Although I anticipated it would be, September was a VERY crazy music month for me. Somehow between interviewing artists and album reviewing, I managed to attend eight shows this month- 6 in the LA vicinity and 2 in the Bay Area. Although I did go to a few shows this summer, it seemed like a tamer one than usual, with tons of artists coming through to the West side all at once this month. While I won’t bore you with all the details, I’ll give the cliffnotes version of what happened.
Rock The Bells- Deciding to attend Rock The Bells in LA and SF for the first time, I had very different experiences at each. The LA one took place during a 100+ heatwave in the mountains and the SF one close to the Bay was in the 60′s. Temperature matters and def affects your concert enjoyment. The VIP experiences were different too as LA’s was pretty lush and the SF one was very scaled back. The LA one I focused on the meet and greets and the SF one I focused on the performances, being able to meet 12 artists and see 12 artists during the 3 day experience. Although I thought everyone I met was cool, it was a thrill in particular to meet Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Dilated Peoples and Joey Bada$$. Had no clue a few weeks later, Guerilla Union would awkwardly cancel DC and NY’s RTBs, blaming folks for poor ticket sales, alienating fanbases and creating a PR fiasco. Although my experiences weren’t perfect, I did enjoy my shows and felt even luckier after this happened.
Getting last minute tickets that opened up on 1iota to see Justin Timberlake for free for a block concert at Jimmy Kimmel, this was a highlight of the month. Sure, going to a concert at a late night show is free but quite an investment in time. Expect at a minimum to be there at least 4 hours. Putting screens throughout the streets on Hollywood Blvd and a blimp and helicopters circling overheard, the scene was pretty hectic. Justin,who was sick but didn’t sound like it, performed 6 songs- 3 old and 3 new to the crowd of thousands. My fav moments were seeing two of my tweets scroll under Justin’s head while he was performing and I dancing to “Rock Your Body”, “Sexyback” and “Take Back The Night” in the middle of the street outside The Chinese Theatre.
Overall throughout the month, I went to a few hip-hop and soul shows-seeing Eve (who I got to meet), Aloe Blacc at the Beach Ball Fest (who I e-interviewed a few weeks ago and discovered has a #1 song in 102 countries with Avicii) and India Arie (who I also got to meet, went to soundcheck and saw perform for 2 hours). Was def one for the books and look forward to what the end of ’13 will bring!