Higher Grounds

On April 20th (yes, 4/20) we headed to Pozo Saloon for the Higher Grounds music festival

The Poster for Higher Grounds

The Poster for Higher Grounds

The only performers we wanted to see at Higher Grounds were Yelawolf and Travis Barker, who were performing together, and they weren’t scheduled to go on until 6:05. Since we weren’t thrilled with the rest of the line up we decided to take our time getting to the concert since once we went in we were stuck in there.
Despite our best efforts we ended up getting there earlier than we would have liked. We had four hours before Yealwolf and Travis Barker were to hit the stage. Even worse, the first thing I heard when we walked up to a stage was, “We are running a little behind schedule.”
We wandered around the festival for a bit just to see what we could see. We were bored but really trying to make the best of the situation. Things got better when Vokab Kompany came on stage. They were a band that we were happy we were there early enough to discover. You should head over to their website or Facebook and check them out too.  Even more exciting; I found out today that they will be playing in at a local venue on May 3rd! We will be going to that concert for sure!
After Vokab Kompany was Rappin’ 4-Tay, which we enjoyed as well. After that the main stage was set up for Yelawolf and Travis Barker. A reggae band set up on the 2nd stage and took FOREVER to get started. I swear they stood up there and talked and handed out give-a-ways for what seemed like hours. They finally got started and we knew once they were done we would get to see what we came for…or so we thought. I was so excited when they announced it was their last song and finished up. Yela & Travis were going to be on stage soon. I even saw them walk across the backstage area and got super excited. Then over at the 2nd stage the MC started introducing another band.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
We wanted to cry. We were sun burned, hungry, tired (tired of standing, tired of waiting, tired of people being too close), and getting cranky from all of those things. We sat down in the grass and waited for yet another band to get thru their set.
Finally it was really time for Travis Barker & Yelawolf. They walked on stage and I was so excited. This was our second time seeing Yelawolf but the first time seeing Travis Barker. Travis Barker is AMAZING on drums. I already knew this, but when you see it live, there are no words for it. The man will blow you away. His performance alone was worth waiting 4 hours for and getting terrible sunburns. Yelawolf was the icing on the cake. They performed all the Psycho White tracks as well as quite a few of Yelawolf’s music. It was an awesome performance.
I wasn’t sure if they were allowing cameras into the event so I just stayed on the safe side and left all the cameras in the car. The only pictures I took in Pozo were the three below. That’s ok, sometimes it is nice to just enjoy everything and not capture it all on film. Although in this case, a camera WOULD have made the time go by faster.

Beautiful tree at Pozo Saloon.

Beautiful tree at Pozo Saloon.

Parking lot of Pozo Saloon for Higher Grounds.

Parking lot of Pozo Saloon for Higher Grounds.

Another view from our car at Pozo Saloon.

Another view from our car at Pozo Saloon.

Week in Review

I took Monday and Tuesday off last week.  The band Viva Le Vox was coming into town and they usually stay at our house so I wanted to be able to visit with them more than I normally get to.  They didn’t end up staying with me, so the days off turned into days to get things done.  Monday I got the gym out of the way early and then worked on blog stuff and ran a few other errands.  Monday night I went to Audies to see Viva le Vox and Joe Buck play.

Viva le Vox

Viva le Vox

You can see more pictures from Monday night on my Theme Thursday post from last week.

Tuesday I got to sleep in & had a dentist appointment to go to (Lacy went on Monday) then got a few more errands ran that I needed to take care of.  Lacy got some stuff posted on line, I however had done nothing so far this week to make progress for our trip.

Wednesday – Nothing exciting to report.  Posted some stuff to E-bay and Lacy posted some stuff to Facebook and Amazon.

Hello??  Did anyone see my Thursday?  I swear it was just here a second ago.  No?  Oh well, guess we will just move on to Friday.  I went home Thursday evening, made dinner, ate and watched an episode of Fringe.  I woke up in the dark living room with bird sitting on his perch going, “boop boop boop” really quietly.  Guess I was tired and needed a nap!

Friday –  Lacy and I both struggled thru the work day.  We were excited to get out of town for the weekend and couldn’t wait for quitting time.  When we finally got off work  we packed up our stuff and drove to Atascadero and spent the night at Motel 6.  I know, I know, so much build up to just drive to Atascadero to stay in a Motel 6.  The real fun came on Saturday.

Saturday – We attended the Higher Grounds Music Festival at Pozo Saloon.  We got out to the festival around 2pm and stayed until Yelawolf and Travis Barker played (they were who we were there to see).  I’ll have a post up tomorrow with much more details about our Higher Grounds experience.  Before the concert we drove around Atascadero exploring and found a cool little cafe to eat at.  They served my veggie omelet and home fried with a small piece of fried chicken, but  I told the waitress that I was going to just pretend that I didn’t see it and get over it.  I really wanted those potatoes.  We even went to the Atascadero Lake & Park and walked around for awhile.  After the concert we stopped in San Luis for some food and headed out to find a hotel in Morro Bay.

Sunday – Sunday we got up and went hiking at the Montaña de Oro State Park and the Morro Bay State Park before heading back home.  I will have posts about both of these places up by Wednesday (hopefully).  I may even throw in a little bit about our time in Atascadero.  It was a fun weekend.  We tried to get in as many activities as we could before we had to come home.  We knew we weren’t going to have many more trips out of town until our life turns into one big trip in July.

We may not have gotten a lot of stuff accomplished toward our goal of traveling in July, but we did get to hear some great music and have a lot of fun this week!

Make sure you check back all week for updated on this past weekend and don’t forget about Theme Thursday.  I captured some great shots on our hike for that one!