How I Got On Stage for GIRL TALK

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Jennifer, Lee Anne, and I traveled to Charlottesville last night to see Girl Talk perform. This is the third time Jennifer and I have seen him perform this year; this was Lee Anne’s first time.

We began the evening by heading over to one of Jennifer’s favorite restaurants – Mellow Mushroom. Mellow Mushroom has a location in the Adam’s Morgan area of DC, but it was exciting to see that they have a location in Charlottesville. Unfortunately, in order to get to the restaurant we had to drive through the University of Virginia’s campus … I scoffed and was not too happy of a camper (Let’s go Hokies!!)

After a delicious meal we headed over to the venue.

The opening act, G-Sides was already well into his set when we got there. From what I saw, he engaged well with the crowd and worked the stage really well. I’m not sure Charlottesville provided the best crowd for him to perform in front of, but he stuck it out and gave it his all.

During G-Sides’ set, I immediately began to scope out the venue. Jennifer told me while we were in Pittsburgh that Girl Talk allows people on stage. As soon as she told me this, I made it my mission to get us on stage the next time we saw him, wherever it was.

I noticed two men with large video cameras so I struck up a conversation asking them if they knew anything about getting on stage during the set. They were polite but didn’t provide major leads.

Then, I saw them.

Three girls waiting by an opening in the gate. I knew that they knew something I didn’t know. I began to watch (read stare) until I decided I needed to go over and ask. They had the same idea that I had — out of all the places in the venue, this appeared to be the one most likely to get us on stage. If it wasn’t, we still had an excellent area to view the show.

Ten minutes later, it happened. A crew member came over and asked the question I so longed to hear, “want to get on stage?”

YES, PLEASE.

Commence geeking out.

We waited anxiously backstage for Girl Talk to begin his set. The crowd was young (born in the mid-late 90s) and I felt old but I didn’t care. I was about to be on stage with one of my favorite performers.

Play Your Part (pt. 1) began to play and we were given the okay to run on stage. Jennifer, Lee Anne, and I danced for the next two hours.

I don’t think I’ve ever jumped up and down that much in my life. I had the goofiest smile on my face the entire time and I really probably could’ve started crying at any moment. I was SO EXCITED!!

One rule about being on stage — no pictures. You are part of the act, you’re supposed to get the crowd hyped up, be energetic and fun. Needless to say I began to get a little upset when I noticed a bunch of girls taking eight thousand pictures of themselves in the same pose (hold the camera arms length away from face and snap pic. repeat seven thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine times). Luckily, one of the crew members noticed this and threatened to escort them off so they stopped.

However, during the close of the show everyone pulled out their phone and started snapping pics. I am guilty of taking seven pictures.

I enjoyed every single second of dancing on stage. No beers were spilled on me, no one stepped on my toes, I got to enjoy the show. And I was with two of my very best friends! It was glorious.

With the exception of seeing Paul McCartney, this was my favorite concert moment. Seriously. I cannot truly describe how special this was and how unforgettable it will be. To be a super cheeseball — I will remember it forever.

When I woke up this morning, I felt hungover. I had one drink last night, before dinner. The endorphins and the energy drained everything out of me. Or as Lee Anne put it, “I was drunk on happiness.” Totally the truth.

 

What is the coolest thing you’ve ever done at a concert? 

Who is your favorite person/band to see live? 

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Pretty Little Liars STRESSES Me Out

**SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD. IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE SHOW DO NOT READ AHEAD!!** Also, if you are interested in watching the show at some point, I’d advise you not to read it until you’re all caught up on Netflix. 

Okay, guys. Here and now, I am shamefully admitting to my OBSESSION with ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. What is Pretty Little Liars (PLL)? It is without a doubt the MOST STRESSFUL show on television. Seriously. So many twists and turns and cliffhangers and anxiety and stress. Am I right or am I right?

For a longtime now, I have been under the impression that Spencer Hasting, one of the main four girls, is on the A Squad. After revisiting old episodes on Netflix, it reinforces my belief.

Spencer is obsessed with finding out who “A” is and is ALWAYS the first person to point the finger at someone else — Ian, Garret, Paige, etc. She was also in the car in February’s finale when Mona went all CRAZY and tried to “kill” her. Anytime the other girls mention her sister’s, Melissa, possible involvement in the death of Alison, she flips out and pushes them toward a different lead.

Spencer spends so much time reviewing tapes, digging up new clues, recreating A’s lair that it comes off as trying to hide something herself. The weapon used to kill Alison? A blunt force trauma to the head. Remember when the field hockey stick was found in the shared backyard space of the Hastings and the DiLaurentis? Spencer is the only girl to play field hockey. And besides the one episode that was revealed into it has yet to be mentioned again.

Alison knew some ridiculous Hasting’s family secrets such as the fact that Jason DiLaurentis is actually Spencer’s half brother (and Alison’s half brother). Plot twist, woah!

On the summer finale now known as the “betrAyal”, the audience gets a glimpse at another character involved in the A Squad. Who? Spencer’s boyfriend Toby. The same boy that in the first couple of episodes of the series the core four spent their time avoiding because they knew that he was involved in the murder of their friend. Yeah… no. This is a classic Wicked Attraction: Couples Who Kill (investigation discovery TV show) scenario. Two people brought together usually one with a rough upbringing (Toby) and the other a crazy person (Spencer) plot and commit crimes that are so heinous yet they strongly believe they will get away with it. They are delusional.

For example, Toby returns in the last episode after spending some time in Buck’s county working. He conveniently returns the night they are supposed to meet “A” at the graveyard which Spencer has lead the girls to. However, not all of the girls are present for this dramatic A reveal. Emily is out with Nate in some random lodge getting away for the weekend. Mona gets a call from “A” letting her know that there has been a change of plans. Spencer and Toby finally decided to have sex and celebrate their relationship as well as finalize their plans off camera (couples on Wicked Attraction are depicted making love to each other shortly before venturing out to commit their crimes). So anyway, the girls realize that A isn’t coming to the graveyard and head out to find Emily. They follow Spencer’s lead and wind up in the wrong place. Caleb, Hanna’s boyfriend, ends up where Emily is — fighting off her ‘friend’ who is actually a deranged stalker trying to kill her. Emily kills Nate, Caleb is shot and everyone cries. Shortly after this scene unfolds, Emily receives a call from “A” telling her “Thanks, I owe you one.”

Mona is able to sneak in and out of the insane asylum she was committed to earlier in the season. Crazy, right? BUT does anyone else remember how angry Spencer was when she found out that Hanna had been visiting Mona without their knowledge? And isn’t it funny that when Mona was supposed to be moved to a different psychiatric hospital, Spencer is the one who suggested Hanna appeal to the board asking them to let Mona remain where her friends can visit her to help aid in the recovery. AND Ren, Spencer’s former love interest, is doing his clinical rounds at the very same hospital and floor that Mona is staying at.

Can we also just talk about how Spencer’s mom, the lawyer, is apparently the most magnificent attorney that ever existed. She manages to prove their innocence at every plot twist and turn. I imagine this plays back into the entire Hasting’s family has some involvement in the murder.

OH and the whole Paige thing? Yes Paige is slightly cray cray over Emily and slightly violent toward others. But isnt it funny how Spencer is the one to confront her in the empty hallway at school. “I know who you are,” Spencer says. Well, I think Paige knows who you are too!

At the end of the episode leading up to the finale, Jenna stops by Emily’s place to warn her to be careful who she hangs out with. The audience assumes its Paige. Following the finale, you believe it is Nate (because of his brief interest/stalking of her earlier in the season). I firmly believe that she was warning her of Spencer.

Attacks from “A” do happen to Spencer but not as much as the other girls. And when they do it is not as serious. She’s playing the part of a fake friend and a sociopath. She is present in every situation when it comes to “A” gauging everyone’s reactions. She is the first to think of a plan to lead the pack. She is also a computer whiz and has resources at her disposal.

Spencer is totally the main A.

I am kind of embarrassed at how much time I have spent thinking about this show. But, I really hope I am not alone. What do you think about PLL? Do you agree that Spencer is involved or do you think it could be one of the other girls? Could it be someone else in Rosewood? Let’s discuss!! 

Modest Mouse – 9:30 Club – June 20, 2012

Last night I had the privilege of seeing Modest Mouse perform with one of my best friends.

Jennifer getting amped up for the show!

Honestly, I had some reservations about seeing them live. When I go to a show, its usually to dance  and to really just groove into the music. I wasn’t sure if Modest Mouse would provide me with that same energy.

I should really stop worrying about things because I was so wrong. So wrong.

Their opening band, Talkdemonic, fed into my worry. A viola player, a synthesizer and drums. No lyrics. Nothing. I love instrumental music, but I just was not feeling it. Little interaction with the audience and just an overall blah. The music was pretty and I would listen to it in the comfort of my own home, but it wasn’t really revving me up for the main act which is what an opener should do.

Modest Mouse walked onto stage and went right into ‘Dramamine’. The entire room erupted and my worry about the energy of the show faded away. I began dancing and singing along. Really getting into the music and truly enjoying myself.

Midway through they busted into “Float On,” without a doubt their most popular and radio friendly hit. I’ve heard rumors that they haven’t actually played this song live in years due to the popularity and being sick of it. Definitely a crowd pleaser of a song.

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Setlist:
Dramamine
Paper Thin Walls
Bury Me With It
Fire It Up
Heart of Mine
Broke
Float On
Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
Wild Packs of Family Dogs
Custom Concern
Education
Cowboy Dan
Cover of Bob Dylan – You Aint Goin Nowhere
Bukowski
Dance Hall
Gravity Rides Everything

Encore:
Ansel
Satin in a Coffin
Dashboard
Fly in a Jar

The faces of two very happy concert goers!

My only complaint about their performance is that they didn’t play “Ocean Breathes Salty.” I just really love the song. Hopefully, since I am seeing them tonight as well, they will change up the setlist and I’ll be able to hear it.