PRETTYMUCH: Funktion Tour 2018 | Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 10/29/18

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Hey there, concert-goers!

Guess who spent 11 hours at Revolution Live on Monday because they’re the best aunt ever?? This girl right here! I’d bought my niece & I VIP tickets so she could meet PRETTYMUCH, and that pretty much (pun intended) included sitting outside the venue from 11 am until the show was done at almost 10 pm. In Florida. Where we don’t participate in gorgeous, chilly Fall weather. Nope. We sat (thankfully) in the shade with the sun glaring down around us for most of the day.

If you weren’t already aware, PRETTYMUCH is composed of Zion Kuwonu, Brandon Arreaga, Nick Mara, Austin Porter and Edwin Honoret. They were put together in 2016 by Syco Music founder, Simon Cowell and have been working extra hard to get their name out there in the music industry.

The “meet & greet” at our show started between 4:45 and 5 pm, and was a quicker experience than I thought it would be. I know that’s not up to the guys though, and all the girls seemed to appreciate what little time they did get with them, so we do as good family members do and shell out the cash to make them happy doing the things we didn’t get to do when we were younger. I happened to have bought myself a M&G ticket before I knew my niece had a friend coming down for the show, so I gave her my wristband so she could meet the guys.

After the meet & greet, fans with VIP tickets got to head inside of the venue early in order to score some merch and grab their spots as close to the stage as possible. I opted to stand where the parents were in order to avoid getting trampled by excited fans (believe me, I understand the excitement lol). Doors for those with GA admission entered the venue at about 6:30 and the show actually started at 7:30 with opening act, Gunnar Gehl.

Gunnar was great at hyping up the crowd before PRETTYMUCH hit the stage. He had a mix of upbeat songs and slow, acoustic songs, as well as a medley of covers that the crowd knew and loved.

PRETTYMUCH hit the stage at about 8:30 to hundreds of high-pitched screaming fans that couldn’t wait to catch their favorites up close. I have to admit, I’ve been to A LOT of live shows in my life so far and this had to be one of the most lit crowds I’ve experienced. From the moment the guys stepped on-stage, the energy level was through the roof. If you’ve ever watched their performances on YouTube (I’ve seen plenty), you know that that’s their reputation. Their performance level is always beyond 100. What I like about watching them perform is that rather than trying to be completely in sync with their dancing, they each do the choreography in their own respective styles. There’s just something different about them that I think really resonates with their fans. They dress different, they dance different, they are different and that’s a great message to spread to their young fans. They’re not a cookie-cutter boy band and they’re likely not going anywhere for a while! Which is cool because even though I’m 34, I actually really like their music and their dancing  (don’t judge me).

While performing, there were huge bursts of smoke that shot out over the crowd when the beat dropped, which only seemed to hype the fans up even more. Their set was about 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 minutes of non-stop excitement and I definitely recommend checking out one of their shows if you can.

You can check out the set list below:

Setlist:

  1. Real Friends
  2. Jello
  3. Hello
  4. Teacher
  5. Open Arms
  6. Summer On You
  7. Healthy
  8. Denim On Patrol
  9. Sauce
  10. Mind of Poseidon
  11. If I Ever Fall In Love
  12. 10,000 Hours
  13. On My Way
  14. Solita

Encore:

Would You Mind (dance break)

 

Head over to my YouTube channel for videos that I recorded at the show HERE.

You can also visit their official site for more remaining tour dates, etc. HERE.

 

HARRY STYLES: Live On Tour 2018 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 6/9/18

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Hey there, music lovers!

I’m back with another concert review, and this time it’s for the highly anticipated “HARRY STYLES: Live On Tour” from his stop in South Florida on June 9, 2018.

We bought the tickets last year for my niece’s birthday when they were first released and had to wait a whole year for the show, but I have to say it was worth the wait! I’ve been to a lot of live shows and this, hands down, was the loudest I’ve ever been to. It all started when we arrived at the BB&T Center. We got there about 45 minutes prior to doors opening and this is the view we were greeted with:

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With that being said, I don’t think it’s necessary to arrive any earlier than the time the doors actually open. Especially if you have an actual seat. If you have general admission, however, I would advise getting there EXTRA early, unless you’d like to wait for a crowd like this to get in before you do. Also, take into consideration that everyone in front of you has to get through metal detectors, bag checks, etc. Another observation was that there were several merch tables set up inside the BB&T Center and each one had extremely long lines.

After braving the lines for merch, we sat in our seats and waited and waited. At one point, they played “Olivia” by One Direction and the crowd went nuts. They sang every word at the top of their lungs — you would’ve thought 1D was out on that stage singing with them. My niece decided she wanted more merch, so her mom and I went out to brave the lines again and missed the start of Kacey Musgraves’ set. We got to see her halfway through though and she was great. She even sang “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by *NSYNC, so she had my vote lol.

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Via Harry Styles on Twitter | Ft. Lauderdale, FL 6/9/18

Once the lights went down the crowd went crazy once again. Harry’s first song began to play and then . . . silence. There must have been some technical difficulties, so the spotlights cut off, the music stopped playing and all the lights came back on. Once everything was sorted out, the show went on without a hitch. It was actually very good! At one point, Harry walks down the middle of the crowd to a B Stage in the back of the venue. Here’s what that looked like:

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His stage set-up was great, the lights were fantastic and the vocals were on point the entire time. There was a nostalgic vibe to the whole set-up that fits the vibe of the album.

At certain points throughout the show, he would take some time to talk to people in the crowd and thank everyone for supporting him and the music, which was nice. During one of his songs, the crowd held up the flashlights on their phones and the whole venue lit up in rainbow colors. I was kinda salty that we weren’t informed about it lol, but it was a really special moment in the show. Here’s our view of what it looked like:

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Here’s the set-list for our show here in South Florida:

  1. Only Angel
  2. Woman
  3. Ever Since New York
  4. Two Ghosts
  5. Carolina
  6. Stockholm Syndrome (One Direction cover)
  7. Just a Little Bit of Your Heart (Ariana Grande cover)
  8. Medicine
  9. Meet Me in the Hallway
  10. Sweet Creature (on B Stage)
  11. If I Could Fly (One Direction cover – on B Stage)
  12. Anna
  13. What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction cover)
  14. Sign of the Times
  15. From the Dining Table
  16. The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  17. Kiwi

 

I highly recommend making it out to one of the remaining shows on the tour. This one was really special because we were there for my niece’s 14th birthday. The crowd was amazing and the whole vibe was positive and supportive. Not to mention that this album was actually fantastic and Harry does a great job performing it.

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Man of the Woods Tour 2018 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 5/19/18

Ladies and gentleman, I got to experience something incredible this past weekend. I ended up with front row tickets to The Man of the Woods Tour and it was something I will truly never forget. At one point, the first time JT stood in front of us, I felt a sharp pain in my chest and was convinced I was about to have a heart attack. Luckily, it passed and only got better from there! But, first, let me tell you how I got there:

I (finally) got my Bachelor’s Degree last August and, as a graduation gift, my aunts surprised me with tickets to see my Day 1, Justin Timberlake, on one of his stops here in South Florida. I’d been pretty bummed because the tickets were rather expensive and I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to make it to one of his shows for the first time ever. So, when my aunts surprised me with FLOOR tickets, I was stoked! This would be the first time I’ve ever had floor tickets and it was for Justin freaking Timberlake. The only issue was having to wait months for the show!

Nevertheless, May 19th finally arrived and my niece & I were getting ready to head out to the show. South Florida has had an extremely rainy past few weeks, so I was iffy about heading out early and waiting in line for doors to open while getting soaked in the rain. Doors were supposed to open at 6pm and the show was scheduled to start at 7:30pm. We got there at 4:45 and there were about 35-40 people ahead of us in the GA Floor line. Luckily, Verizon members who are enrolled in the Verizon Up Rewards program are able to enter the venues via “fast lane,” so my niece and I ended up being second in line. We got in and raced to find a good spot in the front.

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DJ Freestyle Steve began playing music, and then JT’s opening act, The Shadowboxers, made their way on-stage. They played about 3-4 songs and had great energy. The Shadowboxers was founded by Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins and Scott Tyler and is based out of Atlanta, GA. They later added Cole McSween on drums and Carlos Enamorado on bass. After a tweet from their Twitter account in 2013, telling JT to check out their cover of his song “Pusher Love Girl,” their relationship with him took flight. Their EP titled Apollo was released on March 23, 2018 and now they’re touring with him on The Man of the Woods Tour.

Justin’s set began a little after 9pm and the BB&T Center was living. As close as my niece & I were to the back stage, we were unable to see the main stage, so keep that in mind for future shows. Although I’m sure the fans up front were unable to see the stage we were at also.  The show was absolutely incredible. I’ve been to a lot of concerts at the BB&T Center and I’ve never been to one that looked completely sold out. Even the seats behind the stage were sold out. Luckily, with JT’s current stage set-up, everyone in the audience gets a little time with him. Even the crowd behind the stage got some time with him when he went out on a little riser behind his band, The Tennessee Kids.

The lights, the lasers, the little campfire sequence, the dancing, the sound, the vibe, everything was spot-on. Here is the set-list if you’d like to brush up on your lyrics:

  1. Filthy
  2. Midnight Summer Jam
  3. LoveStoned
  4. SexyBack
  5. Man of the Woods
  6. Higher Higher
  7. Senorita
  8. Suit & Tie
  9. My Love
  10. Cry Me A River
  11. Mirrors
  12. Drink You Away
  13. Flannel
  14. Until the End of Time
  15. Dreams (performed by backup singer, Zenya Bashford)
  16. Ex-Factor (performed by backup singer, Nicole Hurst)
  17. Come Together (performed by backup singer, Kenyon Dixon)
  18. Thank God I’m A Country Boy (performed by backup singer, Jack King III)
  19. Morning Light
  20. What Goes Around . . . Comes Around
  21. Say Something
  22. Montana
  23. Summer Love
  24. Rock Your Body
  25. Supplies
  26. Like I Love You
  27. Can’t Stop the Feeling

IMG_0216Another fan had sent me this photo that lists the set list along with where each song is performed. I found this to be very accurate aside from No. 24 being performed on the opposite side listed on the map. The blue circle represents where I was for the show.

Songs 13-18 were sung around a campfire that rose from beneath the stage and some of those songs were performed by the backup singers, individually, with an assist from JT.

“Cry Me A River” was performed on all three stages and walkways that were covered with smoke.

Also, keep in mind that at times throughout the show, panels would lower and double as screens for those who might be unable to see clearly. I’m not certain because I was beneath them, but they seemed like they might obstruct the view of the actual stages a bit when they’re down. Either way, they provide cool visuals that fit the theme of the album.

“Rock Your Body” was performed off to the side (the side I was on) in the VIP section. This was done on a light-up disco floor surrounded by VIP ticket holders.

Here are some pictures I took from my cozy little spot at the show:

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I might be a bit biased because, as I mentioned, Justin Timberlake is my Day 1, but I highly recommend this show. The energy was through the roof, everyone involved is so incredibly talented, and I love how interactive JT is with everyone in the room. He really tries to give everyone an experience they’ll never forget.

You can find more info, including remaining tour dates, by visiting JT’s website HERE.

SAIL AWAY TO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN ON THE MASTERCHEF CRUISE RETURNING NOVEMBER 2017

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Sail Away To The Eastern Caribbean On The MasterChef Cruise Returning November 2017 With A Line Up Of MasterChef Winners And Fan Favorites From The Hit Culinary Competition Series

  • MasterChef Winners Shaun O’Neale (Season Seven), Claudia Sandoval (Season Six), Luca Manfé (Season Four) and Fan Favorite Brandi Mudd (Season Seven Finalist) among featured talent to appear.
  • Embarking from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the MasterChef Cruise will visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

Building on last year’s successful second run of the MasterChef Cruise, the MasterChef Cruise is returning to the Caribbean for a third serving of culinary delight at sea November 12-19, 2017.

Presented by Endemol Shine North America, producers of the television series and events company Life Journeys, the MasterChef Cruise will bring back current MasterChef season seven winner Shaun O’Neale, who’s exquisite flavors and thoughtful dishes won over the MasterChef judges and earned him the winning title. Former MasterChef winners Claudia Sandoval (Season Six) and Luca Manfé (Season Four) are also set to return. Fan favorite Brandi Mudd (Season Seven finalist) will join the winners circle. Each chef will bring to the table their individual specialties, techniques and the ultimate show experience for fans and foodies alike while visiting the beautiful islands of the Caribbean.

Guests can look forward to the week-long adventure at sea with opportunities to expand their own culinary skills. The MasterChef Cruise will offer 15 hours of theatre programming such as cooking demonstrations, mystery box challenges, pressure tests, audience participation and more inspired by the show, MasterChef. A number of premium events and dining experiences will also be available. All events and programming are exclusive to MasterChef Cruise guests and will be announced at a later date.

New in 2017, the MasterChef Cruise will sail to the Eastern Caribbean on Holland America Line’s first Signature-class cruise ship, ms Eurodam. Now, as part of a $300 million fleet enhancement initiative, Eurodam recently received enhancements showcasing a host of exciting updates, including a new lounge, dining and entertainment venues, and completely refreshed suites.

The 7-day cruise setting sail November 12-19, 2017 will embark from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and it will visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

To learn more about the third MasterChef Cruise and relive last year’s tasteful voyage, guests can visit www.masterchefcruise.com