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A little help from my friends: Saint Paul and the Broken Bones

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Blue velvet curtains covered the front of the stage and the silver slide of a trombone snaked its way through the curtain. The audience was crawling with anticipation. The curtain opened and the band entered the stage followed by the Saint Paul. He was cloaked in an iridescent robe with a studded lapel; the site was almost spiritual. When he began to sing a silence fell across the room. You could feel the power and soul in his voice from the floor to the tips of your fingers. He opened with his original, “Back to The Future,” which set the stage for the rest of the show featuring his second studio album, “Sea of Noise.” He owned the audience. His audacious nature held my attention with the way he commanded of the stage. The audience, which to my surprise,...

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A little help from my friends: Bringing in the new year at The Mill and Mine

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

The Mill and Mine, what could be considered Knoxville’s most popular up-and-coming music venue, held a New Year’s celebration featuring The Black Lilies and special guest Alanna Royale. The night began with a bang as Alanna Royale brought the whole house down. The opener’s thick, soulful voice filled the entire room and left the audience shaken. Dressed in a gold sparkly jump suit and moving with the grace of a seasoned performer, it was hard to believe that she wasn’t the one closing the show. The musicians in her brass back-up band seemed to be enjoying her performance and were in as much shock as the audience. She sang original material, which proved that she was not only an incredible performer but also an excellent songwriter. Most of her songs focused on struggles concerning love and loss. Alanna currently...

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A little help from my friends: The new 1975

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

I was dressed in black from head to toe and was trying to play it cool around my friend who was a few years older than I was and had already been in college for almost a year. It was my first concert, and my friend Angela and I had driven down to Chattanooga to see The 1975. It was three years ago, and they had just recently started touring in the US. Since then, I have attended more concerts than I can count, and my music taste has expanded further than what plays on local radio stations. This past week, I got the opportunity to experience The 1975 once again. However, this time I had pit access, and the young British indie band that I had once known in high school was promoting their gold record on their...

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The sad defeat of a powderpuff football player

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Sports | 0 comments

There I was with my back flat on the ground while the girl who had plowed me over was already another ten yards down the field. I didn’t get up. I laid there and thought of all the reasons why I signed myself up for powderpuff football at Maryville College. It was our third and final game, and we were down in the first quarter. It didn’t look like we were going to improve in the second. We had all the plays memorized down to having funny names to call them by. The fact was we just didn’t have the talent that the other team had. We put in time to practice at least once a week to go over the motions and practice throwing the ball around.  Yes, we were dedicated, but in no way prepared. After losing...

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A Little Help From My Friends: A ride with SoMo

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Last week I attended The Mill and Mine with one of my friends to see SoMo. Before going to the concert I had heard him on the radio, but I didn’t actually know who he was. Attending once again with a photo pass, I brought along my friend Sara who is a SoMo fan. The night opened with a performance by Demarious Cole who had my attention the minute he took the stage.  He was accompanied by a crew of backup dancers who were just as talented and skilled as the front man himself. His movements on stage reminded me of a younger Usher. He moved around with ease. His songs weren’t necessarily memorable, but his performance was more than entertaining. His entertainment value is the primary reason why he was on that stage. The next performance was by...

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