#MERCHMONDAY: 4:44 Tour

Hi, fam!  It’s definitely been a minute.  I admit I’ve been blowing it in regards to posting – I haven’t posted anything since mid-September.  Not okay.

Anyways.  Here to talk about really the only thing that’s become my life as of late – #MERCH.  For those of you who don’t know – yes, some have asked me what “merch” is – merch is short for merchandise.

Merriam-Webster defines merchandise as the following –

Now that we’re all up to speed, my focus is on concert and rapper #MERCH.  It truly  makes up 95% of my wardrobe.  What #MERCH am I wearing today?  Check it below –

I copped this at Jay-Z’s opening night of his 4:44 Tour in Anaheim at the Honda Center on Friday, 10/27.  And the concert was freaking amazing BTW.  I bought the Paris edition because they didn’t have LA.  They were selling Brooklyn and New York versions, but I thought Paris was the most unique.  And it reminded me of Watch The Throne, and I miss Kanye and Jay-Z together sooooo.  Yes, I think that much into my #MERCH purchases.

#MERCH RATING

Quality: AMAZING.  Seriously, this is not your standard janky t-shirt that you feel is going to fall apart after one wash.  Well done, Hov.

Design: Now I’m no fashion designer or stylist, but I’m giving you my opinions anyway.

Color: I definitely don’t have a piece of #MERCH in a peach or tan colorway so glad to add this to my collection.  Not sure it’s the best color on me as sometimes I appear to be jaundice in yellow / tan colors.  IDGAF.  I like it.

Front: Clean and simple.

Back: I wish I would have gotten a better look at the back of the other city’s shirts so I could compare, but I was a few beers in and don’t remember.  I like it though.  Black and white, newspaper vibes.

Sleeves: It may be a little much to have “4:44” on one sleeve and “Jay:Z” on another, but because the front of the shirt is so simple, I think it works.

Tag: Love, love, love a custom shirt tag.  It makes the shirt that much more meaningful.

Cost: $50 – This isn’t bad for the quality.  Trussssss mi.  The quality is v good and well worth the price.  And the concert ticket was free so all is good.

What will I wear next Monday?  Wait on iiiiiiit.

 

 

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Concert Review: BET Experience – Night 3

It has been a busy last few days filled with concerts, and I am not mad about it for one second.

Last night I attended the third night of the concert series that make up the BET Experience.  The lineup below –

  • Lil Yachty
  • Young Thug
  • Migos
  • Rae Sremmurd
  • Gucci Mane
  • ScHoolboy Q
  • A$AP Rocky

We missed Lil Yachty but got there just in time for Thugger.  Staples Center wasn’t completely full yet so the crowd wasn’t as lit as I expected for Young Thug, but he played a handful of his old and new tracks, keeping the audience satisfied.

Time for Migos.  I just saw them last Friday as one of the openers for Future, and once again they did not disappoint.  I truly think they are the top hip-hop group in the country right now – from the success of their Culture album to being featured on numerous tracks and making appearances across the board – they’re everywhere.  Talk about living your best life.

Can we also talk about how TakeOff needs to take off his pink windbreaker situation and give it to me?  And I don’t even wear pink, but it’s everything.  Photo cred: Staples Center Twitter

Next up was Rae Sremmurd.  Now these two guys really had the crowd lit.  From “No Flex Zone” to “Black Beatles” to “Swang” to “No Type” and more, Swae Lee and and Slim Jimmy elevated the energy inside the Staples Center.

Now I was pretty excited to see the next rapper – Gucci Mane.  Last night was the second time I’ve seen him live – the first was at Rolling Loud in May.  But to see him at Staples Center in a more controlled environment compared to a chaotic outdoor music festival was much more preferred. He performed “Both,” “Lemonade” (one of my favorites), and brought out Migos to perform “Slippery” in addition to a handful of other songs.

The last two acts were ScHoolboy Q and A$AP Rocky.  Now I thought A$AP would be the headliner, but the two rappers actually started on stage together.  I was all the way down for that.

TDE x A$AP… yes, please.

Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg took this approach Thursday night.  They alternated stage time and performed together.  This kept the energy going and held your attention as a fan.  V smart.

Anyways, ScHoolboy performed “Man of the Year,” “Collard Greens,” “THat Part,” and “Studio” to name a few.  A$AP Rocky aka BAE$AP Rocky performed “Electric Body” (with ScHoolboy), “Shabba,” “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2,” and more.

But nothing, and I mean nothing, could have prepared me or the rest of Staples Center for the final song.  ScHoolboy came back out with truly only a few minutes to spare until their ending time of 11:30PM.  He took to the mic saying this next song was to those from Compton, Carson, Gardena, etc (Los Angeles cities for those yinzers reading this), and “Humble” started playing.

Everyone knew what this meant…

K I N G  K E N D R I CK

For the three minutes Kendrick was on stage, the energy was at PEAK levels.  I almost told my friend who was there with me that we should leave a little early to get ahead of the crowd, but I’m so glad we stayed until the end.  The entire A$AP Mob and TDE family rushed the stage and everyone was living their best life.

You can watch snippets from the concert below!

Okay, time to go get some sun and then get ready for the 2 Chainz concert tonight!

#SARALIKESTRAPMUSIC

Concert Review: Future – Nobody Safe Tour

#NobodySafeTour should have been called the #EverybodyLitTour.  On Friday, June 16, Future stopped in Los Angeles to take the stage at The Forum.  Opening guests included Zoey Dollaz, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg, and Migos.

Before we jump into the night, we need to discuss the fact that I didn’t even know I was going until the morning of!  With positive vibes and two of the best concert plugs I know, I received a call at 8:30AM that Friday morning.  My friend on the other line said, “Get ready to go see Future tonight.”  Best wake-up call E V E R.  So clearly that’s all I was thinking about for the rest of the day.

Cut to the evening.

The three of us arrived at The Forum around 8PM and went to will call to pick up our tickets.  We still didn’t know where we were sitting but were pumped regardless because we were seeing Future and Migos.  Duh.

*picks up tickets at will call*

We weren’t ready for this.

7TH ROW FLOOR SEATS

Are you kidding me?  Happy freaking Friday.  After a few “OMG” minutes, we made our way into The Forum to get a much needed beer and to find our seats.

Walking down to the floor was surreal.  Although I’ve been on the ground level at The Forum for Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour and Drake x Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour, it’s just as exciting each time, and I will be forever grateful and appreciative of these experiences.

So we missed Zoey Dollaz, Tory Lanez, and A$AP Ferg.  Do it look like we stressin’?  Nah.  We were really there for Migos and Future.

The lights dimmed and Migos took the stage.  These three guys are really living their best life.  They’re the most popular rappers / rap group right now.  Before you come at me and try to hit me with a “what about Kendrick Lamar?” question, pause for one second.  He is the best rapper but as far as popularity right now and being featured on other artist’s songs and performances… Migos.

As if their set wasn’t lit enough, they brought out 21 Savage.  Talk about #ForTheCulture.

That was the first time I’d seen them live, and I’d definitely go see them again.  Oh wait.  I am.  June 24 as part of the BET Experience 🙂

Time for Future.

Future’s set started with computer malfunction visuals on a giant screen, followed by him appearing and kicking off his set with “Draco.”  I’ve seen Future a handful of times now, and each time he gets better.  He’s definitely not at the same star level as The Weeknd or Drake yet, but his energy and passion for performing is up there.

With a great mix of old and new songs, Future did not disappoint.  He brought out Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and DJ Esco brought out ScHoolboy Q.

But nothing and I mean nothing could have prepared me for the last surprise guest.  He goes by the name of…

D R I Z Z Y  D R A K E

It’s always difficult for me to put into words of what and how I feel during a Drake performance.  It’s just the best.  His songs mixed with his energy and stage presence just make for the ultimate time, and I am truly the happiest.  Like I start rapping along and dancing then find myself pausing and just thinking, “I am watching m favorite artist of all time live right now.”  #FangirlThoughts

Drake performed “Jumpman,” “Portland” (he brought out Quavo), “Fake Love,” and “Gyalchester” for the first time in LA.

Only performing four songs made the overall concert that much better.  And while I’m  a huge Future fan, the crowd’s energy during Drake’s mini set may have been a little greater than during Future’s.

In the end, this was by far the best Future concert I’ve been to and probably one of the top five concerts I’ve attended overall.  I can’t thank my two friends enough for hooking it up with the tickets.  These are experiences that mean the absolute most to me.

Also important to note that Future wore a lot of black and yellow outfits – a #californyinz moment.

Until the next concert…

 

Concert Review: Big Sean – I Decided Tour

Last Friday, Big Sean stopped in Los Angeles for his I Decided Tour and his third stop on the West Coast.  He performed at the Hollywood Palladium which is now a venue I’ve been to a handful of times.  It’s intimate vibe is great, but I do wish the stage was a little more elevated.  It’s hard for us short people to see!  I digress.

There were four of us who went and before posting up in the GA section, we obviously had to buy some beverages and cop some merch.  I held us down in the merch line while the others secured the drinks.  Teamwork makes the dream work.

After successfully buying the exclusive I Decided California t-shirt (see below) and the official I Decided Tour sweatshirt, it was time to go find our place in the crowd.

We knew we’d be in the back when we first arrived at the Palladium.  The line was wrapped (and I mean wrapped) down and around the block.

The night started with an opening set from Big Sean’s DJ, DJ Mo Beatz.  He’s extremely talented and was spinning all the right songs to get us to the appropriate energy level.  Next up…

MadeinTYO

Now while I don’t listen to MadeinTYO on the reg (I really should though – he’s underrated), he has quite a few bangers and performed them all – “I Want,” “Uber Everywhere,” and “Skateboard P” to name a few.  He was the perfect opener for Big Sean, and he definitely kept the momentum going.

Okay, now for the real deal…

Big Sean

I’ve seen Big Sean perform multiple times now, and he has yet to disappoint.  His energy, positive vibes, love for the crowd, and just overall passion he has for performing makes him an incredible artist to watch live.  It also doesn’t hurt that he’s easy on the eye.  Anyways.

His setlist included most of the tracks from I Decided and a handful of other fire emoji worthy songs like “Champions,” “I Don’t F*ck With You,” “Don’t Like,” “Paradise,” “Blessings,” and more.  While I had hoped for a Migos or Jeremih surprise appearance, he did bring out his boo Jhene Aiko.  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen her live before this, so it was great to not only add her to my concert resume (yes, I have one of those), but it was awesome seeing the two perform together and witnessing their chemistry IRL.  MadeinTYO also came back out during Sean’s set so they could perform the “Skateboard P Remix.”  YAS.  Seriously one of my  favorite songs out right now.

Okay, now this is sort of embarrassing, but I don’t even care.  Towards the end of Big Sean’s set, he began to talk about positivity, surrounding yourself with a solid group of people, and that it’s never too late to make your dreams a reality.  Well, I started crying.  I sort of wish I was joking.  This is the second time I’ve cried at a concert.  The first was during the On The Run Tour (Beyonce and Jay Z).  v. emotional.  But yeah.  I’ve always been a fan of Big Sean not only because of his music but also because of his positive nature and vibes he exudes.

Overall, this was one of the better Big Sean performances I’ve seen.  If you’ve listened to I Decided, you can tell this project means A LOT to him and is full of inspiration which all came to life on that stage.  He’s a real one.

Why did I cry though?  I believe I’m at a really good place in my life right now.  Weeding out the negativity, surrounding myself with great people and influences, and just doing epic shit.  I’m really the only person who can control all of this for myself, so yeah… I’m pretty pumped.

The night ended with me going to In N Out, ordering a grilled cheese and fries via drive-thru, and sitting in my car to indulge before heading home.  All in all, it was a solid night.

Next concert… Sampha at the El Rey Theatre.  I’ve never seen Sampha perform nor have I been to that venue so I’m pretty amped!

Thanks for reading, yinz!

TOUR: The Weeknd – Starboy Legend of the Fall Tour

YES!!  I was just about to Tweet and ask if The Weeknd forgot to give us the announcement but about 10 minutes ago, he released the tour dates for phase one of his Legend of the Fall Tour, and you know I have to be there.

See the dates below!

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Although the tour is titled Legend of the Fall, the tour does not kick off until next February, and it will run through June.  Some on Twitter are asking if he has his seasons mixed up, but I don’t even care.  I’m just happy he’s going on tour again, and he’s the legend so he can do what he wants.

He’s not stopping in Pittsburgh, so looks like yinz should just fly out to LA and come witness the greatness with me.  However, this is phase one so maybe he’ll be announcing additional stops.  You know what I’m looking at though – that one liner at the bottom saying ‘surprise special guests to be announced.’

Stay tuned for ticket sale dates and times!

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Concert Review: Majid Jordan “North America II” Tour

So last night was pretty amazing.  I had the pleasure of seeing the Canadian duo that is Majid Jordan perform in LA at The Forum Theatre.  Now, this wasn’t the typical concert I attend – you know, where everyone’s jumping up and down, rapping all the words… the turn-up.  Last night’s concert was pure vibes.  For those of you who have never heard of the duo or if you have and have yet to listen to their music, I highly recommend doing so.

Quick background:  Majid Jordan posted their first project on SoundCloud back in 2011 titled afterhours and under the pseudonym of Good People.  Skip to 2013 when Drake’s producer Noah Shebib aka 40 caught wind of afterhours and signed them to OVO Sound.  From there, Majid Jordan co-produced Drake’s hit single “Hold On, We’re Going Home”.  In 2014, they released their first EP, A Place Like This (my favorite) and earlier this year released their self-titled debut by OVO Sound, featuring a song with Drake called “My Love.”  And now they are on the second leg of their North American tour.  Good tings.

Speaking of their tour, last night’s setlist included the following –

  • “All I Do”
  • “A Place Like This”
  • “My Love”
  • “Small Talk”
  • “For So Long”
  • “Every Step Every Way”
  • “Forever”
  • “Something About You”
  • “Make It Work”
  • “Warm”
  • “Shake Shake Shake”
  • “Her”
  • “Patience”
  • “Day And Night”
  • “King City”
  • “Learn From Each Other”

Pretty much all of my favorite songs of theirs.  And while their stage lighting remained on the darker, more mysterious side, their presence and energy was the complete opposite.  They had guys singing, girls swooning, and the whole crowd vibing.  The last time I was at The Fonda it was May 2012, and I saw The Weeknd.  At that time, The Weeknd was nowhere near his current level of pop stardom and not many knew who he was.  (This was actually my favorite version of The Weeknd.)  So I can only hope that Majid Jordan, too, makes the same musical wave that The Weeknd has made with fans across the board.  And to think I have seen both of these artists start at The Forum.  So cool.

See what I’m talking about in my Snap Recap below, and DEFINITELY tune into my Snap (ergense) tonight as I’ll be hitting the Saint Pablo Tour… ON THE FLOOR.  I am too ready for this floating stage.  Yeezy taught me!

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The Best Night of My Life

People have been lying to me when they told me Disneyland was the happiest place on earth because last Thursday night the happiest place on earth happened to be in the 10th row on the floor at Drake’s final LA show for the Summer Sixteen Tour.

I’m going to try really hard to best describe what and how I felt Thursday night because it’s truly just a feeling that I can’t explain.  People will laugh and roll their eyes, saying I’m ‘so obsessed’ with Drake and hip-hop in general, but to be honest I wish more people were ‘so obsessed’ with something or someone.  It’s about finding and connecting with a passion and just doing you.  You talk to me for 30 seconds, take a quick look at my IG or blog, and you’ll instantly know what my passions are, and I am proud of that.  Create that energy.

Okay, major digressing.  When I tell you Thursday was probably the best night of my life, I 100% mean that.  I’ve done a lot of epic things and have been to NUMEROUS concerts and award shows, but the final stop in LA for the Summer Sixteen Tour was different.

Let me explain how the night went down.  It all began with a call I received from my friend Justine  (how we became friends is also worthy of a blog post).  Now Justine and I have hung out once before this.  Months ago.  We text here and there, have tried to coordinate another get together, but with busy schedules, it’s hard.  So you know I was a little shocked when I received a call from her around 7:20pm on Thursday, about an hour before the show was to start.  Answering the call with a bit of question in my voice, she asked what I was doing and said she may have an extra ticket to Drake’s show and was looking for someone who lived close to the venue and who would appreciate the concert.  Immediate excitement set in.  She said she’d call me back with a yes or no once she got to the venue.

In the meantime as I waited to get the call, I decided to change just in case I was given the green light.  I threw on my VIEWS t-shirt, a Drake merch dad hat, black ripped jeans and some Nikes.  Duh.  Twenty-five minutes later, Justine called and said, “Get to The Forum.”  I never ordered an Uber so quickly.

I arrived at The Forum, met up with Justine, and she handed over two of the most epic things – a VIP pass and a ticket… for the FLOOR – 10th row, section C.  THANK YOU TO JUSTINE & THE PLUG.

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We entered the VIP lounge where we were greeted with photo opps, fully catered dinner and dessert, and a bar… obviously.  I took as much of it in as I could.  Not the food and alcohol but what was happening.  This was amazing.  One cocktail in and the lights flashed, so we knew it was time to get to our seats.  We showed the usher our tickets, and he said we had to take the elevator down another level.  Typically, I have to take the escalator all the way up *Fat Joe voice* to my seats.  Woah.  So we took the elevator down to the floor section, the doors opened, and who was standing there waiting to get on?  DVSN.  I actually didn’t even realize it was them until Justine was like, “uhhhh did you see who that was?”

As we made our way to our seats, I continued to become more and more mind blown and thankful.  I was walking to the TENTH ROW.  And not just any 10th row, but the center 10th row.  As Justine said, it was like we were sitting on the 50-yard line at a football game.  Incredible.  One of my bucket list items was to sit in the front row of a Drake concert at some point in my lifetime.  Now this wasn’t the front row, but the entire experience with these 10th row tickets and attending the show with someone who equally appreciates Drake as an artist seemed better than the first row.

– SHOW TIME –

Having already been to Drake’s very first night in LA for the Summer Sixteen Tour, I had an idea of how the flow of the show would go down.  But this time was different.  From the opening sounds and lights to him kicking off the show with “Summer Sixteen” to three hours of performing and finishing around midnight – magical.  Not to mention Baron Davis was sitting next to us and living it up as well.

While I actually thought the crowd’s energy on the floor could have been a little more amped up – those people may be used to sitting in such epic seats compared to those of us typically stuck way up top – the combined energy of mine and Justine’s was lit.  It’s like I went to the concert with myself.  That’s how similar our appreciation of Drake is.  And being so close to the stage, it was like you were feeding off of Drake’s energy.  It was contagious.  His passion for his music, performing, and his fans make him the ultimate artist and crowd pleaser.  Watch my Snap Story below to try and get a better idea of what I’m explaining to yinz.  Then we will continue with the rest of the night. 🙂

I mean.  The video does not do it justice, but at least there are some visuals for yinz to try and see what I’m talking about.  And do know that when he brought out Big Sean, Ice Cube, and then Dr. Dre… I actually have no words.  Sorry.

Now in the short time that I’ve known Justine, I’ve learned that more times than not she happens to be in the right place at the right time.  She was convinced our VIP tickets could get us elsewhere post-show.  We’ve made it this far, so I was down with whatever.  We made our way back into the initial VIP area that we came from and saw a group of dudes walk into another entrance which was guarded by security.  That was our way in to whatever was behind that door.  Standing around for a few minutes, trying to think of what to do, Justine saw a friend of hers.

Welp, that was our way in.  He kindly told security we were with him.  Off we went.  Now I don’t want to give too much inside information, but let’s just say being in this true VIP lounge made me realize that I do know how to be ‘cool’ around celebrities even if I was decked out in Drake attire and everyone else was not.   Whatever.  I was pretty proud of myself.  The vibe was extremely chill – snacks, open bar, people just hanging.  Drake and Future did not come through, but that was truly alright.  I was not expecting ANY of this to happen.  Not the concert, 10th row, VIP, watching Drake drive away after we left.  None of it.  Keep in mind, I was sitting on my bed drinking a beer alone before Justine called me.

We exited The Forum with the whole crew around 2AM, contemplated going to another spot with everyone, but Justine and I were both quite content with what we had just experienced and witnessed.  Again, I cannot thank Justine (or the plug) enough for 1) securing two tickets and 2) thinking of me to attend with her.  What’s even crazier is my Tweet (used as the header image for this post)… Justine didn’t even see that prior to hitting me up.  The universe was definitely on my side.  Alright, this is probably my longest post thus far.  Hope yinz enjoyed it and my experience.

Until the next concert, fam!  Oh, and I didn’t forget about Future.  He was lit as well and brought out Ty Dolla $ign and Young Thug.  Can’t forget about the trap king!

FYI – Justine has a dope blog too – check it!

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Make America Wavy Again

Yes, I watched the debate last night.  Yes, I rolled my eyes/laughed at Donald Trump’s statements.  Yes, I was drinking wine.  And yes, I was still thinking about Dolla Day at the Hollywood Palladium.

On Sunday, September 25, Ty Dolla $ign hosted his inaugural Dolla Day concert.  He promoted the show as Ty Dolla $ign and friends.  And boiiiiiii did he bring out friends.  Before I get into that though, let’s briefly talk about the show.

With today being National Voter Registration Day and Ty’s new album being titled Campaign, the concert was somewhat tailored to voting.  This is a very good example of celebrities, specifically artists, using their voice (literally) to encourage people to make a move.  The title of his album alone, Campaign, already gets the thought into your head.  The decor inside the Palladium even had election vibes to it – red and white balloons, banners lining the balcony, and at the very end the balloons fell from the ceiling, as did red and white confetti.

Ty even opened the show with about 30 men dressed in suits walking across the stage, followed by black and white visuals on the big screen with crowds of people in LA waving signs about voting as Ty was walking among them.  All small yet powerful ways to encourage others, especially the younger crowds, to vote.

Alright now let’s talk about the ‘friends’ Mr. Dolla $ign brought with him.

In order of appearance:

  1. 24hrs
  2. Madeintyo
  3. Joe Moses
  4. DJ Mustard
  5. TC
  6. Belly
  7. G-Eazy
  8. James Fauntelory
  9. A$AP Rocky
  10. Wiz Khalifa (yinzer love)
  11. Kendrick Lamar

Okay, but seriously.  Could those ‘friends’ be any more epic?  I mean, look at those last three performers.  What even?!  Oh, and did I mention that a ticket for this concert was $5?  Yes, five whole doll hairs… $9.25 with tax.  So incredible, and I appreciate Ty for wanting to put on this one-of-a-kind concert for the city of LA at a price where ALL were able to enjoy.

If you haven’t seen Ty Dolla $ign live or if you don’t listen to him, you should!  He can rap, sing, play the guitar, pump up the crowd, serenade the crowd, and overall spread positivity throughout.  Amazing.

Enough rambling.  Watch my Snap story below.  Enjoy, yinz!

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Concert Review: Summer Sixteen Tour

What a time to be alive.

Last Wednesday, September 7 I attended the Summer Sixteen Tour featuring Drake and Future.  Now, I haven’t been to a Drake tour since May of 2012, so you can only imagine how excited I was.

Six of us attended, and we all met in downtown Los Angeles for the start of an epic night.  Our seats weren’t even all together, but that didn’t matter because by the end of the show, we all migrated to one section and raged there.

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I tend to go into a state of celebushock during certain events and moments.  Last Wednesday was one of them.  I only had one beer but due to the fact I was so amped to be there and that Drake was playing banger after banger, it really had me having my moments.

“I live for the nights that I can’t remember, with the friends that I won’t forget.” -Drake

While I love Future and his shows, I would have to say Summer Sixteen Tour was a Drake show with a side of Future.  Drake and Future’s combined sets were about two and a half hours, and I really think Future took up about 45 minutes.  Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.  #BlameItOnCelebushock

In short:  Drake opened, brought out YG, Future did his thang who also brought out Ty Dolla $ign, Drake came back on with Future, Future peaced, Drake brought out Snoop Dogg, then Drake closed the show.

From the very beginning until the end, Drake did not want the night or energy to stop.  He kept saying that if the crowd was good to him, he’d be good to us and that he was.  My favorite part was when he busted out a medley of all his older songs.  I die.  And although they were just snippets of the songs, the way he had them flowing into one another was dope and kept the crowd very engaged.

I also had the opportunity to take over the WordOnRoad Snapchat.  For those of you who don’t know, WordOnRoad is Drake’s official fan page and site that he actually supports and endorses.  So if you’re a Drake fan, I highly encourage you to follow them on Twitter and Instagram.  And follow their Snap as well!  Username: ViewsOnRd

Enough of the rambles.  Watch my YouTube video below – compiled Snaps from the night – so you can better experience what the concert was like!  I also made the day completely about Drake and Future (not like it’s different from any other day) so be sure to check it!

From the energy of the crowd to the overall production to my own personal excitement, Drake outdid himself.  Future, too.  But more so for Drake.  The production value was v. high on the Summer Sixteen Tour.

Up next… Beyoncé… tonight at Dodger Stadium.

Stay tuned on my Snap, yinz (@ergense)!

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FOMO NO MO’!

Hey, yinz and happy Friday!

Today’s post is a little different as its part of Eventbrite’s summer series:  getting people to squash FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and to get in the habit of GOMO (Going Out More Often).  For those of you who don’t know me, I suffer from FOMO quite often.  I mean, have you seen how many concerts I’ve been to?  Once I see a lineup or tour announced, I start to stress out about who the surprise performers are going to be and that if I think it’s going to be someone epic, how I have to be there.  The FOMO is real!

How does one treat FOMO?  The cure is simple – get into the habit of GOMO!  That’s what I’ve been doing, and it’s working really well for me.  The FOMO has decreased.

What do I have lined up, you ask?  Well for starters, I’m attending two concerts this weekend – one being tonight!

THIS SUMMER’S (AND FALL’S) GOMO GO-TO’S

I am SO dang excited to go to those concerts you have no idea.  And depending on what other concerts pop up this summer, I’ll do my  best to attend those as well because you know I can’t be missing out – and neither should you!

Now having attended more concerts than I can count, I’ve learned a thing or two about concert-going etiquette, and I’d love to share these tips with yinz.  See below :).

DO’S – 

  • Regarding attire, stick to sneaks, jean shorts or leggings, a flannel wrapped around your waist (it’s trendy & in case you get cold), and a cute shirt.  If wearing something high-waisted, pair that with a crop top, and you’re good to go.

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  • What to bring in your purse?  Definitely some gloss, perfume, a portable phone charger/case (major), and some cash.  Simple tings.  I don’t think I have to cover what the dudes need to bring – they always have it easy in this regard!
  • When you arrive at the concert, get your beverage immediately.  That way you can get settled in your seat and not be ‘that person’ when the opening act is about to start and you need a drank… very rude.  Enjoy the first act, take a bathroom break, buy another bev, and you’re good to go!
  • For those concerts that aren’t at a major venue like Staples Center but provide a more intimate vibe… get to the front, and hold your ground!  Don’t let those fakes say ‘my friend is up here – I need get to the front.’  Bish, I’ve been up here and no one has been looking for you.  Then kindly smile and continue dancing.
  • While you should be paying full attention to the live act, I think it’s also important and beneficial to be active on social during a concert.  1) It shows your support for the artist and perhaps radio station putting on the event.  2) You’ll more than likely get new followers and meet cool people who share your same interests.  3) Your posts could go viral.  How dope though.  Be active on that for real.

DON’TS – 

  • Don’t wear heels, ladies.  I used to do that.  Like would actually go out and buy a new outfit.  Well that was just dumb because it’s not like Drake is going to see me from the nosebleeds.
  • Don’t get so drunk beforehand that you don’t remember what songs were performed, who came out as a surprise guest, where you parked your car (although you definitely shouldn’t be driving if you plan on drinking), or your whole night in general.
  • Don’t be that obnoxious person in the crowd/in your seat causing a scene.  Yes, I’ve had my moments when Drake makes a surprise appearance, but don’t be out of control.  That’s annoying.
  • Don’t leave early!  A big mistake I’ve noticed is people leave during what they think is the artist’s last song so they can beat traffic.  Listen, you paid a decent amount of money for your ticket, stay the whole show!  And not even that, why would you want to miss seeing a favorite artist of yours perform all the way through?  Isn’t that why you went in the first place?  And more times than not, the artist will “finish,” but then will come back out for an encore.  Worth the wait!
  • Don’t be late!  With traffic, parking, waiting in line to get a pre-concert beer, making your way to your seat and who knows what else, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue.  I actually like getting there before the opening acts start because there’s typically a dope DJ, so you can just vibe out for a bit with your squad before the main event.

I hope the above tips help you and my upcoming list of concerts motivates you to get out more, especially this summer!  Life’s too short to sit around and Netflix and chill your days away.

4yr Miguel

Now you can take it one step further and actually be the one to start the GOMO effect.  Create an event in your city with the help of Eventbrite’s ticket selling platform.  So whether you go to an event or bring the event to you, I hope yinz take a dose of going out more so you don’t catch a case of FOMO.

Happy Friday, yinz!

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