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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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A little help from my friends: Traveling through time and space with M83

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 1 comment

This was probably my most memorable concert that I have recently attended. No, it wasn’t the band. It wasn’t the spectacular lighting. This time, instead of fighting a crowd or standing behind the tallest guy in the room praying that my iPhone would take a decent picture that wouldn’t come out blurry, I had an actual photo pass.  I was in front of the rail right against the stage. I could literally reach up and touch the musicians playing right in front of me. My photo pass gave me up close and personal access that I wouldn’t normally have. Having the ability to be so close to the band meant I didn’t have to worry about fighting the drunken girl next to me in order to get a shot. I returned once again to The Mill and Mine, and...

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