Need to jot my thoughts down more. I’ve been slacking!

First post in 2 years. I continue to eat good food wherever I travel and see as much live music as possible. Nothing has changed and life is good.

I’m almost done with my graduate degree. Finished 2 internships at huge companies. Now I’m working full time in a Project Manager role at one of the companies I interned at.

It’s good to see progress!

Concert Updates…Will I post pics and write about em? Who knows. Probably not.

2013 – 2014 [In no order]

  • Toro Y Moi (Amazing show. Not what I expected at all)
  • John Legend (It was everything I dreamed of)
  • Mayer Hawthorne (3 times – Better and better)
  • Lupe Fiasco (FINALLY, left a little disappointed.)
  • Regina Spektor (Holy shit she is talented)
  • Kina Grannis (my 3rd time seeing her now?
  • OUTKAST (They still got it…going to see them a SECOND time on 9/27)
  • Thievery Corporation (Made a road trip to D/C since I missed them in Atlanta. What an amazing show. Will be seeing them again April 2015 with Snoop Dogg and 311!!!!!)
  • Rob Garza (9/11)
  • Kings of Leon
  • Young the Giant
  • Krewella
  • Killer Mike
  • Michael Buble (This guy can freakin’ sing)
  • YTF Crew (All the famous YouTubers!)
  • Kimbra
  • Foster the People
  • Incubus
  • One Republic
  • Turquoise Jeep
  • CHILDISH GAMBINO 3x (Best Hip Hop Concert ever? Maaaan actually Outkast is up there too now haha)
  • New Orlean’s Preservataion Jazz Hall (An absolute HONOR to be able to see them performing live- these guys are the real deal)
  • Christian Scott (Atlanta Jazz Festival Headline- A delight to see him perform)
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Nobuo Uematsu (Distant Worlds & Zelda Orchestra)
  • Raury
  • Kid Cudi (FREAKING SUCKED)
  • Lykke Li
  • Ed Sheeran – surprisingly AWESOME
  • Beyonce & Jay-Z (Need I say more? Beyonce has superstar status on stage. I had chills)

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head but I’m sure there is more 🙂

Meeting the Legend.

A little thing about me: I love R&B (the nasty kind). There are lots of great R&B artists like D’angelo, R Kelly, and Usher but none of them come close to my idol John Legend.

John Legend performing at Georgia State University

I admittedly have a major man crush on John Legend. I’m quite jealous of how debonair he is and how he just oozes confidence and charm. Legend’s style of R&B is sultry but manages to keep itself sophisticated & classy. This man is the epitome of class.

When I found out John Legend was coming to Georgia State as a guest speaker and performing tears welled up in my eyes out of pure excitement from the news. I immediately alerted a few friends and cleared my calendar for that day (I was not going to miss this for anything).

Once we arrived at GSU I ran into my friends (who collectively run the Chasingsquirrelz crew; A bunch of great young professionals that make up of photographers, film makers, graphic artists, and nerds). We all got in line and anxiously waited for the doors to open. At that point I was incredibly anxious. When the doors opened I think I wet my pants a little.

Once inside and introductions are over John Legend took the stage. He started off the show by explaining his new campaign he has taken apart of; the “Show Me Campaign.” In a nutshell the campaign is to help enrich the lives of people living in poverty by giving them opportunities to succeed. You can read more about it here.

John Legend explaining the details of the “Show Me Campaign.” A campaign set out to help young people change the world.

Then came the part we were all waiting for. John Legend slowly walked toward the piano and the audience got louder and louder as he neared it. It was time!

My husband doing his thang.

Hearing him perform live was amazing. His skills on the piano and smooth voice had me swooning the entire time. He really played to the crowd and encouraged audience participation. After the show concluded the meet & greet session began. I briefly had the chance to talk to him and shook his hand (I don’t really remember what I said since I was so nervous. Probably just incoherent babble). For the remainder of that MONTH I was buzzing about it. One of the biggest highlights of the year for me 🙂

John Legend and I. I was aroused.

I want to give a BIG thanks to the guys at Chasing Squirrelz for the photos and video! These guys create some amazing stuff. Check out their website and twitter.

31 Days of Jazz – The 2012 Atlanta Jazz Festival.

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I have a slight obsession with Jazz. It’s a musical art form that has galvanized me into really appreciating all the nuances of music. Since my obsession started in 2001 (When I first heard “Tank” by The Seatbelts) I’ve learned that Jazz comes in many flavors: From a romantic tune so intimate that you’re ready to make whoopee to a boisterous jam that’s so arrhythmic you can’t help but just move your feet and jive.

April 30th marked the first ever international Jazz Day (which was a huge success thanks to Herbie Hancock!!). What better way to kick off the “31 Days of Jazz” for the month of May!! Every day this month there will be live Jazz events all over the city where you can go enjoy the amazing music, learn about the history of Jazz, and meet the musicians! Here is a link to the calendar featuring all the events for the month.

All these performances culminate to the Atlanta Jazz Festival (May 26-28th) at Piedmont Park. Three days of some AWESOME Jazz by notable performers and new-comers! If you’re a Jazz enthusiast or a normal cat who wants some diversity you cannot miss this event!

Seven more days until Kina Grannis is in Atlanta.

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April 17th, 8pm @ Variety Playhouse

Get your tickets here!

First 50 folks that show up get “meet & greet” passes too! SO BE THERE EARLY. I hope to see you there 😀

(Sorry for lack of posts!! I’ve been seriously neglecting the blog; been so busy with life stuff)

No Pants Atlanta 2011.

The group ImprovEverywhere devised an idea a few years back to have a flash mob ride the New York subways…without pants. It became a massive hit and the phenomenon has since spread all over the world.

January 8th, 2012 marked the 11th annual No Pants Subway Ride and was the 4th in Atlanta. The Gobi Lumberjacks (Atlanta’s branch of ImprovEverywhere) started devising the flash mob through a Facebook event back in December and we watched the number of attendees slowly grow. Anticipation slowly grew and the 8th finally came…

We all gathered together outside at the Five Points marta station and began to deliberate on how the mission would be carried out. We decided to go to the Civic Center first and then the Atlanta airport. When the pants came off we got some very mixed reactions. Some people cursing us to hell and others were great sports about it. Surprisingly a lot of people thought we were protesting or doing this for a charity.

It was a very unique social excursion that led to me meeting a ton of amazing people (I still keep in contact with quite a few of them today!)

The amazing guys at ChasingSquirrelz created a really nice video summarizing the entire experience.

And here are the photos! Thanks to ChasingSquirrelz for awesome pictures. Also be sure to check out Josh’s blog for a ton of really nice pictures from the event!

Some concerts I’m looking out for in 2012~

A few concerts coming in the next few months that I’ll most likely be attending…

JIMI CRAVITY – VINYL / Feb 2, 2012 (tickets)

  • Great band I’ve come to know through a college friend (She is a guitarist and supporting vocalist in the band). I really enjoy watching them live and they have an incredible energy that they just can’t seem to replicate on the album.

John Legend – Georgia State University / February 20, 2012 (Free event!)

  • This guy. I freakin’ love everything John Legend does. One of the most debonair and suave dudes on the planet & one of the best R&B artists ever. I can’t say enough good things about Mr. Legend. If you don’t know him yet do yourself a favor and google him up.
  • The song “Ordinary People” got me hooked and I haven’t stopped listening since. His play on words, vivid imagination, and sexuality show through his witty lyrics and smooth voice. Oh, he also plays piano. Enough said.

Childish Gambino – Tabernackle / March 16, 2012 (tickets) — I just tried to buy some tickets and I think they are sold out. NO!!!

  • I recently found out about Donald Glover through some friends. I cannot believe I’ve overlooked him for this long. His play-on-words and intelligent lyrics put him high above many other rappers in my book.

Kina Grannis – Variety Playhouse / April 17, 2012 (tickets)

  • I have a really strange/creepy devotion to this woman. SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madeleine Peyroux –Variety PlayhouseMay 18, 2012 (tickets)

  • An Athens, Ga native! I have this tendency to show off my “Jazz knowledge” by naming songs or artists whenever we go out to places. For the longest time Madeleine Peyroux has always confused me with Billie Holiday. She sounds EXACTLY like her (I only realize it was Madeleine since I always double check my assumptions using the Shazam app)
  • I’ve been looking forward to see some great Jazz performances in 2012 and Madeleine is definitely one on my list. Her voice is so bizarrely unique and astonishing that I can’t pass this up.

-Jimbo

Howdy 2012~! (And soon to be year of the Dragon!)

Apologies for the lack of updates! I just started a new full time job (9-5) with a firm around Atlanta while still working evenings at my previous job at the restaurant. I’ve been so busy that I have neglected this blog but I do have lots of content that I would like to share (I’ve been trying out lots of new restaurants lately and I’ve visited a few neat places too! I just hope I took enough pictures).

After Chinese New Year I plan to update the blog with some content regularly (hopefully!)

Until then check out this article on 10 reasons why ATL is so awesome.

See you soon!

-Jimmy