No i haven’t either! i also emailed a few times since then. at first Jim said he was still working on getting it however since then the other emails weren’t responded to. what should we do?
No i haven’t either! i also emailed a few times since then. at first Jim said he was still working on getting it however since then the other emails weren’t responded to. what should we do?
MAROON 5 AND KELLY CLARKSON (HONDA CIVIC TOUR)
SHORELINE amphitheater – Mountainview, CA
OCTOBER 2, 2013
This is the first non “Alice” concert that I worked while I’ve been working for the station. Months earlier I bought tickets to this concert during presale because you can’t beat the talent in this pairing of Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson! I already saw Maroon 5 earlier in the year so I basically saw most of the same show again but I was perfectly fine with that. I saw Kelly around the same time last year as well but she’s always amazing so I knew I couldn’t pass up tickets to this show. Then working for Alice Radio happened and I got into this show free anyways. What a waste of the money I paid but oh well, it was too complicated to figure out selling my ticket since I wanted to sit with my friends.
The reason I wanted to work this event so badly is because one of my coworkers at Alice did the John Mayer event a few months prior and they were there so early setting up that they got to watch John Mayer do sound check and he even came down to take pictures with the Alice crew. Adam Levine and Maroon 5 are one of my favorites so I had to take this opportunity to at least try. I worked with James and Megan at this event and we got to shoreline around 2pm. We got our vendor stickers and proceeded to go set up the booth. It was pretty awesome because we had a life size cardboard cut out of Adam Levine for people to take pictures with and I definitely took advantage of that. As did all of the teenage girls and middle aged women so that got awkward at times.
Since we were there so early and were done setting up pretty quickly, we mostly did a lot of waiting around until the doors opened at 5:30pm. Unfortunately I missed sound check for Maroon 5 and Kelly wasn’t on stage during her sound check (most likely singing from back stage). I ended up just sitting on the steps in the amphitheater just watching the bands practice or just taking in the empty venue. I walked right up to the stage just to get a feel of what it’d be like to sit up close so it was fun wandering around.
Doors opened and a flood of people came in and many started coming to the booth once they saw the Adam cut out. I expected a lot of girls taking photos with him. I also expected a lot of daughters and mothers coming to this show and taking pictures with him. But then came all of the inappropriate grabbing and touching of this card board Adam Levine by all of the middle aged and older women. The best part is when I’d offer to take the photo for them and they were grabbing his crotch. But hey when else will they ever be able to get that pose so I fully support them having all the fun they could with that cut out.
The rule of thumb whenever we work the Alice booth at concerts is that we don’t break down and pack up until the headliner goes on or until the other radio station booths have broken down. Since Kelly and Maroon 5 were co-headlining, I thought we’d break down by the time Kelly went on but we didn’t. I was begging James and Megan to break down early since I had actual tickets to this show and they were so tired they agreed. I helped them pack up and then went back to find my seat and my friends. I wish I had sold my ticket since there were so many empty seats next to my friends anyways and I was already inside the venue so my ticket was never even used. Oh well. I’ll try and buy fewer tickets for Alice artist in 2014.
It’s been probably about a decade or more since Kelly won American Idol. I saw her once at the same venue, Shoreline in 2007 or 2008 when she toured with Rooney opening for her. Then I saw her again last year at the Microsoft store opening in Corta Madera for a free performance. My friend Allan and I drove up to see that show and she was beyond amazing. Of course Allan is one of the friends who came with me to this concert with me as well.
Kelly isn’t a great performer because of all the big production type of shows she does but rather her vocals speak for itself. There’s always a ton of energy during her “Since U Been Gone” type of songs but she also lets her talent show in the ballads too. My favorite part was when she had these words appear on the screen behind her of the harsh words people would tell her and how she overcomes that.
What more can I say about my favorite band? I’ve only seen Maroon 5 in concert three times before this. Now I’ve seen them four times and I will continue to attend every and any show they have around here. Adam Levine definitely deserves the crown of sexiest man alive for this year. No only is he obviously such a hottie but he’s also had his hand in a lot of projects this year. I saw them I think back in March or so which my friend Heidi also went to. When I mentioned Adam Levine would be back in October she couldn’t resist coming with me as well. She mostly wanted to see Maroon 5 and Allan mostly wanted to see Kelly. But it was a perfect concert to have them both perform a full set.
When I heard tickets were going on sale soon I immediately signed up for the Maroon 5 fan club just so I could get access to presale tickets. The downside is that even with that code, I still only managed to get tickets in the second level and not within the first few rows. What do I have to do to get those seats? I don’t even know. The section we were in was pretty good and we had tons of space with the empty seats next to us. We also happened to see Adam’s VS model finace Behati Prinsloo in the sound and camera area right next to us. It was dark and I only had a side view of her but I’m almost certain it was her.
I think my favorite part was all of the songs from the Songs About Jane album. That’s when I fell in love with this band and every album since then has been great but nothing will ever compare to that first album. When Adam sings “She Will Be Loved” acoustic! LOVE IT! And of course “This Love” and “Sunday Morning” and “Harder To Breathe” were just a few of the once they performed. I will never get tired of seeing them put on a great production or hear Adam’s silky voice and watch his sexy dance moves. Until we meet again…or ever…Adam!
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Alice 97.3 Now and Zen concert
One Republic. Goo Goo Dolls. Plain White T’s. Walk of the earth. larkin poe.
September 29, 2013
(view from the VIP area during set up)
I’ve been attending all of the Radio Alice concerts for the while over the years but this is the first time working the event. The concerts have been free and a fun nice day in the park to just sit on a blanket and listen to some great music. However in the more recent years, it’s been TOO good that it’s gotten so crowded to the point that they close the gates when it hits capacity. Back in July I got a job working with the Alice promotions team so I’ve done a few of the smaller events but this was the first big concert event I was working. It was TONS of set up and work and I was beyond exhausted. But I had so much fun seeing everything from a different perspective.
(VIP area set up)
Saturday was spent setting up the Alice booth, the client VIP area, the Alice winners VIP area, the back stage, and all of the little details that make Sunday’s concert event possible. Now I know how much goes into party planning and it’s a high stress industry. A handful of broken centerpieces were our biggest obstacle that day so I’m glad it wasn’t any worse.
Sunday morning I arrived when it was still dark out around 6am so I got a great parking spot right near the Sharon Meadow back gate entrance. Since we were doing set up all morning I got to check out all the band equipment backstage but once the show started I couldn’t be backstage at all since I was working the client VIP area. My goal that day was to meet one republic which never happened. I did meet some of the guys from Walk Off The Earth like the beard guy.
Also ran into Jayn from Alice. Love this girl! and i love that she always remembers me and i can now actually say i work at the same place as her.
Larkin Poe opened up the show and I think it was two girls. They’re a local band but I hadn’t heard of them. I like that Alice has been bringing in local bands this year as openers, like Finishticket during Summerthing. Unfortunately nothing really caught my interest about them. It could also be that I wasn’t watching and only listening because I was working.
Walk off the Earth has been up and coming this past year but I believe they have arrived! I saw them a few weeks prior opening for the Jason Mraz concert and they were amazing! I’ve watched their YouTube videos and they just put on a great show and the guitar throwing across the stage is fun to see in person. And I got to meet “Beard Guy” when he was hanging out at the VIP area watching the other bands play.
Plain White T’s fit in perfectly with this year’s line up. I only know a handful of songs but I currently love the song “The Giving Tree”. Again, since I was working I basically missed watching their entire set but it was still nice listening to them from the side.
Goo Goo Dolls is like the band that will be around forever but not in a bad way. I feel like their fan base case spread across multiple generations because they’ve been around for so long. I remember seeing them play at Summerthing a couple years back so I’ve already seen them up close. I was fine with working the VIP entrance while still going back and forth to the side stage area to watch a couple songs here and there during the set. How can we forget “Iris” or “Broadway” or “Black Ballon” or whatever new song they have out right now.
One Republic headlined the show. What else can be said about this band? Ryan Tedder is a complete musical genius and has had his hand in writing some of the biggest hits during this decade for some of the biggest artists. This is the fourth time I’ve seen them perform live and I already have my tickets purchase to see them again next year. I remember when the band came out with their first CD back in 2008 or so. I bought the CD on a whim because I liked “Apologize” and “Stop and Stare” but it was just something about them. They sound great and always put on a great live show. I did get to watch from the VIP area by the side of the stage but didn’t manage to meet them. The saddest part is that I think I could have had the opportunity because as we were cleaning up and leaving, I’m pretty sure he was in the van with the door open. I saw someone that looked like him but I didn’t approach the car because my boss’ boss’ boss was next to met. I regret it because I LOVE Ryan Tedder! What’s the use of working for the people putting on this show if I don’t get to meet the artists? Sad times.
(Ryan Tedder and One Republic. View from the VIP section)
Another successful show put on by my favorite radio station! And I’m not just saying that because I now work for them. I now work for them because I love it!
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THE CHAPEL – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
A few years ago I heard “She Is Love” on a Nivia commercial and fell in love with that song. Since then I’ve followed Parachute and now they’re known worldwide! This is the third time (or is it the fourth? I’m losing track) I’ve seen them perform live and I don’t intend to stop. Like the title of this entry says…. “I can’t help myself from falling in love with Parachute”. They sound a lot better now on stage than they did when they first started.
My concert buddy Allan and I decided to go to this concert because we’ve been fans since the beginning. The first time we both saw them was at the Alice 97.3 Summerthing concert where we also met the band and they were such a great group of guys and still seem to be. Neither one of us had been to this venue in the mission, The Chapel, but it seemed like a small intimate space so we love these kinds of concerts. The set up is similar to The Fillmore or Great American Music hall where there’s a stage, floor area, and then a balcony, however the size is closer to Slim’s. These three also happen to be some of my favorite venues in San Francisco so The Chapel doesn’t disappoint. Since there was already quite a few people surround the stage and we didn’t feel the need to be up front due to the amount of times we’ve seen Parachute, we decided to go upstairs. By the time we got up there, no one was claiming any of the balcony space for the concert so we parked ourselves right in the middle of the upper balcony area with the perfect view and no one blocking us.
Location preference is different for everyone at concerts. If someone were to ask me or Allan where the best spot to see a concert is, our first response will always be as close as you can to the front of the stage. However with all the concerts and venues we’ve been to, there’s a lot more to factor in than simply how to get closer to the stage. Certain venues have a better and more comfortable view a little further back and one level up, like The Chapel. If you’re not in the front few rows you might as well just go up to the balcony to claim the front and not have any obstructed views for your enjoyment. Although for The Fillmore and GAMH I still say the floor is better.
There were two opening acts. Paradise Fears felt like a local band performing at a battle of the bands show. The other guy was Matt Hires, was actually pretty good. Then finally Parachute came on and killed their set. They can make a show feel intimate and huge all at the same time. And when they played “Forever and Always” my heart sank. That has to be the saddest song ever but I love it so much!
When’s the next show guys? I’ll be there!
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BIG TIME RUSH Q&A AND SIGNING
LEFTY’S SPORTS STORE – BURLINGAME, CA
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
I grew up on boy bands and I guess that part of me still hasn’t died as I am now in my late 20s and still watching Nickelodeon shows about a boy band. I watch the Big Time Rush show and love all of their songs. I’ve gone to many signings at Lefty’s but it’s a sports card store so they always have bay area sports players in the store not musicians or TV actors.
I follow BTR on twitter as well as Lefty’s on twitter and facebook so I always get the notifications on who will be in the store. The moment I saw that Logan and Kendall in the store I knew I HAD to go. Unfortunately James (who is my favorite) and Carlos weren’t scheduled to be there. But even half time rush was still worth going to. THEN I found out how much it was going to cost. An autograph with NO photo op would be $75 and if I bought the VIP ticket it would include a Q&A session, photo op, autograph, and free CD and that would be $150. I couldn’t believe it but I ended up buying the VIP ticket with no regrets. I only wish James and Carlos would have showed up but they didn’t.
The day of the event I went to the store early to pick up my ticket I had purchased it so early that I think I was number 3 so I was guaranteed to be in the front row of how the chairs were set up for the Q&A session. When Logan and Kendall got there they ended up coming through the front door instead of the back which caught a lot of people off guard. While they were talking they stood directly in front of me. Kendall and I caught each other’s eyes a few times and it was awkward yet awesome at the same time.
After the Q&A was time for the photos. They had their photographer there who took the pictures and would load them on to a photobucket page for us to access. Luckily I brought my own CD because the BTR rep didn’t bring the CDs as promised and I still haven’t gotten it and probably won’t be getting it. I gave them both hug and then logan asked what my name was so I introduced myself. I got a picture sandwiched in between them both and then Logan even repeated my name when thanking me for coming out. He asked if I was here by myself or with somebody and I told him I was there alone because none of my friends would come with me. Or rather it’s because none of them even know BTR since it’s a kids show and a boy band but I love them anyways. Both of them were so sweet and nice so I’m glad I got to meet them!
After the event
I live a few blocks away from the store so after I met BTR I went home for an hour or so then came back to try and catch the guys as they were leaving. I had overheard someone say that they weren’t staying in town and that they had to catch a flight back to LA the same night which meant they were going to the airport. I went to the back of the door thinking that’s where they were coming out because their driver and town car was waiting there too. Last minute he got a call telling him to pull up to the front where the guys exited. Luckily I was already in my car so I followed them to the airport hoping to catch another more candid photo with them. I drove a few cars behind them and when we got to the domestic departures area I realized the airport is filled with tons of black town cars with tinted windows. Luckily I had been staring at the driver for so long that I recognized him so I look into all the driver side windows until I saw the car. I parked and put on my hazard lights hoping that security wouldn’t come over and yell at me to leave. I locked my car and this guy standing on the side walk offered to watch my car and yell if I needed to run back. I got a picture with Kendall who was standing outside of the car and then Logan who was in the passenger seat of the car so I had to take an awkward photo while I was outside of the car.
Looking back I wish I had a personal driver but since that’s not realistic, I wish I had a friend to drop me off and then circle back around to pick me up. The guys ended up leaving to go somewhere else to hang out while waiting for their flight which may have been delayed. Only a handful of girls figured out how to follow them to the airport and I was one of the few who looked absolutely crazy but it was such a fun adventure! I’ve never done anything to this extent before. But I got my photo and left so I wasn’t being a crazy stalker fan girl. I just wanted a more natural photo pose.
In the end I had fun with this. And I love Logan and Kendall even more than before now that I’ve met them in person and see how sweet they are!
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BACKSTREET BOYS CONCERT (and VIP after party)
SLEEPTRAIN PAVILION – CONCORD, CA
SEPTEMBER 8, 2013
I grew up in the era of boy bands. My love affair with BSB began around 1996-1997 during their first album here in the states. Around the time NSYNC came around though, it was a battle of the boy bands so I took the NSYNC route and had to like BSB in secret. Sorry BSB fans but the war was no joke back then. I surprisingly had never seen BSB live until a couple years ago during the NKOTBSB concert tour and it was AMAZING! About 17 years later I am now able to purchase my own tickets to a BSB headlining tour so I did!
Let me just start with the fact that I HATE the Sleeptrain Pavilion in Concord. The fact that a concert is held there is enough reason alone to deter me from going, but my friend Gyuhee, who is a huge BSB fan really wanted to go so we bought tickets. It is an absolute nightmare trying to get to this venue and the traffic is completely ridiculous. I’d recommend going extremely early and hanging out there just to avoid the headache.
DJ Pauly D
Really? Really? Is having a DJ “open” the show really a thing? I mean give me an ipod and I can play some club music. I guess I just didn’t understand the connection between him, Jesse, and BSB. But whatever I mean I never really liked watching Jersey Shore yet still knew everything out there about Pauly D’s life so I guess this was kinda cool to see him live. But again, it basically felt like that music they play in the background before the opening act comes on anyways except he was standing up there with some earphones. All I have to say is YEAH BUDDY!
Beautiful Soul. Body Language. How do you sleep? Leaving. These are just to name a few of the songs that took me back to high school so when I heard Jesse would be opening, I was beyond excited! How did this pairing even come about? I have NO idea but I’m sure glad it did! I swear I was the only one in our section rocking out to his songs but I didn’t even care. I never got to see him live when he was relevant so I’m glad I finally did.
More like Backstreet Men now I guess. But I have to say these guys had ROCKED out bodies even now in their Mid 30s and 40s. It’s amazing how their songs are so ingrained in my memory and in my heart. The words just came rushing back as they were on stage and it really took me back to the first time I heard each and every one of them. Nick Carter will always be my favorite and 17 years later I finally found the opportunity to meet him. (More on that later). The day of this concert it was ridiculously hot and probably around 100 degrees or so. It was horrible while the sun was up but once the concert started, it was awesome being out in shorts and a tank and rocking out to these guys. I’m pretty sure the amount of jumping and yelling we did was a work out in itself. Boy bands forever!!!
VIP After Party
SURREAL! That’s all I can come up with to describe this experience. I am usually good at finding out about meet and greet opportunities but I really put no effort into this concert after buying the tickets. As we were leaving there was a pre-recorded message by Nick Carter saying that we could purchase VIP tickets to the afterparty held backstage at the venue. Gyuhee and I both had work the following day which was a Monday but we went to check it out anyways to see how it would work.
After basically cutting the horribly organized line, we figured out that it was $75 for the after party itself with the guys on a mini stage pumping up the crowd and Nick DJing and drinks (that you’d still have to buy). Then if you pay $150 it’s the after party plus also a meet and greet photo op with Nick, Kevin and Howie. I have no idea why Brian and AJ weren’t part of the after party but I figured out later that they didn’t attend any of the ones during the tour. This sounds like a lot of money but considering my favorite BSB was Nick and Gyuhee’s favorite was Kevin, we knew we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet them AND get a photo. It’s not every day you get to meet one of the biggest boy bands of the 90s or ever! 17 years in the making…SOLD!
The photo op was first before entering the party area. The set up sucked because we had 5 people in the picture with the 3 guys so not everyone in the pictures necessarily knew each other. It was me and gyuhee then 3 other random girls we met in line. AND they wouldn’t let us use our own cameras and told use the photographer would post them on the BSB website but had no further instructions besides that. While we were in line, I told Gyuhee that if I wasn’t standing next to Nick Carter I would move and wait for the next group. I started getting really nervous as we were walking up to them because it felt so surreal still. We both got really creative and managed to be on opposite ends of the photo but next to each of our favorites. The other 3 girls gave each of the guys a hug down the line leaving Nick in my grasps. I Hugged Nick and then stayed at his side so I could be next to him in the picture. After we finished taking the photo, THEN I went to hug Howie and then Kevin before being shooed away and into the party area.
While trying to find a spot in front of the stage I realized that we’d be NOT up against the stage no matter what, so I found a spot off to the side by the gate and where I knew they’d be entering into the party and on to the stage. I had a sharpie out and managed to get Howie to sign my VIP badge card but wasn’t quick enough to get Nick and Kevin before the hopped on stage. Looking back I should have had them do it right after the photo op but I got too flustered. I’m usually more prepared than that. As the night went on we did make our way to the crowd trying to get up on stage because they were bringing up a few girls at a time to go up there and dance and take pictures with them. By the time I got up to the front of the crowd against the stage, the party had to end because it was already 1am. Even so, it was such an unforgettable experience and worth every penny and amount of tiredness and pain we were about to feel at work on Monday morning.
A little mishap occurred with the photos. I checked every single day after the concert to see when the photos would be up on the BSB website. I noticed the ones from Concord were posted but mine wasn’t there. The following day more were added so I figured the photographer was still working on them. A few days after that I noticed that mine still wasn’t up so I created an account through the website so I could contact customer service. I must have gone back and forth with them a handful of times and I did get legitimate responses which I appreciated. They asked me to describe my outfit so they could compare it with the photos and upload them again. Luckily I had tons of pix of me and Gyuhee from the concert to send them. They eventually found the missing pictures and posted them on the site. You’re welcome to the 3 other strangers who probably were going through the same panic and disappointment as I was for those couple weeks. Be persistent!
Backstreet’s back ALRIGHT!!!
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Just hanging with @justintimberlake for the night. #helendaataconcert #2020experience (at SAP Center at San Jose)
I supported @peterchungmusic on kickstarter and he repaid the favor by adding my name in his cd cover. How awesome is that? and he remembered my name when I met him tonight even though we’ve never met. Looking forward to what’s ahead for this guy! (Try and find my name If you can)
With @jaynpics, Fernando and Greg. #cbsradiosfholiday #alice973 #radioalice #radiolife #997now (at Infusion Lounge)
A little part of our team. We missed everyone else who couldn’t make it! #cbsradiosfholiday @memahoney @morganjohnson_1 @dezz415 (at Infusion Lounge)