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George Carlin & J Mascis

Occasion: Grammy museum visit, concert
Dress Code: casual
Outdoor Temps: 73°F
Activity Level: Moderate
Wearing: Deniz Nicole pendant (on suede cord, to prevent metal allergies while perspiring), Paige Denim silk tank, Citizens of Humanity button fly flares, unbranded crossbody, Kenneth Cole Reaction suede booties.

Lots of people went out the music festivals these past two weekends, but The Husband and I stayed in town for a weekend lineup we both liked even better: George Carlin: A Place for My Stuff at the Grammy Museum and Dinosaur Junior's J Mascis in concert at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

So what does one wear to a rock n' roll themed evening at the museum and cemetery? Well, you want to be prepared to walk several blocks through Downtown from your parking spot to the museum, linger where there's powerful air conditioning, and dance around in the cemetery's really-pretty-and-old-yet-totally-un-air-conditioned Masonic Lodge. For me, this meant wearing a trendy silhouette, stable wedge booties, breathable 100% cotton jeans, a boxy silk tank, and minimal metal against my skin. 

Even though suede, flares, and button flies are big right now, full-blown Bohemia doesn't accurately reflect my artistic taste, so I did not raid any of the festival themed sales the previous week. I wanted to keep the look on the more understated side - more similar to  Carlin in his later career. So I chose very cleanly designed, indigo-wash flares, a plain black top, and plain black shoes. The metallic and suede accessories helped lighten the mood for Spring. This outfit turned out to be just the thing for both events: very comfortable for both standing and walking, and also able to brave a range of temperatures.

George Carlin: A Place for My Stuff features a heartwarming letter from his mother encouraging him to be himself, personal performance notes, and of course a couple of his outfits. The exhibit runs through May 31, so please do take a look if you are in the area. Carlin was a true American hero who stood up for free speech and acted as a real watchdog for society, fearlessly critiquing everyone equally. 

J Mascis was also a really fun show, although the sound design could have been improved (it was just too loud for the space, which muddied the music). Still, it was fantastic to see another cool artist from my favorite musical era wail on the guitar and sing about more than generic butt shaking. "Quicksand" was obviously the highlight of the set for me. :)

As summer nears, there will be more and more opportunities to enjoy live music. It's the perfect time to think about comfy shoes, day-to-night casual outfits, and sweat-proof jewelry. What are some of your favorite warm-weather groovin' solutions?