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What it feels like to really love music – BFD 2012 highlights

4 Jun

Well my favorite day of the musical year has come and gone over the past weekend with no let downs in tow.  Although I may be extremely biased, Live105 throws one of the best concert festivals in the Bay Area every June.  BFD is a day where a wide variety of acts, breaking and mainstream, come to showcase their music.  This BFD was a special one because the queen bee, Robin Rockwell who’s been making this festival happen for years, has left us for another life.  We all wanted to make her as proud as she could possibly be so we poured our hearts into making this one of the best BFD’s of all time.  The Live105 team gave 150% and there was nothing that failed to show that effort and love.  I was shooting photos all day and below are some of the major highlights of the day.

The doors opened at 11am and the first bands were to hit the stage at 11:30 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA this past Saturday, June 2nd.  There were lines of people waiting to get in right when the doors opened.

This was the crowd for one of the first bands around 12p.  It’s amazing the turn out so early on.  This was a show to not miss.

Imagine Dragons were the second band to go on and absolutely SMASHED their set.  This band is from Las Vegas and extremely talented.  The lead singer, Dan Reynolds, came to life when he hit the stage vibing off of the effervescent crowd.  They left me wanting to see them again.  I can’t wait for the next time they come through San Francisco because it’s a show that I look forward to rocking out at.

After the set, they got in the crowd and took pictures, signed autographs, and just took the time to meet and be grateful for the people who came early to support them.  It’s nice to see humbled bands and there wasn’t a short of them on Saturday.

Up next was Geographer.  I cannot say enough good things about this band.  A San Francisco based band with three members producing enough sound for an entire stadium, they were captivating.  I couldn’t help but dance, sing and want more music from them.  At the end of Geographer’s set, I was actually sad that they were not going to play anymore.  If you live in the Bay Area, be ready to catch one of their shows, it’s a very worthy show for the music lover.

Geographer.

The Bud Light Festival Stage also hosted Walk the Moon, an indie rock band from Ohio.  They were vivacious and fun to watch.  Another band on the rise, this is not even close to the last you will hear of this band.  By this point, the crowd had realllly grown with enthusiastic music lovers.

A view of Walk to Moon from the photo pit filled with press and media galore.  Everyone in town was here to cover this event.

There were some real veteran photographers there as well.  Check this shirt out, BFD 1994!!!  Sooo awesome.

The Subsonic Tent was also going off all day long!  From start to finish of the festival were EDM acts keeping the pulse pumping under strobe lights and an outdoor canopied tent.  Here is Miles the DJ rocking the tent in the evening.  Other acts in the tent throughout the day included Knife Party, Dragonette, St. John, the Limousines and many more notable acts!

I stopped in the tent to dance for a few songs and was overloaded with beers!  I didn’t drink them but it was nice of my friends to think of me 🙂  It was also nice to catch up with my friends and enjoy some dance time with them.  It makes me smile sharing music with friends, two of my favorite things.

As the day forged on, the afternoon brought the great Of Monsters and Men.  This folk band gives me goosebumps when they play.  The two lead singers have such soulful and beautiful voices, you can’t help but be memorized.  I’d relate them to Mumford and Sons mixed with Edward Sharpe but at the same time all their own sound.  The Icelandic band has at least 6 members including accordions, trumpets and strings.  Listen and learn to Love, Love, Love.

Did I mention we also had a dunk tank so that listeners could dunk their favorite Live105 jock?!  Here’s No Name about to get dunked.  What a great and fun idea in the hot bay area sun!

I think everyone knows how I feel about Grouplove…  They are one of my all time favorites and once again they did not fail to give their musical hearts to us on Saturday.  I’ve seen this band three times now and I want to see them again.  They always are on point sound and energy wise, giving their all at every single show.

Guitarist from Grouplove getting up to get down!

Neon Trees gave a very theatrical performance and rocked their set.  The energy was undeniable and they knew how to get the crowd listening to what they had to perform.  By the time they got to their hit song “Animal,” everyone in the venue was singing along.

Oh yes, and to all my Blink182 lovers… Tom DeLonge with Angels and Airwaves also graced us with his presence. I’m not the biggest fan of Angels and Airwaves but will always have a soft spot for Blink182, therefore I give my support.

Our on air jocks gave intros to each band and here is our amazing Megan Holiday hyping up the next band!

Oh yes and how could we forget Fun?!  They were literally fun to watch (no pun intended).  I’ve blogged about them previously but I’d never seen them actually performed and I was pleasantly surprised.  They looked like they were just happy to be there and grateful for the pulse of a crowd.  With thousands there, singing the lyrics to their songs, they closed out the Festival Stage and really set the tone for the rest of the main stage acts.

As the sun started to drop, it was time for the main Amphitheater to fill for the main acts.  This was maybe my favorite photo of the day, could these little babies front row and center get any cuter?!  This will be my kids someday when I start a family.  They will see the beautiful side of music at an early age 😀

Be still my heart… The Naked and Famous then kicked off the main stage… I don’t know what it is about this band but one of the lead singers, Alisa, gets it.  Her lyrics are something that can resonate with almost anyone in a personal way.  This New Zealand indie group brings heart to dance music.   Playing Punching in a Dream to Young Blood, my friends and I danced away while screaming every song in excitement.

The bowl slowly filled to capacity officially selling out for the rest of the main stage acts including: Cake, Garbage, Silversun Pickups and Jane’s Addiction to close out the night.  It was an incredible day with fluid execution of bands hitting the stages at the right times.  It’s a show that deserves more than all the credit it’s given.  The Live105 team busts their booties for a good portion of the year just aiming to please the listeners and fans of the bands.  They want the bay area people to hear the good music circulating the airwaves and join in the celebration with all the other music lovers out there.

Some personal highlights of the day besides hearing some of my all time favorite bands and rocking out with friends are below.

I was invited to be a part of a GoPro project where they are documenting the music festival experience.  I was the photographer’s experience and mounted a the GoPro on top of my camera.  I’m so excited to see how the edit comes out.  It was a great conversation piece as well, I mean it’s a camera on top of a camera!

Chelsea and I ADORE Silversun Pickups so when they hit the stage, we took to some seats that just so happened to be RIGHT next to the guys from Of Monsters and Men!  We were so caught up in Silversun that we didn’t realize who we were rocking out next to until one of them had to scoot out of his seat.  We snagged a photo with them and thanked them for the good times.  At big festivals like this, you never know what will happen or who you will run into.

I can’t even begin to fathom what our next Live105 event will bring.  Throughout the week, I will post more photos from each artist.  This is just the beginning of all the magical memories and photos from Saturday.  If this hasn’t convinced you to go to a Live105 event, I don’t know what will 😀

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I love this city

9 May

With another beautiful weekend, you know I had a hard time staying indoors.  The best place to be is outside when the weather is in your favor.  It was a very close friend’s (Brie) birthday on Saturday so I swooped her and a few other friends up and we headed to the beach.  This beach is pretty iconic in San Francisco and you’re about to see why.  Baker Beach is known for it’s stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and dog friendly sands.  There was no fog and the sand was like a warm blanket underneath our bodies.  I couldn’t have asked for a better Cinco de Mayo!

Dog’s were frolicking every just so happy to be enjoying the sun, water and tennis balls being thrown for them.  There’s nothing like watching a happy dog, living the life : )

Tuckey even went swimming!  He wasn’t the only brave one.  The water is ferociously cold but there were many brave swimmers on this warm day.

A huge freighter passing through.

Perfect day.

To help get you through this mid-work week day, I leave you with a good summer jam.  Hope you’re having a great week!

Magnetic Pretty

9 Apr

Over the weekend, I was perusing Sephora with none other than my right hand fashion woman (Chelsea) because I had a gift card to spend there.  We stumbled upon this AWESOME nail polish that I’d never seen before.  I’d heard of it but wasn’t exactly sure what it was.  We were testing it out and when we realized how easy it was to use, I was instantly hooked.  It’s a great way of giving yourself a quick manicure that looks like you spent lots of time perfecting.  It’s kind of expensive at about $18 a bottle but I figure there has to be at least 25 coats in the bottle.  They have about 7-10 different colors in the Nails Inc brand that I bought (I got turquoise) but I’m sure there are other brands that will start coming out with this for cheaper.  You paint the coat on your nails, which I only needed one, and then flip the lid of the bottle over to hover over the freshly painted nail.  The magnet pull the paint in different directions to give the polish the fun texture.

I’m not the best at manicuring myself but you can see more what it looks like here.

In the sun, it gets even a little brighter.  You can also hold the magnet over the nails for as short or long as you want creating different definitions in the lines.

The bottle that I got and love.

I hope everyone had a GREAT Easter weekend!  I spent lots of time with family, baking and with the horses – I know all of this is shocking, right? 🙂

Tonight, we are young

30 Mar

On Wednesday, the band Fun. stopped by the Live105 studios to have some pizza and hang with a few lucky winners.  Chelsea and I headed over to share in the good times.  The smash hit “We Are Young” has just slathered all over the radio air waves.  It’s rotating on multiple San Francisco radio stations and is an anthem to all people wanting to stay young.  It’s a great song to belt out when driving in your car, drinking in a bar, or just kicking back with friends.  If you haven’t heard it, after you listen to it I assure that you will probably listen to it more than once.

(Me, Fun., Chelsea)
They hung out took photos and even drew some masterpieces on their posters.  (More photos can be seen at http://www.Live105.com)

And just because I felt the need to include this next youtube clip.  I used to love a band called the Format (favorite song below).  Nate Ruess from The Format, formed Fun. after  The Format’s break up in 2008.  I think he might be a good ingredient for hit songs – just a guess 🙂

Happy Friday everybody!

SoHo and Subways

29 Feb

Pick a card.

Car parks.  They lift and stack the cars.

Cupcake carts… yum!

Shnazzy chandeliers.

Fiona’s new shopping cart for all the SoHo shopping 🙂

Delightful window displays.

Thee best pizza I had in the few short days I was there.  Seriously delicious.

Seriously, YUM.

All sorts of goodies.

It was packed and everyone was in such a good mood.  It was such a fun lunch time with Fiona and Shannon : )

Hi.

Some Subways were not so obvious.

Others were very obvious.

I found horses in one of the most populated areas in the country… Times Square!

Lots of sparkle.

The return of Travel Thursdays with Venice Beach!

19 Jan

I stopped doing Travel Thursdays for a while because although I’ve seen a some cool places, a lot of my photos are so old!  I’ll continue to write about ones that are must-sees and current places though.  Here’s a post about my trip to the world famous Venice Beach last Sunday.  I had always heard just how extraordinary it was and I’d always seen it on TV and in movies so I figured I couldn’t miss seeing it.  It was truly something else.  I had to split this into two posts as well because there were so many interesting things to see in Venice Beach.  Here’s the first batch of photos, enjoy!

The art in Venice was one of my favorite things about the place.  Almost every building or wall is painted.

It was so cool, all you have to do is give the city a copy of your driver’s license and you can go tag the Venice walls in this beach area.  I loved watching people tag the walls and I LOVE the colors of good graffiti.

Hey I found my initials, at least I think 🙂

So much paint.

Even the trees?

Oh yeah and there’s an awesome skate park on the beach.  So cool to watch all the amazing skaters from toddlers to old guys hand planting.  Yes, that happened!

So cute!

A moment of calm.

Scooter Date in Berkeley, CA!

9 Nov

Since last weekend was Ian’s last full weekend in the bay area before he’s off this coming weekend to start his snowboarding season, we decided that on Sunday we would go to Berkeley to use these Groupon‘s we got (which is one of the best fun creating websites) that allowed us to rent scooters for three hours.  Also, Chelsea and Anthony were able to join us for a double date!  We went to a Thai food lunch and then Scootered our little hearts out.  I can’t tell you how much fun this was and how easy it is to rent these things.  Our scooters were eco-friendly so luckily they didn’t go too fast.  Although that would have been fun, I’m sure we would have had some sort of accident.  I laughed almost the entire time riding the scooters it was so much fun.  Here are some photos:

Getting started.

Picking Chelsea up!

Of course Ian needed to test these things out to the extreme 🙂

He’s not in focus here but I thought this was pretty funny!

Anthony!

Chelsea and Anthony

After we played around downtown for a bit we let Anthony tour us around since he went to UC Berekeley and this was his old stomping grounds.  Here is the football stadium.

It’s currently under major construction!

Then we moved on to see the hills of Berkeley.  These scooters don’t climb very well but we tried to get as high up as possible.  It’s really beautiful up there!

The AstroTurf field!

This was Anthony’s old dorm.  Isn’t it such a beautiful building??

The trees and vines as we climbed the Berkeley hills continued to get more and more lush.  This was the ivy on the front of a house!

Ian and I acting and looking silly.

This spot overlooked the entire Berkeley area and San Francisco skyline!  I don’t have a great photo of it but it was incredible.

My scooter made it the farthest up the hill surprisingly!  Because they were electric they had somewhat of a harder time chugging up the steep hills.

This is the view near someone’s garage… I can only imagine what the view from their house looks like!

This was one of the funnest days I’ve had.  I know I’m pretty easy to please but this was a fun idea and I’d recommend it to anyone!