Labor Dave Weekend 2018

This was my fourth time heading to the Gorge to see Dave Matthews Band with Aaron over Labor Day weekend. My last visit was in 2015 because in 2016 I had blood clots and then the band took a break in 2017. All that to say, I was super ready to go. 

Yeah, we are still super fans. In fact earlier in the week Aaron took Isaac + Elliot over to Bend to see him play on Tuesday night before heading home Wednesday and then we left on Thursday. 

This particular adventure is one of the ways I close out the summer. It signals a transition to fall and back to school and all the other stuff that goes along with moving into September (it often happens right before or right after December Daily® goes on sale too). 

This year I made the decision to take fewer photos and play more with video as a way to stretch my storytelling muscles and to invite some creative play into our trip. A week before we went I purchased a GoPro 6 and decided to bring that and my Canon G7X (the small camera I've been using for most of my vlogs) and shoot with both cameras to see which one I like better. The Canon G7X is an awesome small camera that takes fantastic photos and is great when you might not want to carry a larger DSLR camera. 

I totally enjoyed playing with the GoPro 6 and can definitely see myself using it for this kind of adventure in the future as I get the hang of it and all the things it can do. I especially loved the image stabilization feature of the GoPro 6 and could tell the difference between the video taken with the Canon (more shaky). The GoPro 6 is also waterproof and I can't wait to play with that at some point in the future. 

As you'll see in the video below, I didn't do a lot of talking so it's really more about capturing the view of this amazing location. In the video you'll see the beauty of the 6+ hour drive, where we camp, the venue, the show, and the walking back to camp each evening. Songs in the video are from Soundstripe

You can read my past posts about our Dave Matthews at the Gorge adventures here: 20142015

“Dave” is a single word reference in our house. If you say “Dave” more like than not you are talking about Dave Matthews vs. any other Dave. 

The newness of venturing to the Gorge is gone, but the beauty of the 6+ hour drive is there as is the sheer amazing scenery of the Gorge itself. I’m not sure there is really another venue that even compares (I’ve heard a lot about Red Rocks but haven’t been there yet in terms of another outdoor venue to compare).

On these weekends we drive over on Thursday and stay until Monday. It’s always Labor Day Weekend (or Labor "Dave" Weekend as many like to call it). For Aaron and l we basically hang out in our campsite during the day - maybe venture over to a food truck area for lunch in the middle of thousands of campers. 

But mostly we just chill out. I often read (this time I finished The Arrangement and Sweet Little Lies) and he listens to music or a football game. And then around 4pm we take a shuttle from our camp area over to the concert space (super short drive - we walk back). 

This year we played some iPhone scrabble one night. 

The view. It's ridiculous. 

We have fun. 

Some of the songs Dave plays are long - like 20 minutes long - where all the musicians get a chance to show their stuff and just jam around with each other. I’ve loved developing an appreciation for that over the years - it's definitely Aaron's favorite thing. The talent is amazing and they way they work together on stage is phenomenal.

Most years we opt for designated tickets or the pit (we were in the pit the first night this year) vs. sitting in the lawn. We like to be in the middle of the action. So many of the people who come to these shows have been SO MANY TIMES and know all the songs. Over the three nights he almost never repeats a song and I almost always get to hear my favorites.

It's definitely one of my favorite places to visit and we are so lucky to be able to adventure there. 

Also, just a heads up that I was recently interviewed for the Today's Mama podcast. On it Rachel and talked about our mutual love of Dave among other things in my life experience like divorce + remarriage. You can have a listen here. We even put together our essential Dave playlist that you can read here

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  1. christyj says…
    09/17/2018

    How fun! What did you use to edit your video? I would like to buy a GoPro to take on our trip to the Smokey Mountains this fall.

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  2. hgauvin says…
    09/17/2018

    That looks like such a blast! Do you hook up with people that you've met there over the years? I've been to Red Rocks and it's beautiful but so is the Gorge. I don't think either venue disappoints. Plus...Dave.

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  3. robyn_karsten says…
    09/17/2018

    Love the vlog!!! I am a transplant to Colorado and can vouch Red Rocks is AWEmazing!!! Make a trip of it: yoga in the morning, watch a movie (Film on the Rocks June-Aug) and catch a great band. The sound is phenomenal and the view overlooking Denver is special.

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    1. Houston says…
      09/17/2018

      I haven't been to the yoga before... gotta check that out!

  4. lcp6272 says…
    09/17/2018

    I got to see Dave for this first time in February. I've never been to a concert before where the music itself (vs the words or theatrics) moved me so much! Totally a highlight and I hope to be able to see him again!!

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  5. Bookworm says…
    09/17/2018

    What a fun video! Long enough to give a great feel for the adventure. It's so awesome for you and Aaron to have this time together.

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  6. Jeannew says…
    09/17/2018

    Love it! Beautiful locale. I can tell Aaron loves your video. Ha! Love Dave! So reminds me of being young and carefree.

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  7. kellyannlibby says…
    09/17/2018

    oooooooooh! I love love loved this post. As a long time follower, the joy radiates from your entire being when you are with Aaron. It's so sweet. More video posts (with a few photos, of course), PLEASE!!!

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    1. loripsm121 says…
      09/17/2018

      ☝🏻 What she said.
      And the scenery on the way, not sure what I thought it would be but it wasn’t what I think of when I think Oregon and Washington. Learn something new all the time.

  8. CarolynMarnon says…
    09/17/2018

    I loved your video! I also loved seeing your pictures. I am from Portland, now living outside Detroit, and I never thought about it before, but with your pictures, it kind of reminded me of the pacific northwest's version of the Grand Canyon. Beautiful! Thanks, Ali!

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  9. pharmandrea says…
    09/17/2018

    I see you got the GoPro figured out and that we made the video. 😂 Such a great weekend. Can’t wait to do it all over again and again. I loved seeing your perspective of the weekend. ❤️

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  10. Eternoly_Yours says…
    09/17/2018

    What an awesome video, Ali! Thanks so much for sharing. We missed seeing Dave this year. We usually see him at Jones Beach, which is a pretty small venue! Anyway, from this video, I would say that you are a "pro" at the Go-Pro! Here's to recording more stories with it!

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  11. DebbiG says…
    09/17/2018

    This is such a fun way to capture a trip. Can you tell us what songs you used? And, any chance you'd do a little walk through of how you put it all together? This makes me want a GoPro !!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      09/17/2018

      Hey! I'm not sure what their names were but they were from Soundstripe: https://soundstripe.com/

  12. Houston says…
    09/17/2018

    Amazing! What an awesome adventure to have together and I really loved how you captured it on video... gotta go dust off the GoPro! Being a Colorado girl I can say that Red Rocks is a very different space, more compact, but still my favorite place to see a show!

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  13. Bellaa75 says…
    09/18/2018

    I love your vlog. How do you pick your music? And edit it? It all seems so overwhelming. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      09/18/2018

      I subscribe to a service called Soundstripe and just music from there.

  14. abbypimentel says…
    09/20/2018

    Your video is AHHHHMAAAAZING!! I can literally feel the fun, the calm, the excitement, the one-on-oneness. Wow. Congrats on dedicating some special time for just you and Aaron alone...along with a few thousand others, but you get what I mean. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Binxcat1 says…
    10/08/2018

    Jeez you make me wanna go see Dave...

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