Posts Tagged ‘Violin’

Lindsey Stirling performing Crystallize at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on April 2, 2013.

Lindsey Stirling performing Phantom Of The Opera at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on April 2, 2013.

Lindsey Stirling performing Zi-Zi’s Journey at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on April 2, 2013.

Lindsey Stirling performing Shadows at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on April 2, 2013.

Lindsey Stirling performing Transcendence at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 5, 2012.

Lindsey Stirling performing Crystallize at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 5, 2012.

Lindsey Stirling performing a Michael Jackson medley at The Observatory in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on November 5, 2012.

Lindsey Stirling performing Electric Daisy Violin at The Observatory in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on November 5, 2012.

When someone possesses true musicianship, everyone recognizes the talent, no matter what music they listen to. When someone as talented as Lindsey Stirling comes around, music lovers from all over gather to see her show. Last week, Lindsey Stirling’s tour passed by Orange County as she and her crew neared the end of their US tour. To sum up Lindsey Stirling, she plays the violin, plays modern/contemporary music including dubstep, dances, and sings. She can put on an entire show all by herself with her multitude of skills. Since most of her show consists of instrumentals, her show translates well internationally. However, as her roots lie here in America, she tours here prior to setting off on a global tour starting next month.

Opening for Lindsey Stirling throughout her tour, The Vibrant Sound played their set comprised of mixed genres. One cannot classify The Vibrant Sound as one particular genre, as they cover a wide range of music styles. From cover songs to original songs, they play a mix of pop, R&B, hip hop, blues, ska, jazz, country, and more. This mix allows the band to connect well with a majority of the audience, as the music will suit well with just about anyone present.

The tension in the audience reached unreal levels as Lindsey Stirling prepared for her grand entrance. After a voiced introduction, the crowd screamed in excitement when the screen highlighted Lindsey’s silhouette, so much so that the audience drowned out much of the stage sound. Lindsey opened the night with a block of songs consisting of Anti Gravity, Spontaneous Me, Shadows, and Electric Daisy Violin. All during this first set, the audience went nuts for Lindsey, and with as much movement that occurred, one would feel like standing in a rock concert pit. Lindsey closed out this block of songs with a Michael Jackson medley, where she slightly fumbled to wear the glove at the beginning of the medley, much to the chagrin of the audience.

Once this block ended, the stage cleared out for a costume change while the audience watched a mini-clip of Lindsey walking through the back. This short humorous video showed Lindsey walking backstage attempting to thank the audience while dodging crazed fans and requesting amenities from the house crew. Lindsey returned to the stage by the end of the video, and acted like the video actually just happened. The entire audience took the joke, and laughed along with Lindsey and her crew, paving the way for Lindsey to continue this second block of songs, which included Song Of The Caged Bird, Transcendence, and We Found Love.

Following this block of songs, Lindsey made another exit for a costume change, while the vocalist from The Vibrant Sound appeared on stage with three guys. They had pre-selected three guys from the audience prior to the show to participate in a dance contest. The three guys danced to generic music, but their goofy moves did not sit well with the audience. After asking the audience if Lindsey should come out to show the guys some dance moves, Lindsey ran back on and started with Good Feeling while the guys danced on. Truly this final block contained all the songs that drove the audience wild. Lindsey got into a Legend of Zelda medley, which drove the audience into some sort of 8-bit frenzy. After that, Lindsey put her hood on to play Moon Trance, moving and dancing the entire time while her hood remained firmly on her head. This set also contained Zi-Zi’s Journey, Elements, and Phantom of the Opera.

Following a momentary departure from the stage, Lindsey and crew returned for an encore. At first, she played a song that I did not recognize, yet she mentioned that everyone should know the song. Sadly, I could not figure out the song, and I still search for the answer to that question of what song she played at that moment. Finally, as she had not yet played her hit breakout song, Lindsey closed the night with Crystallize.

Missed out on Lindsey Stirling? In early May, she plans to play a few shows on the east coast, but after that, Lindsey will begin touring the world. Her people have not announced any future shows beyond that, so you will have to follow her on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated on the life of Lindsey Stirling. No matter what genre of music you listen to, anyone can relate to Lindsey’s music. Have a listen for yourself on her YouTube channel, and understand why she has captivated hearts across the globe.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 2
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa

Sample dozens of chocolates and chocolate treats this Tuesday night at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa. The tasting requires no admission fee, and all ages can attend.

Lindsey Stirling w/ The Vibrant Sound – SOLD OUT
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 2
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 4
April 2: House of Blues, Anaheim
April 4: The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles

Witness true musical talent as Lindsey Stirling wraps her tour this week, as the tour sweeps through Southern California. Tickets have officially sold out, and after-market tickets currently sell for more than double the face value. If you did not obtain tickets, you will have to shell out a pretty penny to get into this show.

Friends of the Old Doll Hut – Reunion Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 3
Dipiazzas, Long Beach

In honor of the recently closed Doll Hut in Anaheim, Argyle Street, The Blob, Not A Chance, Rodents Of Unusual Size, and more will perform this Wednesday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $5.

The Casualties, Dr. Know, Goatwhore, Havok @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Soak in multiple music genres at this show on Wednesday night, from punk rock to metal to thrash to possibly more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 5
Various locations
Long Beach:

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Comadre, No Sir, End On End + more @ Aladdin Jr
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 5
Aladdin Jr, Pomona

Post-hardcore band Comadre has announced their FINAL tour, which wraps this weekend. Do not miss this last chance to see Comadre perform. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

RVCA Warehouse Sale
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 5-6
RVCA Warehouse, Costa Mesa

If you like RVCA, check out their warehouse sale this weekend. Not only do you get to visit their warehouse, but you can score some great deals on apparel, accessories, and more. Visitors may purchase speed passes online for $25 to bypass the long lines; otherwise, guests can enter for free after waiting in an absurdly long line. No one under 13 may enter.

Run or Dye – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 6
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. Following the Color Run of last month, this all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

Guitar Center Musician’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

Check out tons of the latest music equipment, meet & greet with industry reps, and browse through many music vendors at this one-day music expo. Guitar Centers sell tickets to this all-ages expo for $5, or you may purchase tickets at the door for $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so you may opt to take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave.

5th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest – SOLD OUT
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 6
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles

The LA Beer Festival has grown to such intense popularity that they hold TWO sessions. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking. Since tickets have officially sold out, those wanting to attend need to search for after-market sales. Alternatively, check out another beer fest going on this same day…

Slater’s 50/50 Backyard Brew Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 6
Slater’s 50/50, Lake Forest

Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited beer pours from over 15 local breweries and free samples of Slater’s 50/50’s epic eats. Tickets to this 21 & up only event cost $30, while designated driver tickets (food only) cost $10. Admission includes free parking, and typically little to no traffic thanks to this area’s geography.

4th Annual Edge of LA International Wine Festival
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, April 6
The Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro

Sample from over a hundred different wines from around the world at this wine festival in San Pedro this Saturday. If you like any of the wines you sample, you may purchase bottles of wine to-go! Residents of San Pedro, Harbor City, Wilmington, Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Long Beach may purchase tickets to this wine fest for $45. For everyone else, general admission costs $55.

2013 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 6

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 6th, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 6
Broadway Pier Pavilion, San Diego

Enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $85 and allows entry at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $95 and allows entry at 4pm. I highly recommend carpooling to the fest – also consider that groups of 10 or more may receive discounted tickets!

A Taste of America in the OC
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 6
Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana

For $50, guests get treated to a multi-course dinner from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries in Orange County. Guests may also browse and bid on items  in a silent auction available at the dinner. Guests may park for free on the street. The venue will not sell tickets at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Comadre, Ghostlimb, No Sir, Holy Fever, & Malon @ Ché Café Collective
6:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
Ché Café Collective, La Jolla

Post-hardcore band Comadre has announced their FINAL tour, which wraps this weekend. Do not miss this last chance to see Comadre perform. Tickets to this show cost $10.

Pig Out Pig Roast @ SummerSalt
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 7
Saltbox, San Diego

Enjoy a pig roast as a BBQ plate, sliders, or tacos – all you can eat! Admission costs $20 presale and $30 at the door, and includes one beer, courtest of Mission Brewery.