DATE NIGHT WITH ONEREPUBLIC
Last weekend, Fred Baby and I did something we haven’t done in ages – we went on a date night – and to a private concert with OneRepublic no less! More about this meaningful night celebrating kindness below + let’s start a kindness chain…
Fred Baby and I really haven’t done many date nights since we’ve gotten Odee – or at least many dates Odee didn’t also attend. Don’t we sound like the parents of a newborn? Haha.
So when Enterprise Rent-A-Car reached out with an invitation to a private concert with OneRepublic at one of our favorite places – Pappy & Harriet’s — as part of their amazing kindness initiative “Share the Code. Hit the Road” we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
The campaign was designed to celebrate those who pick up others through acts of kindness.
OneRepublic kicked off the campaign by sharing ticket codes with a handful of their fans who had been selected for their inspiring acts of kindness through the bands’ Good Life Foundation.
Each of those fans redeemed their codes for concert tickets and received three additional codes to pay it forward to share with deserving people of their choosing. This kindness chain continued until all of the codes were shared and culminated in the one-night only performance at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA.
Pretty amazing, right?
PAPPY & HARRIET’S
I’ve shared Pappy & Harriet’s and Pioneertown a few times before here & here, but it’s such a unique spot. Located about 45 minutes from Palm Springs in the high desert, Pioneertown was built as a western town movie set back in the 1940s and still stands today.
Pappy & Harriet’s is the restaurant/bar and anchor of Pioneertown, as well as a storied music venue. Everyone from Paul McCartney to the Eagles and Rufus Wainwright have played there, beneath the bright desert stars and amongst the Joshua trees.
So on Friday, we headed towards the dusty high desert locale.
SHARE THE CODE. HIT THE ROAD
After arriving, we walked around to shoot a few photos. In the darkness, on our way back to the car, I heard someone shout “Kelly, Kelly.” I walked closer and saw that it was our friends Troy and Amy. I asked them “How did you end up here?” They replied, “Someone shared the code!”
How cool is that?
We proceeded to go in to Pappy’s and ended up joining Troy, Amy and four of their friends for dinner. One of their friends had received the code and then shared it with Troy, Amy and two more friends. So it was extra fun to see this kindness chain in action with people we knew. It was the real deal! And I can attest to the fact that Troy and Amy are incredibly giving people who deserve to receive that kindness right back.
SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS
As part of our invitation to the show, we were gifted free meal and drink tickets. So as a very small act of kindness, we shared those with our friends.
The impact of shared kindness has me pondering other ways we can pay it forward, especially as we enter the holiday season…
Kindness doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. It can be as simple as paying for coffee for the person behind you in line or saying, “I love those earrings on you.”
Do you ever perform any random acts of kindness?
Or have you been the recipient of any lately? I would LOVE to hear. A kind word or compliment, letting someone merge ahead of you or take that parking spot, these little things really go a long way in making someone’s day.
PRIVATE ONEREPUBLIC CONCERT
But back to the main event – the OneRepublic concert.
It was incredible!
I’m not usually a big concert-goer, as crowds aren’t my jam. But this was SO special.
Not only was it an intimate experience (I would guess there were maybe under 1000 people or so there), and at such a unique venue, but to know you were surrounded by such kind and deserving people was the icing on the cake. You can read why people were nominated here.
I was lucky enough to see OneRepublic perform live once before a few years ago at the People’s Choice Awards (my friend Jamie invited me, another lovely act of kindness). But I didn’t know much more about OneRepublic, other than their song “Counting Stars.”
It turns out, that along with their own music, OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder is a prolific songwriter, having written songs for Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, the Jonas Brothers, and many more. I feel like now I’m a OneRepublic super fan. #convert
Are you a OneRepublic fan? Have a favorite song?
People came from all around the country, as far as New York and Maine, to attend.
That’s pretty cool!
Anyway I hope you enjoy these photos and a peek at the experience.
And a huge thank you to Enterprise for inviting us to experience this magical night.
But before I wrap things up, I’d love to challenge you (and me) to perform a small act of kindness for someone today.
Let’s start our own kindness chain!
Start small by heading to this Instagram post.
Tag a friend (or a stranger) and leave them a compliment!
Go on, make someone’s day…
Thank you to Enterprise for partnering on this post.
PHOTOS by FRED MOSER
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