At the Kentucky Derby this weekend, there are only two certainties: thoroughbreds will run for the roses, and thousands standing on two feet will sip on bourbon smashed with mint. Jockeys and juleps are intrinsically linked in the culture of Churchill Downs. The classic Mint Julep has been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby for more than a century, and each year, the demand calls for 1,000 pounds of fresh mint for muddling.
Think of it as a more stylish flea market with live music. And food trucks. And bourbon. This weekend’s NorthernGRADE event at aVenue in downtown Nashville not only provides one-stop shopping from some of the best craftspeople in Music City — including Otis James, Billy Reid, Imogene + Willie, Emil Erwin and Cause and Effect — but also a high-quality sampling of artisan goods from around the country, all under the same roof.
One of the bands that we caught up with at this year’s SXSW was The Rocketboys. After reflecting on their career and discussing the new album they are currently working on, we thought we’d share some of our conversation with lead singer Brandon Kinder.
In our fast-paced, consumer-centric world, more and more people are looking for reasons to slow down – to actually experience something, instead of indiscriminant consumption. In the realm of music culture, nothing epitomizes that desire more than vinyl – appealing to those who take the time to listen, whether playing a record alone in the still of the evening or letting the turntable warmly exude its sounds over the communal clanking of forks and exuberant laughter.