Posts Tagged ‘Bamboozle’

Wonderland… also known as the mystical world of Los Angeles. I recently applied for the chance of being Van’s Warped Tour 2011 Pit Reporter, which got me thinking…I haven’t updated my blog since I (my mom)  moved my butt across country. The Pit Reporter snippet has nothing to do with this post. Actually, it may I don’t know I haven’t finished writing this yet. Who’s to say where I will end up taking you in this short (hopefully) but sweet update.  As you know (for my whole 5 readers) I moved to the magical city of Los Angeles to start an internship at Machine Shop Marketing. Since then, I have been hired (meaning I’m actually making some sort of tangible income) on as an extension of my internship. It’s been an amazing experience. I’ve attended events I never ever dreamed of attending, such as Linkin Park’s VMA performance.

This was my view on top of the Griffith Observatory. Anyways, I’m not sure where Linkin Park's VMA Perfomance

I’m trying to go with this. I’ve done a lot of soul searching and discovering (Yeah, that’s right.. I’m going there). I revisited a lot of music that got me interested in a career in the music industry.

During college, I became very disconnected with music. In high school, I was always the person who was discovering new bands, going to shows, talking to people about music. Then, college comes and everything shifts. All I can think about is test this, homework that, no parental supervision there, BEER. I digress.

The point is, is that I’ve had a lot of time by myself. No, you can’t say aw :0( It’s been very therapeutic. I’ve regained my appreciation for the artists that I loved and still love. I had forgotten how music can pull out all your emotions and make you feel vulnerable. I’ve discovered new artists. I’ve observed interactions via Twitter, between users that would never cross paths but are now supporting each other BECAUSE of music. (Isn’t that right @IndieBeanie?)

Music brings people together. Whether you like it or not. I know I’ve been critical of certain music festivals (including one that I recently applied to for a position) in the past. It doesn’t erase the fact that these festivals and tours have 1 thing in common. They bring the music community together. A lot of these festivals/tours people wait all year for. The day they attend said festival, the following day they are excited and awaiting for the next years. I mean geez, the day after SXSW ended there was talk about 2011. It’s not a secret that it takes a lot of planning, man power, sweat, tears, beer, smiles, high fives, and ass slaps to put these festivals/tours together. It’s all for us…for our enjoyment. They want US (the music community, the consumers, the tastemakers, the non get it right?) to have 1 day or 4 days of pure enjoyment. Screw that proposal you have going out Monday morning, Eff that massive summer school test (it’s called summer school for a reason, it’s easy)that you haven’t studied for, take 1 day (or 4) to immerse yourself in the music of your favorite artists. Discover new artists, meet new people, learn something new… Probs never thought a music festival could do so much huh? Anyways- don’t forget the artists and bands that got you into the type of music you like now.

Don’t forget the Green Day’s or the Good Charlotte’s (DON’T YOU LIE TO ME OR YOURSELF, YOU KNOW DAMN WELL YOU LISTENED AND LIKED THEIR SELF-TITLED ALBUM, EVEN IF YOU WON”T ADMIT IT.) They introduced you to the “scene” in which you are now a master of or not…(if you are a hipster you liked them before they were popular, or the band is too obscure I wouldn’t even know who they are) I couldn’t help myself :0)

This post wasn’t planned out (CLEARLY). However, I leave you with this…

ThiiiiiiiiIIIIIIiiiiings....I know, you know...


As the spring and summer season are upon us, that means one thing… MUSIC FESTIVALS! Warped Tour, Bonnaroo, Bamboozle, etc.

Van’s Warped Tour, we all know about it, we all love it, it’s a staple in society now. Started in 1995 by Kevin Lyman, Van’s Warped Tour was a showcase of Punk Rock music. As I’ve grown up it has always been a tour I’ve anxiously waited for. Peeing my 14 year old pants anxious, well not really but it gives you a good idea right?

Bands such a Pennywise, NOFX, The Ataris, Less Than Jake, Blink- 182, and Thrice were tour regulars. While my step-dad was cooking in the hot sun (it’s OK he lived in Australia), I was off frolicking in the atmosphere, meeting my favorite bands, getting free stuff, and acquiring layers upon layers of dust in places I thought were completely covered. Those days will always stay with me.

When Bamboozle formed, I was a steadfast Van’s girl. I was NOT going to be cheating on them with a crazy named festival in New Jersey. (I did, however,  map out how I was going to stay with my grandparents, they were going to drive me there, and then I’d drive back to VA.)

As  Bamboozle has aged, they have secured some of the better acts. (Jeffree Star…Really Warped?) Maybe by “better” I am referring to as “more popular”.

On any hand, Warped still keeps the platform rockers such as The Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Escape, Big D, and Rancid. Always making sure to mix in the pop-punk genre bands, Paramore, Every Avenue, Just Surrender, and Motion City.

Take a look at The Bamboozle, Bamboozle Roadshow, Hookwink line-up. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Side Note: What is with all the names of this festival? It should be referred to as Oozle, I decided. It’s a pretty sweet name. See sentence usage below:

Boy: You going to Oozle this year?

Way cooler girl: OH YEAH! I love Oozle!


One thing about Warped Tour; it has ONE name. Check out their line-up. Though, this year Andrew W.K , Dropkick Murphys, and Reel Big Fish would be the ONLY reason I attend this year, if at all.

I’ve decided Warped has an affinity for auto-tuning. (See Jeffree Star) I don’t get it. I’m not bashing him in any way. I just don’t understand the appeal. The music is auto-tuned and configured to make it sound good on MySpace. The live performance.. AHEM, well see for yourself. I completely respect the “I don’t give a F***” attitude, but when it comes to talent there is a lack of it. See talent. For a tour to be based on a showcase of Punk Rock, this doesn’t make sense to me.

I think as the years come, Bamboozle will come out on top and Warped will be looked at as the festival that once was. If it already hasn’t happened.