Sunfest 2017: Where Music Meets the Waterfront – OUTLOUD Multimedia

 

In the quaint downtown of West Palm Beach, where the streets are embellished by a variety of shops and restaurants, a vibrant music and arts festival comes to life every year in the first week of May. The five-day affair brings people together from all over the state to share their passion for food, art, and most importantly, music. And this year, the festival was bigger than ever.

Source: Sunfest 2017: Where Music Meets the Waterfront – OUTLOUD Multimedia

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The Artists You Must See at Sunfest 2017 – OUTLOUD Multimedia

The folllowing link leads to an article I wrote about the next music festival I’ll be covering. If you haven’t already, check out my coverage on Okeechobee Music Festival and Ultra Music Festival….It’s been quite a year!

Source: The Artists You Must See at Sunfest 2017 – OUTLOUD Multimedia

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Media Coverage

From March 3 to 5, I was granted the opportunity of attending Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival as a reporter for the Miami Herald. I wrote two pieces on the event, each with their own set of photographs. The first is very news-oriented while the second is a personal account…. Next up? Miami Ultra Music Festival! 

Source: Young fans travel from all directions to enjoy Okeechobee Music & Art Festival | Miami Herald

Source: Okeechobee Fest 2017: I’ll Be Back – OUTLOUD Multimedia

Okeechobee Fest, Here I Come

Next week, Friday, I will be embarking on a new journey — my first music festival. Three days and two nights of nonstop music are awaiting as I prepare my daily playlist in preparation. This is an entirely new environment for me and, quite frankly, I don’t know what to expect. Maybe that’s what makes this soon-to-be experience so exciting. 

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Flowers in Her Hair but She Don’t Care

It’s been a while since my dear childhood friend and I have met up, let alone conduct a much needed photoshoot! We pranced around various parks in search for the perfect lighting and just the right amount of color. What resulted was a series of CoverGirl worthy shots, all of which were taken by visionary and future trendsetter, Nia Marie.

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Damien Rice in Concert is Magic

On November 8th of last year, I had the pleasure of seeing Irish folk artist, Damien Rice, in concert. When I found out that he would be coming to Miami for the first time, I had just finished obsessing over his third album release, “My Favorite Faded Fantasy.” After a 7 year hiatus, he had come back lyrically and musically stronger than ever before. And thankfully I was able to witness it.

A few days after, I decided to write about my experience but never got around to posting it. When I came across it again, I thought it would be appropriate to post it today, exactly a year since the concert:

Damien Rice knows how to captivate his audience. As the lights dimmed, the sound of laughter and chit chat quickly faded. Damien stepped out of the darkness and into the spotlight of the stage, greeted the crowd, and began to sing.

Right then and there, I was enchanted.

It was just him and his guitar. That’s all. Yet he managed to echo the heartbreaks, grief, and pain of hundreds. He would begin a song with a soft melody and end up bent double, viciously strumming—no, beating the guitar. The lights would suddenly go out disorienting us for a second, leaving us holding on to chord of the last song yet yearning for the next.

Often between songs he would tell a story. He jokingly told the audience about how growing up a Catholic boy made him a guilt-ridden man as a prelude to the opening of “9 Crimes.” He also shared the story of a man who thought he had a chance with a woman he fancied. After taking a few sips of wine, he slurred the lyrics of “Cheers Darling.”

But it was “Volcano” that showed the artistic and creative genius Damien was and still is. He made us a part of his performance by dividing the theater into sections, each with a different verse. At his cue, my voice joined the chorus-like sound of the many who sung along. Damien then proceeded to sing his line, his voice rising above ours.

And in that moment, it was just the audience, Damien, and his music. Nothing else mattered except for the undeniable string that connected us all to one another. 

My Summer Playlist

Summer is simply not summer without some tracks to set the mood. Here are just a few songs that I’ve been listening to lately.

For when I’m in the groove…

For when I’m feeling romantic…

For when I’m in the feels…

For when I’m in the beach mood…

For when I’m happy…

 

 

No, I’m Not Dead

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog and I feel highly guilty for that. But what can I say? I’ve been busy (and also very lazy.) Junior year is currently at its peak  and I’m gasping, guttering, choking, drowning under the weight of homework, projects, applications, and life expectations. In the span of my absence from the blogosphere, I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking…and came to the realization of several things.

First, I need to get a life! Right now, my daily routine is wake up, school, procrastinate, eat, sleep, repeat.  I have nothing to look forward to anymore and that scares me. I’m only 17, and I’m already succumbing to the monotony of life. I can’t let this happen!

Second, I need to start saving up money for college. However,  I don’t want to risk my grades nor anything school related to endure long, arduous and underpaid shifts. Plus, I’m too clumsy to work at a cashier or to flip burgers—I admit, I’m very aloof at times (which is not safe for me nor the people around me). So I’ve been trying to conjure up ways to make quick and easy money. You can ask me later along the line how that works out for me.

Third, Ben Howard is one of the greatest artists my ears have had the pleasure of listening. I know this is really random but I’ve been listening to Ben Howard for a while now, and he has literally blessed my life with his music. I was going through a really rough patch, and his music managed to get me through it–and it still is. Here’s a list of my favorite songs by  him in case you’re interested: “Conrad,” “Empty Corridors,” “The Wolves,” “Bones,””Promise.”