Wednesday, July 20, 2016

June 24th Panic! at the Disco and Weezer - Bristow, VA

Panic! at the Disco, kicked off my summer concerts. I love Brendon and his creativity! He is in a class all his own!  This was my 11th time seeing the band but it was one of my most  favorite times because I got to take my little 13 year old cousin with me as well! It was great to share this experience with her.  So without further ado:

Who:  Panic! at the Disco and Weezer with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
What: Amphitheater Concert
When: June 24th 2016
Where: Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness started out the evening.  I've been a fan of Andrew since Jack's Mannequin, when he toured with Panic! on the Nothing Rhymes with Circus tour. Andrew put on an amazing set and even played a Jack's Mannequin song, Dark Blue. He was really engaging with the crowd. He even ran through pavilion and up into the lawn for a song! It was great! He ended the performance with Cecilia and the Satellite
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness 
Andrew made his way through the crowd
Time for Panic! At the Disco!!! They opened the set with "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time". The entire show was full of energy! No matter how many times I see Brendon, he never ceases to amaze me with how much dedication he puts into each and every show, This tour he brought a horn section and they were great! During "Crazy=Genius" Brendon had a drum off with the touring drummer of Panic! It was great! The guys also covered Bohemian Rhapsody (this is the 3rd time I've seen them perform this song live so I would like a new Queen cover song!)Also, Brendon dedicated "This is Gospel" to Spencer because he has been in recovery for 2 years now (Go Spence!) They closed out the night with Victorious instead of Sins. It was a great performance! 
Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco

Brendon on the drums and the horn section

Last but not least, Weezer took the stage! My boyfriend was super excited to see them. The crowd really got into the music and the band was very personable on stage! They played all the popular songs! I was able to sing along with most of the set. They were pretty entertaining! I loved all the backgrounds they played on the monitors. Some were very colorful!  It was a great night and awesome set!

My cousin thoroughly enjoyed the show. Funny story, I ran into an old high school, Sis, she was in the same section, row and our seats were near each other! The last time her and I saw Panic was for her 20th bday and she is turning 25! It was to see the show with my close friends and family!
My cousin and I
Sis and I 
Check back for more reviews on shows!!! Thanks for reading! Until next time!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Let's get back into things!

Hey everyone long time no speak! Hope this all finds you well. I'm going to attempt to get back into the swing of things with blog updates. I've been to a few concerts recently and I really want to reflect and review them. There's nothing like being at live show, surrounded by your friends and the music!!! Summer is the perfect time to see a show! To get back in the swing of things I'll start off with a concert that I went to just a few weeks ago!  I hope you keep tuning in for other music related news!
Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Acoustic Performer Joe Firstmas

Name of Artist/Band: Joe Firstman
Latest Album/EP: Swear It Was A Dream
Hometown: Charlotte, NC 
Members: Joe Firstman
Bio: Joe Firstman bought an $18 cross-country Greyhound ticket from his home in North Carolina to Los Angeles, arriving with a beat-up guitar and head full of songs. He quickly found the big stage. It all happened quickly: first came the big Hollywood gigs, then the industry buzz, then the big deal with Atlantic Records and national tours with big rock stars like Sheryl Crow, Jewel, and Willie Nelson. There was ego and excess and beautiful ladies and music, music, music. Firstman wrote it all down and sang his songs like his life depended on it. 

"In the songs of Joe Firstman, sensitive young men prowl the hills of Los Angeles, searching for fame and beauty, only to find self-destructive behavior and egos gone wild…” wrote Jim Farber in the New York Daily News. “While Hollywood's peaks and pitfalls have been prominently charted by songwriters from Don Henley, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne to Warren Zevon, Firstman aims to reinvent the milieu for his own generation."

When the world stopped spinning, he’d landed a regular gig as the bandleader on the “Last Call with Carson Daly” show. For four years, this was his university – playing and writing songs in whatever style the show’s musical guests played and learning how to engage a studio audience, day in and day out.

Firstman released his 7th studio album, “Swear It Was A Dream,” on September 6, 2011. The album features 10 new songs written and recorded over the last year in studios in Charleston, SC, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Nashville. Of the album, Firstman shared, “You can really feel the year in the record, you can feel the whole journey in there and it’s my best piece. It’s my best thing thus far.”

The album’s first single, “Who’s Turning Your Light Out?” is Firstman’s exploration of straightforward, unadulterated songwriting. “It was just a very personal lyric, but I tried to make it into a pop song that everybody would get. Its got lyrics about South Carolina and falling asleep with your head in your hands—I thought the imagery was relatable, “ says Firstman. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bands of December!!!

It's that time of year again!!! New band 0f day everyday of December!!! Enjoy

Name of Artist/Band: Make the Years Last
Latest Album/EP: The Cedars
Hometown: O'Fallon, MO
Members: Mikey Mckeever- Vox
John McCarthy- Guitar/ Backup Vox
Curtis Ochsner - Guitar
Matt Kenney- Drums
Andy Tannehill - Bass
Bio: Make The Years Last came to be in late summer 2010 in O'Fallon MO. They are a five-piece pop punk band that just set out to make music and do whatever they want. No limitations, no regrets, no one holding them back.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Expanding Your Horizons

The entertainment business is forever changing. There are specific areas that are expanding in the music industry. One of the areas is through the digital marketing. Many artists and bands are putting their music out there through different digital outlets. One option is for music fans to download songs, albums and video on their phone through an application. This is an easy and portable way for people to share their music tastes with their friends.

What better way to share music than to go to a concert! An interesting idea I had was a concert venue at a bowling alley. People can listen to their favorite bands while they bowl. It can be rock n roll bowling! The bowling alley is an innovative way to share music and laughter with friends.

As a recent graduate, I have acquired the skills to put these options into reality. I have learned how to research, write and present a business plan. Investors will not argue when there hear the advantages of creating a mobile nor a music venue and a bowling alley.

There is nothing better than sharing music with friends. No matter what digital media outlet it may be, people will be expressing their opinion about music.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Money, Money, Money!

Financing is an important part in your life. It can be personal financing or business financing. Either one it is important do this task so that you can obtain financial stability. There are many different websites available online to help you reach your goals. Two websites that give great advice about financing for entrepreneurs are AEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity and CFED, expanding economic opportunity. Each website gives information about financial opportunities the companies offer. They have different programs to qualify people for the right amount of money. AEO has initiative programs that they feature on the page. The catalysts initiative program is designed to help non-profit organizations. The CFED websites has different programs as well. One program is entitled the American Dream Match Funds. The program is for hard-working low-income families wanting to start their own business. These programs all have qualifications and processes to obtain the finances. When going through the AEO website they have tons of information about joining the company. They even breakdown the statistics of each state to give the potential business owner an idea of how they will succeed. Each state has its own website that is there to help you and your business. The CFED also has something similar. They are involved on the state and local. The company is able to help your business grow where you let it. There are other links to information regarding ways to join on both of the sites. You are able to help other if you desire or eligible for a mentor. There are endless opportunities to look for on these sites as well as the Internet. You just have to research and find the best option for you and your business to succeed. Association for Enterprise Opportunity. Association for Enterprise Opportunity. Retrieved September 11, 2011, from CFED. CFED. Retrieved September 11, 2011, from pa-micro. pa-micro. Retrieved September 11, 2011, from

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Talk to the Experts

What I have learned from the experts I researched is that it takes a lot hard work and dedication to get where they are today. Success didn’t happen over night. It takes planning and financial stability to be at the top. Experts across the country have put blood sweat and tears into making their dreams come true.
Experts like Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, get their edge in start-up companies. They develop an idea; invest time and money in it for it to succeed. That is what I would like to do for my record company. Invest the time and money for a record company to be successful in the Pittsburgh area. Although, working on my business it has been easier said than done. I am not giving up on my passion.
In other words, passion is something that investors look for when choosing clients. They are not being apart of the management aspect so they want to make sure they are investing their time and money into someone who is passionate about their work. Experts like Frank Goley say that the biggest down in businesses is communication and execution. In my business would not want that to happen. I will strive to communicate with staff members and execute the plans I have in store for the business.
The key is to have a well-written business plan. The business plan must be detailed oriented to the goals that the owner wants to achieve. I myself want to manage at least seven by my third year in operation. In my business plan I will explain all the steps and procedure I want to accomplish within the first five years of business.
In the end, the experts are very helpful when looking for guidance to start your own company and work on your business plan. I will continue to look for experts in my field. I hope to open my own record company and become a successful businesswoman.

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