last weekend had all the ingredients for the making of a fantastic weekend. and that it was.
downtown tucson + hotel congress (where we met) + two stellar bands + the rialto... amaze.
a few months ago, i saw that both Ra Ra Riot and The xx (two of d's favorite bands that i've seen live, but he hasn't) were going to be playing back-to-back nights at Club Congress and The Rialto - i jumped on tickets and booked a room at the Hotel Congress, the place we met but have never stayed.
like all things you plan in advance, the weekend totally snuck up on us. we woke up saturday morning, threw some things in a bag and off we went. it's just an hour and a half south, but felt like such a mini vacation. i highly recommend you spend a weekend in downtown Tucson. stay at the Hotel Congress and you won't have to get in your car all weekend. all the great restaurants, bars, music venues and coffee shops are within walking distance. we were so impressed and felt like we were in a mini portland or something. it was nice to avoid the dreaded "sunday night" feeling of vacay by staying thru sunday night and just waking up early on monday, grabbing coffee and driving to work straight from there. here's a glimpse into our weekend in one of the desert's hippest downtowns.
for The xx we opted for balcony seats and they did not disappoint. the xx is pretty dark and we were unsure how they'd translate to a concert. it. was. amazing. probably one of the better shows we've seen in a while. you could hear and feel each note they played - super crisp and clear - and the lights were perfectly choreographed to the music to give the show the drama it needed. fantastic. it was the very last stop on the band's tour and the tucson crowd was super into it. everyone, including the band members, were feeding off the energy. we didn't want it to end.
it started for d with a series of love notes around the house. and then at noon, a handsome gentleman with a dozen red roses in hand whisked me away from my desk for lunch out of the office. the card danny found couldn't have been more perfect. the day ended as a family of three on the back patio cookin' steaks and brussels sprouts in our sweats.
my sweet little pot of flowers compliments of the uber gentleman, mr. scott coffey.