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“Loud Noises”

I feel like lately, I’ve been really busy and working on several projects. But I don’t do well with days off. I try to keep as proactive as I possibly can be. With trying to help buy properties, trying to buy a house, trying to work as much as I can while putting on as many events as I can and also working on a volunteer project for the stray dogs in Nashville. Did I mention my main goal in life is to better myself as a person every day?

Pretty much, a lot of loud noises.

 

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I did go see the Japandroids the other day at Mercy Lounge, not working the show just actually going to it. Last time I saw them was in Milwaukee in 2012/2013 I think. They still got it. The duo is still loud and rocking it out. It was a great show with two guys just jamming out.

I was planning on going to the Foo Fighters but that show was canceled due to a family emergency. But I was told to check out Starcrawler. I didn’t know this, but the Foo Fighters have been bringing them out on shows as their opener. I haven’t seen them live, but I’ve heard good things! If you like modern punk music Starcrawler is something you must check out.

And believe me, I will check them out when I get the chance!

“Hell of a Girl”

As the season is dwindling down, I’ve been thinking a lot about this past year and what I want for myself careerwise.

Here is what I know:

  • I have way more confidence in myself then I’ve ever have before.
  • I have developed skill sets and communication skills on a different and higher level that I didn’t think was possible.
  • I know I can do any job and do it well.
  • As long as I put my mind to it, I will succeed.

This self-power I’ve developed has come a long way for me. Because the only thing I have is the power to believe in myself. And I hope as a reader and follower you will too.

I don’t know where it came from, but I do know, I need it for my career and my self-worth.

I think it’s important to reflect on what your goals are and what you want to accomplish in the next years. I do have some personal goals of mine but overall, my main focus for next year is to be part of the few woman people look up to in Nashville.

“Me Too”

I know this is going around on social media and I’m sure most of the men are wondering what it means. The “Me Too” status is representing the person AKA the woman who has been sexually assaulted or harassed. I know this happens all the time, in any industry, at any given time. It can be physical, mental or emotional and it can be the smallest comment or rape.

It happens all the time in the music industry. All day every day. That’s a fact. And I have been a personal victim of this.Yes, I’ve been a victim. I’ve been commented on my looks, my body, my sexual being, just being myself people felt the need to say or do something to me.

The saddest thing about the whole situation is that people know this is a problem and some know that they are doing it. This is an issue. And some people don’t understand, sometimes what they do or say is sexual harassment. Nobody, either way, will do anything about it. That’s a problem.

As a woman, I suggest you stand up for yourself and tell the guy off if this happens to you. Or tell someone about it. Or go to the police. Stand up for yourself.

As a man, I suggest you keep your words and hands to yourself.

 

Route 91

Tragedy strikes again as another music event was under attack by a gunman. I know a lot of people on my social media have been saying this, but I agree with them, this hits really close to home. Too close to home.

I have friends who work for the festival, who work with the country artists, who are on stage with the artists, who are the promoters. I’m just very lucky none of my friends are hurt or worse dead.

I’m having a hard time understanding why this world is the way it is. Why is it that we have to worry about our safety at a music festival? Why do we have to worry about someone else and their guns? Why? I’m not understanding this. I know I’m not the only one asking these questions, but when it comes down to it, we have to ask why.

Then we have to ask how. How can we move forward? How can we prevent this in the future? How can we protect the true concert goers?

Without the concert goers, no one has a job.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy. Near and far, I think this hits too close to home for a lot of people. And hopefully, I’ll be able to contribute to do something about this.

 

 

Kesha 

I will be the first to admit, I’m a spoiled brat when it comes to buying concerts tickets. I’m almost positive I have said that exact statement in a previous blog post. Kesha was the first show I bought a ticket for in probably two years. The last show I can recall was Shania Twain at the Bridgestone. The time before that, I really don’t remember.

When Kesha played at The Ryman this past Wednesday, I can truthfully say I was very overwhelmed with happiness to pay for a ticket for Kesha.As someone that works in live music and supporting artists, I was honored.

Here are some of the reasons why you should go see Kesha in concert:

She represents a good cause: On top of everything she has been through this year, she is a big supporter of the LGBTQ community. I think when you have that much power, you should use your voice for those who can’t.

This last album is amazing: I can’t believe I am saying this, I’m crazy about this album.It was deep and has meaning, unlike much of her music in the past. She has crazy songwriting talent. #GoGirl

Her live show is actually so good: Going into a pop show, I guess you never really know what to expect. I honestly went into it hoping for the best. I was not disappointed. Her live band is amazing and the energy of the crowd was overwhelming.

I know I have talked about pop artists before (mostly negative). But we are starting to see this trend of all these pop artists actually coming out with what they are really made of. Actual talent and soul. It’s a great time for pop music, and I am excited to see where it goes! 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lXyA4MXKIKo

Miss You

I’m sure most of you heard Glen Campbell died. I know it’s not news anymore because I haven’t been writing anything on here and he passed a couple of weeks ago. RIP Glen. He was a legend in country music.

I have no idea what is with the past couple of years with some of the best artists passing away. Could it be from the drugs? Could it be social pressure? Could it be from a certain era? I really don’t think there is a correlation between any of them but whatever it is, I hope we don’t continue to lose more great legends like we have been this year.

I honestly don’t know what else to write about. Everything lately in the news and in the world has just been damn depressing. And I know you don’t want to read about that. I recently had a stage manager who was very close to me pass away and it sucks not having him here with me. But life goes on and you have to make the best of it. Whether it’s someone in the industry passing or one of your favorite artists passing.

“Sweat”

I had a really good conversation last night with one of my supervisors from Milwaukee. I was telling him about the interesting ride I’ve had this year with my career and he said, “Being a dick is not going to get you anywhere in this industry.”

While I know this statement is whole, heartedly true I can attest to that statement. Because I’ve lived it multiple times. Just in life in general: If you are a jerk to people, you are not going to get very far in life. Seriously though, nobody likes a Debbie Downer or someone who is plain rude.

I guess the reason why I’m writing this is that it is relieving and reassuring to hear from someone higher up in the industry, just because you are an asshole, doesn’t mean you are going to push your way to the front.

I’ve had some awful experiences with people just being plain mean to me this year. Nothing I can do about it besides take the high road. I hope one day they do too.

 

Chester Bennington

It is a tragedy not only in the music but in society. I’m talking about this thing called suicide.

We work ourselves to the bone trying to enjoy this “American Dream”. We try to date, but dating isn’t quite the same as it was back in the 90’s. We try to make everyone happy, but let’s be honest, there’s always someone you can’t impress. And it takes a toll on you.

Unfortunately, suicide happens a lot in American culture. When you get to the point where you mentally can’t stand to see daylight anymore; It’s a shame that people call suicide a “selfish act”.

I feel for everyone including the fans that adored Chester Bennington. Chester was not only extremely talented, but he was in a lot of pain. And you can hear it in the music. I heard it when I first heard “Numb” for the first time on the radio.

I hope everyone sees this as a learning process.  Whether they ask for help or not, it’s better to ask are you ok, because sometimes that’s all people need. And sometimes they need a little bit more, and that’s ok too.

 

 

Praying

To my followers that actually read my blog, I’m sorry, I haven’t been on here in a while. I’ve been dealing with a lot of personal stuff, on top of work and a bunch of other things going on.

Welcome back Jaimee…

I know last year everyone was really excited about 2016 being over but it’s July and I’m pretty over 2017. I guess you can say this is one of the worst years yet for me, I won’t go into a lot of details, but it’s been tough.

Now what?

Some of you who actually read this, are looking for a shiny, bright light at the end of the tunnel. I hope I find it too, but really this blog is for you. Because if you really want to be in this industry, I want you to have the bright, shiny light at the end of the tunnel.

Momma T always said, ” You should always live with for your passions.” Sometimes that’s all we have to live for.

 

 

 

“California Stars”

And I’m back in Milwaukee! Again! I feel like I’m here every two months ago.

Any who…

I’m happy to be at Summerfest again! This is my 6th year in production and this is also the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee World Festival!

We have a great lineup from country to hip-hop to rock to pop. Just to name drop a few:

Dan + Shay, Girl Talk, Tegan&Sara, DNCE, Atmosphere, Frankie Ballard, Peter Frampton, Michelle Branch… there are 11 ground stages so there’s much more where that came from! For more information check out the website: http://www.summerfest.com

I think it’s a great line up and I think if you are in the 414 area code, you should definitely come along!

With that being said…

I love going to shows when I’m not working. Thanks to the radio station I used to work for, they hooked me up with tickets to go see Wilco.

Wilco had an amazing light show and a very dramatic backdrop. There were points during the show where all they did was jam. It was amazing! I highly recommend seeing them if you like a good rock show!