About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn has been a music lover her entire life. She went to college in Boone, NC, an area that is rich in music and culture. She also worked as a radio deejay for 8 years and grew up in Southeastern, Va, a melting pot of different musical styles and traditions. She has been to more concerts than she can count in every genre you can imagine. She resides in North Carolina with her furbabies and her massive collection of Disney memorabilia.

13 Things To Pack For A Music Festival

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In my time, I have gone to hundreds of concerts. However, I have only attended the sporadic day at a couple of music festivals. I have never camped out or attended the entire festival until this year. A little over a week ago, I attended my first full music festival. I had so much fun that I will be attending at least 2 more this summer. With my first full music festival under my belt, I learned some things. So, all of you music festival newbies, today I am going to share with you what I feel you might want to pack for a music festival – starting with what type of sunscreen is allowed all the way to the Cue™ Vapor System. [Read more…]

Check Out The 2018 Hangout Music Fest Lineup

Check Out The 2018 Hangout Music Fest Lineup

Next week I will be headed to Gulf Shores, Alabama, to the Hangout Music Festival. I have never been to this particular music festival before and, gasp, I have never been to Alabama except to drive through on the way to Florida. So, I am pretty excited for all of the new experiences headed my way! I will even be staying in an RV for the first time with some of my friends! Yes! The music is going to be off the charts. Want to know who’s playing? Check out the 2018 Hangout Music Fest lineup and let me know what you think. [Read more…]

Tully Interview With Charlize Theron, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Jason Reitman

Tully Interview With Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & The Cast

Charlize Theron [Photo Courtesy: Stacy Molter, FancyShanty.com]

A couple of weeks ago, I got to fly to LA and see an advanced screening of the movie Tully, in theaters today. I also got to go to a press junket with the cast and director of Tully: Charlize Theron,Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston, Mark Duplass and Jason Reitman. Check out the Tully interview below and be sure to go see Tully, in theaters today. [Read more…]

Tully Premiere, Pre-Party & Mom’s Night Out Advance Screening

Tully Premiere, Pre-Party & Mom's Night Out Advance Screening

A couple of weeks ago, I flew out to Los Angeles and had a really fun couple of days doing all things Tully. I got to hang out in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Culver City and attend a Mom’s Night Out Advance Screening, a Tully Pre-party hosted by Refinery 29 and I was able to take part in a press junket and help interview the cast and director of Tully. :D You can check out my review of Tully here and be sure to come back later this week to read my transcript from the press junket with Charlize Theron, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Jason Reitman. [Read more…]

Tully Movie Review: Why This Movie Perfectly Addresses Postpartum Mental Health Issues [Contains Necessary Spoilers]

Tully Movie Review: Why This Movie Perfectly Addresses Postpartum Mental Health Issues [Contains Necessary Spoilers]

I love doing movie reviews and hate including spoilers. However, this one will contain spoilers – but only necessary ones. With Tully, I want to talk less about the acting, directing and writing, and more about the bigger conversation that has started online because of this movie, which hits theaters this Friday. Tully stars Charlize Theron, Ron Livingston and Mackenzie Davis and is written by Diablo Cody. From this point on EXPECT SPOILERS in our Tully movie review and please do not read further if you don’t want me to “ruin” the movie for you – though I assure you that I will do my best not to. I will definitely not be revealing anything than has not already been shared by others. [Read more…]

Merlefest Day 3 Brings A Tom Petty Tribute & Legendary Collaborations

Merlefest Day 3: Tom Petty Tribute & Legendary Collaborations

Doolin’ [Photo Credit: Ryan Case]

This was my first year attending Merlefest to cover for the blog. Aside from that, I have only been once, like 13ish years ago. Man, let me tell you, I have been missing out. I can not begin to tell you how much fun I had on the day I did go and I wish that I had been there the entire weekend. I hope to camp out and cover the whole shebang next year! As you can imagine, Merlefest Day 3 brought all kinds of coolness, just like the rest of the weekend. Read on to get all the details. [Read more…]

Check Out The Official Book Club Trailer

Check Out The Official Book Club Trailer

I have to say, I just love Jane Fonda. I have been watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix and she and Lily Tomlin just kill me. I went to a media event at Dollywood earlier this year and I was also happy to hear straight from Dolly Parton’s mouth that they are working on a new 9 To 5 movie that will have her, Lily and Jane in it! So, I just found out about this movie coming out next month that I just had to share with you guys! Check out Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen in the new Book Club trailer! [Read more…]

MerleFest 2018 Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners

MerleFest 2018 Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners

Earlier this year I told you about the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest coming to Merlefest. This was a fabulous opportunity for songwriters to get their pieces heard by true legends in the industry like Rodney Crowell. The Merlefest 2018 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winners were announced yesterday and I have them below for those of you who want to check them out! [Read more…]

Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

Kris Kristofferson [Photo Credit: Jim Gavenus]

Have you been to Merlefest yet this year? If so, who drew you in? Who was your favorite musical act this year? I know that many people were really excited to see Kris Kristofferson and Robert Earl Keen. If you missed the shows or if you just want a refresher, check out the Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson setlist below! [Read more…]

Merlefest Day 2 Featured A Diverse Musical Lineup

Merlefest Day 2 Featured A Diverse Musical Lineup

Jamey Johnson [Photo Credit: Ryan Case]

Merlefest is in full swing right now on the campus of Wilkes Community College. This year features a really cool lineup of talented musicians including Jamey Johnson, Rodney Crowell, Brandy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Martin and many more. Here is the lowdown on what happened at the music festival on Friday. I will be there on Sunday so be sure to follow along on my social media channels! [Read more…]