hope to see you there!

‘We Are the Storytellers”: Verily Magazine Launch Party in Washington, D.C.

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This past Wednesday, my sister Anna Maria and I had the pleasure of attending Verily Magazine’s D.C. launch party at A Bar Lounge in Foggy Bottom.

Verily is a new magazine catering to strong, virtuous, empowered women. It seeks to set itself apart from mainstream women’s magazines that spout off radical feminist, hypersexualized platitudes. Its tagline reads, “Be less of who you should be, more of who you are.”

(You can read my Townhall.com column about it.)

The theme of the occasion was “We Are the Storytellers.”

Esteemed guests  were Fox News Contributor Kirsten Powers, The Transom’s Ben Domenech, and American Enterprise Institute’s Christina Hoff Sommers. Countless young professionals from conservative organizations and fashion blogs also gathered to hear and learn more about Verily.

Below are some pictures from the event:

Me holding a copy of the June/July issue of Verily Magazine.

Me holding a copy of the June/July issue of Verily Magazine.

Anna Maria (L) and I (R) pictured with AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

Anna Maria (L) and I (R) pictured with AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

Verily co-founders Kara (L) and Janet (R) discussing why they started Verily.

Verily co-founders Kara (L) and Janet (R) discussing why they started Verily.

Delicious cocktail at the Verily Magazine launch party in D.C.

Delicious cocktail at the Verily Magazine launch party in D.C.

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Made some new friends at Verily Magazine’s launch party!
From left to right: Amy, me, Tiffany, and Anna Maria.

If you haven’t checked Verily out yet, get on it! I’m happy to lend my support to their efforts. I encourage every woman to subscribe to it and read it.  Visit verilymag.com.

Attend Maryland Conservative Action Network’s “Turning the Tides” Conference- January 12, 2013

TTT2013All conservatives and libertarians in the DC metro should attend Maryland Conservative Action Network’s “Turning the Tides” conference in Annapolis, MD.

Here’s what will transpire on January 12, 2013:

Join us for frank discussion about where we go from here. Topics will include what to expect from both Washington, DC and Annapolis, improving our ground game, national security, the left’s war on the suburbs, how “green energy” schemes are hurting our national and state economy, and more.

Yours truly will be a youth panelist. I will give a talk about my activism coupled with my family history. Hope you come and hear from me and countless other speakers:

  • Dan Bongino
  • Brad Botwin
  • Brandon Cooper
  • Myron Ebell
  • Pamela Geller
  • Gabby Hoffman
  • Stanley Kurtz
  • Steve Milloy
  • Mark Newgent
  • Neil Parrott
  • Richard Rothschild
  • Jim Rutledge
  • Ken Timmerman
  • Blaine Young
  • and more.

Registration details:

Sponsorship opportunities and vendor tables are available. Please contact tonya@mdconservatives.com for details.

If interested in media/blogger credentials (space is limited), please contact jjamitis@mdconservatives.com.

The DoubleTree Hotel has set aside overnight rooms at a special conference rate of $99/night for Friday and/or Saturday.If you would like to book a room, please call 1.800.222.8733, and ask for the Conservative Action Network block (group code: CAN).

Online registration is being handled through ShowClix.

Register by December 12 and get the discounted early bird rate of $50!

After December 12 the regular price of $75 takes effect and walk-in registration on January 12 will be $100.

A student rate of $25 is available for anyone with a current high school or college ID!

Visit http://www.mdconservatives.com/ for more details.