Highlights from @HopscotchFest #Hopscotch17 #VisitRaleigh |A #soNCsavvy Recap by SobeSavvy.com

This past weekend, SobeSavvy.com was out and about in Downtown Raleigh for Hopscotch Music Festival. If you saw my recap from last year Hopscotch 2016, then you know this is a fun festival for music lovers that is not to be missed!

Official Guide 2017 Hopscotch Music Festival           

This year for #Hopscotch17, there were 120 Bands and Four Days of shows playing at the large outdoor main stages in Raleigh City Plaza, Red Hat Amphitheater, but also perfomances at The Basement inside the Raleigh Comvention Center plus day parties at the local clubs/bars. The festival features music for everyone in almost every genre: rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic and more! For me, that’s what makes Hopscotch unique because it’s not genre based and does not cater to one specific type of music. It appeals to those of us who believe music is universal and all are welcome to enjoy it in the city of Raleigh!

Hopscotch Festival partners with Visit Raleigh to put on an amazing 4 Day Music Festival   

Downtown Raleigh and its many venues makes this the perfect place for this festival because once you park your car, you can literally just “hopscotch” all around downtown and take in the acts. We downloaded their fantastic interactive app that allows users to customize their own music festival acts they want to see. 

Sort by venue or performer ,open up a calendar and set reminders for who, what, where,when to go see your fave artists on the HOPSCOTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL App

I decided to share our highlights on Hopscotch 2017 based on the venues and the people, performances and festival fun we saw at each place. Take a look and I hope you are inspired to go next year!

Raleigh CONVENTION CENTER (Wristband City, The Basement, Official Merch, & Flatstock) 

#Hopscotch17 | Inside the Convention Center

The Convention Center serves as the command center (in my opinion) for the festival. Here is where the festival fun begins after you pick up your wristbands from Wristband City (which allows you entry to see acts at all the venues). This is also the place where you can buy swag from the official Merch Market or even a cool piece of poster art from Flatstock. Hopscotch made great use of the convention center by creating a new venue space called ‘The Basement‘. An Exhibit Hall was transformed into a indoor club with a cool vibe complete with two full bars, a great sound system and plenty of dance space. Here is where we saw performances from Har Mar Superstar, Lee Fields and the Expressions and Kaytranada.  Watch a video recap >>here<< of their performances and if you want to see more photos, check out my facebook album

#Hopscotch17 | Friday Night in ‘The Basement’

CITY PLAZA

#Hopscotch17 Snapchat Filter + City Plaza

Just a couple of blocks over from the Convention Center at 400 Block Fayetteville was the City Plaza stage venue. They had all sorts of vendors/booths to buy and sample food and drinks. We had some great samples of IPA beer at the Goose Island Tent to get our party started!

#Hopscotch17 | Beer Sampling at City Plaza

On Friday, we saw Future Islands ,who hails from my hometown of Baltimore,Md. They are a synthpop band whose performance in 2014 on The Late Night Show w/David Letterman gave them national exposure and a expanded fan base. They rocked the plaza with their energy and passion! 

#Hopscotch17 | Future Islands at City Plaza

Saturday we returned to City Plaza for Big Boi hailing from A-T-L Georgia! The now iconic group OutKast was the soundtrack of my younger years, so I was very excited to see one half of that dynamic duo. He was joined by producer Sleepy Brown, who is a great artist in his own right. He ran thru a medley of OutKast hits like “So Fresh and Clean”, “Rosa Parks” and “Ms. Jackson” to name a few. Big Boi has not lost a step since their heyday. He rocked the mic as the hip hop legend that he is. Many of us rapped along to every lyric and turned the City Plaza venue into one big outdoor hip hop party!  

#Hopscotch17 | Big Boi, along with Sleepy Brown, performs

See video clips of the performances by Future Islands and Big Boi at City Plaza >>here.

LENOIR STREET PARTY

#Hopscotch17 | Ice Cream Competition + Food Drive + Lenoir Street Party

Hopscotch’s inaugural Lenoir Street Party was not only fun, but family-friendly. We went on Saturday for the Ice Cream Competition, which was held Saturday, September 9 from 1 – 5 p.m. at Gate 3 of Red Hat Amphitheater. The event was sponsored by the Carolina Hurricanes and their Homegrown Series which focuses on local artists, apparel designers, chefs, and musicians. The Winners were:

  • Lumpy’s..won for Best Regular Ice Cream
  • Mama Birds..won for Best Vegan    
  • Maple View ..won for Best Gluten Free! (I had some of their ‘Wolfpack Praline’ and it was soooooo good! Trophy worthy!

#Hopscotch17 Ice Cream Competition

The Lenoir Street Party which ran all weekend, was also where Hopscotch ran their 2017 Food Drive. Inter-Faith Food Shuttle offered $5 off festival apparel and a chance to win 2018 VIP passes with a non-perishable food item donation. This food drive also featured a life-sized cartoon art installation and can sculpture by Paul Friedrich, all sponsored by Coastal Credit Union.

#Hopscotch17 Food Drive

Beer & Wine, Spirits sampling booths were there but our daughter #outandaboutAva had the most fun traveling back in time to try 3 soda flavors of 1893 from the makers of Pepsi Cola and crafted in the Carolinas. We got some cool wooden like sunglasses and enjoyed some photo booth fun!  Lots of interactive tents and food trucks made this a great way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon.

#Hopscotch17 | #1893PepsiCola Photo Booth Fun with #outandaboutAva + her Nana + her Dad

RED HAT AMPHITHEATER

#Hopscotch17 Venue Red Hat Amphitheater 

Red Hat Amphitheater is Raleigh’s premier outdoor concert venue and this is where headlining act Solange set the stage ablaze with her stellar performance! Solange had what I like to call the album of the summer. Entitled “A Seat At The Table”, this album features songs filled with affirmations of self love, positive messages and healing.

#Hopscotch17 Snapchat Filter + Solange

Her show combined what Hopscotch is all about: Music & Design . Her entire band and backup singers dressed in red gave us a what look and felt like a solar experience!

#Hopscotch17 Solange and her band

#Hopscotch17 Solange gives Raleigh a Solar Eclipse

#Hopscotch17 | Solange sings her hit ‘Cranes in the Sky’

She sang a good portion of her Grammy award winning album and also a few of her classics from her earlier albums. “Cranes In the Sky and “Don’t Touch My Hair” were fan favs. Her self choreography was a combo of soul/funk moves with a dash of disco. It was almost retro in it’s feeling and felt totally authentic and free, as seen here in my Instagram video:

Definition of Art : Solange @hopscotchfest #Hopscotch17 #hopscotchfest

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She took all in attendance on a ride and none of us wanted to get off.

See youtube video recap of Solange >>here << and thank you for reading. Bravo to Hopscotch Music Festival for another wonderful year!

Need a #ValentinesDay gift idea? Visit @townofapex #PinotsPalette art studio to Paint, Drink, Have Fun!

Looking for the perfect night out? Well Pinot’s Palette , a newly opened paint & sip studio in Apex, NC is the perfect place to disconnect to reconnect. 

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to learn what it is like to be in their studio painting, drinking and having fun. I chose to attend a lovely painting event called “Paris Rendezvous” for several reasons: Paris is one of me favorite cities, the colors of black/white/red would fit perfect in my bedroom, and my cousin who has an upcoming birthday this month happens to be named Paris! I thought this would be a great girls night out.  

Paris Rendezvous is one of their “Paint and Sip” events. I was invited by the owners to come experience what they have to offer. You pay a flat fee for a 2 or 3 hour event. They supply everything you need to make your own personal masterpiece. The canvas, paints and brushes. There is a expert artist to guide guests through every aspect of the portrait of the day.

A novice like myself was very relieved to know I would have someone to hold my hand through the whole process. The paintings change depending on the event and date. This week it was to paint a Parisian scene. Two lovers gazing at the Eiffel Tower in a rain shower was the objective. We were shown what the finished painting should look like and followed the artist who was front and center to guide us.

My nerves were soothed also by the wide selections of wines they have on sale for a nominal price. Reds and Whites. Sweet wines and dry and everything in between. They also have a great beer menu for those that prefer suds over grapes.

The expert artist never once made anyone in attendance feel less than adequate for their painting {or lack thereof} skills. It was lighthearted and fun. The studio had excellent lighting and I actually managed to being home a painting that I felt proud to hang in my home office. It will make for an excellent conversation piece.

Pinot’s Palette is the perfect place for date night, family night or for hosting a private corporate team building event !

Ever wanted to paint ? Do you enjoy wine ? This is THE place for a unique outing that produces results !

 

Click link to experience Pinot’s Palette:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=0isuvcW_v9c&app=desktop

Savvy Tip: Receive a special offer to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your best friends and receive $10 off your reservation! Visit www.pinotspalette.com and use code VDAY-SCFRCC at checkout*

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Enjoy these photos from yesterday’s event and be inspired to reserve your date!

@MaksimC @IamValC Dance Dreams Come True @DPAC #OurWayTour #maksandvaltour RECAP #soNCsavvy

MAKS & VAL LIVE ON TOUR: OUR WAY came to DPAC last night for their 29th show with their all-new sizzling theatrical 50 city dance tour! 

Brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, the hottest stars of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, brought to life the show they have dreamed about since childhood ! This show combines an honest and unfiltered narrative of their life story, with the world class dancing, creativity and passion they are
known for.  Collaborating with the greatest choreographers in the business
and supported by a cast of fellow dance professionals, the show was full of surprises! For example, did you know Val was a classically trained violinist? For those who did not know, he showcases his musical skills alongside his dancing skills during the show. That was quite a surprise to me! 

Due to sacrifices made for family Val shared that his brother Maks never went to prom, but he did last night! That was a highlight of thw ahow when a lucky fan from the audience got  a chance to dance her dreams with Maks last night! Here are a few pics from that fun moment! 

Maksim Chmerkovskiy commented, “Val and I have pushed each other to be better dancers every day since we were kids, and this show will fulfill a lifetime dream to perform on the same stage together across the country.  We want to connect with our audience and take the performance to a whole new level.  There will be no holding back on this tour.”

“The essence of this show will be
the story of two brothers and the passion we have for life, family, opportunity
and, of course, dance,” said Valentin Chmerkovskiy. “It will be the most honest we’ve ever been to an audience. We want to entertain with incredible
choreography and inspire while sharing our story, our way.”
  

Maks & Val Live On Tour: Our Way is Co-Choreographed, Co-Produced and
Co-Created by the 2 brothers making this truly a family affair! This amazing , broadway quality show was well produced and as promised, was personal and reflective . They showed us how they are living their American Dream and thanked us for bring apart of it.

Thank you Maks and Val for your dedication and devotion to dance. Your emotional performances were inspiring. I personally loved every minute of it and believe all in attendance did too! For up to date information and to purchase tickets, go to MaksandValTour.com.

Here is a bit of what you missed last night, as seen on the scene by SobeSavvy.com ! Enjoy! 

#ourwaytour #Dancers ! #workworkworkworkwork #10000hours @maksandvaltour @dpacnc #SobeSavvy #soNCsavvy

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View more photos from last night on the red carpet at DPAC at www.flickr.com/photos/dpacnc ! 
  

The Light in the Piazza Shines Bright @NCartmuseum #NCMA presented by @TheatreRaleigh thru 7/14

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing performing arts amongst art as Theatre Raleigh partnered with NCMA to present “The Light in the Piazza”. 

Based on Chapel Hill resident Elizabeth Spencer’s novella, the Tony Award–winning musical centers on a chance meeting between Clara, a childlike young woman who travels from Winston-Salem to the “land of naked marble boys” aka Italy with her mother, and Fabrizio, a handsome Florentine. The Light in the Piazza takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson (Judy McLane), the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara (Hilary Maiberger). While sightseeing, Clara, a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman, loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli (Conor Ryan), a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As The Light in the Piazza unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own hopes as well.

Bravissimo! to Eric Woodall, Director and the cast/crew for doing an amazing job of transporting the audience to Italy by way of stories, statues and stellar performances! Theatre Raleigh is known for its intimate and invigorating presentations, so partnering with NCMA to bring this musical love story to life and staging it amid the beautiful Italian and ancient Roman sculpture in the Museum’s Classical Court was brilliant! 

If you are in RALEIGH, NC, this show is a must see!  July 6-10 (all performances sold out *as of 7/6/16 , a few seats have been released and on the day of each performance, just 10 standing room tickets will be made available on Theatre Raleigh’s website for just $20) and July 11-14 (the 14th is sold out).  Tickets are $32.50 adults and $30.50 senior/student/military. NCMA members $27.50- $30 adults and $28 senior/student/military and are available at http://www.theatreraleigh.com. Group rates available by calling the box office – 919-832-9997. Be sure to check out Theatre Raleigh 2016 Hot Summer Night Series to see what other performances are happening this summer before it sells out! 

Here are a few pictures captured prior to the performance/during intermission ..enjoy! 

#OutandaboutAva Creates #kidsart at #Mommyandme #Art Class @Artopia_Raleigh #Artopia #FamilyFun #Raleigh~#soNCsavvy Recap

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My daughter loves art. All kinds of art. I told my husband I wanted to take our little one to a real art studio so she could experience art in a classic but fun age oriented atmosphere. I live near a place called Artopia in North Raleigh.http://www.artopia-raleigh.com/. They offer all sorts of art classes for all age groups. Summer art camp programs and adult oriented art programs in the evenings.

I always would drive by and see the different programs they have highlighted on their billboard. One day I saw they had a “Mommy and Me Class” on Fridays between 9:30-10:30am http://www.artopia-raleigh.com/Programs/mommy-and-me/. It just so happened to be Ava’s birthday weekend so this was perfect. So we attended Friday’s Mommy and Me Art Class. It was a great way to have some mommy and me fun with her and we got to take home a frame-able piece of art that both her and I created. We call the project “Ava’s Autumn”. All the material used are non toxic and safe for children so that was a plus.

Their website states “.. Projects will include finger painting, chalk art, arts and crafts, and much more! You will go home with a frame-able piece of art that both you and your child created. It is held on Fridays from 9:30-10:30 am \ Ages 0-4 Sign up now and enjoy a great experience of art and connection”

We were greeted by their pleasant staff and led to the space where the class was held. It was bright, airy and loft like. The project of the day was to do a painting to represent the fall season. The instructor gave us a myriad of fall like color choices to be used.

They supplied all the materials and direction. Ava {with a little help from me !}used brown, orange, reds and whites to make falling leaves, barren trees and soil.

The instructor quizzed Ava on her knowledge of primary colors and she passed {with flying colors !}. The instructor/student interaction was lovely and engaging. The finished product ended up on Ava’s bedroom wall where she proudly shows it off to any visitors. Mommy and me gets two hands up !

Artopia is a great space for kids birthday parties and events. Call them at (919) 307-8144 for details and plan your party today.

Here are some pictures from our day at Artopia !

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#SobeSavvy Basks in The “LIGHT” presented by #Miami #ContemporaryDance Company #MiamiCDC @MiamiCDC @ColonyTheatreMB @LincolnRoadMall

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Moving
Seek for it
Run to it
Love it
Embrace it
Feel it
“Light”
A celebration of the music of Kevin Keller and the creative relationship shared with Ray Sullivan, Miami Contemporary Dance Company’s Artistic Director.

On Friday, Feb. 6 at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road, I joined other dance performance art lovers to the premiere of Miami Contemporary Dance Company Presents

 LIGHT

 Miami Contemporary Dance Company (MCDC) presented their first production of the year, Light , featuring three original choreographies by Artistic Director Ray Sullivan, with music by New York composer Kevin Keller: Shadow Light and the WORLD PREMIERE of Luz x 3. The evening highlighted the collaboration between Choreographer and Composer, and will take you on a journey through three performances. The lyrical choreography of Shadow Light explored shadow and light through movement, Not in My Name sheds light on the unconquerable human spirit and Luz x 3 examines the abstract path that light illuminates, as it intertwines with the captivating movements of MCDC’s stellar dancers. The costumes and sets were designed by internationally acclaimed designer, Jorge Gallardo and light design by the renowned Carla Iparraguirre.

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The performances brought the almost sold out house to their feet. Treat yourself or sweetheart with a early Valentines Day surprise. It is guaranteed to Light up not only your eyes but your spirit as well!  Be sure to check out their final performance on Saturday, February 7, 2015, 8:00 p.m.Tickets are $25, $35 and $40, and are available online at miamicontemporarydance.net or call 305-434-7091, Tuesdays through Saturdays,12 p.m. – 5 p.m. For group rates and special discounts, contact JohnM@MIamiContemporaryDance.net.

Enjoy my IG Video Short below :

@ExhaleSpa #Miami #Yogiiza #ArtBasel #Yoga + #Art #Event Recap by #SobeSavvy

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ART + YOGA…..Need a break from gallery hopping?

On Friday, December 5 from 10am to noon, exhale South Beach hosted a free yoga class accompanief by a DJ, followed by an acro yoga performance by local brand YOGiiZA and live graffiti artist demo. There was also be a braid
bar, mini massages, facials, and nail art. 

Enjoy my photos from the event! NAMASTE!

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