Why You Need To Attend Emo Night Cleveland

You Need To Attend A Spooky Jukey This Month

Spooky Jukey (aka Emo Night Cleveland) is jam-packed with alternative emo/pop-punk music from the early 2000s, a costume contest and so much more.

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As an alternative music journalist and long-time emo night supporter, I can not stress enough how anyone who is a fan of pop-punk or early 2000s "emo" music needs to attend an Emo Night, luckily if you're from the Cleveland Area, you get the opportunity twice a month.

I've watched Emo Night Cleveland grow over the last year and it warms my heart. From themed nights such as Valentine's Day to Summer Bummer, to connecting with people you wouldn't meet otherwise, it's truly a rare experience. If you're still wondering what it is exactly, it's essentially a bar party, held at The Foundry Concert Club in Lakewood on the second Friday of the month and at B Side Liquor lounge on the last Friday of every month, with music being spun from band's such as Fall Out Boy, Say Anything, Taking Back Sunday, Panic! At The Disco and many more. The Dj, Amanda Schill, keeps the crowd entertained and hands away free tickets to upcoming alternative shows and the night goes on. The Dj may change, which adds a bit of diversity, but you can usually catch Andrew Wells snapping some pictures, or setting up an own photo booth complete with props, depending on the event.

Seeing as this month is October, both events are Halloween themed, I got the chance to attend the one held at The Foundry on Oct. 12. The night was full of excitement, I went with a couple friends and my boyfriend as we all dressed in costume for the occasion. Not only is it always a blast getting dolled-up for Halloween, but it also helped that if you won Emo Night's costume contest you won a year of free tickets through BravoArtist, an awesome booking company known to present some of the hottest alternative music shows that hit the Cleveland/Columbus area.

Once we arrived at the venue, the bartenders kept the large crowd happy by swiftly pouring and handing out drinks, the atmosphere was light and fun and the music really brought all attendees together. The Dj's spinning this event was Justin Garci and Blossom Reynolds, who did an impeccable job of keeping the crowd's energy up by playing songs like "Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too" by Say Anything to All Time Low's cover of "Umbrella-" originally performed by Rihanna.



There's really not another night like Emo Night especially if you grew up as an emo kid, I remember thinking I would never meet anyone that was as passionate about this particular music scene like I was and now suddenly I'm surrounded my friends, new and old all with the same interest.

As for the costume contest we lost, Bob's Burger's won, it's the experience and effort that counts. Although winning a year of free concert tickets would make my bank account smile.

Catch the next Spooky Jukey at B Side Liquor Lounge, on Oct. 26, you don't want to miss it.

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15 Things To Know When Preparing To Queue For A Concert

It can be the difference between waiting and actually enjoying yourself.
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Waiting in line for a concert can be one of the best and worst things. The whole experience is up to how you prepare, who you're with and the things you should know beforehand.

1. Check the weather.

You never know when you'll be sitting outside for your favorite band and it starts to pour on you. Plan accordingly. Dress for the weather; bring an umbrella (if sunny or raining); bring an extra jacket, scarf and an extra pair of socks. (Maybe even an outfit, you never know what might happen.)

I've waited in line in -10-degree weather and 95-degree weather. It is a different battle every time, and you have to be able to survive both.

2. Get ready for the same question.

If you're a regular concert goer like myself, and you like to get there early—be prepared to be asked, "How long have you been waiting?" or "Why did you come this early?" or "Why are you waiting in this (heat/snow)?"

Waiting in line for my favorite band, Catfish and the Bottlemen, for over 10 hours slightly drove me up a wall, but it also made me appreciate the experience much more.

Less-than-perfect conditions stay with you the whole day, and you can begin to contemplate why you came. But if you remember the concert at the end of the night, it makes it all worth it.

3. Check who you're with.

The friends you bring, or if you go by yourself, the people you're in line with can make or break the time you are waiting for the band. Start the conversation with the people around you early. That way, you can start getting to know these people on a regular basis.

You're going to be stuck with these people for a decent amount of time, so make sure you're ready to talk about anything and everything. It's never any fun when the people next to you have no interest in talking to you.

The waiting goes by much faster when there is a decent conversation going on. At least then you have someone to complain too, and talk about what's going on around you all. You might go crazy if you don't talk to someone else.

4. If you can help it, don't bring a bag.

Venues check bags, and it can hold back on where you're going to stand (if it's general admission). Walking in without anything they have to check, except for your body, then you'll be quicker than the rest with purses, bags or anything that might slow them down.

5. Dress comfortably and smart.

If it's hot, wear shorts so you're not increasing your body temperature too much with clothing.

If it's cold, wear layers that are comfortable that keep you warm.

I've waited for over 10 hours in -5-degree weather, and over 100-degree weather. You pick your battles, but each is different and deserve some attention.

6. Take more than what you need — you can always leave it in the car.

If it's a venue that allows you to go back and forth to your car—do it. You always have a place where you can turn the heat on and get warm, or turn the AC on and cool down.

It can make or break the way you feel at the end of the day, and it can protect you from getting sick from the weather conditions.

The last thing you want is to feel horrible because it was too hot or too cold. You may not control the weather, but you can plan for it, and that makes all the difference.

7. Bring portable phone chargers, playing cards, a book or anything that will save you later on.

Bring a portable phone charger because it's almost guaranteed your phone will die at one point. It's hard to resist the temptation from checking your phone from boredom, so make sure you plan for it.

Bring anything that will keep you occupied because then you can entertain yourself while you wait. It can also bring together the surrounding people, so that way you can bond on over a game, and make time go by faster.

8. Know the area and the businesses in it.

The businesses around the venue can lend a helping hand—if you know they're there. Many businesses are welcoming with their bathrooms and water if you just ask.

Some will require you to buy, and others will just let you use their bathroom. They can make or break your hydration levels if you're not careful.

They can also save you a trip from leaving and driving to a place with a bathroom you can use. Know the area and that will be your best friend.

You have to protect yourself from the conditions, give yourself a slight break from being outside, and give you something to do.

9. Bring food or you can order it in line.

Bring snacks that won't easily melt or freeze, and you have yourself your meal for the day.

You will be prepared when you start to get hungry, and it won't be a big deal when you want to snack on something.

You can even order delivery to the line. Many people have ordered a sandwich service, pizza, and Chinese food to the line you're in.

It's up to what you're feeling that day, and how much you want to pay for delivery.

10. Sharing is caring.

You'd be surprised how much you share with the people around you. They may have thought of something that you didn't.

They may have extra water bottles and you may have brought extra granola bars.

The possibilities are endless, but be ready to help a fellow concertgoer out. You're all there for the same reason, might as well enjoy the pre-planning things you all brought.

11. Bring extra money and try not to use your credit/debit card.

Cards may be easier to keep track of, but you might not have a way to check your balance on the card.

Cards with chips in them will set off a metal detector, so take them out of your pocket before going through security.

Having cash will make the whole process easier, and that way you can tip accordingly.

Most merchandise tables are cash only, and it makes it easier for the "merch" people working to give you your change and get back to the rest of the line.

12. Always. Always. Always tip.

Everyone who is working inside the venue is working their butts off to please the line of people outside the venue. That is where most of their revenue is for the day, so they are there to help you out.

Even if it's $1, it shows your appreciation and you notice they are helping everyone out.

A local coffee shop was open at my last concert, and they were giving away free waters. They might have been losing money from cups, so I tipped them to make sure they were losing too much.

People are there to help you out, you just have to know who they are and what they're doing for you.

13. People will try to scam you.

If you're anywhere near the front of the line, people will try to come and talk to you.

I can't remember the amount of people who have tried to come sit by me, be my "new pal" just to get in when I get in. You have to tell them straight up, "Line is moving, it's time you go back to your spot."

It's not fair for someone who gets there right before doors open to try and get in front, and then to stand by someone who has been waiting for over 10 hours.

I understand there can be outstanding things that happen, but people earn their spot in the pit.

14. Stay with friends, because it can get dangerous after-hours.

You never know who is out trying to get money, attention, or anything else in the surrounding area. Stay safe, because there are some really sketchy people out there.

If you're going to try and meet the artist/band, try to stay after close to their tour bus.

Sometimes a worker from the venue will tell you that you can't be there, or tell you to leave because they're not coming out. Odds are, they'll be out sooner than yo think so you just have to wait it out.

15. Most of all, have fun. It's what you came for, and you owe it to yourself after the long day.

After all the waiting, planning, and hanging out, it's time to finally enjoy the experience. It's what you came for, and after all, they are the reason you came.

Cover Image Credit: Madison M.

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Concerts Are My Guilty Pleasure And I Am Not Sorry About It

Sometimes my bank account doesn't like me because of it.

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There is something about the flash of the lights, the sound of the band coming out, the other excited people around you, and the intense feeling of seeing someone you like live. Concerts are such a unique medium that bring together the artists and the fans in a pretty close way. I have been going to concerts for most of my life and I have to say I don't know what it is, but there is something so special about concerts in my life.

No matter how many things that I do in life, I do try to be careful with my money and I try not to overspend on things, but concerts are definitely one of my main guilty pleasures. I am also definitely that person who likes to try and get the VIP/ Meet and Greet Experience when I go to shows. The mindset basically comes from if I am already going to spend the money to go to this show and it is for someone that I really like then why would I not want to be able to meet them. The other part of it too is it's someone that you really love and if the opportunity arises for you to meet someone, you never know when or if you will get to meet them again so why are you going to pass up that opportunity.

As I have grown up, I have become that person who goes to most shows/concerts alone and I am completely okay with it because it is so much fun. Yes, it is awesome to go to concerts with friends and enjoy that time, but I also like to go to shows my way and most of the ones I want to go to most people wouldn't want to go to. But none of that matter because concerts are something that I love and if it is someone that I want to see, I am going to go.

Everybody has their own guilty pleasure and mine is concerts. No matter what yours is whether is concerts or hiking or photography, people's opinion about what you like to do should not and does not matter. You should do what you like and it doesn't matter what people think about it. It's your hobby or guilty pleasure and what people think shouldn't matter. I used to worry about what people would think about me going to concerts by myself, but then I realized how stupid it was. First off, I am probably never going to see these people again. Secondly, if it is something I want to do, I am just going to do it and go to the show, no matter what people think about it.

Concerts/ shows are something that are so interesting to go to because not only are you seeing the people that you love and enjoy, you also get a glimpse into who they are. There may be a set designer for these shows, but the show still comes from the person who you are going to see and that's when you get to see a part of who they are. Creating a show is just that creating something that you love and you want the people who follow you to love. That's why I truly love concerts because they are this small moment of a few hours where the artist and the fans truly get to come together for a special moment.

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