Archive for July, 2010

I thought I’d post an update on the DMB National’s Park show and share a few pictures I took. As you can tell by the title of my post, it was freakin’ hot! Friday night’s experience will definitely make me think harder the next time I am thinking about doing an activity with 50,000 other people in 100 degree heat. Here’s a shot of the stands… very toasty.

Overall, though, it was an amazing show, as usual. This was the first show I’d seen in a stadium (as opposed to an amphitheater or arena) and it really makes Filament’s work stand out. From what I can tell, all the guys that work on putting the set together are amazingly talented. The way the lighting and video is designed and run takes the concert from being just any concert to a completely unique and unforgettable experience.

Also… while I was uploading the pictures for this post, I found a few more pics from the past few weeks that I thought would be fun to post.

Random Market Basket

E&A and Rachel at Enoteca after my show on 7-17. Making this post look even more like one big advertisement for Coran Capshaw enterprises.


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Family Friday

It’s Friday! And that calls for some lighthearted blogging material to make everyone feel all happy inside for the weekend. I really wanted to share this video that Ryan’s cousin Katie laboriously put together for our rehearsal dinner slideshow. It is really too cute. And has some forgotten-about pictures of both of our childhoods. I even think my mom and Peggy look kind of similar in some of the shots when Ry and I were babies… maybe just a little?

Click here to view the video on the Vimeo web site.

Later tonight, Ryan and I will head to DC to spend time with Ryan’s work family (DMB) and his real family (John and Peggy). It should be a good show. According to my stylist-extraordinaire and DC resident, Rachel, the whole town is buzzing with talk of Dave’s show tonight. Should be awesome.

Also, check out Rachel’s food blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir, that she just started up. Our family has officially caught blogging-fever… about 8 years after the rest of the world! Way to be on top of things Gerrards!

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Woohoo! I had a great show on Saturday night. I had the great pleasure of opening for Mercy Bell and Maryanna Sokol who were visiting from NYC. Check out my Women that Rock page for my full debrief on Maryanna and Mercy.

The evening started off with Rachel’s Charlottesville arrival. Baby girl stopped at Whole Foods on her way down and picked up some boxed wine and cheese and crackers so we could nosh on a little something before we headed over. Not only was Rachel so supportive and awesome, but she picked out my outfit AND styled me for the big show AND she documented the whole night. Awesome. So, she’s to credit for the pictures in this post.

I have to say, the whole experience of playing with Mercy and Maryanna was so incredible. They were exactly the type of people that actually make playing and sharing music fun. Everyone that was there was supportive and positive, it was just a great time. Here are some pics.

Also, special thanks to Ethan and Allison (pictured above) who came out. And, Ethan gets the gold star for being one of the four guys there. And last, I have to thank Lauren Laskey at Para for inviting me to take part in this great night and for all her hard work and professionalism.

After Rachel and I slept waaaaay in on Sunday morning, we decided to be even more artsy and make our own homemade artwork. It was a ton of fun and cost us a fraction of what you’d have to dish out to buy some legitimate one-of-a-kind art. All-in-all, this weekend, if anything, was a ton of fun and I can only hope that I’ll have more weekends like this ahead.

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Finally, after much date deliberation, I have two shows on the books for July: July 17 and July 31. Both are Saturday nights, both are at 7pm and both are free!

Sat., July 17-  Para Coffee (on the Corner). I’ll be opening for two ladies coming down from NYC: Maryanna Sokol and Mercy Bell.

Sat., July 31- Mudhouse in Crozet. I’ll be doing a full set of my songs with Thomas Gunn, my amazing teacher and mentor.

So come on out!


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On Friday night, we invited our friends, Ethan and Allison, over for a crazy night of… pasta making. As you can see by Alli posing with the pasta above, it was a huge success! I have to say, before Alli arrived and saved me in the kitchen (Alli also comes from a crazy Italian family), I thought my pasta making venture was going to be an epic fail, but with a little bit of teamwork we ended up having a really awesome homemade pasta dinner (with sauce of your choice… pesto or alfredo). We used the pasta making attachment for our Kitchen Aid Mixer and it was so easy… no hand cranking, just press a button.

Sheets of pasta before they went thru the cutter.

I really wish I’d taken pictures of some of our other dishes that night because we really had quite a feast. Basil hummus, sausage stuffed mushrooms, rose sangria and Alli’s lavender and lemon cookies for dessert… it was pretty tasty. Ethan and Allison have been great friends to us, but they are especially great friends to cook with, laugh with, eat with and talk for hours. Cheers to many more nights like Friday!

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Over the weekend, Ryan and I had a chance to get away to Bethany Beach, DE with Ryan’s family. It was along trip getting up there which started with my flight out of Charlottesville to Philly at 7am on Friday morning. I have to say— the Philadelphia airport is the worst airport I have ever been in. It makes NO SENSE. For example, Ryan had to get in the “Departures” lane to pick me up— no sense.

After that, though, it was pretty smooth sailing. Ryan had been at the DMB show in Camden, NJ the night before, so he picked me up and we drove down to Bethany together.

Ryan’s cousin Katie joined us which made the whole weekend even better. Katie and I discovered that we are both tea “purists” meaning we like the water for our tea boiled, not microwaved, and, yes, we can tell the difference!

On Sunday night, we had a dinner of crab cakes and steamed shrimp and then we staked out our spots on the beach and watched the fireworks with our toes in the sand.

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I can hardly believe 2010 is nearly half-way through. I am definitely in the camp of people that never really takes new year’s resolutions to-heart and before January has even ended, I’ve forgotten what I thought that maybe I might do. But for some reason, July comes up and always kicks me in the gut. It reminds me that the clock is ticking… in a glass-half-empty kind of way.

But, I feel like I do enough worrying about the future every day. So, this July 1, I want to look at everything we’ve accomplished in the first-half of the year, which I’m hoping will inspire me to look at the rest of the year in a glass-half-full kind of way.

Let’s start with Ryan.

On top of managing the operations of a small business day-to-day, Ryan and a few colleagues own and run an iPhone application company. It’s a project that the four busy owners work on after-hours, before-hours, in-between-hours… basically whenever they aren’t doing their day jobs. Right now, the company has three apps out that are doing really well: DMB, OAR and Tim McGraw. Recently the DMB app reached more than 100,000 downloads (read: awesome!!). Though the company has been working on the apps for a couple of years now (back when most people had never heard of an “app”… you know like in 2008), it’s really been in the past six months that the app has taken off and is garnering national attention. If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad or iTouch, support Ryan’s company by downloading the apps in the iTunes App Store.  And, if you’re so inclined, you can check out the Spot Trot website to learn more.

And as for me, I’m still trucking along at this music thing… which is an accomplishment in itself. Last night I played at an open mic at the Crozet Mudhouse (where I’ll have a show later this month). It was both a victory and humble reminder that I’ve got a long way to go. A year ago or six months ago, I couldn’t have done what I did last night which is significant reason to keep moving forward. However, playing to a room full of middle schoolers (there to see their friends sing cool “vintage songs” like Smashing Pumpkins “1979”) will humble you like nothing else. No obligatory applause, no respectful attention… it kind of reminded me of… ummm, what it’s called again… oh yeah, the real world. But, middle schoolers and all, I did it. And, I’m probably better for it, so that’s reason enough for me to keep going.

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