Sunday, August 15, 2010

Purple Door Music Fest

This weekend we have been rocking out at the Purple Door Music Festival.

Many moons ago, when I was newly graduated from college and a new bride, John and I moved to Austin, TX to help plant a church. While there, I worked for the greatest Christian music magazine on the planet- HM. HM is a Christian hard music magazine that covers everything from death metal, screamo, emo, metal and indie rock. At this time in my life, I was very into the music scene. I loved working for HM. Hands down, the best job ever!

When we contacted the owner/editor of the magazine (and our dear friend) to tell him about this tour, we put our heads together and decided that we could run the HM booth and stage at the Purple Door Music Fest. in Pennsylvania. And that is where we have found ourselves this weekend.

Here are Moonpie and Buddy at the HM stage. They were so cute in their "all access" passes! This is right after Moonpie went on stage to make an announcement with her daddy. She had a crowd of 500+ say hello to her! Not bad for your first rock show!
They had a blast rocking out to War of Ages. They especially liked all of the hair spinning on stage. And yes, they wore ear plugs.

War of Ages is below.

John had a chance to skate the Purple Door skatepark a few times. We was able to speak to the whole group and give away some free decks. Here's a kid that received our newest board.
I'm sure he's excited in his heart.

This is the HM booth I ran where I did subscriptions, sold merchandise and basically just hung out with all the hipster kids and metal heads and talked up the magazine. I had a blast.

Here I am next to the headliner band Demon Hunter. John put this picture up on facebook and with the title: introducing the newest member of Demon Hunter! They were a very nice group of guys and have a huge following. And after I get a couple of tatted sleeves, I'm sure they'll welcome me into the band with open arms. I mean, I already have the crazy hair.

I loved this weekend! It was so much fun being back around the music scene that was such a big part of my life from ages 15- 27. I had a blast listening to live music, eating meals with the bands, promoters, managers and festival volunteers. And really, getting to meet all the young fans and listen to them go on and on about their devotion to a particular band. Gotta love that kind of passion.

Speaking of devotion, there is a certain band that I have been crazy about since I was 17. Sixpence None the Richer. I still love them as much as I did when I heard their first album my senior year in high school. Well, imagine my delight when I discovered that my booth was right next to the lovely Leigh Nash's!
She is wonderful! We spent some time chatting about being mama's and children of God. Highlight of my weekend!
Look how cute she is:

We pack up this morning and head on to Baltimore! My only experience of Baltimore is from watching "Baltimore, Life on the Street" which is about homicide and "Ace of Cakes" which is about delicious cakes. Surely there is more to the city than desserts and murder!


Jana said...

I love Six Pence None The Richer!!! Glad your having fun!!

Farmer Brad said...

It sounds like y'all are having so much fun!! I am so happy for you guys. We've been praying and will continue to pray for you as you continue on your mission. May God bless each and every moment.

Miss you so much!

Susan said...

Hi. Love your blog. I just read that you were at the Purple Door festival. My son was the guy who played guitar for Leigh Nash. I didn't get to go see them play...would anybody have a home video to share?
Thanks for the fun site.

Coby said...

Sister, I've been thinking a lot about you guys and your mission. Yesterday I read this on my friends facebook, "The task of the Church is not to change the world, but to witness to the world that it HAS been changed through Jesus Christ!" May God continue to use you guys to show the world that he HAS and IS changing the world through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

Amy said...

go to the baltimore streetcar museum! i bet levi would pee his pants! (or something less inconvenient for you!)

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Look how gorgeous you and your kids are. They are getting so big! I like Sixpence None the Richer too.

Amanda said...

Welcome home, Mandi! What a rockin' trip you had! Can't wait to see more! :)