FHF: Barefoot at the Belmont
My internship has a million perks: Working for an organization I can stand behind, free concerts for passing out some flyers (hello Midlake), in-studios with excellent musicians…but being part of the Barefoot at the Belmont concert series has been the highlight so far. It’s a small venue, can’t hold more than 200 people, but the Belmont Hotel in Dallas is really wicked. It boasts the best skyline of Dallas I’ve ever seen, and I’ve heard quite a few people say that about the hillside hideout where the show is held. It’s an organic experience I can’t really explain. Doesn’t take more than two hours to set up…the band’s involved have all been overly friendly and helpful, and no person is freaking out at the show. There’s no gates, the artist usually walks around shaking hands with almost everyone before they set up…beer and barbeque plus an instant community of about 200 people.
The skyline makes the perfect canvas for photos, although I only had about 3.5 minutes at a time to run around and get them…this is Seryn opening:
and Rhett Miller of the Old 97‘s headlining:
Even though the last half wasn’t music I would necessarily listen to on a regular basis, it was a great vibe out there, and the music fit perfectly. I think a lot of folks would love Seryn too. Very folk/indie vibe with lots of external sounds.
Here’s the venue in all of its panoramic glory:
Isaiah snuck me in some Quizno’s so I didn’t have to pay a whopping $8.00 for a mini-sandwich and a bag of chips…and we enjoyed the show together…bouncing for the VIP section, but having a great evening, soaking up that summer Dallas skyline…and it all goes again in a month!
Try to plan a summer concert this year, picnic or outdoor event with your lovey. Enjoy being overly-sticky-and-hot, forgetting bug spray, tacky hands and stubborn hair. Enjoy it because it’s summer, we’re young and in love, and because we’re not as spoiled about the inside and the A/C as Europe thinks of us.