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It's all happening - I'm going to Bonnaroo

Me and Jamestown Revival, who will be in Madison Tuesday night. They��
You know how sometimes something seems too good to be true? A few weeks ago I learned that yes- sometimes it can be true. I entered the Triple M Bonnaroo Backstage Blogger contest and never thought I would win. I mean, there must be thousands of people who would enter.

Luck must have been on my side because Wednesday morning my friend Jason and I are headed to Tennessee for four days of music and camping.

You may be wondering why I signed up for the contest. First of all, I like music. I try to get to a show at least once a month. It can be a local band, regional group or a national touring act. Basically, the joy of seeing live music keeps me going to shows. I can have fun whether I am there with a friend or alone, although let’s face it; you’re never really alone when you’re at a concert.

I also wanted to take a vacation. I’ll be taking off five days from work for Bonnaroo. Everyone needs a vacation and the last time I took a trip was last year and that was a day-trip to Chicago.

But mostly, it’s about the music.

Since May 22, when I learned I won the contest, I have been researching who was performing. Let’s just say, the list was a bit overwhelming. Thankfully I made a decision that I was going pick four can’t miss acts – Jake Bugg, The Avett Brothers, Elton John and Jack White. If you haven’t listened to Jake Bugg I highly recommend it. He’s from across the pond and puts out some great music.

And Elton John – I mean what can be said that already hasn’t been? Personally, I hope for a giant Tiny Dancer sing-along among the crowd.

There are a few other events I would like to check out while there like Craig Robinson at the Comedy Tent and the 2 a.m. showing of the original Friday the 13th.

People say Bonnaroo is a marathon so I hope I can avoid my desire to see everything the fest offers. I want to remain laid back and just go with the flow. And get some amazing pictures to share with as many people as possible.

Since we’re camping I’ve gone into over-prepared mode. Some people might just grab a tent, some essentials and be done with it. I’m more like ‘hey, I better pack this because I just might need it.’  Thankfully, my parents had most of the camping supplies. When I was  a teenager my family started going camping in tents. In the last 15 years we changed from tents to a pop-up camper. I’m guessing I’ll probably be a bit uncomfortable but who needs a mattress when you’re going to be too tired from a day of fun to worry about comfort.

Even as a write this, I can’t believe it’s actually happening. I’ve been counting down the days but I’m still not convinced this is real. Is it possible for one person to be this lucky?

So big thanx to Triple M for sending me to Tennessee. Now, time to finish packing (and double checking) and trying to get through two days of work before I leave on my adventure.

Photo: Me and Jamestown Revival, who will be in Madison Tuesday night. They’re also going to Bonnaroo to perform.


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06/09/2014 9:03AM
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06/09/2014 10:53AM
Congrats and have fun!
Hey Amber, I just wanted to let you know that your blog is very well written! I can't wait to hear about all your adventures in Tennessee. --Kitty
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