Concert

Kiis 102.7 Jingle Ball

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When I found out Jingle Ball in Los Angeles was two stops away on the metro and One Direction an incredible mix of people were performing I knew I had to go. Of course I tried the whole call-the-radio-station-every-day-trying-to-win-free-tickets thing and failed (except I was caller 82 once!!), so I ended up with StubHub tickets which got me two seats in the very last row of the entire theater.IMG_7234

5SOS opened up the show and did not disappoint. The minute Michael began the opening riff of Amnesia I flashed back to the last time I saw them live. They sang a few old songs and a few off their new album, and overall they were a great start to the show.  12342339_960951477311329_9105859402304023521_n

In all honesty, I was there to see One Direction (which really shouldn’t surprise you at this point). The Kiis 102.7 crew made it very clear throughout the night that this was One Direction’s last performance in the US before their two year break *cue the tears* *yes, real tears* *ask Brooke*. The 23 minute set was perfect – and yes they sang “Perfect”. I was most excited about hearing their new songs live. I’ve heard “What Makes You Beautiful” live about 9 times now, so while it still strums on my heart strings the real feels came when they sang “History”, “Drag Me Down” and “Infinity”. It was one of my favorite One Direction concerts yet, and I’m not sure if it’s because it was in such a big arena and everyone was singing along or because it was a huge milestone in their careers. Regardless it was #WorthIt. 12294617_960951470644663_8100212345225230794_n

Other performers included Shawn Mendes, who brought out special guest Camila Cabello, Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd, Selena Gomez and DNCE. I was pleasantly surprised by Hailee Steinfeld and Zedd’s performances. I was not expecting much from Zedd but his set was a mix of his own songs and live mixing of other top 40 hits. His set was the most fun I’ve had at a concert in a long time, and that’s saying something. Hailee Steinfeld only sang two songs but she is an incredibly talented singer. I was impressed. DNCE was absolutely wild, which I was expecting. Joe Jonas ran through the crowd for the entirety of a song and I have never seen a performer jump up and down more than his guitarist did.

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Overall, Jingle Ball was Unknown. Next winter I highly recommend going to the nearest Jingle Ball to you. The concerts are exhausting (it was like 4 hours long!!) but you get to see so many incredible acts in one night and it’s super fun– right Brooke!?!

Peace n Blessings

Meg

Radical Something // Concert Post

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Radical: 1. A word often used in a negative manner (i.e. radical feminists, radical Republicans, radical Democrats, radical views). 2. A cool 80/90’s kid synonym for awesome, sick, etc.

Radical Something: 1. A hip-hop/pop/rock trio known for their chill, California vibes. 2. A name your parents question (i.e. “Radical what?” “Radical Something? Is there really a something there?” “What is the real name? Radical ____” )

12/13/14: 1. A really cool date to write on the top of school papers. 2. The date of Radical Something’s concert in Manhattan.

 

Last night I attended Radical Something’s Webster Hall show (if you couldn’t tell already). I have been a fan of the trio for a few years now and their song “You Feel Amazing” frequents my 8tracks playlists. There was no way I could pass up the $5 concert tickets or an opportunity to see a rad band with some rad friends from camp  (whilst wearing my new Rad sweater from Forever 21 (which the band loved, of course)).

While it took a while for the show to start and for the fans to collect by the stage, the show was fantastic. It lasted almost two hours including the awesome opening act Academy, and I was in the front row for one hour and fifty four minutes of the concert, give or take a merch-stand trip or two. And by front row, I mean I literally was against the stage (I even sat on it at the end and swiped a setlist from the ground). And the music: just wow. As I was listening to Radical Something’s No Sweat EP on the train going into Manhattan I had no idea what to expect. Their recorded music is upbeat in its lyrics, but the backbeat is very chill. Needless to say, I was surprised at the rock ‘n roll vibe of their live music. The raps, bass and electric guitars were more prominent. Even the slower songs were hyped up. It was just… rad. Overall, this show is definitely towards the top of my list.

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Peace n Radical Blessings

Meg

One Direction | Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville, Tennessee

My life is about to (and already kind of has) become all about college. Last spring break was all about California college visits, my summer was about the essay and starting applications and last week was about Nashville. I visited a school in Nashville and it was possibly the shortest trip of my life, but it was just enough time to get a feel for the city. And what better way to get a feel for Music City than to attend a concert?

This was my fifth One Direction concert and my fourth time seeing 5 Seconds of Summer live. Absolutely absurd, I know, but these concerts have never disappointed. There is something indescribably magnetic about going to a One Direction concert. People dance in their seats, sing along to their favorite songs, meet up with old and new friends, and for some, attending a One Direction concert is a dream come true. While my dream has come true five times over, I still relish every single second of every concert. And let me tell you, there is nothing more exhilarating than being a part of a stadium of 60,000 fans singing (or should I say screaming) along to “Little Things”.

Here are my favorite songs from the concert-

“Disconnected” – 5 Seconds of Summer (a last minute add on to their set)

“Voodoo Doll” – 5 Seconds of Summer

“Better Than Words” – One Direction (quite possibly my favorite from the entire concert because of how much fun the boys had whilst singing it and the sick graphics on the screens of the set)

“Through The Dark” – One Direction

“Diana” – One Direction

“Half A Heart” – One Direction (even though it wasn’t actually sung at the concert, it is by far the best song on Midnight Memories and is worth mentioning)

 

Overall, the Nashville stop of the WWA tour definitely is up there on the charts of my favorite concerts. It was a lot of fun exploring Music City and going to a new venue for an amazing concert! To see what I wore and video clips from the concert, watch this!

 

Peace n Blessings

Megan

#StarsStripesAndMapleSyrup | Concert Post

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I am a concert junkie. Even more than a concert junkie, I am a boyband concert junkie. One Direction, Hollywood Ending, even Big Time Rush. Concerts are my jam.

Last night, I attended the 5 Seconds of Summer concert with Jackson Guthy (my prom date) as the opening act. 5SOS (pronounced  five sauce), aussie boyband of four, has been climbing the charts with the recent release of their EP, “She Looks So Perfect”. I met these lovely lads last summer at their first headlining show in New York and I was even happier to be a part of their second. 

The concert started off with Jackson Guthy, singer-songwriter prom date extraordinaire. This is the third time I’ve seen Jack live (and the second at Best Buy Theater) and he just gets better and better, and so does his music. One of my absolute favorites (apart from his new single “Young & Single”, of course) was “Legacy”. Hopefully I’ll get act together and post a video on my youtube channel with clips from the concert and this song, and I know the “junior year” excuse is getting old, but it’s junior year… Anyways, great show Jack, you never disappoint.

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Next came the Aussies, 5SOS. Playing a mix of covers (like “What I Like About You” and “Teenage Dream”) and original music, these boys put on quite the show. Their first headlining show in New York was an acoustic set, so I never really heard all of their music live. The whole waiting-in-line-for-two-hours-to-get-a-good-spot thing didn’t work out so well so my friends and I ended up in the back, but it is still one of my favorite concerts to date. Everyone was enjoying themselves and everyone was having a good time (even the parents in the back with us). My favorite songs of the set were “Disconnected” and “Heartache On The Big Screen”, available on their new EP. My words of wisdom: the next time they come to your area, do everything in your power to see them. It’s so worth it.

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I also met up with Jackson and his friend Ray (who doesn’t really understand the whole “blog” thing) after the show! See you guys in 41 days…

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And s/o to my friends Sophia, Leah and Rachel who put up with me the whole night, y’all rock, never change.

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Peace n Blessings

Megan

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It’s crazy to think that 48 hours ago I was a part of history. A big part of history. I was a part of Ed Sheeran’s first headlining concert at Madison Square Garden. I was a part of the mosh-pit on the floor, I was a part of the “universal shh”, I was a part of the “gospel choir”. And all of this, at Madison Square Garden.

The October 29th show was the only show with an unannounced opening act, so when I saw a flashing Snow Patrol logo on the big screens, I could not have been happier. The lead singer, Gary, was having the absolute time of his life. He was bouncing around on stage for the entire set, and he really the crowd to have fun (which of course, we did).

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On the moonlit drive home from the show, my friends dad explained how, while waiting in the car, he researched concert reviews for Ed. He said, and I quote, “47 out of 48 reviews” that he read were great. Ed is applauded for including his crowd in his concerts, and I think that may just be an under appreciation. I have seen two headlining Ed Sheeran concerts: one at Terminal 5, and one at Madison Square Garden. Polar opposites, if I do say so myself. But, if anything, I felt more connected to Ed in an arena of 18 thousand people than in a pit of 2 thousand people in Terminal 5. Honestly, it’s indescribable. So basically, everyone should go see Ed in concert. Everyone. Even if you don’t know any of his songs, I guarantee you will have an amazing time.

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Song of the Night: Now, I can’t possibly choose one song, but here are a few of my favorites. When he tours, Ed sing’s a cover of  “Be My Husband” by Nina Simone. He teaches us the chorus of the song, a simple “Oh daddy now, now, love me good”, and we all jam out together.  Another one of my favorites, which he called “one of the silliest songs he’d ever written”, and which I had never seen him sing live, was “Wake Me Up”. But my all time favorite was a song off his upcoming album. It’s a real tear jerker. Keep on the lookout for his new album, Emblem.

Peace n Ginger Blessings

Megan

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Last night I was lucky enough to be a part of Ed Sheeran’s first concert at Madison Square Garden. In one year, I have gone from being in the mosh-pit of Terminal 5 for Ed’s first headlining show in New York City to being on the floor mosh-pit of his first headlining show at Madison Square Garden. I can’t even begin to describe my experience last night, so bare with me and stay tuned for a concert post.

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I decided to wear my bit of orange to show my love for his album “+” which has a completely orange cover. I went with my new favorite jeggings and my comfiest shoes, as well as a flowy crop top from Wet Seal. I have another crop top in this shape and style but with a different pattern and (dare I say it) I love this one even more. I can wear these polka dots through the fall and winter like this with a sweater and jeans and into spring and summer with high waisted shorts and sandals!

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Jeans: American Eagle | Top: c/o Wet Seal | Shoes: Vans | Sweater: Forever 21

~|Photography by Norah Beglane|~

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Peace + Blessings

Megan

Stars Dance Tour 2013

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I spent my Sunday night “coming to get it” with Selena Gomez at New Jersey’s Prudential Center as a part of her Stars Dance Tour. She put on quite an impressive show; I was honestly blown away. Although I hadn’t heard any of the songs off of her new album except “Come And Get It”, I found myself dancing along to all of her songs. She even covered one of my favorite songs, “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn.

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Her opening act, 4th place  US X-Factor contestants Emblem 3, also put on quite a show. They were having the time of their lives and loved interacting with the crowd. They even pulled two girls up on stage with them!

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After her last performance, Selena came outside to the barricades to take selfies with her fans!

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Song of the day: Selena gave a tearful performance of one of my favorites,  “Love Will Remember” at the concert.

 

 

Peace n Blessings

Megan

I Wish Tour

I can’t think of a better way to kick of my Junior year of high school than to go to a hoppin’ concert with some buds from school. When I heard Cher Lloyd, 5th Harmony and Jackson Guthy were all touring together, I knew I had to be there.

I spent a majority of my day waiting in a barricade  outside the Best Buy Theater in Times Square with my friend Leah, but the wait was definitely worth it in the end. I weaseled my way up from the 9th row of people in general admission to the second row. All of the performers sang straight into my camera, especially Cher.

The first act was a girl named Zara who had amazing backup dancers and a voice to match.

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Next was Jackson Guthy, my main man. I’ve been a fan of Jackson’s for a few years now and I always try and see him when he comes to New York. He performed a few new songs last night and it’s safe to say I’m already obsessed with them (especially “Pretty Lady”, it’s been stuck in my head all day!).

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Next was Fifth Harmony, the girl group that placed third on last season’s X Factor. I loved the girls while they were on the show and last night I was completely blown away at the progress they’ve made since X Factor! I especially loved their acoustic cover of Lorde’s “Royal”.

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And last but not least was Cher. I found out about Cher Lloyd around the same time I heard about One Direction, for they were on the same season of British X Factor. Cher’s sassy style and unique songs make the perfect mix for someone I can obsess about. Being second row to watch Cher perform was a blessing. She truly loves and trusts her fans and it was amazing to see how much she loved everyone in her crowd close up. She sang a few new songs on the album she hopes to release in November, including a heartfelt number about her father, which brought tears to not only her eyes but the entire crowd’s. She also performed her new single “I Wish”,  an upbeat song perfect for a quick pick-me-up during the beginning of the school year.

Also, can we talk about her outfit? A micro-mini, a crop top, a chunky necklace, over the knee boots and faux-cornrows in her hair: perfection!

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Here is a photo of my friends and I after the concert!

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What I wore: Top: Brandy Melville | Skirt: Brandy Melville | Shoes: Vans | Headband: DIY | Bag: Brandy Melville

 

Song(s) of the Day: “Miss Movin On” by 5th Harmony and “I Wish” by Cher Lloyd.

 

Peace n Blessings

Megan

John Mayer

Last night I went to see John Mayer perform at the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach. I really don’t know much of his music, other than his hits, so I had no idea what to expect.
Phillip Phillips, 22 year old American Idol winner, opened for Mayer and put on a great show. I could see the passion he has for his music in the way he danced around on stage and gave his performance everything he had.
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John Mayer was amazing. What I really loved about his show was that he didn’t just play the hits and he didn’t just play the song the way that he recorded it. He played soulful guitar solos and even performed two new songs. He thanked the crowd for supporting him and for listening to him even when people say “Why do you listen to him?”.
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What I Wore:
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Skirt: Brandy Melville | Sweater: H&M | Bag: Brandy Melville
Song of the Day: one of my new favorites, “I WIll Be Found (Lost At Sea)”
Peace n Blessings
Megan

One Direction, Jones Beach 6/28

This was a day to go down in the books: The day after my 16th birthday, my favorite band live in concert, me in the 12th row… what more could I ask for?

First of all, here’s a HUGE shoutout to my friend Leigh who offered me one of her Regular VIP tickets for the One Direction concert at Jones Beach. Regular VIP tickets for One Direction mean that you get to go to soundcheck before the concert begins, you get line-free access to merchandise, you get a “swag bag” with a tee-shirt and a poster, and you are in the FIRST 15 ROWS. It’s on the expensive side, but these tickets are TOTALLY worth it.

First, here’s what I wore. There’s a bit of a story with the shirt…

My first time seeing One Direction live about a year and a half ago, I wore this same shirt. I wanted to dress up like two of the members in the band so I ended up wearing suspenders and a plaid shirt… (it’s a little embarrassing to look back on it now but hey, that’s what Freshman year is all about).

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photography by Elizabeth Bobroske

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This summer I am totally into crop tops and high waisted everything, so I cut the shirt , which I barely ever wear, into something I’ll wear more often!

I also tied my Brandy Melville British flag sweater around my waist, which came in handy when it started pouring rain in the middle of the concert!

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Top: Abercrombie & Fitch | Skirt: American Apparel | Shoes: Converse All Star

 

There really aren’t words to describe how much fun I had during this concert. As I’m approaching my two year anniversary of discovering One Direction, it’s crazy how much my obsession love for this band has snowballed into something I can’t imagine life without. Being so close to the cutest kids on earth and being able to see them out of concert context was just a treat.

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At soundcheck!

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Harry spraying his water on us!

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During the concert.

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To say the least, the night was

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On another note, my first youtube video is LIVE! Go watch me get ready for the concert and video footage from the concert!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOJ1nZbB-3w

 

Peace n Blessings

Megan