Friday, November 19, 2010

ABC: "You're just a little bit camera shy, but you're still a star"

Sorry it has taken so long to write this post; I haven't really been in the writing mood lately.  I've been lazy and didn't even put my pictures from the show up on Facebook until yesterday.  Normally I don't go to sleep after the show until I have edited and put the pictures on Facebook.

Anyway, the show did end up happening.  Phil said since Little Rock is his hometown and he loves playing here he was going to suck it up and do the show, even though he wasn't feeling well. 

As Heather and I made our way into The Rev Room we saw what we thought was a statue of a man sitting on a bench. Turns out it was a real man and he scared the hell out of both of us when we finally saw him move, right as we were going passed him.  Once we got inside we found our usual spot and waited for Boxwine to start. Boxwine is a guy named Brian that I went to school with.  He was really good. I had been wanting to go to one of his shows for a couple years now and never got the chance so I'm glad I finally did.

Matt (School Boy's merch guy and whatnot) sat and talked with us while Boxwine was on, he told us that fans were there that had came from Kansas and that some fans even came all the way from Iowa.  I thought that was pretty awesome.

After Boxwine was a local band called The Supporting Cast.  To be honest I couldn't stand them.  That might be a little harsh, but they were screaming practically through their entire set and you couldn't understand a word of any of it.

Next was a band from Long Island, New York called Score 24. They opened up with "Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney.  I was happy because I have always been and always will be a huge Jesse fan.  They did really well with it.  I didn't really pay attention to the rest of their set though, because Heather and I were talking to Anthony the whole time. .

The Rev Room is kind of seperated into two parts by a few stairsteps: the higher level (it's not really that much higher than the other part, I just don't really know what to call it) is where the bar and tables are so you can sit and watch the show if you want; the lower level is where you would go if you want to be right by the stage. I had never been on the lower level until I saw School Boy Humor that night.  Normally the people that work there won't allow me to be down there.  I guess because most of the time it is really crowded and there are a lot of drunk people down there mosh pitting or whatever and they don't want me to get hurt or something.

We explained to them that I am always used to being down front at all the other venues I go to and that we want to be down there because we are friends with School Boy, they agreed to let me go to the lower level this this time.  I hope in the future they continue to let me go down there whenever I want.

I didn't bring my dSLR with me because the lens I have now doesn't offer much zoom. I went back to using my Fujifilm S1000fd for the night.  I wish I would have known they were going to let me be by the stage so I could have brought my good camera.  I could have gotten much better pictures.  I am not used to using point and shoot cameras anymore and I have only had my dSLR for 5 months, I have completely forgotten how to work my Fujifilm and I was getting very frustrated with it because I am used to setting every detail such as the ISO and apature exactly the way I want it.  With the Fujifilm I don't really have much control over all those type of things.

I was really excited because this show was supposed to be full band (the only other time I had seen SBH it was acoustic.) but their drummer was also sick so Phil and Anthony decided to do it acoustic.  I am determined to see them perform as a full band one day.  I am kind of glad I didn't bring my dSLR to the show, since I got frustrated with the other camera I didn't take many pictures and was able to just enjoy the show.  I did take videos with my iPhone though.

 Some of the videos may be sideways, I don't know why...I wasn't holding my phone sideways. You'll probably have to turn the volume up on your computer. All the videos I have taken with this phone never seem to record very loud.  They are actually really good videos, they aren't all shakey like the other ones I have posted, yay me!

"Camera Shy" (I used lyrics from this song as the title for this post...I bet you could'a figured that out by yourself though; they start singing at the 40 second mark.)





"Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes" This one came out sideways, I don't know why...sorry.  I wasn't holding the phone sideways.






"Don't Look Back" (This song is on the radio "because we're the shit" -Phil)



My Twitvid account wasn't letting videos work once they were embedded on my blog, so I had to open up a YouTube account. I am still working on moving all my videos over to my new account.

"Just Want More" (They wrote this song with Mitchel Musso)

coming soon---

"The World Revolves Around You" (They start singing at the 3 minute mark)

coming soon---

"Show Me" (I actually recorded the whole song this time instead of just 50 seconds! Oh and the screaming girl in the background when they first start the song is Heather)

coming soon---

The show was awesome, it was good to see them again...can't wait for the next one.





Phil. My favorite picture I got that night.



 


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Phil and I (we had to turn the flash off because I kept blinking)





Heather and Phil
 

Anthony and I
 

Anthony and Heather



School Boy Humor's album is available on iTunes now, and they will be releasing a new EP soon


-laurenmikael

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ABC: School Boys, Bananas and Lenses

I feel like I haven't blogged in a really long time, but it has actually only been a week since my last post. Just wanted to say hi...so hi. Hope you are doing well. Speaking of doing well I am supposed to be seeing School Boy Humor tomorrow night at The Rev Room, but Phil the lead singer is sick he barely has a voice right now. I hope he gets better before the show or it will mostly likely be cancelled. 

On to happier news I found out about an hour ago that Thriving Ivory will be coming back to Juanita's on December 3rd.  I am really excited. I love them! I don't have all the details on how exactly I am going to get there worked out yet, but I will find a way. I refuse to miss this. I have never missed them when they were in town before and I don't plan on starting now.

Something I thought about today: The only shows I have been to this year were all either Ryan Star, School Boy Humor, or Thriving Ivory (who I saw with Ryan Star.) I thought that was kinda cool. 

Also I hope to be getting a new lens for my camera (Canon Rebel T1i dSLR) in early December. I want to get the 50mm F/1.4 USM lens, because it is a fast lens that does really well in low-light conditions...so in other words it is perfect for show photography; it is exactly what I need and since I refuse to ever be anything less than front row, it is just the right focal length.  I really want to get it before I (hopefully) see Thriving Ivory on the 3rd.

-laurenmikael

PS:  Blog posts seem empty to me if there are no pictures...so here is a random picture I took the other day:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ABC: Halloween With The Dark Horse

Ok so technically it was the night before Halloween, but close enough. The first time I wrote about Ryan Star I failed to mention the fact that he was on the CBS reality show Rock Star: Supernova...in 2006; during which he received the nickname Dark Horse, hence the title of this post. 

On October 14th I woke up to find a tweet from a friend telling me that Ryan was coming back to Arkansas AGAIN (he had just been here on August 12th and September 9th.) I immediately text my sister and demand that we go to Juanita's on the 30th to see Ryan; she then says that since Halloween is on Sunday trick or treating is on Saturday and she has to take McKynley trick or treating.

I then start freaking out because I refuse to miss a Ryan show.  I have done that once...it was horrible, he was playing at hotel 5 hours away.  I suggested we roadtrip.  My family said no because they had already made plans that they couldn't get out of, plus they seem to hate roadtrips, everytime I ask to go to a show that isn't in Little Rock, they freak out and give me a big hell no; like I am asking them to take me to China or something. It was awful knowing that my friends from other states could go to the show...but I who lived in the same state where the show was being held couldn't even go.

Anyways back to October 14th. I asked numerous people if they would go with me but kept getting excuses.  I still didn't give up.  I prayed that I would find someone to go with me and a few days later my cousin Brook tells me that she doesn't have anything to do that night.

October 30th finally arrives and Brook, her boyfriend and I go to the show.  It was my first time to see Ryan headlining and it was amazing; my favorite show I have ever been to of his... I could honestly go see him every night and never get sick of it.

The first opener was a girl named Hope I think she sounds even better live than she does recorded...click her name and you will be taken to her Myspace to listen for yourself. She has a very smooth/mellow sound and has a song featuring Jason Mraz called "Love Love Love."



Hope



Hope's drummer
 After Hope was a band called Days Difference, who have a popular song called "Speakers"






Days Difference


Then it was time for Ryan. Since this was Ryan's first show in Little Rock as a headliner the crowd wasn't as large as I think it should have been, then again I like small shows, makes them more intimate.  Myself along with a few other die-hard R. Star fans were right up infront of the stage, where as the other people chose to stay sitting at their tables or to stand against the walls. Whenever I see Ryan I refuse to be anything less than front row...that's where all the fun stuff happens. 

The way I see it is: what's the point of going to the show if you're not going to be in the front row.  If you are not in the front row, you probably won't get very good pictures, and you also won't really get to interact with the artist.as much.

It seems like every time I see Ryan his performance gets better and better. During "Start A Fire" he held the microphone out to me, cause he knows I always sing along, good thing  the other people around me were singing too so you couldn't hear me, because I am a horrible singer. 

After the show I went over to talk to Ryan like always.  He asked me my most dreaded question that everyone I ever talk to asks me "Are you going to college?" Ever since I graduated high school in 2008. "Are you going ro college?" comes up in every conversation I have no matter who the coversation is with.  I told him eventually, maybe even next semester.  He then asked what I would be going for and I said Journalism and Photography. 

He then told me about how he used to be a photographer and used a dark room, but decided to do music instead.  I am very glad he chose music. 

 After that he told me to be sure to tell everyone I know about him so his fan base would grow...I said I didn't want to because the more people that knew about him the more crowded his shows would become, which would give me less of a chance to be in front row.

He said he would make sure I was always in the front row no matter what...and I quote: "I'll even put you on the fuckin' stage with me if I have to."

  Before we left he took the pick he used that night out of his pocket, signed it and gave it to me.  This was literally the best show I have ever been to.  I can't wait til he comes again.  What are the chances he would come for the forth month in a row? He's got me spoiled now...he can't just stop at three.



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Love this one too


"Speakers" by Days Difference


"Love Love Love" by Hope Featuring Jason Mraz



"Start A Fire" by Ryan Star


-laurenmikael

PS: I finally got to have a tweet up or whatever you call it and officially met Hiedi, Mandy and Sydney! :)