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Monday, August 31, 2015

Exclusive Interview - Trish Torrales + The Blackstones

Recently we had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with the up and coming stars of the band Trish Torrales + The Blackstones.
Not only are they amazing artists but Trish Torrales, Dylan Coates, Brian Watala, and Jimmy Loeffler were a ton of fun and some of the nicest people we have met. 
With the release of their new video "All Mine" we were excited to catch up with them and see what they had in store for us later on down the road!
Check out our exclusive sit down interview with the band at K.J. Farrells in Bellmore, NY
right here!:

Follow Trish Torrales + The Blackstones here:
Also be sure to  check out their single for their brand new song ‪#"All Mine‬" on iTunes & Spotify!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival

Most music festivals center on a certain sound. 
Vans Warped Tour pushes all types of rock genres just as Summer Jam features hip-hop/R&B. 
The first-ever Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival offered something more inclusive. 
This festival celebrates pop, a term that has come to be defined as any sound that sparks a hit. Billboard will, for the first time ever, present a concert lineup including a ton of today's biggest artists as well as artists who are currently heating up their legendary Hot 100 charts! 
This fest featured everyone from The Weekend, Justin Bieber, Skrillex, and Nicki Minaj, to The Maine, Ryn Weaver, and even Cruisr!

This festival debuted last Saturday, August 22nd, at Jones Beach with record-breaking numbers. 
The first day of this music festival smashed single-day attendance records at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. 

More than 17,000 fans filled this giant outdoor amphitheater to jam out to their favorite artists as well as witness some memorable performances. 
Little did they know they would be making history! 

Billboard is the latest to enter the widely expanding music festival business, which features big events such as Lollapalooza, Firefly, Bonnaroo, Coachella, and many others. The iHeartRadio Music Festival is another big one that is gaining popularity in Las Vegas every year. 
We can't wait to see what is in store for these festivals in the years to come! 
Can you?!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Rockin' End of Summer Bash - Tuesday Trends

We all know the sad and painful truth, the summer is coming to an end (Waaaa). 
But why not celebrate it and go out with a bang? 
This Tuesday we are bringing you some great tips to throw an awesome end of summer bash or what to do if you will be attending one! 


First, you will need a killer outfit. 

We love these gorgeous floral rompers! 
They are so comfy and so flattering and look great on everyone! 
You can dress them up with a pair of heels and accessories, or go completely comfortable with a pair of sandals! 

Next you will want a good appetizer that will keep your guests happy. 
We suggest a delicious and refreshing avocado, onion, and tomato salad (click on the link above for full recipe). 
So simple and so delicious!
1 large tomato, sliced in thick slices 
1/2 avocado, sliced
2 sliced red onion
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
Spring of fresh tarragon
1 T fruity olive oil
1/2 tsp champagne vinegar

Put tomatoes, avocados, and sliced onion on a small plate. Sprinkle with tarragon leaves and dress with the olive oil and vinegar. Add kosher or sea salt and some pepper to taste. The olive oil is really the key and main flavor so add more to taste and make sure it's good and fruity to complement the freshness of the other ingredients. 


A perfect end of he summer meal are these amazing lemon garlic shrimp kabobs.
 It's the easiest, most flavorful way to prepare shrimp. 
perfect for summer roasting or grilling! 
(click the link above for full recipe)
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 
4 lemons, thinly sliced and halved
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
2 tblsp chopped fresh parsley leaves.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray. 
Thread shrimp and lemon halves onto skewers. Place skewers on the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and roast just until pink, firm and cocked through, about 5-7 minutes.
Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Stir in lemon juice, garlic, oregano, thyme and basil until fragrant, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Serve shrimp skewers immediately, brushed with butter mixture and garnished with parsley, if desired.


Now, for dessert!
Try these banana peanut butter ice cream sandwiches. 
Sweet, salty, delish! 
Your guests are sure to be impressed! 
All you need to do is bake a batch of peanut butter oat cookies, stick a scoop or two of ice cream in between two cookies, and enjoy! 

Last but not least, you will need something for people to remember your party by. 
This cute photo booth is perfect for that! Something fun for all ages and a perfect way for people to look back and reflect on what an awesome time they had this summer. 
You can print out these free photo props HERE.

Now you are all set to host a perfect end of the summer bash! 

Let us know if you will be hosting or attending a party to end the summer and if you will use any of these great recipes or tips! 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tour De Compadres - Switchfoot and More!

On Monday, August 10th, I had the opportunity to attend the Tour De Compadres at Terminal 5 in New York City.

This tour featured bands such as NeedToBreathe, Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and Colony House.

I went there only knowing and wanting to see Switchfoot but was so impressed by the other performances

that I felt the need to share my experience with you guys.

Upon arriving at the venue, I eagerly waited on line for the doors to open and for the crowd to start piling in.
I was unaware of the full lineup since I originally went just to see Switchfoot, but I overheard some conversations saying that a band named Colony House would be the first to perform.

It's 6:05 PM, the doors open and the event staff try their best to get everyone inside in an orderly fashion, but the attempt fails as one would expect, and all the anxious and impatient fans flood in and quickly fill the space in front of the stage.
Luckily I ended up right in the middle. Only a few rows back, with a perfect view.
As someone had predicted earlier, Colony House was first to take on the stage and I instantly fell head over heels for them.
They performed with so much energy and exuberance and had the crowd jumping and dancing along to their songs.
I would definitely check them out if I were you!

Next up on the stage was Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.
They had me with the first lyric they sang.
Something about her eyes looking like the Grand Canyon, I don't remember exactly what it was but it was so beautiful and sweet and they sang it with such passion and I was just in awe.
Their set was a lot of fun and their songs are lyrically captivating.
If you haven't heard of them yet, you definitely should go take a listen!

Becoming so infatuated with the first two opening acts, I almost forgot that Switchfoot was about to perform!
But of course once they started to fill the stage I snapped out of it and became overwhelmed with excitement.
As I had expected, they absolutely killed their set.
Lead singer, Jon Foreman, was so full of life and energy and went all out in his performance.
He was jumping in the crowd, climbing up the walls, hanging off balconies, and was just having the time of his life, as was I and all the other fans watching.

What I believe makes a performance so good is when you know the act is passionate about what they are doing and are enjoying themselves as much as you are enjoying watching them.
I love when all the band wants to do is interact with their fans and give back to them by putting on the best performance they possibly can.
That's what I believe Switchfoot is all about and why their set was beyond excellent.

Unfortunately I had to leave right after Switchfoot performed so was not able to witness NeedToBreathe perform.
I have no doubt in my mind that their set was amazing and gave the crowd everything they wanted and more.
 Definitely check them out when you can, I know you won't be disappointed.

If you have a chance to see any of these bands perform live, I would jump on the opportunity.
As I stated before, what makes a performance so good and memorable is the all the passion behind it. All of these bands showed that passion and excitement and gave the crowd a show to remember.
I can guarantee you will have such a great experience witnessing one of them perform live.     

Have you seen any of these bands perform live before? 
Do you plan on it?


Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Favorites - New York Edition!

The fall is quickly approaching and for me that means I will be moving into New York City to start college. 
For this weeks Friday Favorites I thought I would put together a list of things to do and see in the city. 
Things that you can do all year round and will be easy on the wallet! 
Let us know if you have done or seen any of these things or if you plan to soon! 


MoMA Museum of Modern Art: 
Home to famous works such as Van Gogh's Starry Night, Monet's Water Lilies, and Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans. 
There's enough here to keep you busy all day with over 10,000 drawings in different mediums.
 With the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, there is no doubt that your mind will be ignited and you will feel inspired. 
Get there on Friday's between 4 and 8 you can get in for free!


Free Summer Concerts:
Let's not rush the summer! We still have well over a month left! 
If you find yourself in the city these next few weeks, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy live music in number of the city's parks.
 There's drum bands, dances, movie showings, all great entertaining ways to enjoy a night under the stars. 
You can find many of the 2015 events HERE

Wining and Dining:
Harlem's Restaurant Row:
Harlem has been receiving a lot of attention for its hot culinary scene, and for a good reason! Frederick Douglass Blvd. is where you will find Restaurant Row. There is a variety of unique restaurants to choose from here. A place where everyone of all food preferences will be satisfied! 


Brooklyn Flea:
Wander through 100 flea market vendors as well as 30 food vendors at the famous Brooklyn Flea! The outdoor market takes place from April to November and is ranked 'one of the best flea markets in the world' by Travel + Escape. 
Whether you're hunting for a bargain or looking for a way to pass the time, Brooklyn Flea is the way to go. 

Obviously there are plenty more things you can do in the city, but these are a few great finds we know you and your wallet will enjoy! 


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Trish Torrales + The Black Stones - The Next Big Thing!

Twenty two year old Trish Torrales is a singer/songwriter from Long Island, NY. 
She is an up-and-coming musician who sings lead vocals in her southern rock band called Trish Torrales and The Black Stones. 

Trish has been performing in shows all over the island since 2010 and has competed in several talent shows throughout the years. 
In 2011, she came in 2nd place on the MSG Varsity Talent Show. The following year, she earned the title "Best Rising Star" at the 'Got Talent?' Showcase. 
Trish was also on MTV's CopyCat in 2014 where she sang as country star Miranda Lambert and also appeared on season 14 of American Idol. 

What draws attention to Trish Torrales and The Black Stones is their unique sound. 
The band incorporates a bluesy, southern feel into a classic rock sound that makes people want to get up and dance. 

Trish says that some of her musical influences are Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Z Z Ward, Alanis Morissette, Led Zepplin, and Third Eye Blind. 
The band often rocks out in venues such as The Velvet Lounge, Brickhouse Brewery, and The Bitter End. 

Now let's meet the rest of the band!

Dylan Coates - Bass Guitar
Dylan is a self taught musician who's influences include Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Rage Against the Machine.

Brian Watala - Lead Guitar
Brian has been playing and performing for over 10 years. 
He was influenced to start playing guitar when he first heard Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix.

Jimmy Loeffler - Lead Guitar
Jimmy is a blues guitarist whose influences derive from the style of Eric Clapton, BB King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. 

We will learn more about the band later this month in an exclusive interview! 
For now, they want us to leave you with this: 

August 21st: The release of their music video to their song "All Mine" (I may or may not be in this video. Guess you will HAVE to check it out to make sure) 

August 22nd: Release show/party at 9PM at The Bitter End in New York City! Everyone of all ages are invited! (Underage are allowed with a parent!)

One last thing, keep an eye out this fall because Trish Torrales and The Black Stones will be releasing their first EP "Fifth Drink Feeling"! 

You can keep up with the band at trishtorrales.com
You can also follow them on 
Trish @trishtorrales 
Dylan @dcoates114 
Brian @bwatala
Jimmy @JimmyB_Goode


Trish Torrales + The Black Stones

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