A Midnight Spring Jam: Justin TImberlake Thrills the United Center

A Midnight Spring Jam: Justin TImberlake Thrills the United Center

It’s safe to say; the hype entirely lives up to the experience when you attend a Justin Timberlake concert.

It’s safe to say; the hype entirely lives up to the experience when you attend a Justin Timberlake concert. And I certainly won’t leave out the Tennessee Kids, talk about a group of top-shelf performers. The fascinating aspect about the Tennessee Kids is they are actually “Justin Timberlake’s band and official fan club.” Now that one takes me for a whirlwind. Timberlake quotes the group as “a kickass group of musicians. We’ve played together now for so long that we really have a thing. It’s so much more than a band name.” This statement is entirely justified. Could you imagine being a part of your favorite artist’s fan club and performing live on stage with him/her? It’s hard to, but the reality is certainly here for the Tennessee Kids.

Knowing Timberlake from his roots in the Mickey Mouse Club to NSYNC, the days when boy bands (Backstreet Boys, LFO, O-Town, 98°) were played all over the radio, through today, is marked by a spectacular journey. That journey became a live experience for me Tuesday, March 27th at the United Center. Party buses galore pulled over to the confines of limitations to access the building. People pouring from every direction with smiling faces, laughing, wearing leather, denim, sports coats – all decked out to see the newly coined, Man of the Woods.

I’ve never witnessed such an impressive, elaborate stage structure that permeates throughout a venue with props, special lighting, and a dual-sided center bar that surrounded the zig-zagging stage walkway. The bartenders were plenty busy with people dashing their cards in the air, ready for another cocktail at their Tuesday evening special event. Timberlake’s fan base comes from all ages, a vast spectrum of females and males (after all, I did go to this show alone). Anticipation was the smell in the air. Chicago was the 5th stop on the Man of the Woods Tour, for two nights at the United Center.

Without further undue, here we go: the lights dimmed, opening chords began to play and a very bright light shined from the center of the stage at the far end from where I sat. The crowd screamed of high pitch notes, incredibly excited for the next two hours of what would become one of the most memorable performances they’d witness. A body emerged from the walls and into the glimmer of the light, the crowd knew who this last individual to arrive at the stage was, he came – but not in a suit and tie, rather in a denim coat, black pants, and red kicks. Sexy was officially back in Chicago.

Over the course of the evening, we heard a great deal of material from the new Man of the Woods album, and the hoped-for classic hits from FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justified, and The 20/20 Experience. In addition to all of his original content, covers of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor,” The Beatles’ “Come Together” and John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” were also played. At that point in the show, the singers, dancers, and JT gathered around a campfire singing these different songs featuring a different lead singer each time. I managed to receive a text at this point in the show, from a girl who claimed she could eat more tacos than me, since it was Taco Tuesday. What audacity to make such a bold claim? Needless to say, I was somewhat distracted during this segment of the show, defending my ability to eat. What I didn’t miss was the highest quality of talent – the singing, melodies and modern taken on old classics. This was a unique aspect of the show, which many artists won’t do unless a recent musician passes away. It added to the story of the evening.

We won’t downplay Timberlake’s dance segments either. In particular he had a special segment with a red microphone stand, hundreds of lasers and a spinning circle stage. You’ll hear of comparisons of Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson amongst different fans. There’s really no comparison, it’s about inspiration. Michael Jackson was a clear inspiration to what Justin Timberlake performs today.

What I haven’t done yet is talk about favorite moments of this show, lucky for you, that’s what we’re about to dive head-first into. The choreography was unlike anything I’ve seen before – better than the Super Bowl Halftime Show three-times over. Timberlake used a beat pad to intro “My Love” while throwing in pieces of samples from “In Paris” by Jay-Z featuring Kanye West. That build-up and lead in to “My Love” was probably one of the best parts of the show itself. Although I sat in the 300 level seats, there were transparent screens that caught different glimpses of Timberlake throughout his performance as he moved in every direction – every person could see what was happening with the band, JT, and the audience as they were projected throughout the “wilderness” landscaped stage. If you haven’t listened to the Man of the Woods album, you should. As he tributes the album to “going back to his roots,” it shows a level of sophistication that the 37-year old has come to appreciate over his career.

Concluding the evening, the crowd couldn’t stop their feelings – those of joy, passion, delight and most importantly gratitude. We’re pretty damn lucky to have a performer like Justin Timberlake in our lifetime, whether, in a suit and tie or flannel and a full beard, you’re bound for an unforgettable experience.

Cover Image Credit: Michael Kocourek

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
Cover Image Credit: Laura Warshauer

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20 Amazing Songs You Need For Your Travel Music Videos

Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!


Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:

1. For Those Classic Summer Feels

"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

"Gone" by JR JR

"Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne

"Summer" by Calvin Harris

For all the lake adventures and mission trips, these are the perfect songs to put behind them to share your experience. Using these songs, your video can have a perfect summer vibe to it!

2. For A Good Winter Vacation

"The Days" by Avicii

"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers

"Roses" by The Chainsmokers

"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

3. For Everyday Adventures

"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON

"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

We all have our daily vlogs filled with school and friends. These songs can put a touch of amusement and thrill to these videos!

4. For The Perfect Spring Break At The Beach

"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

"The Nights" by Avicii

"Runaways" by Galantis

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Every girl has the perfect week at the beach once a year! These songs can show off how incredible your experience with your friends was.

5. For Those City Nights

"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

"The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez

We all take visits to the city and never have the right songs to make a video with. These upbeat songs will make your city vlog into a perfect travel video!

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