My 2018 Meet & Greets

2018 was a pretty good year for me meeting some of my favorite bands. I went to a total of five meet and greets this year and I am so thankful for the opportunities. I had met all of them except for one band in full in previous years and I can tell you that it never gets old. Meeting your music idols feels like a dream every time. My mom always says to me when I mention a meet and greet I want to go to, “But you’ve already met them, you don’t need to meet them again.” She somewhat has a point. Although I have met some bands before, each time is a different experience. For example – I will be very honest – the first couple of times I met Sleeping With Sirens I was not a huge fan of Kellin Quinn because of how he was acting. Then the last I met them (you can read below) he was so fun!

If you have never gone to a meet and greet before, maybe because you do not know what it is like or because you are nervous (I get nervous every time), keep reading and maybe I can encourage you to meet your favorite artists.

February 10, 2018 – Sleeping With Sirens

I am in the front seat and my mom is driving in front of Spokane’s Knitting Factory. We see a tour bus and suddenly, Kellin Quinn walks out towards us and very quickly my mom says hi and he responded! They chat for about 15 seconds and my jaw drops. “Wow,” I begin to say, “what a friendly guy!” That got me even more excited for the actual meet and greet. At the time of the meet and greet, Kellin performed “Roger Rabbit” acoustic. Then it came time for the actual meeting. It was my turn. I walked in front of them all and said, “I danced for 14 years and I would love it if we posed as if we were dancers, like ballerinas.” And that is what we did. Well, except for Kellin who decided to stick out his middle finger, so I put a black heart in front of it as an edit. (Justin was not feeling well, so he did not pose.)

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March 7, 2018 – Pvris

Let me start off by just saying that I do not like this picture. Worst “pose” I have ever done. What was I thinking? My photo with Demi Lovato was way better than this one. Anyways, even though I do not like this one, I still appreciate it. This was my second time meeting the band (third time meeting Lynn Gunn). It was still a great experience, though. I was just a bit sad, however, because Lynn was on vocal rest, so I did not get to really talk to her. Great experience, weird picture.

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April 8, 2018 – Echosmith

One of my very first posts on here was about this meet and greet/concert that you can read about here. This one was way fun! Noah Sierota said he recognized me, maybe because I have met the band before a couple times. Funny story real quick, the first time I met the band was the day after Warped Tour at hotel and I was in my pajamas! Wow. Echosmith I would say is by far one of the sweeetest bands I have met, and I have met quite of few, not to brag. This meet and greet was definitely one of my most favorite.

July 1, 2018 – The Maine

This was an unforgettable day. I have been a fan of The Maine for about nine years now and I had never met the band in full until this last year. These guys are so kind and funny! I met the band in the Vans Warped Tour line waiting for the gates to open. This time I dragged my mom to it so she even got to meet a few of the members. She had a great conversation about Brazil with one of them for I was wearing a Brazil hat and she was wearing a Brazil shirt since that summer the World Cup was happening. It was pretty amusing, but Kennedy seemed to enjoy it, too. Then we were finally inside. I had told myself that this time was the time that I finally meet the whole band. And it happened! I waited in line for about an hour to meet them, I was even one of the first 10 people in line. It was so worth the wait!

September 25, 2018 – Never Shout Never

My all time favorite band/person. It was only Christofer Drew who I met that day, but it was okay since I had met the band before. The meet and greet was free if you had a copy of your confirmation email for one of the two poetry books he has published. I will not get too into this one because I still get emotional since the band came to an end (you can read about it here). I got Chris to write my favorite lyrics down, “peace will find us with harmony,” and I will later get it tattooed somewhere on my body. A day I will never forget, it was amazing.

I do not nor will I ever take any of these meet and greets, even older ones, for granted. Meeting your favorites is like a dream come true and every time, even after meeting them three, four times it never gets old and it is so special. If you have wanted to attend a meet and greet but was nervous about it, I hope that sharing my experiences has helped you in enouraging you to attend at least one. If you have any questions and/or want to share your meet and greet experiences, please feel free to post it in the comments. I hope you get to meet your idols!

Never Shout Never Ends..

ICYMI, the band Never Shout Never who Christofer Drew started as a solo project has come to an end. The day before Christmas Eve, Drew tweeted the following:

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A few days later he confirmed that after the Brazil and Mexico Never Shout Never tour the band will be done.

Many are very upset over this. People who used to be fans are reminiscing over the times when they would listen to the band’s music and attend their shows. Others who are still fans expressed how much they do not want the band to end. Never Shout Never has helped so many people, including me. Here is my story…

It was the end of 2009 and I was at a friend’s house listening to music on YouTube. My friend decided to show me a song that she said reminded her of me because it was “cute” with a sound I would enjoy, so she went here. “Trouble” by Never Shout Never began to play. I fell in love with not only the song, but also Drew’s voice. I asked her to show me more of their songs. That is when my love for the band was established.

I remember the band as NeverShoutNever!, and now as a three word band name, I am still a fan. I have seen the band live about eight times, met Christofer Drew three times, and met the band as a whole two times.

The second time I saw them live my life changed. I was in a very dark place with negative thoughts running through my head with horrible plans. Then Drew started talking about life and how beautiful it is and how we should live in the now and enjoy the moment. Suddenly somehow it changed my thinking and I thought to myself, “I will give this, life, another try.” Years later, I got my second tattoo with the band’s symbol and the date of the concert underneath (see picture below).

Writing this is a challenge as I try not to cry (again) over the band’s breakup. Just one more thing: I would like to thank the band as a whole for being there during my dark times and helping me get through life. It is amazing how music can change one’s life, thoughts, etc.

If there is an artist or band that has helped you during your difficult times, leave a comment. I love hearing about music’s impact on others. Much love.

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Sleeping With Sirens Concert

This last Wednesday (8/1) I got to attend Sleeping With Sirens’ Chill Out Summer Acoustic Tour. It was the first acoustic tour I have attended and it was a great first experience. This was about my seventh time seeing this band live. Every time I watch them I fall more and more in love with their music.

Kellin Quinn, lead singer, isn’t one to give too many speeches during a show, but this one he did talk quite a bit. He was funny, sincere, and emotional. I even cried during his “Better Off Dead” talk.

They played new and old songs and together an amazing show was put together. They had three encore songs, their last one being “Kick Me” which they performed in an “electric” way as they called it.

Overall this show was so magical. The stage setup was so cool and beautiful at the same time with the lights. Their stage presence was welcoming, as in you could tell that the band members accepted everyone who was there. If you have never seen Sleeping With Sirens live before, definitely check them out next time they tour. You will not regret it!

My Vans Warped Tour 2018 Experience

Although I am located in Oregon, I traveled by car all the way to Denver, CO to attend this year’s, AKA very last, Vans Warped Tour. This year the music festival did not hit anywhere near me in Washington or Oregon, so I had no choice but to drive about 16 hours. But you know what? It was so worth it!

This year I got to see bands AS IT IS, The Maine, Waterparks, and a little bit of This Wild Life. I took my mom with me since I have always wanted her to experience Warped Tour. She is so cool that she got Awsten Knight from Waterparks to wave at us! However, the number one thing on my list was to meet The Maine. After nine years of being a fan, I finally met the whole band. Kennedy from the band talked to my mom and I in line outside the venue because we were wearing Brazil merch, so we ended up discussing the World Cup a little bit with him. It was so great! But when I met the band, it was the greatest thing.

I have now attended the Vans Warped Tour for five years and attended seven total dates. Let’s just say that this one was one of my favorites. I will never ever forget July 1, 2018. Vans Warped Tour, you will be missed.

Recently I got to meet Echosmith for the the third time! Very first time was actually in a hotel the day after Warped Tour, and I was even in my pajamas. Didn’t even care, though. The second time was with some friends at their headlining tour. I waited about 6 hours to meet them. First 20 people in line got free meet and greet, so I took advantage. Such nice people! Noah Sierota even recognized me last time. OMG! Anyways, it was a great experience!