As a kid, my parents were determined to take my brother and me on an out-of-state adventure nearly every summer. These early memories of travel sparked my passion to explore the world, and that eagerness to wander has only grown as I’ve aged. We experienced cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and so many others including Boston… but I was young. I only got a taste of what these cities truly had to offer. It’s, for this reason, why I decided to take a weekend trip to Boston and encounter what the city truly has to offer.
Looking back at the various locations that I have lived over the years I can’t help but have numerous fond feelings for the diverse city of Atlanta. Whether it was the sitting front row of the 3rd base side at a Braves game for only $1 or getting into nearly any concert I wanted to for free, there was always a good time to be had in this city.
This past summer I was able to return to the ATL for a quick, one day trip with the family. Such a short time meant I had to be efficient when deciding what we were going to do, especially since I wanted to hit up so many of my favorites from my time living there. With such a daunting task before me, I felt compelled to make it perfect and I believe I got as near as possible.
If you happen to have caught any of the Good Vibes posts you should be well aware that I am a fan of a wide variety of music. Prior to moving to Thailand I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina which is arguably the best city for live music throughout the entire state. With more venues than any other city in North Carolina as well as being the home to unique music festivals such as Hopscotch Music Festival and World of Bluegrass, Raleigh has cemented itself as the go-to city for concerts in the state. Now that I am back stateside I already have numerous shows to attend and many of them are actually in Raleigh. Below you’ll find some of the best venues that make North Carolina’s capital city a truly special live music hub along with a couple of cheat concert halls that are within driving distance.
With just over two weeks left until I make my first trip back to the States in over a year I cannot help but think of all the American greatness that I have been missing. While in Thailand my taste of home has consisted of ill-prepared “hamburgers”, a CCR CD being played in my cab, a “chili dog” made with Thai chili sauce rather than actual chili, and English songs sung by the worst cover bands imaginable. So without further ado I present the raw badassery of what I will be partaking in during my all to brief visit back to the greatest country on Earth!