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Odesza at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall

IMG_8973Odesza is one of my favorite electronic music groups so when I saw that they were coming to Los Angeles and I had a chance to see them at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall I couldn’t resist. I bought the tickets as soon as they went on sale and then patiently waited months as the time passed. While I waited I listened to their beats on Youtube and Songza constantly feeling inspired by the rhythm of their music.

Katie and I arrived at the theater early, waited in line, and quickly made our way to the entrance. We were searched with metal detectors and then allowed into the auditorium where we made our way to what looked like a huge basketball court. There was an upper balcony level for VIP.

I had never been to a concert quite like this before. You could say it was like a mini rave. It was obvious that people were drinking as they had booths set up on the edges of the floor, but I’m sure others were also smoking weed as the smell of it lofted through the air around them.

As the DJ spun to get everyone into the mood we explored the merchandise booth and bought a really cool sweatshirt. Then we headed to the floor and tried to see how close we could get. The DJ was followed by some singer, I’m not sure who he was, but he was ok and we continued to move closer as the time got closer and closer to when Odesza would be on stage. Eventually, we stopped moving forward in the crowd when we were only about 5 rows of people back. From that point on it was a mind set to hold our ground as people tried to scurry and weave around us to get closer.

Once Odesza came on stage everything seemed to settle as everyone drifted off into the musical hypnosis. They played an entire set with a huge screen behind them playing videos and intricate designs behind them. Two of my absolute favorite songs were played that night, Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren) and Say My Name (feat. Zyra). When they played them I was in heaven, melting into the music as it streamed through my ears and into my entire body.

They wrapped up their set with fireworks sparkling upon them and then everything went black. The audience’s constant cheering encouraged them back to the stage for an encore. Where they played a few more songs and ended things with streamers falling from the ceiling’s rafters.

The concert ended pretty late and with our ears ringing we made our way back to the car. The experience was supreme and if you like electronic music Odesza is a group that you should be sure to see at least once.

Lips Are Movin at El Rey Theater

10997192_10100816716016807_8296065644057219277_nI bought tickets to see Meghan Trainor at El Rey Theater the night before her show. While I am not a huge fan, I do enjoy her two hits, “All About that Bass” and “Lips Are Movin” and I had a friend that really wanted to go. The night of the show my friend decided she didn’t want to go anymore, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me from having a good night out. I took the tickets, reached out to some friends and head to the show.

The show was standing room only, but not super crowded when I arrived. I walked around taking in the sights, picking out where I would watch and stumbled upon a photo shoot opportunity in the balcony section. I waited in line and ended up with a photo of Meghan and me singing! (Ok, she was photoshopped into the picture, but it still counts!) I felt like a little kid again, such a silly thing to do, dress up and pretend to sing, but so much fun.

I1505447_10100816716276287_7877417048808001981_n haven’t been to a concert in a long time and I was pleasantly surprised that being there by myself did not affect how I felt at all. By the time I got my photo the first singer was on stage. Honestly, I don’t know who he was, but he was a super cute, teenage kid that had his own hit song.  After looking into it for a bit I found out, he was Matt Prince. I can’t seem to find much on him, but the little girls seemed to know who he was and he did a good job working the crowd.

1507042_10100816715492857_4913611374118131772_nNext on stage was Sheppard. I have to say I didn’t recognize them in the beginning. I kept thinking their songs sounded familiar but I couldn’t quite place my finger on it. Then, their second to last song I finally figured it out, “Geronimo“. It all came rushing back. I hear them on my Songza station I always listen to. They were amazing, the energy was great and their on stage presence was just inspiring. I’ve never watched a show where the musicians looked like they were having as much fun playing as I was having watching them. It was so filling of my heart and soul.

11017455_10100816715353137_8667492556695305446_nFinally Meghan Trainor came on, but could she really do better than her guests? Of course she could! Her energy was great, right on track with the rest of the night. Even the slower songs were good and worked perfectly with the set. Her dancers were great as well and she had a guest singer come out to join her during one of the songs. She even sang to a 17 year old, which just made that girl’s night. I even saw her later. She was on cloud nine. She walked past some guy from the Disney channel, turned around and tracked him down. It was too freaking cute.

Let’s just say Meghan Trainor has a great message to send out to everyone. Believe in yourself, love yourself, and basically, you are amazing just the way you are! A great night, that left me with tons of smiles and happy feelings all over.





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