This past weekend marked the Triangle's first annual Hopscotch music festival: 3 nights, 10 venues, 120 bands -- and 1 very yelpy VIP party for Elites and special guests!
On Saturday night from 6 til 10pm, 100 Triangle yelpers gathered for our biggest bash yet, Yelp pleY(s) at Hopscotch. Elites took over the downtown Sheraton's Governors Room and two balconies overlooking City Plaza's main stage. We kept high and dry in our lofty perch looking down on the crowd in the rain below!
Thanks to our incredibly generous sponsor, vitaminwater, everyone enjoyed snazzy champagne spritzers mixed with a variety of vitaminwater flavors and topped with blueberries, plus pizza from Lilly's! And Hopscotch provided a keg of Newcastle to help wash down those sumptuous slices.
The scene was set with a variety of games, Almost Famous projected on the wall and a Twister photobooth with rock & roll props!
But of course the biggest draw of the evening was seeing and hearing the three headlining acts -- No Age, Love Language and Public Enemy -- rock out on stage for free! Yelpers packed our two balconies for a view and a few of our Yelp beach balls even made it down into the melee below where they were batted around all night...
Many yelpers submitted a vote to help the locally founded National Inclusion nonprofit compete for winnings in the Pepsi Refresh Project. If you didn't vote, do it now at this link -- it's free and you'll feel like a better person for helping -- guaranteed! National Inclusion works to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. Lucky raffle winner John H scored two VIP tickets valued at $2000 to the nonprofit's Champions Gala where American Idol star Clay Aiken will perform live!
It was such a treat to share this amazing night -- and long-awaited local festival -- with all of you! Luckily there's another Elite Event right around the corner this Friday so it won't be long before I see you again...