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FHF: Barefoot at the Belmont

June 4, 2010
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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.

This month’s show had Rhett Miller and Seryn (local, Denton band).

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.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2010 1:38 pm

    Wow – what a view! That sounds super fun.

    We try to capitalize on all sorts of outdoor, sweaty, all-night-and-then-the-lightning bugs-come-out events over the summer around here. Concerts in the park just a few blocks from our apartment, once a week every week in August that everyone brings blankets, picnics, booze (the one time it’s allowed). This week is actually Philly Beer Week and I’m making sure I hit up all block parties and outdoor concert activities (altho with over 1,000 events planned for the week, I’m hoping I even make it to 5% of them!). And of course tons of cultural festivals down by the water front.

    Man I heart summer fun!

  2. June 4, 2010 2:37 pm

    The last part is great advice 🙂 We will surely follow that one.

    Love that he snuck in some Quizno’s for you. You guys are way cute and reeking of young summer loveliness. OMG. Couple crush!

    Ooohhh… and I love me some twangy folksy-indie stuff. How awesome you got to see them in such a beautiful setting. If you ever get some Dallas Green up in that joint, save me a seat and some Quizno’s!

  3. June 4, 2010 3:09 pm

    @Suzanne: that sounds like tons of fun! Barefoot at the Belmont is once per month in Dallas…and I LOVE it! Soak up that summer fun though!

    @Angie: Definitely! Awww thanks, you’re too sweet! I do too, really…what folksy/indie bands do you love? The Barefoot at the Belmont series has been a Dallas tradition, but KXT just took it over this year and they’re doing a great job, eh? I love the vibe and everything, it makes for a great evening.

    Maybe TMI for the web, but my wisdom teeth are here and screaming, so I had to leave early, wahhhh. Next month: beginning to end Joe Pug.

  4. June 4, 2010 7:18 pm

    aw old 97s! I met Rhett Miller a couple years ago at a show. He has a gold tooth and we talked about Dave Foley!

  5. June 5, 2010 7:57 am

    @Lisa: He was really sweet, he was like walking around shaking all the guests’ hands and everything. It was really neat. I saw a bunch of like DIE-HARD fans there too, freakin out just a little bit.

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