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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And I’m back in Milwaukee! Again! I feel like I’m here every two months ago.
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!
Whether you like it or not. We live in a pretty unsafe, untrusting world.
Can we potentially make the future brighter? I would like to say yes, but that change would not only involve a big community but a big world attitude change.
But we have to start somewhere right? I’m very happy Ariana Grande got up on stage and performed. She brought other people along too like Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Coldplay… Big influencers in the music community.
Big influencers in the world community such as world peace or social justice… not entirely sure about that. The fact of the matter is, these entertainers stood up for something that is much bigger than selling tickets.
I hope the world truly starts looking around at each other and realizing that these matters happen every day. Big and small. Dramatic and things that don’t get covered on social media. If we don’t stand together and stop it, it will continue.
So thank you to all the security guards, production crew, the fans and the performers for coming together to create something for those who have lost something. Faith and trust.
It is so sad. So, so sad what happened at Ariana Grande’s show this past week in Manchester. I don’t blame her for wanting to cancel her next couple of shows. If it was me, I would cancel all the shows.
There are a lot of people who work for her. You not only put the artist at risk performing the show, but the crew and the fans. Unfortuately, the fans got the worst of it.
As a concert goer, I can’t imagine what it was like to be at the show when the bomb went off. If I was working it, I wouldn’t know what to do either.With over 20 people dead and over 50 people injured, this is a tradegy.
I know the music industry is working hard to protect concert goers and the crew all around the world. But if this continues, soon it will not be safe for anyone to go to a show. We’ve had to many instances like this including Paris.
My thoughts are with those who not only lost loved ones but the concert goers that survived and lived to tell the tale. I hope the city of Manchester can make a recovery and come together as a community to protect eachother.
As we have all heard, Chris Cornell passed away this past week. A tragic death for a legendary artist.
I will be the first to admit, I’m was not the biggest Soundgarden or Audioslave fan. But what Chris did for the music community, is not only worthy but amazing of how many people and lives he touched.
A true musician and artist he was. This is taken from his website on http://www.chriscornell.com/bio/:
“Chris Cornell is a modern innovator who transcends genre. He was the chief architect of the 90s grunge movement and remains one of the best rock voices of all time. Achieving multi-platinum success with three legendary bands – selling over 30 million records worldwide – he has forged his own unique identity over three decades as a Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and lyricist.”
Whether you agree with me or not, artists like Chris only come around every so often. Rest In Peace Chris. You will be sorely missed.