This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Friday, June 01, 2012
Kathy, Dakota & Patrick
Kathy & Dakota
I travel, I always take care to check out the entertainment options that are
available while I am there, I was thrilled to discover that one of my favorite
new bands was going to play a pair of shows at one of my favorite small venues
in Indianapolis, Radio Radio in Fountain Square. The Lumineers are fresh off
releasing their first amazing CD and have already been hailed by the likes of
Esquire Magazine, NPR, Paste Magazine and others as a band to watch. Their
self-titled CD, “The Lumineers” has been on heavy rotation since I first heard
it a couple of months ago.
Pat & Dakota
knowing what our exact schedule was, I wisely purchased tickets to both shows
at Radio Radio, figuring I would offer any extras to friends once our schedule
was finalized. It was a good thing that I did because both shows quickly sold
out and we ended up going to see both shows and even a surprise additional
third gig as well.
I was excited about seeing the Lumineers, our friend Dakota was really, really
excited. She flew in to join us for the Indy 500 festivities on Thursday night,
one night after Kathy had arrived and we met her at the airport along with my
nephew Pat and went straight over to Fountain Square for dinner and then the
show. We had dinner and drinks at Revolution, a Mexican beer and tequila bar
just across the street from the venue then headed over just in time for the first
song by the opening act, Houndmouth.
Kathy & Pat
am so glad we didn’t miss their set, they were fantastic. Sometimes you see a
band and just know that they have a bright future and I am always excited to
discover great new bands. Check out the video below to get a taste of
Houndmouth and don’t forget you heard of them here first.
Lumineers show was as awesome as I expected, they played basically every song
from their CD as well as a couple of new songs and a couple of fantastic covers
including Dylan’s, “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and Levon Helm’s “The Weight”.
Even though the show was sold out, Radio Radio does a nice service by not
overselling tickets like so many venues do, so it was easy to slide up to the
front row and even to leave and get drinks was no problem at all.
Kathy & Pat
Pat & Dakota
some lucky twist of fate, I somehow won two passes to a special private gig by
the Lumineers that was held Friday afternoon at the Do317 Lounge in front of
only 25 invited guests that was to be filmed and recorded for XM Radio. The
tiny intimate cool hipster lounge was located just up the street and we
initially had planned for just Dakota & I to go in while Kathy waited, but
as my luck would have it, it turns out that my buddy Brian just happened to
have built and designed the lounge and not only got Kathy in as well, but
scored us seats in the dead center of the front row for the intimate, acoustic
set which was followed by a meet and great with the band who we were seemingly
already long lost friends having hung out the previous night. It was so awesome
Shannon, Ted, Eli, Dakota & Kathy
Eli, Michael, Ted & Brian
much so that we were back at Radio Radio for the second night (also sold out),
this time my good friends Eli, Ted & Shannon all joined us as well. Before
attending the show, we all met for dinner at the Libertine Liquor bar,
purveyors of excellent cocktails and food. The place is exactly the reason why
Indianapolis is enjoying the resurgence that it has for the past few years.
Sophisticated, stylish and with exquisite cocktails and food, it was an
excellent meal with five of my all-time favorite people in the world.
The Lumineers- “Stubborn
show that night was another stellar one and despite it being our third show in
24 hours, the band still held my interest and was at least equally as
enjoyable. Dakota preferred this show, which found them including a cool
Talking Heads cover as well. All in all it was a fantastic group of shows from
a wonderful young band, one that you will no doubt be hearing more of in the
years to come.
night after the conclusion of the Pole Day qualifying at the Indianapolis motor
Speedway and operating on no sleep in over thirty-six hours, I was off to meet
my friends Jody, Amanda, Stephanie and Kristi for our annual dinner. For the
past five years or more, we have made it a tradition to get together and to go
to dinner someplace fun and catch up with each other. We have all been friends
for thirty years or more and I always look forward to hanging out. Usually we
are also joined by our friend Laura as well, but apparently she has a new
boyfriend and was otherwise occupied. Hopefully she’ll be back next year.
Jody pining for Mike
Jody, Kristi & Stephanie
started out at Jody’s house with a few drinks then walked (sorry Amanda) over
to the nearby Mama Carolla’s restaurant along the Monon Trail for a yummy
dinner. Our friend Mike was working as a bartender and somehow free shots kept
appearing at our table, which made the dinner all that much more fun. We ended
up hanging out there until Mike got off work and we all headed over to Twenty
Tap the wonderful craft beer bar that our friends Tracy & Kevin opened last
Michael & Kristi
was a great night of hanging, drinking and sharing stories from the past and
present. One time a year is not really enough, but I am thrilled that my
friends keep making the effort to spend time with me while I am in
Indianapolis. I am so fortunate to have such amazing friends and to have them
still a part of my life after all this time.
was only slightly bleary the next morning after a few hours of actual sleep
when I headed back out to the Speedway for the Bump Day (or second day
qualifying). Technically since there were exactly 33 car and driver
combinations entered there was no real possibility of bumping, so I just
watched the additional 9 starters make their runs and qualify for the field. It
was another spectacular May afternoon at the track and was much more casual
than the previous day.
was also Armed Forces Day which meant they held the annual induction ceremony
prior to the start of qualifying. I watched the ceremony as Indiana Senator Richard
Lugar inducted seventy-five young men and women into all five branches of the
military. It was a pretty cool thing to see. Hopefully these young people will
all complete an honorable and safe service to our country.
Senator Richard Lugar
Jean Alesi & Arie Luyendyk
had to leave the Speedway a little early in order to head downtown to Banker’s
Life Fieldhouse to catch game four of the NBA play-off series between the Miami
Heat and the hometown Indiana Pacers. My friend Andy had scored me a coveted
ticket in the Legend’s Suite that came with free catered food and free booze in
addition to awesome first row of the upper level seats. Not bad at all.
Pacers who have not made it out of the first round of the Play-offs since the
notorious brawl in Detroit have a great young team and were actually up in the
series 2-1 going in to this game to the favored Heat. I had somewhat of a split
allegiance, having been raised a huge Pacer fan, but now living in South
Florida, but being at home I could not help but cheer for the Pacers. Things
looked good with them until a total collapse in the third quarter and massive
efforts by Lebron James (40 points) and Dwayne Wade (30 points) won the game
for the Heat 101-93.
was a ton of fun though and there is nothing quite like the crazy atmosphere at
an NBA play-off game. Thanks Andy for hooking me up. After the game, I actually
headed back to my sister Michele’s house where I was staying for the week. By coincidence,
my mother was also in town from her home in North Carolina, judging some kind
of art thing for the Broad Ripple Art Fair and visiting friends.
Fritz, Marta, Michele & Lolly
joined her, Michele and her friends Fritz and Lolly for lunch at Flatwater
Restaurant on the canal in Broad Ripple for a great lunch with some long, long
time family friends. Fritz and Lolly have been friends since well before I was
born and it was yet another opportunity to catch up and enjoy their company.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.