By Paula Araujo
Last month, hundreds of people gathered at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion in Connecticut for the Anti-Defamation League’s “VOICES: A Concert for Unity.” The evening focused on ADL’s core message of advocating for civil rights by combating bigotry and bullying by spreading kindness and respect. The jam packed evening included Paul Shaffer, Plain White T’s, Suzanne Vega, Alisan Porter (winner of NBC’s The Voice), Adam Kaplan (Broadway star – Kinky Boots, Newsies), and rap artist Napoleon da Legend among others. Throughout the evening their were performances from current and former students of the town’s high school and surrounding businesses such as Double Up Dance Company, Fairfield’s School of Rock, and Music Theatre of Connecticut. Speakers included Suzanne Cover Mescher and Steve Ginsburg.
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.