My Big Music Fest Experience; Or, Celebrities Rubbing My Belly

Big Music Fest

There was a point at Big Music Fest this past weekend, where I was trekking through the pouring rain, quite literally soaked to the bone, and all I could think about was how awesome it was that Jakob Dylan and The Wallflowers were on stage, performing One Headlight. In fact, that’s kind of a metaphor for the whole day. It didn’t matter what curve balls could possibly be thrown our way, because music always wins.

I was invited to attend Big Music Fest, in order to be one of their featured bloggers. At first, I thought it was a joke, because I would have gladly paid for the opportunity to see some of my favourites acts, such as the Counting Crows, the Wallflowers and Hedley. I giddily accepted the offer, sent the kids to Nana and Papa’s house and scooped my wife up for a, much needed, weekend getaway.

I really wanted to provide an unbiased review of the festival, but other than the rain, which they had no control over, I couldn’t really find any flaws. I guess if I had to pick a negative thing, the walk from the parking lot was kind of far, but I could definitely use the exercise. Otherwise, the bands were all amazing, I had an unbelievably good ‘steak on a bun’, and, I got to hang out with some of my favourite online personalities, like Trina from Life’s a Blog, Christella from Crawl the Line, Candace and Eric Alper, and their always inpiring 10 year old daughter, Hannah, from CallMeHannah.Ca.

The Big Music Fest Blog Crew

The Big Music Fest Blog Crew

To save you the time of reading a million more paragraphs, I have decided to bullet form my highlights from the festival and will shoot some pictures down below as well.

* Seeing The Wallflowers live for the first time was a cool experience for me. One Headlight is one of the first songs I ever covered, so they have a place close to my heart.

* Being allowed in the photo pit for the first two songs of the Counting Crows set was an experience that I will never be able to put into proper words. To be within an arms reach of Adam Duritz during “Round Here” is something I will never forget.

* Mr. Jones. That is all.

* We had the opportunity to meet Hedley backstage and to say it was awkward would be an understatement. Imagine 20 teenage girls and one 34 year old dude waiting patiently for their arrival. Luckily for me, the guys had a sense of humour about it and we ended up taking a funny picture.

* While waiting backstage, the guys from Bleeker Ridge stopped by to sign autographs and take some photos. They were really cool guys and you could tell that they appreciate every single one of their fans, which is so important.

* Teenage girls crying everywhere. I’m pretty sure that I was the only one who didn’t cry after meeting Jacob and the Hedley crew. That includes my wife, who I have never seen so flustered in my entire life. Very adorable.

* Being in the photo pit for Hedley wasn’t as defining of a moment for me as the Counting Crows, but it was still incredibly amazing.

* My favourite part of the Hedley show was when Jacob mentioned that some band members had birthdays coming up and gave the fans 30 seconds to throw as much stuff as they wanted on to the stage. It was hilarious to see them dodging everything from pennies and sunglasses to chicken fingers and underwear.

Jacob Hoggard HedleyJakob Dylan Wallflowers

I have to say thank you and give a huge kudos to everyone who made Big Music Fest the outstanding event that it was. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a collection of music that incredible, and all in one day. Whether it’s as a blogger or a spectator, we will definitely be back to Big Music Fest next year! Rock on!

Jacob Still Hasn't Paid For The Lucky Belly Rub!

Jacob Still Hasn’t Paid For The Lucky Belly Rub!

Share and Inspire With #GoodNewsMonday – 2nd Edition


I ran an impromtu “Good News Friday” thread on Facebook and Twitter a couple weeks ago and it was really inspiring to see everyone sharing their good news for the week. Considering Friday is usually already a good day, I decided to move the “Good News” event to Monday, where more people could usually use a pick me up.

The concept is easy. Every Monday, pop on over here and share your good news stories in the comments. I have already been inspired by reading all your good news to date and can’t wait to see where this thing goes. Without further ado, I’ll kick things off!

I was lucky enough to spend all day Saturday at Big Music Fest in Belleville and had the very cool opportunity to see the Counting Crows perform, as well as meeting Hedley and spending quality time with my wife and some of my blogging friends. It was an amazing weekend and something I will remember forever.

Now it’s your turn! What good news do you have to share with everyone this week? Leave your story in the comments below and have a great week!

Adam Duritz Counting CrowsChris Hedley

Catch Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, Hedley & More At Big Music Fest!

Big Music Fest

I love music. If you’ve read this blog or have followed me on social media at all, I would imagine this much is evident. So when I was asked to help out with Belleville’s “Big Music Fest” on June 22nd, my immediate reaction was to say yes. When I popped onto their website and saw bands like the Counting Crows, the Wallflowers and Hedley, my fingers couldn’t type back my YES response fast enough.

Regardless of the lineup, the big ticket item for me is the opportunity to see the Counting Crows play live. The album “August and Everything After” was the first time I can remember actually “feeling” music. It was and will always be the anthem of my younger self and I still listen to it at least once a month. While singing the song, “Mr. Jones”, it was also the first time someone told me that I had a pretty good voice, which has led to me singing in my own band for the past 8 years.

The awesome thing about music is that it has the ability to mold your entire life. For me at least, turning to music has lifted me out of some of my darkest places. Green Day was instrumental in helping me work through the death of my father. And, who hasn’t listened to “Don’t Cry” by Guns and Roses after a tough break up. Music is something that makes our world a better place and I can’t wait to soak up everything that Big Music Fest has to offer.

Just to fill you in on a few details, Big Music Fest will take place on June 22nd, 2013 at East Zwick’s Park in Belleville, Ontario. The featured acts are Burton Cummings, Counting Crows, the Wallflowers, Hedley and Bleeker Ridge. Tickets are on sale now at $64.50 for general admission, $84.50 for VIP and they can be purchased by clicking this link to TicketBreak.Com.

I hope you’ll join me for this incredible weekend of music and please let me know if you are coming so we can get together for a soda…or whatever. You can stay up to date on everything Big Music Fest by following them on Facebook and Twitter as well. I hope to see you there!

As a blogger for the Big Music Fest, I have been offered tickets to the Festival.