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Catalpa Music Festival in NYC: The Black Keys & Dancin’ the Night Away

29 Jul

Yesterday, my sister and I went to Catalpa Music Festival where the oh so lovely The Black Keys performed. Despite the rain, the energy was high and it was quite the experience. Music Festivals like Catalpa tend to attract a really interesting crowd of people, and even just walking laps around the festival grounds (exercise!) and seeing the sites, so to speak, was fascinating.

The Catalpa Stage early in the day

They had a “Taste of New York” going on with lots of local food stands around. Everything from Crumbs Bakery, delicious local pizza, tacos, falafel, and much more. And, of course, lots of beer. There were three stages as well as some interactive exhibits. The reggae stage was always a lot of fun and we saw a couple of other bands that put on some good shows. Umphrey’s McGee and Hercules and Love Affair are two that stuck out for me. We totally rocked out to TV on the Radio and then waited anxiously for the Black Keys who went on from 9:30-11pm. We were right on the front row just a little to the side, and were able to see pretty well despite being so short. Their set was fantastic. They played a good mix of “oldies but goodies” as Dan (lead vocalist and guitarist) put it and some hits from their most recent albums.

The Black Keys perform at Catalpa on July 28th

I know you’re probably thinking what does this have to do with accountability? Well, I’ll tell you.  We all know life is short. You have to do the things you enjoy. For me, that’s dancing to The Black Keys on a rainy Saturday summer night in New York City. Ohhhh yes.