The Black Keys + Christmas Ale = Happy Alana

This past weekend was one my busiest. I had four things that I wanted to do on Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night, and I made it to all four of them! Don’t you hate when fun events/parties/weddings/concerts all land on the same day in the summer?

The front row of peeps weren't from the TweetUp, but the back two were! Nice face from yours truly.

Friday night brought a mini-TweetUp of sorts. JoeG2001 (thanks Joe!) invited myself and the D to the Tribe game with a group of other awesome tweeps. Of course, we all joined forces at The Greenhouse Tavern where I introduced the D to gravy frites. Holy fried decadence.

Even though we got rained out of our awesome seats, those who didn’t mind the raindrops (it was so freaking hot that I welcomed the brief cool down) made it to the RIDGID Jobsite Bar at the Prog. After a few ‘lemonades,’ the D and I hit up Kevin’s Martini Bar at Pickwick and Frolic before meeting our buddy, Brodski, at Hooples. Hooples is such a great bar. They had live music and I was loving it. I requested The Doors ‘5 to 1’ and even though it wasn’t on their setlist or honestly their genre, they gave it a whirl. Props for pleasing the me crowd!

On my Saturday to-do list: Marina Christmas in July/Fish fry party, Linda Street’s ‘Uncork the Cure Benefit,’ and THE BLACK KEYS!

To say it was hot and humid on Saturday in Cleveland would honestly be an understatement! I did a bit of laying out melting at the Marina before heading up to the Christmas in July/Fish fry. I just love Marina friends. These people don’t mess around when it comes to throwing a party. I wish I had pictures, but to paint a picture there were multiple Christmas trees, lights and other various decorations, not to mention 60 pounds of walleye to be fried (yum!) among tons of other food.

After an hour or so, the D and I needed to stop by Linda Street, mainly because a close friend lives on Linda Street and thought it would be fun to throw a frontyard party while the street party was going on (brilliance). I absolutely love people watching and was SO bummed I could only stay for an hour or so. I heard things got a little rowdy later.

For some reason I thought I needed to shower before The Black Keys concert (when it’s that hot, it’s basically pointless). I cleaned up and headed back to the Marina since that was the group’s meeting spot before heading down to Nautica. I was glad to have another hour or so to hang at the Christmas in July party (I was also ready to have a CHRISTMAS ALE) and by this time my parents and brother were there, too.

Sky before we went into The Black Keys show.

Once we were en route to the show, we decided a stop at Harbor Inn for a shot and a beer (or a few shots and a beer) was necessary. All I can say is HOT, HOT, HOT. We were all sweating our asses off. Three of my friends and I headed over to the sold-out concert (JChups and I were lucky enough to score box seats).

The Black Keys KILLED it. I love this band. Always have! Thanks to my (long lost, tear) love for local and underground music, I discovered them when I was a junior in high school. I’ve never seen the Keys put on a bad show. Everyone was jumping around, soaked in sweat, while the duo invited two sidekicks on stage to help finish the show. If I had to pick a favorite song from the concert, I’d say it was ‘Howlin’ for You,’ which comes off their latest Brothers album. If you don’t own this album, go buy it, NOW!

The best shot I could manage to get. The blurriness comes from the humidity, not my lack of hand-steadiness 🙂

Needless to say, I was the epitome of lazy on Sunday. I basked in the AC and watched trash TV before going for a run to sweat out all the weekend’s indulgences. All well worth it.

Do you love Christmas Ale as much as I do? It wasn’t as enjoyable in the heat, but over the holidays, I definitely indulge in all it’s glory!

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