I am a fan of the tambourine, its no secret. But i am a huge supporter of live music in general. There is something special about watching a band play live that just tugs at my heart strings. Toss a tambourine in, and well, you had me at the first jingle.
This past weekend I went to Mumford & Sons “Gentleman of the Road” Simcoe Stopover. Mind blowing.
Small town Simcoe opened their arms wide to people from all over the world. I had the opportunity to help my aunt sell her North Roots organic teas in the Street Market (http://www.herbalposy.com/). Here I was flabbergasted at how far people had traveled just for this band. Me merely travelling one hour seemed obsolete when i talked to people from PEI, Calgary, Montreal, Massachusetts and a few European expats that trekked hours for this Stop over. The Street Market put on by the people of Simcoe was unreal. It was a perfect compliment to the festival that got concert goers out into the community and supporting the local small businesses.
It was while I was serving up some Norfolk County Blend herbal tea that I had the chance to speak to one the members of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. (I had shazamed their song “Home” the day before and loved their vibe.) The gentleman was riding one of those fold up bikes and that is what started our conversation. I would like a cute little fold up bike to stick in my car. I would paint it pink or lavender or mint green and give it a basket. As I was admiring his bike we struck up the usual Tea Hut conversation, where are you from (St. Louis), what brought you here (I’m in a band), insert me trying very hard not to fan girl out at this point. We began talking about the tour and how they share Mumford’s vision of bringing these stopovers to towns that need a little love. He said he just was happy to get out and meet the people and explore the town. He was especially grateful for the organic tea & banana bread and the Holistic food store my aunt’s friend owned. He appreciated the healthy choices available during the tour and while my aunt went on about the need for change in the way we treat our food and what we put into our bodies, a common idea shared by us all was the need for more organic farmers.
The Simcoe Stopover was an incredible concert that i was grateful to have experienced but some of my favourite memories from the weekend were the conversations i had with the people while serving up some iced tea. Sometimes its the simple things.
You can check out Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/edward-sharpe-magnetic-zeros/id322432645
(Post title – Bob Dylan “Mr. Tambourine Man”)