Bent Knee Leaves Their Mark on Philly

By Rachel Meyers

On June 6, 2017, people from all walks of life piled into Kung Fu Necktie to experience and enjoy the truly unique music of Boston natives, Bent Knee. These six talented musicians pulled aspects from a vast of musical genres to create a vibrant, one of a kind experimental rock sound.

Kung Fu Necktie was packed from wall to wall as both fans and band members danced to the music. As fans were losing themselves to the music, Courtney Swain hit unbelievable notes while simultaneously playing the keyboard. Some other highlights of the night included Chris Baum completely letting the music take over while flawlessly playing the violin and Ben Levin playing guitar while keeping the audience energized. This eclectic group of musicians left the crowd in awe at the end of the night.

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BookCon 2017: Destroying the Phenomenon of Writer’s Block

By Rhiannon Levengood

This past weekend, Moments Magazine had the absolute pleasure of attending BookCon 2017 in New York City. BookCon is full to the brim with not only literature in its various forms, wonderful and inspiring panels, and the chance to meet the creators of life-changing stories, but even some fan-made merchandise as well. Guests and exhibitors include new authors just starting out and advertising their brand new baby, and authors who’ve established themselves as a household name. BookCon presents an opportunity to meet your favorite authors, your future favorite authors, and the people who feel the same way about the same books.

What I got out of BookCon 2017 was community (and emotional nostalgia—thanks Bill Nye!). I saw a community of writers and readers and dreamers and people clutching onto hope found between pages of a book they were reading, or a book they were just starting to construct. I found inspiration from others, advice for curing creative blocks, and books. Lots of books.

However, my shiny BookCon moment came Saturday evening as the convention came to a whirlwinding close. It came to me in the form of a panel entitled Transforming a Bestseller onto the Silver Screen: The Book to Film Experience. Guest speakers included R.J. Palacio (Wonder), Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall), and the focus of this recount, Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

The panel in itself felt more like a writer’s workshop than a discussion of taking a novel and transforming it into a screenplay, and then finally portraying it on the big screen. Many fan questions focused on the process of writing a novel and the process of writing a screenplay, the difference between the two, and which was the most challenging. I’ve never been to college, but I imagined that this was what a lecture felt like.

Wisdom flowed from the mouths of the guest speakers like waterfalls: naturally, rushingly, and mind-alteringly so. I watched, mouth agape, as brilliant minds spoke directly to me in a sea of an audience eager to learn and soak up every word before they left their tongues.

Stephen Chbosky himself had some advice for writers in the form of four steps:

As the panel ended, I felt euphoric and inspired. A smile stretched across my lips that were accustomed to frowning at blank documents and unfinished thoughts. Words clouded my mind and for the first time in awhile, I wanted to get them down on paper. But first, I had to thank the man that motivated me most with his insight. And luckily for me, Stephen Chbosky stayed seated at the table, Sharpie in hand, ready to make dreams come true.

When my turn came, I shamefully explained that I didn’t have my copy of Perks with me for him to sign, but that I wanted to thank him for his wise words. I told him my struggle with writer’s block and praised him for helping me find ways to overcome it.

Stephen prefaced with, “Writer’s block doesn’t exist. Writer’s block is simply editing too quickly.”

If I had to sum up my BookCon experience in one sentence, it’d be: I came with nothing, and I left with everything.

#WomenCrush Showcases Manhattan’s Hidden Talent

By Rhiannon Levengood, Photos By Paula Araujo

As a movement against the male-driven world we live in, Ashley Kervabon has created and launched an organization of women that supports and promotes female artists in the music industry. #WomenCrush–aptly named after the hashtag “WomenCrushWednesday”–gives up and coming musicians a chance to showcase their talents in a comfortable environment.

#WomenCrush originated in Portland, Oregon, where its founder resides, but has gained the attention of local media outlets in major cities across the States including Los Angeles, Nashville, and even New York City. Every month in Portland, Ashley hosts a showcase for a handful of musicians to perform in, and she’s recently started a showcase in New York City as well. The very first east coast showcase was on May 20, 2017 and exhibited three artists alongside Ashley herself.

In a small nook in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Katie Zaccardi was the very first woman to take the stage at Rockwood Music Hall. Accompanied by a solo guitarist and her trusty ukulele, Zaccardi set the vibe with an angelic voice and an acoustic set of her own songs. In the midst, she performed a flawless moody cover of the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Next to take the stage was Jackie Paladino, whose music is soulful and poppy. Supported by a single guitarist, she performed her original songs with glass of wine in her hand and her soul as vulnerable as her bare feet, giving the illusion of a young and endeavoring Amy Winehouse. Her set mellowed out and won the hearts of the growing crowd.

Kiirstin Marilyn was the third artist in the lineup, and by far the most energetic of the four as she dominated the tiny stage. With a dubstep backing track, lead guitarist, and powerful political message, she bewitched the crowd both on and off the stage.

And finally, #WomenCrush founder Ashley Kervabon herself took the stage, sitting at the baby grand piano with a tattered song book and her heart on the ivory keys. She brought the audience back down with sincere and personal songs, both in English and Spanish, bringing the New York City showcase to a well-rounded close.

The #WomenCrush NYC showcase was enthralling from start to finish. For those interested in becoming part of the movement, there are links down below! The ladies at #WomenCrush are welcoming, empowering, and open to help women get started in the music industry.

 

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