After 24 years Vans Warped Tour has come to an end. It’s been one incredible summer to experience unforgettable memories with music, friends, and opportunities. One of the first opening bands on one of the main stages at VWT was Issues at the Journey’s Right foot stage. People were coming in and waiting in the crowd were ecstatic to witness Issues perform. The energy from the crowd was crazy! They were jumping around and creating a mosh circle in the middle for Tyler to see. Next to take the stage on the Journey’s Right foot stage was Set It Off. Set It Off are no stranger to the Warped Tour scene but this year was selected as a special guest to attend couple dates. They began the set with their new single “Killer In the Mirror”, then with the crowd favorite “The Haunting” while during part of the chorus Cody decided to sing along with the crowd. It was a joyful moment as he held onto the crowd for support and to hear them sing back his songs.

The next set to play was Silverstein, the band’s lead singer Shane took the time to thank Kevin Lyman for letting them on VWT stage for the past 15 years. They then followed up with playing “Smile In Your Sleep” with lead guitarist Paul playing his heart out. Another stage in VWT was the Ernie Ball one. It featured some upcoming bands like Palaye Royale. The bands had started off with “Don’t feel Quite Right”, the energy of the crowd was so upbeat once these band of brothers set foot on the stage.
For certain dates, there would be selected special guest one of them being Asking Alexandria. The crowd lost it once they started with “The Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)” before continuing with “Into the Fire” another crowd favorite. Rhythm guitarist Cameron always feeds off the crowd’s energy when going out onstage and rocking out. One of the most important things for me at a show or festival is seeing how the crowd reacts, whether by screaming, putting their hands up in the air, the horn symbol or just by watching what’s in front of them during the set.

State Champs fans were so eager since it felt like a home show for the band who is from Albany, New York. From the bass player, Tony getting lost in the music while playing to Ryan screaming his heart out on “Dead and Gone”. Playing on the Owly.FM stage was Makeout, they won in a competition for Battle of the Bands in 2014, playing nine shows in VWT in 2015 and now playing all summer. Lead singer and front-man Sam hitting the stage with “Childish” and the entire atmosphere of the audience. The Amity Affliction took to the Journey stage, with the crowd sensing the mood to go wild it was quite the freeing feeling being able to express themselves through the music. During “Open letter” bass player Ahren took part of leading the crowd through singing the breakdown letting the crowd take part of the show. Lastly, Tonight Alive entered the stage to perform. One of the female fronted bands at Vans Warped Tour. Having Jenna step onto the stage and command the crowd was a delight to see. It was a great way to end 24 years of Warped Tour.

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Hey, guys! I’m back with the final round up of Arroyo Seco Weekend. Yesterday (Sunday, June 24th) I headed back out for round two with hopes of seeing as many bands as possible. But first on my schedule was an interview with Lisa Coleman (Keyboards/Piano) of The Revolution. We had a very quick chat after their set at the Sycamore stage and a quick photo. The interview will be posted later!

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Photo Credit: The Revolution – ARROYO SECO Weekend

The entire day was quite the adventure as a whole. As my plus one and I ended up getting turned around upon arrival. Some super nice security people and workers at the festival helped us get back where we needed to be. We ended up getting a free trip on a golf cart in the process. By happenstance, I met Alanis Morrisette‘s shoe designer and artist in line. He liked my Neon Converse so he gave me a very quick peek of the shoes he designed for her. Alanis wore the shoes at her set that evening onstage at The Oaks. Which I thought was cool.

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Photo Credit: Alanis Morrisette – ARROYO SECO WEEKEND

So I ended up seeing The Revolution, Alanis Morrisette, the tail end of The Bangles, and the set I was most looking forward to seeing the entire weekend, Gary Clark Jr He is a favorite artist of mine. It was such a treat to finally see him live. The guitar skills and vocals on point. His band just as exceptional as him. I was headbanging, rocking out and just all around getting down the entire show. By then I was tired, not used to festivals and felt it was time to say bye to Arroyo Seco Weekend. It was very fun and reminded me how much I live for and love live music, so thank you.

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Photo Credit: Gary Clark Jr – ARROYO SECO WEEKEND

Until then,

Brittney W. 🙂 xx

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Hey, guys it’s Brittney here! You know what else is here? That’s right the second inuaguaral Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena, CA. The music and arts festival which is billed as a fun also family friendly music filled weekend. It’s definitely is that.

👆🏾👆🏾 My Photography above!! 👆🏾👆🏾

I arrived very early hoping to a quick lay of land and scope out the media tent. Which wasn’t hard to do considering it was all right by the box office. Most of today’s adventures were prep for tomorrow where I have a much Fuller schedule. But today I decided to check out a few of Arroyo Seco’s other offerings. I stopped by the Visit Pasadena tent and did a Instagram post in exchange for a parasol which is much needed and in demand in the Pasadena heat. They also gave out super cute bandanas which were personalized with our initials. After that I realized it was 1:00pm and I had a band I needed to see. So I dropped by the Willow stage and was pleasantly surprised by the unique stylings of ‘Typhoon‘ a super groovy and hard rocking band from Salem, Oregon. The addition of a female violinist and background singer I thought was cool. The crowd was loving it too and ‘Typhoon’ ended up packing the Willow Stage. Definitely my fave today (mind you I did not stay the entire time). Although my partner in crime, my Mom loved the first band we checked out and Arroyo Seco opener, “Maxim Ludwig“. I also got a chance to come heck out the Glasshouse record store which housed a ton of cool, new and rare vinyl including tons from the Arroyo Seco artists. I made two purchases, Joy Division and Ryan Adams. I say a job well done. All in all today was for me to gain my bearings, check out the site, look at some of the activations. Some working better than others. Tomorrow I have a much fuller day (way too many artists to see!) so that means a much bigger recap! Maybe even a few surprises …

👇🏾👇🏾 Peep the official imagery from Goldenvoice in a gallery below! 👇🏾👇🏾

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Until then,

Brittney W. 🙂 xx

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On April 15th, I had the very exciting privilege of attending my very first Deadline Contenders event for the Emmys. It was a wonderous day and event filled with panels from all of the many writers, creators, directors, actors and other talent from todays’ top tv shows. It was beyond refreshing to hear and see this. Especially being a newbie in this business. Still IIcan’t believe I got this opportunity.  Thanks to Deadline Hollywood and all of the Sponsors including all of the shows that presented and Hulu, Amazon Studios and Netflix. We also all had beautiful catered meals through out the day and left with not only great insight and amazing memories but the most epic swag bag!

Much love always,

Brittney 🙂 xx

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