SPAC-tacular Fiftieth Anniversary

The upcoming concert season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center is upon us!  The Dixie Chicks opened up the season last night, June 11th. SPAC is one of the best concert venues in the Capital Region, giving every guest a wonderful live music experience. Located in the middle of the beautiful Saratoga State Park,  SPAC is truly breathtaking. SPAC is celebrating its fiftieth year of operation this year. The venue doesn’t discriminate againSPAC 2016 Fiftieth Anniversary Seasonst any kind of music and has something for everyone.  Whether you’re into country, rap, jazz, alternative, rap, classical, or ballet,  SPAC has it.

Mumford and Sons, a sold out show, will be playing June 15th. Dead and Company is coming on June 21st for all you dead heads out there. SPAC is also known for its three days of Dave Matthews, The Jazz Festival, and its Phish weekend. Journey and the Doobie Brothers will be at SPAC this year in July as well as Disturbed and the dance company of Alvin and Ailey. for more details check out http://www.spac.org/events

 

SPAC is truly a concert venue gem and is a wonderful place to relax, have fun, and enjoy the arts. Lawn tickets are the most popular tickets and aren’t too pricey at all. Parking can be a pain so I recommend buying a VIP parking ticket which allows you closer parking, it is definitely worth it. So if you find yourself thinking of something to do give SPAC a chance, you won’t be disappointed.

 

The New York City Ballet comes July 21st and shouldn’t be missed. The very popular country singer Luke Bryan comes July 31st and for all the millennials like me, the much-loved alternative band Blink-182 is back together and plays at SPAC in September.

 

It wouldn’t truly be summer without going to SPAC to see a show. Get out there, be safe, and have fun! Happy Fiftieth SPAC!

When Doves Cry: A Tribute to Prince

When Doves Cry, a Tribute to PrinceOn April 21, 2016 we lost yet another music legend, Prince. He was a force to be reckoned with and had a flare that was all his own. He broke into the music scene in the late 70’s with songs such as I Feel for You, Soft and Wet, and I Wanna Be Your Lover. His most well-known songs were Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, and Thieves in the Temple.

 

Prince was known not only for his high-pitched falsetto voice and catchy songs, but also for his unique fashion. He didn’t care what other’s thought and paved the way for others to abandon the fear of what other’s thought and to just be themselves. A close friend of mine, who happens to work for a local pool water company, was a real Prince fan.  We were together when we heard of Prince’s passing.  My friend was visibly moved by the news and said “Prince made it ok to be different.” I could not have said it better myself.  He was a true music genius and just an all-around cool dude. He will truly be missed. Continue reading When Doves Cry: A Tribute to Prince

Gotta Love Them 80’s Jams

 Gotta Love Them 80’s Jams
Whenever I need to get in the mood to dance, workout, or get pumped up 80’s music always does the trick. Some people loathe the up-tempo, electric, and somewhat stupid lyrics that belong to the 80’s genre. But others revel in it. I am the later. Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Queen are just a few artists that get my feet moving and spirits up. Being born in 1989 I guess I am a little bitter that I missed out on most of the 80’s. Maybe that’s why I have such a love for 80’s jams. “Call Me” by Blondie and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen are two of my all-time favorite songs. In my eyes you really can’t go wrong with 80’s music. 80’s music has a special  tone, beat, and fun rhythm that just makes most people want to sing out loud or  dance.

I was recently on a road trip with a couple of friends, one who was a guy who works for Affordable Dumpsters, so he is one of those brutishly big tough guys.   While we were driving my other friend put on an 80’s channel and the song “Don’t You (forget about me)” came on. As soon as the first beat blasted through the speaker all three of us, tough guy included, began dancing and singing along. 80’s music can and does reach everybody. I really know everybody has at least one favorite song that is in the 80’s genre. Even my little twelve-year- old cousin who mainly listens to pop and rap loves the song “Jessie’s Girl” and knows every word.

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