08 April 2008

Little America

I have friends up and down the Eastern Seaboard, and for years I’ve dreamed of taking a roadtrip to drop in on each one for a day or two. I’d get to spend time with my beloveds — and have time to myself, the sunroof open, the iPod blaring, the mind relaxing. I love roadtrips.

I’ve long fantasized about following R.E.M. on tour, catching as many shows as I can. I want to dance and sing and be twentysomething again. This may be my last chance — plus, Modest Mouse and The National are opening.

Like a Reese’s Cup, I’m combining two fab wannas into one great trip: The Cup of Coffey 2008 Summer Tour.

Here are the tour details:



B. June 10: Raleigh. Favorite Boy and I are going to this show — and we wouldn’t mind some R.E.M.-loving company.

C. June 11: Washington DC. Evil Genius (or maybe it's Evil Evil Genius) says he may be there with Red or Pezda’s Ghost. We’re trying to get Pistols at Dawn to join us — because I’m convinced he secretly loves R.E.M. and hates Journey. I bet I can get him to shoot for a beer, though.

D. June 13: Boston. After DC, I’ll hop in the car and head to Connecticut and BFF Renae’s house. We’ll work our way up to the Boston show, where The Bastard may join us. Who else wants to dance on Tweeter Center grass with us?

E. June 14: Jones Beach. This is a maybe show. I may decide to crash on Renae’s sofa and have some girl time — unless one or seven of you New York-based bloggers want to meet me at the show.

F. June 18: Philadelphia. This is another maybe show, as my Phillie pal may be across the country on business.

G. June 21: Atlanta. The last night of my tour, appropriately back at home. Scrivener, Swirly Girl, and I have pit tix. It’s gonna be a night of whirling dervishes.

I can promise this will be a night you’ll remember for years … if only to experience Beth in R.E.M. Mode.

I’m getting lawn tickets — which means you can join me if you’re going to be in North Carolina, or DC, or Boston, or New York, or Phillie in June. We’ll dance. Cocktail. Dish and laugh. And enjoy one helluva great show.

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20 Comments:

At 4/08/2008 11:38:00 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

That little Jones Beach stadium has wonderful acoustics, or so the in-laws tell me. I've seen it, but nobody plays the week that I'm there.

 
At 4/09/2008 01:23:00 AM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh how sweet! Nothing says I love a band like taking a road trip for them.

I wish you smooth roads and clean gas station washrooms.

We're planning to take a trip to Washington to see Radiohead this summer, but the spousal unit says we can't also do the Vancouver and Toronto shows. Bummer.

 
At 4/09/2008 06:59:00 AM, Blogger Evil Genius said...

I will probably have Red with me instead of Pezda, but either way I will be +1.

 
At 4/09/2008 08:50:00 AM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

Mais bien sur! Of course I or we will meet up with you, possibly for the show but if not for that for a separate outing. We will talk down & dirty on email!

 
At 4/09/2008 08:54:00 AM, Anonymous HollyC said...

Sounds like a great idea for you. Wonder if they will recognize you in the audience by June 21, maybe call you up on stage or something fun

 
At 4/09/2008 11:34:00 AM, Blogger BeckEye said...

CP and I will try to keep our American Idol feuding to a minimum while you're in town. By then the show will be over so it should be okay.

 
At 4/09/2008 01:45:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

I'll be wherever beer is, but their rock show is a little pricey for my blood. Especially since the most I've ever listened to them is backing Billy Bragg and being covered by Jawbreaker.

 
At 4/09/2008 03:25:00 PM, Blogger SkylersDad said...

Have fun and be sure to dodge he hurricanes!

 
At 4/09/2008 06:00:00 PM, Blogger WDCD/DRFS/aka Sue said...

Coffey...I'll be at the DC show also...I'd love to meet you by one of the many beer carts...LOL!

 
At 4/10/2008 04:58:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

What a great plan for a trip. My family tends to plan everything around volleyball tournaments, it would be great to be something like an REM head instead for one trip.

 
At 4/10/2008 06:04:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

What's wrong with loving REM and Journey???

 
At 4/10/2008 11:28:00 PM, Blogger Eebie said...

Awesome! Can't wait until you make it to the Big Apple! Cheers!

 
At 4/11/2008 01:33:00 AM, Blogger Scott said...

I've been wanting to do something like this for ages! I'm sure you'll have a blast.

 
At 4/11/2008 11:46:00 PM, Blogger chelene said...

I'll skip the show but I totally want to meet you when you're here!!

 
At 4/12/2008 10:58:00 AM, Blogger Mathman6293 said...

Hey, What about those of us who are always here in the ATL?

 
At 4/12/2008 01:04:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

If you make NY, I'd give a shot at making it down to say hey!

 
At 4/15/2008 11:13:00 PM, Blogger thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

I've thought of doing something like this but don't have the guts... or the vacation time. Have fun!

 
At 4/23/2008 11:50:00 AM, Blogger Tony Alva said...

Keep us posted for the Atlanta show. We might try to get tot that one if the price is right!

 
At 5/02/2008 03:07:00 PM, Blogger Red said...

I'm totally psyched! While I'm sure you in R.E.M. mode is a sight to behold and I very much look forward to making your acquaintance, I'm even more excited about getting to see EG see Johnny Marr. If we also get to meet Pistols, that will indeed rock.

 
At 5/06/2008 08:41:00 AM, Blogger bigshoulders said...

Hey Beth,
I'm so slack on my blogging... just got around to seeing this post. I'll be at Walnut Ck. on June 10!

k

 

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