Charlie Puth: Don't Talk Tour 2016 (Review)

Charlie Puth: Don't Talk Tour 2016 (Review)

October 1. Tabernacle, ATL.
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On October 1, 2016, I woke up at five-thirty in the morning to make a two-and-a-half hour drive from Athens back to my hometown. By two in the afternoon I was leaving again to make an hour drive to Atlanta to accompany my sister to Charlie Puth’s “Don’t Talk Tour” at Tabernacle on Luckie Street. Arriving hours earlier than we needed to, we were lucky enough to find parking right next to the building and were able to get in line—I shouldn’t have been surprised that there was already a line by this point. So we proceeded to sit, watered-down Starbucks teas in hand, and just people-watched for a while. (You can do it endlessly in Atlanta; it houses some rather odd individuals.)

At six-thirty, it was time to open the doors and let the crowd in. By this point the line was going up and around the block, the growing excited murmurs and screams of teenage girls growing increasingly louder. After a thorough pat-down and bag search (they really weren’t playing with security this time around) we were in. My sister and I, not usually a huge fan of standing for hours on end, made a beeline for the balcony seats and were lucky enough to find some almost front-and-center, although there are really no bad seats in Tabernacle. We threw our stuff over the seats to claim them and went downstairs to explore.

In the main hall they were handing out free Three Musketeers bars—miraculously, Three Musketeers is my favorite candy. They were doing an Instagram-hashtag sort of thing to promote both the candy and the tour, so my sister and I made sure to grab one each. Even further downstairs was the merch table. My first of very few complaints was the merch. Not really the most appealing to me, and more expensive than a lot of merch I’d seen before at concerts. Thirty dollars for a shirt, fifty for a hoodie, and ten for a hat. It wasn’t dramatically more expensive, but I was still a bit shocked.

We made our way back to our seats, but not before grabbing a few bottles of water—priced at four dollars a pop, but what can you do? Then it was time for more of the waiting game as we approached the beginning of the tour’s opener, Hailey Knox. She’s a newer artist who just released her EP, “Awkward.” She came on stage with only a footpad and an acoustic guitar, so originally, I wasn’t incredibly impressed. However, by using recording/loop technology she created complicated melodies and rhythms and was truly an amazing one-woman show. Usually I don’t tend to pay too much attention to opening acts, but Knox has some serious talent. Once her set was over my sister and I rushed downstairs back to the merch table, as she was holding an impromptu meet-and-greet before Charlie’s set. We were near the front of the line and once we met her, she was genuinely one of the nicest people in the music industry that I’ve met. She personalized every signing she did, she talked to the people that came to see her, and she’s just a really awesome person. We’d just heard her and met her, but within ten minutes my sister was star struck, and rightfully so.

Finally it was time for Charlie Puth’s set. We’d made it back to our seats and were arranging our things when the lights went out. Aside from the ear-busting screams of about a thousand teenage girls, his intro music was…interesting, to say the least. It was a strange electronic pop sound that, in retrospect, greatly resembles the instrumentals of many of his other songs. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it; my main concern was just that it was far too long, and as it continued the audience became increasingly bored with it. Eventually, however, he and his band came up on stage and the show began.

For one guy, he’s pretty entertaining. I was pleased to find that he was exceedingly kind and appreciative of his audience; at one point he literally stopped the concert to sign a vinyl, and the poor girl he reached out towards looked like she was on the verge of fainting. It was simultaneously the cutest and most ridiculous thing I’d ever seen, but I also never really went through a boy-band/boy-crazy stage as a kid, so I guess I just don’t relate much.

His music was fantastic. He’s one of the few people nowadays for whom it can be said that his voice live and his studio voice are essentially the same. Hearing him in concert was like hearing him on the radio, and it was clear he wasn’t lip-synching. I was amazed with his amount of sheer talent, not to mention his musicianship; the boy can slay a piano.

His set was well-mixed. He had hits, some from his album that only his fans would know, and of course, a new song from his newest record. Everyone was singing along, making the show an adorably fun time for my sister and myself. It was obvious how much fun Charlie was having, too, as this goofy, toothy grin almost never dropped from his face. In an age in which so much popular music is vulgar, exceedingly sexual, and downright inappropriate for kids my sister’s age, it was nice to see something that was just some cute, jazzy pop music that people of all ages could enjoy.

After his set (and the unsurprising encore, which included the still heart-wrenching “See You Again”) we headed out a side door and found girls already lining outside of Charlie’s tour bus. I always feel bad for stars when I see things like that; it just looks so busy and overbearing, I don’t understand how they handle it after just doing a two-hour set. But alas, I pulled my sister through the crowd and we began our journey home.

All in all, it was a fantastic concert. I came in only knowing his songs that played on the radio, and I left a fan. I uploaded a few clips from it to my Instagram and it was obvious how dedicated his fan base was; after only giving it a few tags and a location, I’d reached 30,000 views within about twenty-four hours. I was shocked, but at the same time not so much, as I could definitely see where his fans’ obsession came from. Charlie Puth is a ridiculously-talented musician, something that I think can’t be said for many modern music artists. His passion and dedication to high-quality music is apparent in every performance he does, and it was a truly inspiring experience to see him live. I highly recommend picking up his newest album, entitled “Nine Track Mind,” and giving it a listen. It just might surprise you.

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

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