Do you ever get that itch that you have to go somewhere? It’s like you just can’t sit still any longer. Well by the time late February hits in Minneapolis I’m over it. Winter is brutal up here in the North and can last from the end of October to the beginning of May. This is why, I like to look forward to The L’anza BIG Event hosted in a different city every year. This year my band of gypsies and I packed it up and headed to Nashville, TN. I’ll admit I wasn’t super excited about this at first, but “When in Rome do as the Romans do” seemed to apply even though this girl doesn’t love a lot of country music.
Scarlett and I caught our flight out Saturday with the entire crew from Concrete Image out of St.Cloud, Mn. These were some stellar hairstylist that Scarlett has the joy of working with Behind the Chair. After several Margaritas and a bite to eat, we flew down south to Tennessee. An Uber ride later we were at our Air B and B, a love Blue bungalow with a front porch and southern charm.
Registration was Sunday at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Nashville. We climbed that ridiculous amount of stairs to Capital Hill and took our Picture with the statue of Andrew Jackson and explored the historic sites of Nashville. After a few trips down Broadway it was time for the BIG Show and this year was 80’s themed. I can say I haven’t used that much hairspray or blush since I was about ten years old. I went with a Madonna meets Pretty Woman vibe. Tell hairstylist there’s a theme and you will see the artist come out from exercise leotards to Ozzy Osborn, crimped hair and teased bangs and don’t forget the hairspray. The Fashion Show began at nine pm with a whirl of light and texture. Afros that seemed reminiscent of Egyptian Pharaohs and Mullets created with Sunshine and Butter. The message was strong and clear “We Stand For Women’s Rights” as Green Haired Goddesses walked the stage with “We Stand for Diversity” as Gothic Flare joined Greasy Goddess on the stage. The L’anza Artistic team designed another Out of the Box Show and before you knew it was time for the 80’s party to start dancing. Have I ever told you how much I love to dance?
The next morning is always a rough one, but after a home cooked breakfast and a bit of The Hair of the Dog we all headed to class. This trip is all about Education not all the Fun we have and New Friends we meet. Its truly about all of that and growing our L’anza Tribe. The education team hit the stage with Global director Matt Swinney and design Team Artist Sarah Mac with Tools of the Trade hair cutting techniques, followed by my favorite Global Director Leah Freeman with Dare to be Different color patterns and balayage placement. Michael Dahl and Christina Carter passed on some valuable knowledge about highlighting and balayage all before lunch time. They some how fed 1500 people some delicious South western cuisine in an hours time. Blonde Squad brought the audiance to laughter when Global Director Ammon Carver came on stage in a blonde wig say his hair looked yellow, all while Tashya Garoutte played along with pointers and tips about platnium blondes. Ammon’s horror wasn’t over when he got banged by Matt Swinniey in the Fringe Files in their segment all about bangs. The only disappointing segment came with Catlin Weston and Raven Feurer that didn’t seem to have much to give forth than an a basic updo and a bad camera man. when teaching an Formal Foundations you should not be wearing a giving up on life bun. The day ended well All Inclusive with Leah Freeman and Mark Dolan sharing Tricks of the Trade we can all see and use. With our brains full and bellies empty explored Broadway and found some amazing BBQ at Jason Aldeen’s.
The next morning we said goodbye to Crystal, Shannon and Mary, who all caught an early flight home, leaving the bad girls to play. With a shot or two and some champagne we headed to 5 Point Pizza for a slice and some garlic knots. The adventure continued to the Pantheon housing a 40ft statue of my Patron Goddess Athena. It was beyond magical and earth shaking. After wandering through Scarlett Begonias we stopped for some wings and a drink at The Local before we headed back to Broadway. From Tootsies to Nudies, we gained reason in our lives when we found Daddies dogs and parked it right on the sidewalk to enjoy a Tennessee hotdog. I some how got talked into singing Janis Joplin at karaoke and rode a mechanical bull at Kadie’s request. We danced the night away celebrating Fat Tuesday at The Burbon Bar ending this wonderful night at the river with Alix dipping her toes in.
We wished Nashville farewell and headed home wearing L’anza swag and our fun money spent. Back to MN with our minds full of education and our hearts full of inspiration back to all our favorite clients hopefully a little wiser and talented. Until next year… Did I tell you… no… We’re going to San Diego. Get ready CA