Friday, October 31, 2014

I've Been Looking for a Party Like You...

Wednesday this week was a party in Grand Rapids! 

I had the wonderful opportunity to open for an extremely talented group of guys known as The Cadillac Three on October 29th at The Intersection in Grand Rapids. And it was a RIOT. I am a fan of these guys, their music and stage presence. So, when I got asked to play the show I was pretty dang stoked to share a stage with them. Here are a few photos and some of my favorite moments from an awesome night! 

Photo Cred: Katie Kessel

A little backstage warming up before the show. My buddy, Kris Hitchcock played that night as well. It was fun getting to hang with him again. We haven't played a show together in a long time and we always have a fun time "crashing" each other's sets. He and his band put on a rockin' performance! 

Photo Cred: Katie Kessel

Smiling "pretty" with my bests backstage. ;) 

Absolutely gotta love our B93 crew. The Intersection and B93 bring us some pretty awesome country music parties. I've been blessed to get to know a lot of the folks over at B93 over the years and they have been so wonderful to me. I love the B93 family so much! They all looked AWESOME in their Halloween costumes too. Haha! Honestly though, Conrad, you should wear a cowboy hat more often. It looks good on ya! :)

A picture before we hit the stage. I had an awesome time playing with these guys. They all freakin' rocked it. I'm lucky to get to make music with these talented fellas. 

I love the country music community in Michigan! 

Packed house at The Intersection. This will always, always be one of my favorite venues to play. I love how much the crowds at The Intersection get into the shows and how you guys can get right up to the front of the stage to rock. The crowd at this show was a blast. Thanks for all the love and for singing along to my songs, you guys. You're my favorite. <3 


So. Much. Fun. 

Photo Cred for the above black and white photos: Rachel Tuuk

By the way, I got the black lace shirt that I am wearing at Express (the jeans are express too)...both on sale too don'tcha know. Whoo! 

Get it Scotty! He was on fire behind that drum kit. 

Rockin' it with Ryan. He slayed on lead guitar!

"Right through the heart you got me..."

I'm having a blast rockin' shorter hair on stage. I honestly thought I would miss whipping my long hair around on stage, but I gotta tell ya, hair whipping with short hair is just as much fun. ;) Big, huge THANK YOU to, Sara Catherine at Cheeky Strut in Grand Rapids for making my hair look pretty for the show. That's the first time I've had wavy curls with this short haircut for a show and I loved it! 

Matt rocked it out! 

All y'alls singing along and listening to my original songs means so much. It totally made my night. Thanks for giving me so many reasons to smile. xo ...and for all of you that asked, my boots are from Corral Boot Co. They are the best! 

Photo Cred: Rachel Tuuk

Kris joined me on stage to help me sing a chorus from my song, "Fly, Fly, Fly"...I made sure to return the favor and crash his set during his band's cover of Blink 182's "All The Small Things." ;) Fun jammin' with this guy! 

It was fun playing my song, "Fly, Fly, Fly". And it's always nice when I get to play my favorite Breedlove Guitar. This is a special song to me and even though I haven't played it out a ton, it was awesome to see folks in the crowd that knew the words. Thanks for taking the time to learn my lyrics, guys. It seriously blows me away that you do that. :) 

The Cadillac Three are not only stellar musicians, they're also super nice dudes. It was fun hanging out with them after the show. They had so many nice and encouraging things to say to me. Getting to hang with the artists I play shows with and finding out that they are genuine, nice people is so refreshing. These guys are working their butts off in the industry right now and I hope only good things for them. They deserve it! 

Some of the nicest guys I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. 

Probably my favorite thing about playing shows is getting to connect with fans new and old. It is so cool to see familiar faces out in that crowd and so much fun meeting new folks as well. I got to chat and hang with so many of you wonderful people at this show. Thank you for coming over to say hello...and thanks for posting your photos on my Facebook page so I could steal em' for my blog. ;) 

I love this girl! She is an amazing person and an extremely inspiring individual. She's been coming out to shows for a long time and it's always good to see her. Katie is a pretty dang good photographer too. I snagged a few of the photos she took and used them for this blog...thanks girl. ;) 

Luis is a super dude! He's also been out to a ton of my shows and he's been so supportive of my music. Thanks for coming out to yet another show, Luis! Enjoy the camo koozies...I'll get ya your hat soon. ;) 

How adorable is this guy? It was so nice to meet you, Adam! Thanks for coming over to say hello. Hope I get to see you at another show soon! 

Super cute girls! I loved your costumes. Way to get into the spirit and dress up for the show! 

Another girl looking awesome in her Halloween costume. It was nice to finally get to meet you, Kristina! Come out to another show soon! xo 

So many sweet people at this show! Thanks for posting this photo on my Facebook page. It was so nice to meet you, Cameo! 

You have got to love these gals costumes. You both looked awesome! I tried to look as cool...didn't really work. :P 

Don is another awesome human who has been out to SO MANY of my shows. Thanks for coming out to another one and thank you for all the support you continue to give me! 

Seriously don't know what I would do without my girl, Jaimes. Thank you for all of your hard work and for literally being able to read my mind. Ha! Seriously though, I am lucky to get to have her on my team and even luckier to call her one of my best friends. <3 

Another awesome show on the books! How do I get so lucky to get to play these shows and be surrounded by all you wonderful people? I don't know, but I'm going to soak it up and enjoy every minute for as long as this life will let me. Thanks for a fantastic night y'all! Let's do it again soon, huh? 

Nothin' but love. 

xo - Kari 

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