Rocci's Modern Life

the life of a twentysomething living in music city

Live on the Green

Cold War Kids - Live on the Green 2015

Cold War Kids - Live on the Green 2015

I was always asked three questions when I told people I was moving to Nashville:

Are you going to sing? No.

Oh, so you have family there? No.

Then are you chasing a boy? No.

Just moving all by myself to explore what the world has to offer - Nashville being the next adventure. One of the countless reasons I chose Nashville is for the music scene. I traveled to Nashville for a week in August 2013 for vacation with two of my friends. We booked a hotel right in downtown and had the time of our lives. Everyone dreams about a summer love.. I certainly fell in love that summer. I fell in love with the music, the liveliness of Nashville, the people... everything in the city made me want to stay forever. Take a walk down Broadway and step into any bar and you are almost guaranteed to find an aspiring musician on stage.

But the best part about Nashville is you do not necessarily have to walk into a bar, you could simply walk into a park and find it! For the past seven years, Live on the Green has been put on by Lightning 100, a Nashville radio station. The beautiful aspect of this event - it is always free. Thanks to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and many partners and sponsors, this event brings together the community of Nashville every summer for four Thursday nights with a final weekend packed full of artists. Live on the Green has hosted various musicians and bands such as Cage the Elephant (2014), ZZ Ward (2013) and Citizen Cope (2009). Moon Taxi, a band formed by Belmont students, took the stage for the sixth year in a row and guitarist Trevor Terndrup says it was the best year so far.

Some good things to know when attending Live on the Green:

  • Parking - Public Square Garage on James Robertson Parkway has parking for $5. But be warned, it sells out every week! You can park across the Woodland Street Bridge at LP Field for $5. Or place it safe and take an Uber!
  • Pets - As a dogless person, I love that people bring their dogs to Live on the Green. Remember, Tennessee has a Leash Law, so make sure your pets are on a leash at all times.
  • Seating - Some seating is available in the back, but it is unlikely you'll snag one. People bring blankets and chairs, but to get a prime spot you better get there early.
  • Alcohol - Make sure to bring your I.D.! Blue Chair Bay Rum and Bonnie Rose Whiskey have tents with a variety of beverages. If you are a beer drinker, tall boys are available are certain tents as well. I would suggest bringing cash (althought the do accept credit cards) because the cash line tends to move faster.
  • Food - Coolers are not permitted, but I have never had anyone say anything about bringing snacks and such. There are food trucks and Edley's has a tent as well (get the pork nachos, they are life changing).

VIP tickets are available for all shows and typically sell out fast. Want to continue the party after the show? Each week Live on the Green has an afterparty at Acme Feed & Seed.

Can't make it to Live on the Green on Thursday nights? You're in luck! Labor Day weekend kicked off Musicians Corner at Centennial Park. Through October 31st, this family-friendly event takes place from noon-5 and is also free admission. Festivals take over Fall weekends in Nashville, check out Visit Music City for a list of Fall activities.

Moving to a New City... Alone.

I had known all through college I didn't want to stay in Pittsburgh for the rest of my life.

I always had this itch to explore new cities and embrace new adventures, including moving around as often as I could. First it was Phoenix, now its Nashville and hopefully there are more to come. 

Packing your life up and moving is an emotional roller coaster, especially when you're doing it alone.  It is exciting, stressful, thrilling... I felt every emotion possible leading up to the moment I pulled into Nashville.

When you get where you're going, you might not know anyone. Your best friend isn't one room over, your mom isn't on the other side of town, you don't walk down the street and run into someone you've known your entire life. Life becomes... lonely.

So how do you kick that feeling? Here are a few things that have helped me:

  • SAY YES - Maybe not to every single thing thrown your way, but you know what I mean. Invited on a kayaking trip? Go for it. I've learned saying yes to new adventures is a great way to meet people.
  • Don't be afraid to go out on your own - If you picked up and moved by yourself, you can certainly handle going out by yourself. During my first week in Phoenix, I found myself sitting at a bar near ASU's campus watching the Pirates game. I ended up talking to some people around me and having a great time! 
  • I hate to say this, but Tinder away - Chances are if you moved alone, you're single. While most Tinder expereiences are deemed as hookups, some of the people on the app are just looking to meet other people who are also new to the city. The website Meetup is also a great tool for meeting people. Join a group with similar interests and attend the events, some are a lot of fun!
  • Chive On - If you haven't heard of The Chive or just don't know what it is, check it out. The members of Chive Nation are some of the greatest people I ever met. They saved my sanity in Phoenix and helped me make even more friends in Nashville.

There are endless option... join a gym, take a cooking class, go out for your favorite team's game. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is crucial when it comes to meeting new people.

When I moved to Nashville, I was lucky enough to have one friend in the city (Wizz, you've truly been a life saver). That homesick lonely feeling still creeps up on me more often than I would like, but every day gets a little easier. Since the move, I've made a great friend out of my roommate, opted for a second job to make some new friends and put myself out there more than ever before... I'm loving every minute of it!


The Beginning

It has taken me endless concepts, 4 different blog names, 3 cities and about a year to get me to the beginning of what I hope to be a successful adventure. By successful, I don't mean running a profitable blog (though that would be nice), I mean creating posts that inspire and teach not only me, but my readers as well.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, I have had many dreams in life. Running a restaurant, being a wedding planner, working as a PR executive in a city like New York or LA, owning my own bakery... let's just say I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!

I started writing blogs during my time as an intern for Pyxl, a digital marketing agency, in Phoenix. I loved the ability to research topics I had interest in and how I would learn from writing a post. When I moved back to Pittsburgh in September of 2014, I had the honor of becoming friends with Alex Duffy, founder of Duffy Dossier. Alex's independence, personality, writing capabilites, and of course her fashion sense, inspired me to to start my own blog. 

Over the new few months I brainstormed about names, concepts, branding... I would take notes constantly. My passion for bartending led me to a cocktail blog that went from "With A Twist" to "Just One More" and ended up launching in June. Days after the launch, I found myself flying to Nashville for job interviews. During the month of June, I decided leave both my full-time real estate position and my part-time bartending job to move to Nashville for a new journey.

One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to blogging is inconsistency. Just One More had pretty much died in my eyes. I had been working so much to be able to move that I lost focus the blog and the passion for it. I had a crazy adventure ahead of me in Nashville and I wanted to share my experience with friends, family members and pretty much anyone willing to listen. I thought, " why not blog about it?"

Next step: renaming, redesigning and rebranding.

The renaming part came easier than expected. I had spent months brainstorming my first blog name and this one came into my life without even thinking about it. To be honest, a stranger in a bar made the joke and asked me, "So, your blog's name is Rocci's Modern Life (Rocci is my last name), right? Like the show Rocko's Modern Life." And the new name was born.

I'm super excited to be able to have Rocci's Modern Life as a creative outlet in the kitchen, behind the bar, at a show or exploring Nashville. It might be a bit of a rocky road (pun intended), but I cannot wait to see how it all goes!





© Rocci's Modern Life 2015