Road trip and Little Big Town

This was the weekend of Celebrate Fairfax (always held the week after the Herndon Festival), and there were a couple acts I wouldn’t have minded seeing. Live was playing Friday, but it was scorching hot out and I didn’t feel like fighting the rush hour traffic to get over there. Jill had turned on the ac the night before (for the second time this year), so it was nice to go grocery shopping, and come home to a nice cool house, not to mention our brand new fridge. One problem – I thought the fridge came with an icemaker. Nope, comes with a place for the icemaker, which confused the installers as well. So I ordered an installer, express delivery since I have not been able to get the water line the old icemaker was hooked up to to stop dripping. I grilled some stuffed steak and made a salad before I went upstairs to finish helping Jill on her project.

Saturday we were up early so when my sister got there we’d be read to go, but all of us were running late, and we left almost an hour later than planned. No worries, we got to Broadway right on time for our bag lunch, with Dad, and his friends Patricia, Don and Bill. Dad has a number of antique cars, two of them being Muntz Jets (one was just used for parts). This was part of a weekend for Muntz enthusiasts he had put together, and after the lunch we strolled over to the cars. Only three had made it to the show (and Dad’s was barely running), but they looked great. Dad’s was a bright shade of lavender, “same color as Paris Hilton’s panties” said his friend Bill – we neglected to ask him how he knew. After we chatted with all the Muntz owners, we went across the street to Francesco’s, an Italian restaurant. We got drinks and chatted for a while, then went to check out the new Heritage Park (and watched a snake catch and eat a fish). Before we left Sharon took pictures, and I took these pics while she did:

We drove back, and I napped a little. If I’d wanted to see Eddie From Ohio at Celebrate Fairfax they went on at 3, and we didn’t get back until 5:30. Sharon had things to do, so she took off, and I watched some Genesis music while Jill ran out. Later I made some buffalo chicken nuggets and spinach for dinner, then she read as I watched a Genesis documentary (their tour kicks off tomorrow, even though they won’t get here until September). We were both pretty beat and went to bed early.

This morning I was up early, so I got an early start on things, and finished all my paper reading before I was due to head out to Celebrate Fairfax. Today’s headliner was Little Big Town. I first heard of them through a Lefsetz rant, but then I saw them with Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham on CMT Crossroads and I was hooked. I’m a a fan of harmonies, not just Beatle like, but also the country tinged sounds of the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. And this group has it – I think they’re classified as country because that’s the only way they can get on the radio these days (where would you put the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac if they were just starting out?).

Anyway I stopped at Home Depot on the way over to pick up some things, then headed in to their first song. They played all their singles, along with a choice selection of covers: “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (Tom Petty & Stevie NIcks), “Stuck In The Middle With You” (Stealers Wheel), “Go Your Own Way” (Fleetwood Mac) and “Heartache Tonight” (Eagles). A great show, but it did slow down a bit in the middle, and I took the chance to hustle over to the acoustic stage and catch a little bit of Folk Rock Taking Over, John Ireland’s side project that I hadn’t seen before.

I headed home after the show and finally got some deck time (I know I’d been outside at the festival but it wasn’t the same). I was reading some Fantastic Four comics – deciding which ones to keep before I do an auction next weekend. I was outside so long it started getting dark, and that was the signal to pop the burgers and dogs I’d been defrosting on the grill. I made a salad to go with them, then we ate, and I’ve been surfing since. Now to go check out the Soprano finale!