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concert review: mt. joy and vista kicks, 7/25/18

fin soundcheck

(f watching vista kicks soundcheck)

five out of five + six out of five stars

we’re back with six out of five! sorry it took us SO long but here we are with our next concert review with mt. joy and vista kicks!

it all started that evening and i was so pumped to see some new music! we got to the venue and it was so lit up in the backdrop behind the stage, it looked so amazing at the music box. i was watching vista kicks soundcheck and it was so cool! we checked in with 91X (we were doing a live broadcast from inside the venue) and were ready to go get our ice cream on! minutes later, we walked back out of the music box and headed over to salt and straw which i totally recommend for some great ice cream right after or right before the music box. anyway, by the time we got back to the music box venue it was jam-packed and it was incredible to see how many people show solidarity to certain bands and how many people are willing to try new things! i thought it was pretty cool.

we got a table at the back and watched vista kicks. it was truly awesome. they had such upbeat great songs that i’ve never heard before and they definitely get a spot on my playlist now! they had some kind of vibe that was more like retro-style clothing with new alternative kind of music, but it still has a little taste of pop to it. i really enjoyed watching them, especially with their great hospitality and the great energy spreading through the crowd! not even halfway through their set they got everyone in music box to clap along to one of their songs. my top favorite vista kicks song definitely had to be “mona lisa” – the way they performed it, the way it sounded, it was all just amazing!

the seating arrangements were a little hard because it was so packed… (she was bummed there weren’t more places to sit, long day at summer camp!) everyone was sitting down in the available seats but occasionally i could find a spot and go sit down and when i was sitting down next to the stage it was like magical! i was breathless because of how good you could see all of the artists but also how my feet didn’t have to hurt the whole time!

finally, my favorite band came on: mt. joy! they were just outstanding! they had the most beautiful lyrics to the songs and the most fun charisma on stage. everything was just so put together and the band which is so great was really out there with their music, the energy is the kind i felt at the lumineers concert and i loved it so much! i got to see the lumineers at wrex the halls 2017 and this show brought me back to so many memories! i enjoyed mt. joy’s music also because they started to get everyone in the crowd dancing like no one was watching, clapping along like no one was listening, and singing along like they were drunk i think!! it was funny!  i also really enjoyed the way all the different people dressed throughout the concert. honestly i’m breathless, i am, i loved every little part of the concert and the fact that in between songs – not every time but some songs – they would pause and tell you things like, “oh, this song is about a german shepherd, we didn’t play it for a while but then we started to again,” or say some funny comments.

in the band there were some people that really stood out to me, so i’m giving a big shout out to sam the guitar player! sam was so nice when we met him before the show, he had this warm kind of vibe just glaring from every side of him! he was just so nice and he had no problems with anything and he was just so kind and caring and made sure that everything was taken care of on their end and i was just blown away with how sweet he was to me and my mom. but i also want to give a warm shout out to the pianist or the keyboard player! she had a solo last night at the concert that was just AMAZING, we were sitting up above on one of the risers watching her and you couldn’t stare at a finger for more than a second, they were moving so quickly and so many different chords, so many different notes and it was inspiring to see her so powerful in song! and i really thought that that was her time to shine! and i think the fact that mt. joy has both girls and boys in their band is so great!

i’m gonna go for vista kicks, you guys get a five out of five rating! and mt. joy, you guys get a SIX out of five! thank you so much for the wonderful memories from the concert in my mind and we love you guys so much!

fin mt joy

(photo by f)

concert review: k. flay and sir sly, 1/13/18


(that’s f’s head at the bottom of the shot)

six out of five stars

hi guys and welcome back to six out of five today for a new concert review! today we are reviewing k. flay‘s concert or acoustic live show with sir sly opening for them!

our day started with us waking up and going to starbucks and then after that we went on a little detour to belmont park to ride rollercoasters! after that we went home and got ready for a surprise trip with the 91X crew to go bowling with k. flay and sir sly (we hosted a private bowling event for some listeners before the performance). sadly by the time we got there, k. flay and sir sly had just kind of run out so we missed them there. so we drove over to south park and by the time we got to the (vinyl junkies) record shop there were already over about 100 people standing in front of the stage! sadly the stage was a little driveway so there wasn’t much room and everything was pretty cramped. we still had some time before they played so we walked and got ice cream around the corner. then we went back to the record store and there were like 300 people there by then!

with all the people standing in the driveway and across the street there was not much room to see, so we breezed back into the record shop and saw some of my mom’s friends. many people were trying to look through the blinds to see what was going on outside. it was kind of harsh with the taller people in front! but my mom’s friend from their record company helped us get a good place to stand and we ended up getting a pretty close spot to the “stage” except a couple people wouldn’t kneel down so it was kind of hard to see a little bit. but other than that it was pretty awesome!

by the time the show started, sir sly opened up with a couple of songs! they played… probably my favorite was “high” and everyone was amazing! the hardest part was the speakers were right next to us so it was a little loud so my mom made us put napkins in our ears. there were people in the trees across the way trying to see!

sir sly got on the stage and they immediately welcomed us, they were very kind and very funny and were talking to the crowd like we were all friends! it was such an enjoyable show and i would love to see them again! and k. flay is so nice and funny and i love the way her voice sounds with unique personality and it’s unique sound! her lyrics are maybe a little bit more adult and not for children, but all the lyrics usually make sense! she sounded so good!

after she played about six songs we walked into a back courtyard and my mom and i met sir sly back there and boy were they nice! they had big grins on their faces and were talking with us and crewmembers back there and i went to go take a picture with them and they hugged me and i will always be remembering them at this show!

overall i am giving this performance a six out of five! i hope to see them live again.





concert review: kings of leon, 4/28/17

fin kol

mattress firm amphitheater, chula vista (she texted me this shot when they got there)

six out of five stars

hi guys it’s fil from six out of five with a new review! is it a song is, is it a concert, is it an album? it’s a concert! and can you guess which concert it is? it is the kings of leon concert down at sleep train amphitheater in chula vista! if you went, you all know it was very awesome!

the moment we get there, i jump out of the car and we’re on this grassy field parking lot and there’s parties going on and all these like fun events going on kind of down at the parking lot, so we just walk around. finally we get down to the entrance of the amphitheater and we’re getting ready to go in and we can hear the music, they are getting ready to put on the first band. congratulations to the first opening band, deerhunter! i think deerhunter had a pretty good show, um, they are not my favorite band but they apparently inspired the kings of leon! they actually made an announcement – the kings of leon during the concert made an announcement – that deerhead (crying!) had, wait, deerhunter had actually inspired the kings of leon to write more music, so i thought that was pretty cool!

so we start walking in and we give our tickets (i went with my dad). on we go and there’s this green screen photo thing you can take and i did take a photo with my dad in that and it was pretty hilarious! anyhoo so we get to our seats and i’m like, “dude, i need some kettle corn!” so my dad and i go down to the ATM, we get me a sprite, he got a beer and we get some cash and on the way down we saw someone that my mom used to work with: woodsy! i want to give a special shout out to him because i know he reads these blogs, he’s an awesome guy! we met him and his girlfriend hannah and we said hello and and it was really great to see him because i haven’t seen him in a while!

so we get to our seats, and then the kings of leon open, and the writing is amazing and the songs are perfect! they play “comeback story” and – i think they did – and they played all their, like, all the old songs kind of towards the beginning. and they started putting up the new record songs and the concert was just great!! everybody was on their feet and it was an adult concert so they were a little bit of an adult sightings (she told me the couple next to her made out a lot) but i felt that the concert was amazing! the songs were just great, caleb is the singer of the kings of leon, he did a great job! there’s no stage fright, you couldn’t tell anything.

so yeah, i would definitely give this concert a six out of five stars of course! personally i am a big fan of kings of leon, the show was great like I said, the lighting was amazing. actually believe it or not, when I was about six years old my mom took me to one of their concerts and i actually got to meet them not knowing who they were, that was kind of funny! i just feel so lucky that i got to do that. but thank you guys for reading, hope to see you guys next time!

concert review: k. flay, 4/9/17


fathom bistro, bait & tackle, shelter island

six out of five stars!

hi guys welcome back to six out of five and today for our review, is it a song? is it a band? or is it a concert? today it’s a concert, the k. flay concert down at fathom bistro!

so my mom, my cousin lou and i get out of the car and we’re sitting right there, chatting with the record label people (who had parked right behind us) and after a minute, i turned my head to see a red big car with k. flay kind of squatting in the front seat playing her guitar and getting ready to go on to the show! it was so funny to see her right there warming up. and hearing her voice, it’s it’s an amazing… like, she’s got an amazing kind of talent with her voice! and it’s fresh it’s new and it’s different and that’s what we like to see with new songs and bands and concerts.

so we walk up the pier and it’s not the like… it’s not 3000 people or anything, but it’s a good 30 or 40 people there, um, kind of either getting a drink at fathom bistro, or trying to find some bait and tackle  – ha ha ha – or other supplies that you’ll need to go fishing. (it truly is the coolest tiny beer bar & restaurant right on a pier with EXCELLENT beers on tap consistently – pliny the elder, anyone? – and it has its own bait and tackle shop too!) and one of the guys who works in the 91X radio station (zach, our afternoon guy) while the concert was going on was fishing while listening to this person’s concert! that’s funny!

so everybody kind of mellows out, we got to chitchat for a while, talk about what’s going on in our lives, and a bunch of people set up for the k. flay concert. there were cameras, mics, and action all going on right there. and then my mom started off with a welcome gesture and tells us about what could happen (i just said a little welcome to the crowd on behalf of 91X and introduced k. flay),  so we prepared ourselves for this wonderful outstanding concert coming up by k. flay!

so everybody’s kind of sitting around, she got her guitar ready and she has a partner with her and they start strumming their guitars and played their first song which was “high enough.” second, they played “paris” (??) and third they played “blood in the cut” which is personally my favorite now! and it was really kind of chill, everybody was just sitting and watching it it was a really fun experience. her voice is so different than what you would expect from an artist whose voice it’s so new, and it’s got something that i don’t think i’ve heard from any other artist before. it’s amazing! she’s very talented, very brave, very, um, out there and i think she’s ready to move onto her next album!

at the end and me and my family went up and got to meet her. she is so so nice, like unbelievably nice and she would stay in there to get photos and she’s very energetic and she was totally not like shy or kind of like acting like she was too perfect. she was actually really really nice and i do hope i get to see her again! i would definitely write this down as a 6 out of 5 concert stars! thank you and hope you guys enjoyed the blog.


concert review: red hot chili peppers, 3/21/17


valley view casino center, san diego

six out of five stars!

when we first pulled in the parking lot, everything was sorta chill and there were people getting in line and the doors were not open yet. a lot of people were starting to like get there so me and my mom went to go backstage and there was this ramp and oh my god! i just felt so special. like, it was an honor to be going there with my mom and just like seeing what she does for part of her job! (ok, that totally melted me, sweet girl! she was SO excited for this show and had no idea what was in store.)

then we were backstage and she was interviewing the flea (fil calling him “the flea” all night slayed me). i sat right outside the room and i hit it off with the security guard – now my good friend – and one of the roadies’ daughters, maddie, who was about 15, 16… or 21 maybe. but i heard a backstage peptalk that the main roadie gave to the other roadies and WOW was that colorful! (she couldn’t get over how many f-bombs the crew leader dropped when he was doling out instructions). then flea walked past me and he had a coffee stain on his sweatpants!

so we first walked into the concert after getting dinner and after the interview, and i was blown away! trombone shorty was opening for the red hot chili peppers and they were on their last song so we got to get the very last part of it and boy, was it amazing! it was so great and i was just blown away! the saxophones and the trombones and the trumpet which personally i do play trumpet at my school but that’s a different story…

at the concert there were MANY people and everybody was just up and kind of like getting ready for the concert and kind of dancing in a little bit. everything was going good and then we waited for like five minutes as the band got set up for the chili peppers. and then the lights go down and these blue headlights come up and everything is just AMAZING!! the light work  – oh my god, i would shout out to all of the people – the roadies and others – who helped with the lights! i mean, it was incredible and they had this light fixture where there was like this big plate and it had these strings, a bunch of tiny little strings holding these lanterns and they would bounce up-and-down and oh my god it was just so amazing! (her eyes and her smile were HUGE for the first few songs! i think it blew her mind.)

and then three hot chili peppers come on and before this, i think i knew some of their songs but i didn’t know them well and i never was really a big big fan of them because i didn’t really know their songs that well, but then i heard them at the concert – in concert – and oh my gosh it blew me away! now i just want to listen to them a lot.

we had pretty good seats. um, yeah, we we had very good seats, they were kind of like above the floor just like one row above the floor so we could see pretty well. we had to stand up most of the time because it was so awkward sitting down because you were the only one!

and then the record label (management) guy aaron that my mom had known previously took us and since he knew the band, he took us backstage through this little corridor and then we were on the side of the stage!! right next to the stage and they were like it was like a VIP and right there on the side of the stage and it was just amazing! my mom held me up and i looked up over the concert and crowd and you could see the flea wearing his amazing funny outfits!

it was just great. i would give this concert, for the first concert review we are doing for our blog, six out of five stars! good job red hot chili peppers, will see you next time!



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