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The Garage: April 2016

Hey, NA. It’s been awhile! One of my favorite venues in town is back at it with the Spring & Summer Seasons and I am thankful. It’s a little late (now that it’s June…) but April First Fridays brought in water colors by local artist Hank Ehrenfried. (The opening featured torrential downpours and gusty winds, so the garage door had to be lowered for the first few minutes. Luckily, the storm passed!)

Hank Ehrenfried art

tip jar broke!

Daniel Markham & John Calvin Abney

Music courtesy of Daniel Markham and John Calvin Abney on a rainy & cold April night. (Broken tip jar evidence of gusty winds.)

If you like Simon and Garfunkel //

frances luke accord
…then you’ll love Frances Luke Accord.

Whimsical melodies, sweet harmonies, dreamy lyrics. Interesting rhythms. Beats of rock, harmonies of folk, soul of Americana, creating tight & together songs.

Simon and Garfunkel’s vocals and strings over the decades have made us all weak at the knees. Their sound is America and comfort. For those of us that didn’t grow up in the 60’s and 70’s (raises hand) they make me feel like I’ve been an American for longer than I have, which is pretty weird. They take me to specific times and places. They make personal histories and larger decades of musical soundscapes.

I saw Frances Luke Accord for the first time this past week, at a Garage show here in Charlottesville. They’re touring from Chicago, stopping hundreds of miles from home in our little town. I was struck by their timeless sound after the first song, “Over Your Roof.” The tight harmonies entrance their audience. They bring to mind immediately a younger-blood Simon and Garfunkel.

In case you need any more convincing, I just found this guy too.



P.S. This track tricks me into thinking I’m listening to Chris Thile, so I’m officially an FLA fan now.

Brazos Tacos

So far, this blog has been about art that I encounter and care about. I realize that’ll probably be the majority of my writing. But I also want to start writing about my food encounters too because Charlottesville does boast the most restaurants in America per capita, so why wouldn’t I?? Plus, as you may know, I have a deep love for good tacos.
So I’ve decided right now that this is the appropriate platform for me to share about some amazing tacos I had the other day…you guys.
Brazos Tacos
Brazos Tacos recently opened at IX Art Park in Charlottesville. There are a few taco places in town and they’re all decent, but this first Brazos experience was a game changer.
I personally recommend the two I tried – “Solid” and “This is My Yam.”
I’m telling you. If you’re in town, do it now! You can order online for pickup so no excuses.

xx. Amanda