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Alice Summerthing 2012

Alice Summerthing 2012

Radio Station Alice put on their annual free Summerthing Concert in Golden Gate Park at the renamed Hellman Hollow (formerly known as Speedway Meadow) Thousands came to check out the lineup featuring Vicci Martinez, Graffiti6, Scars on 45, Boys Like Girls, and Adam Lambert.

What more can you ask for on a Sunday afternoon, picnic? food trucks? giveaways? quality time with friends? live music? and girls screaming at the top of their lungs? I can do without the screaming. It always boggles my mind as to why people actually scream when they see their favorite musician or singer. Maybe clapping is a good response to saying that some musical artist has done a good job is good, but screaming, I could never understand. Please spare my ears so I can actually listen to the music.

The performances were lively, but unfortunately the artists were out of my element of familiarity. At most each artist performed only one of their more popular hits. Nevertheless, the show was entertaining and seeing that the crowd was really into it gave proof that the show was great.

Alice Summerthing 2012 was cool, now let’s look forward to Alice’s Now and Zen Concert 2012 later this year.

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Do you like bubbles? There were plenty at Alice Summerthing 2012.

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Vicci Martinez photographing with a fan after her performance.

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Jamie Scott on the acoustic guitar at Summerthing 2012.

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Pete Cherry of Graffiti6 on the bass.

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Graffiti6 duo (TommyD and Jamie Scott) jammin' at Summerthing 2012.

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Danny Bemrose of Scars 45 on lead guitar and vocals.

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Scars on 45 Chris Durling bangin' the drums.

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Stuart Nichols of Scars on 45 lays down the bass beats.

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David Nowakowski on the keys.

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Vocalist Aimee Driver of Scars on 45

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Vocalist Aimee Driver of Scars on 45.

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Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls on lead vocals and electric guitar.

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Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls feeling the energy from the crowd.

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Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls better be wearing some Speedos because it can get chilly in SF.

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Paul DiGiovanni of Boys Like Girls generating energy for the crowd.

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Boys Like Girls Morgan Dorr on the bass.

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shhh listen...

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Adam Lambert's bassist and drummer rockin' it at Summerthing 2012.

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Hittin' the keys for Adam Lambert.

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Love the reflection on Adam Lambert's shades.

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Tommy Joe Ratliff on Electric Guitar for Adam Lambert.

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Adam Lambert and his fierce stare.

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Alice Summerthing 2010

Alice Summerthing 2010 (click here for images)

This year Radio Alice did not fail to put on a good show. It was anything, but dull. Summerthing has to be one of summer’s best free concert open to the public. Again the show was held at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park and the featured performers were Thriving Ivory, One eskimO, Kris Allen, and Lifehouse.

The weather this year was amazingly sunny and the crowd sure packed the space well. Vendors lined the sides of the venue as well as the far back space behind the audience. People came early to camp out good spots for great views and the crowd sure packed it in at the front of the stage.

Great times at the park with great music and tons of blown bubbles throughout the air made for such a great time to have a picnic and time to relax in the sun.

Pictures of the Alice Summerthing can be seen by clicking on the picture link above. If this post was informative and helpful, please feel free to leave me a comment or donation below. Thank you.

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San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers (click here for images)

The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers located within Golden Gate Park is one of oldest buildings in Golden Gate Park that I have never been to before until now. I’ve always grew up walking around Golden Gate Park and I’ve even been to the gardens outside of the greenhouse, but not until recently have I ever been inside the building. The building is a beautiful piece of architecture and I don’t know why I haven’t been here before.

Inside the conservatory there are plants and flowers of all sorts from different regions of the world. There are 5 separate exhibits within the building. There are 4 exhibits that are permanent at the conservatory and they are Lowland Tropics, Highland Tropics, Potted Plants, and Aquatic Plants. The 5th room is a special exhibit room. The theme for this exhibit currently is Edible Expeditions.

In the Edible Expeditions room there are plants from Asia, North America, and South America. There are even some island type fruits from the Pacific. The most delicious looking edible plant there was the pineapple plant and a lychee tree. I was tempted to give these a taste, but of course was not allowed to.

The rest of the buildings exhibits are highly humid and I suggest if you are wanting to check out these rooms that you bring a towel with you on a cool San Francisco day because you will be sweating if you are not use to the temperature change. The most beautiful of orchids are on display all over the four exhibits. If you are a green thumb and you love orchids this is the place to go.

The Conservatory of Flowers is opened Tuesday – Sunday; 9am – 5pm. Tickets are $7 for Adults, $5 for Youth 12-17, Seniors 65+, and students with ID, $2 for Children 5-11, and Free for Children 4 and below. There are discounts available for residents of SF and the first Tuesday of the month admission is Free.

A selection of pictures of the SF Conservatory of Flowers can be seen by clicking on the picture link above. If you would like to see more visit the Conservatory up close and personal. More information can be found following this link. Please feel free to leave me a comment below for the pictures and/or the posting.