Sunday, June 7, 2009

World Music Picnic

My neighborhood park — Overton Park in Midtown — boasts an adorable outdoor concert venue that hosts free live shows four nights a week in the spring and fall. The Shell stage has a long Memphis history (it's actually the first stage Elvis ever played on!), and it was recently re-vamped and re-named the Levitt Shell:

Tonight, a cute world music group called Chic Gamine performed, and though we didn't know anything about the band, Stephanie (of the Poopie Bitch blog) and I saw the event as the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic. Steph brought some homemade apple-sage steamed vegan sausages with homemade buns and some tasty macaroni slaw. I provided boozy beer beans and some marinated summer tomato salad:

And of course, Steph brought one of her uber-delicious vegan cakes (this lady can bake the hell out of some cakes). Tonight's selection was a summer-y Raspberry Lime Cake with a Lime Glaze:

Here's a blogger behind-the-scenes shot of Steph taking a picture for her blog:

And here we are — me, Barbara, Vaughan, and Steph's husband Richard (a.k.a. The Brit) — before stuffing ourselves silly:

The band — Chic Gamine — turned out to be pretty awesome. It's made of up four girls and one dude from Canada, and they play a mix of American soul and gospel blended with Brazilian forro and even 1950s doo-wop. Kinda crazy, but lots of fun. Here's the band in action (check out that one chick wearing the washboard instrument!):

Anyway, there's a free concert every Thursday through Sunday at the Levitt Shell through June, so I'm sure we'll be picnicking there again very soon.

21 comments:

HayMarket8 said...

Looks like a fun night. That cakes looks yummy!

Mihl said...

That sounds like a perfect night!

Sal said...

sounds like fun! the cake does look great but then all the food does!

I'm craving a hotdog now!!

A said...

Ha! I love the picture the blogger took of the other blogger taking a picture of food to go on her blog. Whew! That was a handful! Looks like you guys had a great time! I secretly love Elvis..... and he PLAYED there?!?!? I'm jealous!
-A

urban vegan said...

Sounds like a fantastic concert....anything with forro is great, in my book.

And the picnic...heaven! (You are adorable, by the way, Bianca.)_

Kiersten said...

That sounds like fun! I love going to free concerts.

shelby said...

That cake looks phenomenal!!!

Paulina said...

How fun! Now I want to have a picnic!

pixiepine said...

That looks so fun! The food sounds awesome. Sometimes a band called Casa De Chihuahua plays at a local pub here, and they have a cute girl who plays washboard! Fun!

Mary said...

Picnic dogs=awesome fun. You guys are going to have a great summer!

Virginia said...

that looks like so much fun and that cake sounds delicious and summery!

Cyn said...

That looks so great! I love picnics. I've been planning to take a picnic to our local bicycle races all summer, but I haven't yet. I need to get on it! And that girl band looks super cute.

jessy said...

– so cool on hanging out at the new venue and having a picnic! wahooooooo! boozy beer beans = mmmmmmm! your summer tomato salad rocks, too! Steph’s cake looks most excellent! man, you guys had some great eatz and it looks like everyone had such a fantastical time! free concerts, good music, and picnics all sound like a combination of awesome! w00t!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

that is my kind of night! Live music outdoors with vegan food and friends. And that cake does sound awesome.

aTxVegn said...

How fun! All the picnic food looks really tasty. I'm anxious to make those VB sausages.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

How fun! Picnics are awesome.

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poopiebitch said...

Wow, I look so... overjoyed to be taking a picture of my food. What was going on there? That's okay, I have an awesome picture of you taking an angrily confused bite of your sausage :)

We have to do that again soon!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Summer picnics are the best!! Sounds like it was the perfect evening out.

Theresa said...

I love picnics, and yours looks like it was so fun :)

Katrina Burnside (Adams) said...

Hey Bianca. My name is Katrina---I used to go to school with you. I have been lurking your page for over a year now and have even began to lurk some of the other posts linked to your page. I have to say that looking at and reading your posts really make me consider making the transition of becoming vegan. You make it look so easy---which I don't think it would be easy for me, though. Especially since my husband wouldn't want to make the same transition lol. Just wanted to say keep up the good work and to let you know that you are truly inspirational.

---Katrina
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