Fiesta Asia & Asian Fest 2015

Alicia Rae with WonMor at Asia Heritage Fiesta Asia 2015

Alicia Rae with WonMor at Fiesta Asia Street Fair 2015

Phew! What a long, but awesome day.

I started the day with a four hour drive to Virginia Beach Sportsplex where I performed at Asian Fest 2015. I got a little stir crazy on the drive down, but it was a beautiful drive with the windows down and radio up!

It was a beautiful, sunny day. Not too hot, not too cold. But, very windy.

As soon as I arrived, I went to the stage to get situated. Shortly after, the tent behind the stage started blowing away! So, I, along with a group of other people, helped take down the one tent, and move all of the sound equipment into a sturdier tent.

My favorite part of my set was seeing a group of kids dancing to my songs. One little boy even tried to come up and dance on stage a few times. He was sooooo cute!

Afterwards, I enjoyed a performance by a Chinese Dance School. They performed a contemporary fan dance. There was also a martial arts group who showed off their wood and brick breaking skills.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get much time to hang out, but I did stop by every vendor tent, said hello, grabbed some goodies, and met a bunch of people.

Then, I was back on the road headed to Fiesta Asia’s Street Fair in Washington, DC!

I hit some traffic on the way up, and arrived just in time to get settled in before my performance.

The festival was in full swing, and there was a big crowd located in front of the stage watching SNRG‘s performance. Cool group. Check ’em out!

The stage was located on 6th & Pennsylvania Ave NW, next to the Newseum.

Right before I was to go on stage, the sky darkened, and it started drizzling. We were told the festival would get shut down if the rain came down too hard, or at the first sign of lightening. I love rain, but I was hoping it would hold off at least another hour.

There was one more act after me, WonMor (pictured above), and I wanted to make sure they were able to perform. So, my set was cut short. But, I had a GREAT time performing!

The crowd was so lovely! Dancing, clapping along and shouting for more songs :)

Before I played my last song, I gave everyone the option of a song about fire, or a song about rain. They chose rain. So, I played my song, Hide Away.

It was an awesome sight to be on stage, facing the Capitol, and singing the line, “The rain is falling down on the busy city street,” because in that moment, it started to rain.

I was watching my lyrics come to life right before my eyes. That was definitely one of my favorite moments on stage!

After I was done with my set, I hung out side stage during WonMor’s performance, and met some people from the audience. We were all starting to get soaked, but I really didn’t mind. It was refreshing after a long day in the sun. Plus, as I mentioned, I LOVE the rain!

WonMor’s set was cut short, due to lightening, and the festival was officially closing for the day.

Alicia Rae at Fiesta Asia

City police closing the festival due to lightening.

After hanging out for a little bit longer, and talking with everyone, I finally headed home. On the walk to my car, I realized that I had barely taken any pictures throughout the day. I was too busy having fun, and putting videos up on my Snap Chat story. But, I did take one picture on the walk back to my car.

The sidewalk out front of the Newseum

I love this picture. It makes me feel good… I finished a two-show day, over 200 miles apart. I met a ton of amazing people, experienced Asian heritage, and finished off the day with a nice walk in the rain.

To quote Incubus, “And, in this moment I am happy.”

Until next time,
Alicia Rae

P.S. I acquired a sun burn on my left arm… from having it out the window while driving. Just my left arm. So, I’m lopsided…