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Getting Into That Beach Frame of Mind

21 Jun

What’s a beach trip without music? As we all get ready for the upcoming 4th of July celebration, we’re curious what everyone is listening to when lounging on the beach with a cold drink in hand?

I have a collection of songs in a Spotify playlist that I’ve dubbed “Beach Drink” and serves as a good jumping off point when festivities begin for my own liking, but I want to add to it.

Lately for me, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats is a band I can put on and not have to worry about skipping through songs.They’re probably most widely known for their song “S.O.B.”, a song everyone equates to a raucous drinking good time but is actually about Rateliff’s own struggle with sobriety.

My favorite of theirs at the moment is “Howling at Nothing,” a soulful three minute song that feels like something out of the 1960’s.

Other favorites from the playlist below are:

Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That – Robert Randolph & The Family Band
You Don’t Have to Believe Me – Eric Hutchinson
Jackson – Carolina Chocolate Drops

That Beach Feel
At The Beach – The Avett Brothers
Watermelon – Sol Driven Train
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers

Winding down the day/night
El Camino – Amos Lee featuring Willie Nelson
Hold On – Alabama Shakes
The Gardener – The Tallest Man on Earth

What’s that song/band that puts you in beach/drinking mood?


Hot Diggity Dog – Bein’ American…Eatin’ Hot Dogs

3 Jul
I can already hear the rumbling of thunder in the distance, just waiting until you fire up the grill to unleash the rainy fury that no doubt awaits us here in Charlotte this 4th of July. Fortunately, Charlotte provides some great options for grabbing that All-American hot dog and a cold beer without investing all that time and money at the grocery store. Here are a couple of our favorites to consider for the holiday weekend…
JJs-Red-Hots-CharlotteJJ’s Red Hots – www.jjsredhots.com – Charlotte – Partying on the 4th What better way to celebrate America’s birthday, than with JJ’s who’s celebrating their 1 year anniversary on the 4th. JJ’s serves world famous Sahlen’s hot dogs, and has every imaginable topping to take your dog from ordinary to exotic. Music starts at 1 p.m. but the celebration starts when they open at 11 a.m. (never too early for a $1.99 hot dog right?)

A collection of “Dogs of the Week” throughout the year allowed local celebs to create their own concoction and make it available to the public. While I didn’t get to try them all, the one that had me regretting I didn’t get a second one upon pulling out of the driveway – Kaiser’s Revenge (OMB Copper beer cheese, fried jalapenos, onion rings, and rocket sauce) – by Ryan Self of The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. I’m not sure if the weekly dogs will be available tomorrow, but it never hurts to ask. Continue reading
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