Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hanson Show Review

Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ

We went all out for the Hanson show! This was my first time seeing them live and I will confess, I got to interview the eldest early in October and my concert buddies had listened in and so it made the evening extra giggle-ly.

We started by joining them on this show's walk at Montclair State. They hold mile walks before their shows to ultimately walk the same distance as it would around the world. They donate a dollar for each walker towards AIDS help in Africa. Gotta love these guys.

It was a fun walk, with each of the brothers walking with the fans and they took a stop halfway to explain again what they are doing and how we can help those who are faced with this disease that can be alleviated by small donations from us.

Once we returned to the start, they brought out the guitar, tamborine and shaker and did an aucoustic performance of "Great Divide." They sounded so great and I was even more excited for later that evening.

There was an opener - Dave Barnes. His drummer was cute. His music was good, but something I rather hear at a bar hanging with friends or out to diner at a nice bbq joint or whatever.

They were running a bit behind schedule, but we were distracted by all the stagehands, techs and all the people that make it happen, running around stage. We were also trying to see if any one of them resmebled the Hanson family b/c suppossedly they go on the road with them.

I can't go blow by blow with this show, b/c as someone who doesn't know any songs besides the new "Great Divide" and the classic "Mmm...Bop," everything meshed together. They bounced back and forth between older tunes and the new stuff - I was however, able to pick out the new tunes from the EP that accompanies their new book.

All in all, a great show! Sorry can't say more, I've waited too long to post this, so let's just get it out there!

Backstreet Boys Show Review

Backstreet Boys!
Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
10.31.2008 (Halloween!)

This was a last minute concert venture and it turned out the be the best idea ever.
We headed out to the newly restored Wellmont Theatre in Montclair and bought tickets at the door. No extra fees and unfortunately, but fortunately, the place was not sold out. Poor Backstreet Boys.

The venue is small, i would say a tad bigger than the blender theater in Grammercy, and we sat in the balcolny maybe 5 rows up. We had such a great view and I enjoy being able to see a little off to the sides of the stage, the marks on the floor and I thought it was funny how, unlike the stadium venues, the stagehands had to revamp the set-up while the boys were still on the stage.

So, earlier that day, I caught the Angie Martinez Show on Hot97 and that Donnie Klang, solo act of the Making the Band shows, and totally fell in love with this kid. Reason why he was on the show? Well one, he has a new album (um, I'll just listen on myspace), but he was in town and opened for BSB!

We were a little late and walked in on him doing his new single, "Dr. Love." My friends made fun of the title, as they should. He finished up with a slow song and threw roses out to the audience. He's got heart and the girls love him (especially when he removes his shirt, as he did after the set real quick off to the side), but I think it's hard for any R&B solo act to really make it and stand out.

It wasn't an eternity for BSB to take the stage and it was pure awesomeness from the get go. They opened with "Larger Than Life" and for some reason, were in a boxing ring. They even had like boxer's stats on the screen as they came out. So corny, but that was the endearing factor of the show - the guys are not too into themselves to be serious and seemed to just let go and not worry if they were being total goofballs.

They kept the hits coming and I had a smile on my face the whole time. When new tracks from the last album came on that I didn't know, I just looked to my friend and we both shrugged and continued dancing.
BSB's slow songs all have this same melody, but they're substantial in the words (no, seriously, listen a little closer to some) and just pretty. Everyone's vocals were showcased to their full potential.

To cut up the set, each boy did their own solo, basically because they all have or are working on their own records. It just goes to show how the music clearly reflects the personalities of these guys that the media has built for them.

Howie went first - I think he feels people don't know he's Spanish, so he did a mellow track with a salsa backbone and (I think) Carmen Miranda dancing on the screen. It wasn't the greatest.

A.J. was next - He did this "Drive By" song and it was a catchy, fast and over-sexed rock n'roll tune. It was fun and kept my attention more than the others.
Nick was third - Oh, Nick...he did a slower song and was OK. I just feel bad for him b/c I always think he probably felt he was to have the same success that Justin Timberlake did, but it never happened. Poor guy.

Brian was last - I liked his song. He's a Christian rock musician and his song was really sweet and I teared up a little. He's the nicest sounding one of them.

The show as a whole had lots of energy and they mixed things up just a tad and it felt as though I was back in high school. I jumped up and down when "The Call" came on and I got the chills when they played the old videos on the screen during songs like "Quit Playing Games" and "I'll Never Break Your Heart."

Being that it was Halloween, they did "Backstreet's Back" in costumes - it was cheesey, but who cares...it was Backstreet!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Creepshow Photoshoot

Photoshoot: Creepshow Photography
10.26.2008 - Philly area

Not only was this the first time shooting with Julie of Creepshow Photography, but it was also my FIRST photoshoot. It came out so amazing!

We met up at the Theater of the Living Arts and began our gameplan. Fun note - the sign at the TLA had 'Creepshow' on it, so it was like it was all meant to be.

Luckily, we got to use the one car as a changing room instead of probably having to sneak in and out of the bathrooms at Starbucks or like Johnny Rockets. Surprisingly, I don't think anyone really took notice.

There were six looks, that were broken into pairs and worked so well together. I didn't even plan it that way, so I was shocked. The models rocked all the looks - Crash & Caitlyn.

We strolled around, but I kind of already knew where I wanted to go. We choose the mirror muraled walls scattered around on the back streets, then a dingy alley with graffit and a dumpster and various other surroundings.

What turned out to be nice photos were this corner of half mirror mural corner and then a plain back alley, then we found 50s avacado colored chairs outside a thrift store to use and we took a real quick shot outside a tattoo parlor.

It was interesting with people stopping and staring, a few older rocker types kind of poked fun at the clothes as we walked by, but one of the best parts of the afternoon - there's a new vintage/thrift store that opened right next to where the Funhouse use to be!

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