Boxwine’s First Battle

One of the many cool benefits of living Lexington is that it provides the perks of a big city without that impersonal, dirty, crowded big-city-feel. With a population of about 300,000, Lexington is full of all kinds of people and there is always something interesting to do. Location is important when you’re looking for a college, because you don’t want to be bored — you’re not going to be studying all the time (sorry Mom…).

Anyways, Lexington provides all kinds of opportunities — even musical ones. For example, my boyfriend’s band (, couldn’t resist the opportunity to plug) has only been together since the summer and they have already played several shows. They were even invited to play in a “Battle of the Bands” at a local tattoo parlor. To be fair, the battle was technically in Nicholasville, not Lexington, but that’s only 15 minutes away.

Boxwine after their first battle victory (L to R): Eric Garwood-drums, Zac Newton-guitar, Tyler Coudret-bass, Mac Blair-vocals.

Just to clarify, this is not my typical weekend activity. I felt terribly out of place in a tattoo shop and I’m not big on the pop-punk/metal music that was being played at the event, but my attendance was pretty much required as the guitarist’s girlfriend. Regardless, it was still lots of fun! Of all the times I’ve seen Boxwine play (which is far too many), this was their best performance. They ended up winning the battle, and as a “prize” they get to open another show at the same location next week. Pretty exciting!

*Be sure to notice Zac’s “Beat Centre” shirt I got him for Christmas — it’s a friendly rivalry I promise 😉

So, if you’re one of those “I’m gonna go to college and be a rock star” kind of people, or if you’re just really into music, Lexington provides all kinds of opportunities — for your band to play, or for you to go to cool shows. Who knows, maybe college (read Transy) is where you’ll meet your future bandmates!

Here’s a clip of the band’s performance of their original song, “Loretto”: