Band gig!

My band used to gig relatively regularly, especially when Kevin, our bass player, was working on the last Hubble servicing mission. He worked for a guy that liked to throw parties (on his own dime), and we played a bunch of them. But after that, two band members started work on a mission where they were in Japan a lot … Continue Reading →


Box Set Visit + Mansion on O. St.

I’ve been friends with Jeff from the Band Box set for a number of years. I saw them open for Huey Lewis like 15 years ago, and after emailing a little fan note, we struck up a pen pal friendship. He’s west coast though, and while I did briefly get to see him when he played in this area with … Continue Reading →


Paul McCartney Concert

So I managed to get Paul McCartney tickets for August at the Verizon Center, but man, did I have to work for it. They had a presale – I was all ready for it and I’m usually pretty good at getting in right away and getting good seats. This time Ticketmaster had a countdown clock that claimed to autoreload for … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – July, Part 1

I’m way behind on pretty much everything, but here are some July pics, because I have to start somewhere! With Amber and Jody – two smart and awesome ladies who also work on JWST! We had lunch to talk about outreach stuff! My friend Unni sent me a care package from Norway and it had this nice, mild brunost (brown … Continue Reading →


Abbey Road on the River 2015

I never really got around to posting these, so here was AROTR 2015. It was an odd year. My Norwegian friends weren’t there, and one of the Dutch guys, who is in this amazing group that does a lot of 3 part harmony CSNY/Eagles type stuff, had issues with immigration. It sucked. I felt terribly for him, and everyone was … Continue Reading →


What bands have you seen the most?

Our friends Kevin and Jenna are very big BNL fans now – and I was the one who got them into the band. The best part is they took it and ran with it and while my fandom waned a bit, they went on 2 or 3 BNL music cruises! Which we did not go on, but at the height … Continue Reading →


Barenaked Ladies, Baltimore Arena, 2001

So here is something I never blogged about here because it happened a long time ago – and also all my pics are film. It was pre-digital and also I didn’t want my camera getting confiscated just in case, so I bought a point and shoot disposable camera. Worked out really well! And thank goodness I had a camera! Here … Continue Reading →


Fleetwood Mac Concert

So Doug and I saw Fleetwood Mac at the Verizon Center last Friday. I’d never seen them before but with Christime McVie touring again, I really wanted to see them! And when they added a second DC show (I couldn’t make the first), I splurged on good tickets. We ended up in Row V on the aisle, which ended up … Continue Reading →


More Guster…

I’ve already posted about the amazingness that was getting the chance to actually be a part of the band Guster for one song. You can read all about it here: http://lovelyrita-mm.com/2014/12/guster/ But I didn’t get the chance to post here about the next coolest part to singing with Guster. The guy who after me got up on stage to sing … Continue Reading →


So this happened last night…

So here’s a thing that happened last night! I totally sang with Guster. You know, no big – just one of my favorite bands and one of my fav songs, in front of like 200 people in DC. (Also the whole show was super fun and awesome all around!) Apologies for what is essentially a FB repost, but it was … Continue Reading →


Greensboro Adventure, part 2 – Paul McCartney

So when I last posted, we were going to try to surprise Janine with Katie’s appearance at the Paul McCartney concert. Despite the fact that there were multiple pay lots near the Colliseum, somehow we ended up in the same lot. We hid Katie behind everyone else, and Janine walked towards us apparently thinking “why are they all just standing … Continue Reading →


Greensboro Adventure, part 1

So Paul McCartney added a concert to his tour in Greensboro, NC and Janine and I decided to get tickets. Doug was kind of apathetic about the concert, so right away, Katie and I started scheming to try to work it out so that Katie could come in his place – and we would surprise Janine. Because of the complication … Continue Reading →


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