By Paula Araujo
Saturday September 9, fans gathered at the White Eagle Hall in New Jersey for a jam packed show. The line up for the Road To Riot Fest tour included Bearings, Sleep On It, Speak Low If You Speak Love, Homesafe and State Champs.
Though the show was rather intimate, that didn’t stop the crowd from getting rambunctious for heavy sets from Sleep on It, Bearings, and Homesafe. Speak Low If You Speak Love, is actually a solo project from State Champ’s Ryan Graham that features his vocals plus an acoustic guitar and broken string (at times – not his fault he rocks so hard!)
Awaiting for the headliner, classic tunes that one would hear at Emo Night such as Panic at the Disco’s, “I Write Sins” played. Lead singer Derek DiScanio of State Champs has guest DJ’ed a few nights in the past, making the right mix for the crowd to get pumped just before the main performance. State Champs hit the stage and kicked the night off with “Slow Burn” and the energy through the audience soared as people threw their arms up, sang along, and others boldly crowd surfed and stage dived. The momentum never faded as the band played hits such as ‘Perfect Score” and “Simple Existence.” Even when they played mellow ballads like “If I’m Lucky” fans happily sang their hearts out. There wasn’t a dull moment the entire show. Even after the show, fan got to look forward to spending some time with the bands for photos, hugs, and quick chats. The evening had all the elements for an unforgettable night.
By Paula Araujo
On Friday August 25, over three thousand fans gathered bright and early in Central Park to see Paramore on Good Morning America. The group treated fans to songs off their recent album After Laughter. The morning began with soundcheck and snippets of other songs. While waiting for the live performance that would air on TV, a few crowd members went up on stage to sing their favorite songs. When it came time to be on TV, Paramore kicked off their set with “Hard Times.” The rest of the set featured “Fake Happy” and “Rose Colored Boy.” Fans who were there at the park were treated to a few extra songs like “Caught In The Middle” and “Told You So.” Its no doubt that Paramore is back and stronger than ever before.
Right now, Paramore is gearing up to hit the road starting next week! Its one show not to miss. For dates, click here.
By Paula Araujo
For one weekend on July 22 and 23, hundreds of women gathered nationwide in the heart of New York City to attend the 6th annual Her Conference. The conference is held by Her Campus, an online magazine for college women. This year across two days, there were six keynotes, various workshops and panels, and stations by brands such as Brit+Co, Ulta, Bed Head, and many more.
The event kicked off in high gear with the first keynote by two of the Women’s March National co-chairs, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour. They shared their stories growing up as minorities in this country, how they got to where they are today, and their experience leading up to the march. Following two workshops and lunch, Lisa Sugar the founder of Pop Sugar, gave a keynote presentation about where she started and how Pop Sugar became the massive lifestyle website known today. Wrapping up the first day was actress Troian Bellisario. She shared about her upbringing and experience as not only an actress but a director as well.
The second day began with heavy words from acclaimed journalist Gretchen Carlson. She shared a raw and powerful story about her experience within the media. After lunch, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder and Editor-in-Chief of MuslimGirl.com discussed women’s empowerment and all that can be accomplished when we come together. Closing out Her Conference, was actress Aja Naomi King, currently known for her role in How To Get Away With Murder. Aja shared stories about her career and and life on set. After each speaker, people got to asked questions. Each lady gave insightful and encouraging responses. Afterwards, some would even stay a few minutes and engage with attendees one on one.
After hearing from so many accomplished and powerful women, one leaves Her Conference full of ideas, empowerment, and courage to conquer anything they set their mind to. Plus, with sweet swag bags full of goodies and new friends, its the perfect way to get moving and grooving to follow your dreams and make a positive impact.