Live Music Events Are The Reason I Live My Best Life

Live Music Events Are The Reason I Live My Best Life

I love concerts and music festivals more than people tbh.


Living only an hour northbound from Los Angeles has been a great perk to my social events life. The traffic and parking prices may suck but if you're a huge concert junkie such as myself and music is your huge passion, you overlook those cons.

Getting a job was extremely helpful as I was able to afford to attend concerts frequently and get the amazing opportunity to see my favorite artists perform my favorite songs.

One thing I thoroughly enjoy about going to concerts is waiting impatiently to get inside a venue. I always get butterflies because I am unsure of what songs will be performed and how they will be experienced considering that I have been waiting since the minute I purchased tickets months prior to get to that moment. Losing my voice from singing (or should I say screaming) along with the artists is always a great indicator of how well the show went and how much I successfully enjoyed my evening.

I have seen over 100 different artists in just the last three years since getting heavily involved with attending concerts which is something I am proud of. In the Notes app on my phone, I keep track of the artists I have seen, how many times I have seen them, and where I saw them perform. I have also been to a majority of the concert venues in Los Angeles and my goal is to go to every single one of them before I graduate college since concerts do not come cheap when having to pay for your own tuition and other expenses. In most of the venues I have gone to, I have made some great memories and enjoyed my entire time but there have been those venues in which have been unfavorable and would choose not to go to them again unless an artist I am dying to see happens to perform there (*cough* The Shrine Auditorium *cough*).

Due to the high costs, I had never gone to a festival early in my concert binges but it was always a goal to attend one. Coachella was one that everyone in California goes to but getting passes is always such an annoying hassle since they sell out so quickly and they're always super expensive. With that being said, I decided to research various music festivals to see which one would be better and it led me to a popular festival in Chicago, Illinois called Lollapalooza. I then compared costs between Coachella and Lollapalooza and surprisingly the one in my state was more expensive and not as worth it since Lollapalooza was a four-day festival and Coachella was only three days.

Lollapalooza was one of the most amazing live music events I have ever been to as it had an amazing lineup the year I went and I was around so many people with similar music taste as me. I cannot wait to go back consistently when I can afford to do so because it never fails to book some great and talented artists.

Concerts and festivals are a great investment because you're investing in such amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I have met some amazing people and made some life-long friends at a bunch of concerts. The energy from those inside the venue always gives me a natural high and it makes me feel so welcomed and extremely happy. Live music events are my happy and safe places and I am beyond thankful for them.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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