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#eyePISSGLITTER | Nashville's Retrograde & Oktoberfest With Adventure Seeker Orlando

Another great weekend in Nashville, included music, art and a festival of beer because, why not? I wasn't able to catch the fun times, but fellow adventure seeker, Orlando made his rounds at both Retrograde and Oktoberfest. Check out the four things that made each event pop!

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Retrograde

The Diddy Bop/Missy Elliot room. There was the room near the entrance of the venue that reminded me of a Missy Elliot or old Diddy and Mase video. Small room with parallel neons lights all around changing colors. Definitely my favorite part of the night.

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The constant feed cameras. They were recording all night and playing back and mixing footage from earlier in the night with footage from later. It was a dope room. Three older cameras and had this almost eery feel to it.

Seeing Kiya Lacey perform. I feel like I'm seeing her perform all the time but I never get tired of it.

The people. Such a diverse crowd came out. I love how the music scene in Nashville brings out all kinds of people. It's a beautiful thing.

Oktoberfest

The food. There was food everywhere. I'm a chubby kid on the inside so food is always on my mind and there was so much to choose from. 

Dogs. Everybody brought their dogs out to the event and I loved it.

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Beer. Living in Nashville has made me appreciate a good beer. I feel like everywhere I go sells craft beer so now I have a taste for it and actually appreciate that taste instead of just drinking socially

There was this one vendor selling the softest Aztec covers and throws. Like the softest thing I ever felt in my life. Literally like laying on a cloud.

 

eyeADVENTURE, MUSIC, LIFE

#eyeADVENTURE | That Time I Stepped In Mud In My Jellies At The Nashville Freedom Fest & The Fun Stuff

Nikki two bites and was done. 

Nikki two bites and was done. 

To believe it was scorching hot to the point I almost took my shirt off would be an understatement. But so quickly how things change, from my PEACHES Adventure tshirt turning dark green (because I was drenched in sweat) to a monsoon looking situation outside I wondered if the Freedom Fest would still pop off. With a change in time and some poppin’ music it was LIT! The un-FLEEK during the whole thing was stepping in mud, not just, "Oh she stepped in mud she has on sneakers, it's cool." No, I had on jellies and not just once but twice I stepped in the mud. Was it worth the fun I had though, yes.

Always that one dude that carries the snake around. It wasn't Rico though. 

Always that one dude that carries the snake around. It wasn't Rico though. 

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Great energy from the crowd, visual artists and music artists, made the Nashville Freedom Festival stand out. Check out a few photos from it. Huge shout to Black City Management for putting on a great event. Check out photos below shot by Compass Creative.

Rico about to fake laugh at my joke that was only funny to me. 

Rico about to fake laugh at my joke that was only funny to me. 

Mike Floss & Stan on some Redman Method Man ish. 

Mike Floss & Stan on some Redman Method Man ish. 

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#eyeADVENTURE | If You Attend The Nashville Art Crawl You're Bound To Leave w/Gemz

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One of the best on going events happening Nashville that I enjoy to the fullest has to be the Nashville Art Crawl.  Taking place every first Saturday of the month, bringing out more than 10,000 people it’s definitely a certified #eyeADVENTURE.


I’ve been blessed to be apart of the Nashville Art Crawl, back in December 2015. I joined one of my favorite artists and good friend, Xavier Payne at Blend Studio, located in the Arcade building.

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SPEAKING OF | Mark your calendars for September 17; Payne will be hosting a pop up shop at Blend Studio featuring some new pieces as well.

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On this particular art crawl I truly enjoyed myself; so many great people and new works of art had me so into the night. Check out a few pieces here.

HANG OUT, eyeADVENTURE, MUSIC, TRAVEL

#eyeADVENTURE | Five +1 Things You Missed At The Set 40oz Bounce Nashville Edition

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No, really, as we get ready for the next one it's only right you know how it went down at the One-Year Anniversary of The Set. Responsible for curating house party, yet organized dope vibes, The Set has been putting together various themed parties that have made lovers of Hip-Hop really appreciate having a place to let it all out on the dance floor, take cool pictures to capture the moment, enjoy live art, great settings and to just be.

To celebrate one full year of good times, Protect The Culture turned it up a notch and collaborated with my fellow New Yorker, 40oz Van for The Set 40oz Bounce Nashville Edition and it turned out to be something quite special. Not wanting to rub it in your face we minimized the list of good times to the five ehh, six things you missed. Check them out below

And make sure you don't miss the next Set, September 16. 

  1. One of the best performances from Alocodaman I've ever seen (which 40oz Van got on staged and captured it on Snapchat)
  2. A completely sold out venue of 540 when the capacity calls for 500
  3. One of the most innovative photobooth designs from @idreaminblueray (2 Life sized, personalized Set 40s)
  4. Kamiayah's DJ... Ohso.... I mean she's DJ OHSO and a woman of dopeness. Such a great vibe with her was felt
  5. A true celebration of Nashville's hidden gem... Being in attendance literally made you capture the feeling of what it means to be 2 Live From the Set

Thanks D'llisha for sharing your favorite moments! This was a certified #eyeADVENTURE

TRAVEL, eyeADVENTURE

#eyeADVENTURE | How The Nashville Flea Market Became The Most LIT Place

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No really, from  my Adventure tee going from the light olive green to a dark green because it was drenched with my sweat to stepping in a huge puddle twice (with my Jellies) it was worth it. 

But the Nashville Flea Market was pretty exciting (washed statement)! Although I didn't find my succulients I did get manage to get Fittonias and Caladiums, which are beautiful! They just so happen to match the PEACHES Adventure Tee. It really became an adventure when Elliott and Reci met up with me, they finally got to see their work in print via the EYEPISSGLITTER look book.

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I also managed to cop some dope records, one in particular caught my eye right away. The O'Jays Familt Reunion; my GRANDPA would play this song some mornings driving me to the train. I played it this morning and the warm crisp sounds made me think of all those good times together, yes I'm shedding a tear as I write this, but good tears. I miss him so much. Ok, this is getting teary but yes. Nice to have some good music on vinyl. Then I had to get Aunt Tina Turner and Janet, the artwork is amazing plus this is the album with Pleasure Principle.