February 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
Who am I talking about you may be asking yourself right now, the answer to that question my friends is very simple: THE B FOUNDATION!
This weekend was so dubby and raging that I cannot even begin to describe it! But I think I will start with night number one of the Winter Blackout Tour in San Luis Obispo with my bFff Emily (duh). Despite the rain, and cold, and very very VERY anticlimactic cheese quesadilla this show was going to be completely bonkers, and I would like to think I had a part in it :) See I may have suggested some awesome songs that should really be on the set list, and most of them made it on there and The B Foundation had the most ROCKIN’ show I have ever seen! But I’m getting ahead of myself because I totally and completely forgot about The Holdup.
Opening up the show, the San Jose natives looped in their dubby sounds and lit up the blacked out crowd with all of their big songs like “Alone With You,” “Summertime Baby,” “Good times,” “Drunk Texting,” and the song of the weekend “Obsessed With Success.” That song was on repeat all day and all week leading up to the show, and after this weekend (especially after hearing all of the silly remixes) I can say that my love for “Obsessed With Success” has been consummated and we need a little break. Other than that all of The Holdup’s songs were fantastical…just like they sound on the cd, and they definitely put on quite the rockin’ show :)
Now I know that this tour was a headlining Expendables show, but The B Foundation was who I was most stoked to see. I just love those four so much and just have so much respect for how much time they dedicate to their craft.
Drumroll now people…because I am about to go crazy in telling all of you lucky souls about how AMAZAZING The B Foundation’s set was; and I think all I have to say for the die-hard B fans to understand the epic-ness of this show is “they opened with ‘The Cure'”! Yeah, I know, I was beyond stoked! One of my favorite B Foundation songs! Those lyrics, and just the kick ass surf rock mentality of it was all I needed to be satisfied with their 1o song set list :) Thankfully the show didn’t slow down after the hard hitting opener…followed by songs like “Rincon,” “Too Damn Tough,” “Belly Floppin,” “Go Away” (surprisingly no mention of a Dirty J look-a-like), “Dirty Girls,” and last but not least (that I can remember a week after the fact at least) is the new song sure to be the next big hit for these guys! I present to you all a teaser of The B Foundation’s rocking new song “Indo Addict”:
Another catchy, heavily rocking tune sure to be stuck in every audience member’s head; “Indo Addict” is just too perfect! The perfect blend of some reggae hints and goodies, and then the hard hitting guitar riffs and bassline remind you that you are not at a Trevor Hall show….you’re at a FERAKING B FOUNDATION SHOW and things are going to get sweaty!
And now some pictures of my favorite rockstars, doing what they do best….rocking people’s socks off at SLObrew!
Let’s just say…SLO will never be the same after that show! I swear there was a pit almost the entire show, people got really into the “when your licking my ass…” take on “Too Damn Tough” and all of my begging and pleading for a ROCKING show was rewarded with the most epic set The B has yet to put on! I mean if you don’t believe me, I’m sure there’s video of Pat jumping into the pit during the other new punk rock song (sorry…didn’t catch that title) while Jason and Tyler provided us all with a raging awesome guitar and bass hero jam session! And to top it all off, as if it wasn’t already amazing, Emily and I got our onstage shout out before the boys whipped another oldie but goodie that we requested “Deerpark and Madison” <3 <3 <3!!! Just epic…really that is the only way I can describe SLO night one of B Foundation greatness (well I guess onsie pj, indo boarding “Obsessed With Success” karaoke party would also describe it…but you had to be there)
After the greatness of a “rage all night” show in SLO and a wake up call thanks to The B Foundation’s favorite song, “Obsessed With Success,” Emily and I were looking towards a night of sleep and relaxation…JUST KIDDING we were in Narnia, JUST KIDDING we were in New York, JUST KIDDING we were Hollywood bound! For realz, we were Hollywood bound thanks to a certain magical fairy that was able to sneak us in on a list so that we could spend our Sunday night raging and rocking out just one more time with these 4 wild and crazy kids.
But the best part of all of Hollywood, was a reunion with our buddy and merch man extraordinaire Dave Hawes (who some of you might recognize as the Cast Away Tom Hanks look-a-like from The B Foundation’s “Too Damn Tough” video!)
It was nice getting to see a second show, especially being able to see the 4 B Foundation boys crush a sold out show at the great Roxy venue…not as loud and crazy as the night before in SLO, but then I am a little biased since I had a little say in the epic greatness of SLO’s set list :) Here are a couple more pictures of my boys rocking the stage together for the last time! I know Joe Fikany Jr will be a great addition to the band for the Spring Harvest Tour and beyond, but for now…here are the O.G. warped tour brothers from another mother rocking it as always on the Roxy’s stage in front of a sold out crowd!
Well, I had more, but apparantly the uploader is having a bad day and doesn’t want to play nice with me…that’s ok, I finally got some good pictures of Jason at this show…and those two are probably the best/coolest :) Anywho…..
You can’t really complain about life when you are with your best friend (and future roomie!!!! AHHHH so excited) and you get to see faces that make you completely forget about the stress and yukiness of reality. So excuse while I light this spliff and thank my B Found Homies for their awesome-ness (yes that was a reference to “Spliffed”…don’t hate on my corniness!)
Jason, Pat, and Ian!!!! You three are beyond awesome :) I love all of our inside jokes and silliness, and want to say thanks for all of the silly memories that allow me to laugh when I feel like school has taken over my life and turned me into a sad little robot! I can’t wait to see what the Spring Harvest Tour has in store with the new guitar hero that I am sure will totally rock everyone’s socks off! <3 all of your goof ball faces and think that we should have more Holdup Karaoke nights when you come through SLO :) See you soon!
Tyler…YOU ARE SO AWESOME! Hands down the coolest kid I have met in my entire life, and probably the best kickline dance partner with the sweetest crazy knees dance moves :) I know that nothing but good will come to you in the future and Emily and I will be sure to realize our Chubby Salamander Bar dream so that you can start it off with a lovely acoustic diddy :) And I mean I will see you January 1, 2012 at 5pm in Sedona, Arizona for the wedding…hahahahaHAHA I mean I have to be there since you are marrying my best friend and roommate!
And last but not least on my thank you list for the epic weekend is my bFff and other half to the dynamic duo…EMILY!!!! You are the “Eh Brah” to my “Party”…you’re so dubby, and are the only other person on this earth that will delay answering a phone call just so we can sing out the song for half of the chorus! Thank you thank you thank you for being my driving buddy, raging buddy, and bestest of best buds for our epic weekend of no school talk and pure fun :) ps…SLO is nowhere near ready for us to dominate next year :) SO EXCITED!!!
NOW IN CONCLUSION for all that are probably gagging from my cheesy but necessary thank you’s….
“Music is the key to my soul, that’s why I’m breathing” and The B Foundation will forever be one of many bands to provide those tunes I turn to to remind me of silliness and good times :)
And if you have never heard of The B Foundation before or are thinking right now “man I want in on this awesome raging party of fun” come to a date near you on the upcoming Spring Harvest Tour! I’ll be in SLO and hope to see lots of fellow B Found maniacs there!!!!
Until the next time when they rock my socks off yet again…
and just in case The B Foundation needs their fix…here it is….try not to sing too loud hahaha
October 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
So, there is so much to go over, review and tell all of you about, starting with The B Foundation killing it at the Roxy back on September 20th!
Thanks to my favorite SoCal natives, I found an excuse to escape SLO for a weekend and have one last spontaneous adventure before the woes of school started! The guys were playing a SOLD OUT show at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood with The Pricks and a couple other bands that (sorry) I can’t remember their names! Seeing these guys is always a total blasty and this time was no exception…even though I was flying solo (so lame!). Yes yes, so LAME, but the boys made up for it by helping me into the VIP section…so I had a nice little area to dance the night away without anyone rubbing up against me, moshing against me, or sweating and screaming in my ear all night. I sound like such a wet blanket when I say that, but it is never fun for any of that to go down, especially if you’re solo and there is nobody there to help you forget about the crushing!
So, in the VIP area, I witnessed the RADDEST performance these guys have ever put on…well that I have witnessed :)
So let’s see, reason’s why this show was off the chain:
1) They played all the essentials (Dirty Girls, Spliffed, no Aint Coming Home tonight though :()
2) There was a blow up doll
3) The lights were super cool
4) The set was a good hour and a half
…and well you just had to be there to really understand the RAD experience of the Roxy! I swear, I have never seen them CRUSH like they did that night!
Seriously I hope and pray that, come the end of 2010, I hear all of their tunes blasting on EVERY radio station in EVERY area! They are such a bands band. They aren’t douche bags who are too “rockstar” to know their fans, they are super cool people that always take some time to talk to fans and do rad things like (just an example) help a Cal Poly kid out by letting her put them down as a character reference for a job in live sound engineering on campus! (THANKS again!!) But seriously, these four are one of the hardest working bands I know of and I will gladly promote the SHIZNIT out of them whenver they roll through central and nothern California!
But….back to the show! The setting was amazing! i loved the quaint look with all of the dangling lights :) And they just RIPPED! Seriously, I can’t really explain it in any other way than the fact that the show was EPIC! Oh and did I mention, they played their new hit (which is also gonna start playing on kroq in LA so go and REQUEST IT!) and I even took video of it so you could all get a sneak preview :)
Little note before you hit play…my camera sucks balls, plain and simple, so the audio is pretty awful, but you get the jist of how great TAKE SOME TIME is :) enjoy!
So there you have it, The B Foundation’s new song “Take Some Time,” Milli Vanilli style, performed at the legendary Roxy Theater :) SO PROUD OF THESE GUYS! B Foundation pimp fo life yo! Please do yourself a favor and “take some time” to go to their facebook and check them out LIVE in a town near you on their fall tour! I promise you, you will leave happy and satisfied, and with your brains rocked to their very core :) If not, well, I can’t even come up with that scenario because it’s just NOT HAPPENING!
YAY FOR THE B FOUNDAITON!
August 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
Be prepared! This is yet another long recap of 2 weeks, and 2 rad nights hanging with the coolest peeps out of SoCal…The B Foundation!
If you have no idea who The B Foundaiton is, or what they are about, let me take a minute to introduce them to you. From the left, we have Ian, Patrick, Jason, and Tyler who are super rad beyond belief and rock peoples socks off for a living with a ska/punk/reggae type of vibe (their sound is hard to describe because it can be put into so many different categories :)) As you all remember, there is a little website that they call Fantourage, where you can go and waste hours of your life trying to earn points to get free stuff from your favorite bands, and other chains that are featured on the website :)
Back when I was failing at putting up a fight to win the Pepper VIP contest, to try and score more points I came up with an amazing plan that was a total win win for me. I made The B Foundation a page so that they could start putting on their own crazy contests in hopes that Jason would add on to Pepper’s page to score me some points. It worked! I still lost the VIP contest miserably, but the silver lining was, since I was on psycho point grubbing mode from that contest, I was now kicking ass and taking names in The B Foundation’s Contest! Because one thing about me is, if I make the site, have the “founding fan” badge, you best believe that I am GOING to win the contest! Which I did, by a landslide! (I had 12,200 points at the end of the contest…2nd place had 3,600 points…yeah I owned!)
Since I owned the site, my win was to get into Warped Tour for free to go see these rad dudes kill it on Kevin’s Stage! Instead of getting mailed a ticket and showing up with a friend, I was big pimpin’ on the guest list, with my Fantourage BFF misss Emily! hahaha
People still don’t really believe that we never met untill a good 24 hours before the show, but that’s what The B Foundation is all about! Building bridges! Making buds! hahahha (inside joke).
Upon arriving to Sleep Train Ampitheater…by the most bass ackwards way thanks to Pam (my gps)…we headed over to the best band tent in whole pavement jungle…THE B FOUNDATION of course! We took a fat stack of flyers and stickers and made our way walking through the entire space getting people to sport some stickers and get to the show at 3:10!
“Do you like reggae music?” That was the question of the day. Going up to anyone who had a hint of rasta colors on, skinny jeans with a surfer tank, or just someone who looked like they would have a raging good time at The B Foundation’s 20 minute set was greeted by Emily and I. After a good hour getting rid of a FAT stack of flyers and tagging everyone (including security guards) with rad B Foundation stickers, we made our way back to the tent to see what else we could do.
We were given a little breakskie, to watch Tyler construct a legit sign! But after watching people just mosey on by the tent without giving the guys a second glance, we were back to the grind! I mean there needed to be a crowd, and if we had to sweat working the sign and tagging peeps with stickers, we were SO DOWN! Just a note to all the posers out there though that we did notice:
- Don’t be rude to people who just want to give you a flyer. It’s warped tour, get used to it!
- If you are wearing rasta colors, but don’t like reggae music, then you are a walking contradiction and should be prepared to have a new nickname, especially if you keep walking by is a pissy mood! (aka RASTA BRA!)
Other than that we had a good success rate! Got lots of peeps to buy some merch, listen to the tuneage, and ultimately make it to the show…
…which we saw from backstage of course…JUST KIDDING, we were in a tunnel…JUST KIDDING, technically the side of the stage! The guys killed it with all the essentials! Dirty Girls, Rincon, Bloo Bucket, Too Damn Tough, and there was at least one more, I just can’t remember :) After the set, we just chilled with Dave…ahhhh-ooooooooOOOH…selling merch, drawin on staches, juggling and just fartin around :)
Then we had a little sexy dance party in the bus, watching Ian and Tyler bust a move! hahahha
But that was basically warped in a jist…hot, insane, crazy, rad, rockin’, and ultimately exhausting fun :)
Here are a couple pics from warped just for your viewing pleasure before we go down memory lane for Santa Cruz :)…
I still think the funniest thing about all of warped was the fact that they really didn’t believe it that Emily and I just met the day before, I guess we just look like BFF’s…just kidding we hate each other, just kidding we’re twins separated at birth, just kidding we really are new BFFs! hahaha (ps Emily went crazy with this Kristin Wigg impersonation from an SNL sketch, that’s the whole just kidding nonsense).
So now that warped was done, we decided the only logical thing to do, would be to go see them yet again the next week in Santa Cruz!…duh, that is the only logical option!
So for Santa Cruz, I brought along the lil swiss and her BF to help get some more peeps there for The B Foundation, not just Trevor Hall. We of course got there super duper early to which we got some grub, went on a mad dash around town to find tampons (nice planning Kim), and then chilled in Borders, where it was warm to wait for my other half EMILY, which just happened to be my twinsie that night too! hahhaa not kidding, check it!
When we walked in, I was a little creeped out by the fact that everyone was sitting down. Not sitting in chairs, or sitting on items, but sitting criss cross applesauce trying to claim their prime spots for Trevor Hall. What the ______!!!!! You don’t sit down at concerts!!! What were these people thinking?! Were they trying to take a nap or something?
Since Emily and I did drive 3 hours to get to SC from two different places, we begged and pleaded for them to play “Aint Coming Home Tonight”…which really isn’t the usual rocking B Foundation song, but i don’t know, it’s just a good song, like west side story jazzy beat with finger snaps! hahaha We didn’t care, we wanted to hear it! But of course, it didn’t make the set list, which we peeked at. Bummmmmer! Anywho, we were definitely pumped to see these guys blow these sit down concert goers out of their seats when they took the stage. Being the only people standing, The four of us took our places in front of the stage, in front of some lazy Trevor Hall fans that refused to stand up…LAME!
So the show began, and people actually stood up! Surprising because they looked so content with a nap on the ground there! But knowing the guys, they weren’t going to let that party fail go unnoticed, and had a little sit down pow-wow themselves, to which we all joined in for a very loooong song!
Then, with two songs left on the set list, the guys decided to ask the audiance what we wanted to hear. Emily, very loudly, asked again for her song…”Aint Comin’ Home Tonight”….hahHAHAHAH oh goodness.
Jason told her to take her shirt off to play it, and well Emily really wanted to hear it, so she did it! hahahhaHHAHAHAHAHHHA I still can’t believe she whipped her shirt off to hear the tune! But hey, they played it! And we ROCKED along to it! In Emily’s case, with no shirt! hahaha OH WHAT A NIGHT! I swear whenever Me and Emily are at a show, especially with these guys, it’t nothing but laughs, dance offs and good times! hahahhaa LOVE THE B FOUNDATION! And especially LOVE Jason!!!
If it weren’t for trying to bribe him into joining fantourage and starting some B Foundation Contest, we wouldn’t have had nearly the crazy fun time we had at Warped and Santa Cruz! YOU GUYS ARE BEYOND RAD! Can’t wait for them to roll through SLO again! Because you best believe I will be there, FRONT ROW BEEE- OTCH! Cuz it just has to happen when the B is in town!