Month: April 2017

Camp Shambles goes to New Hampshire

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GILFORD, NH –

So.. I like music.. a lot. I have traveled North, South, East and West to see a DJ that I like. I have even traveled abroad (I’ll touch on that in a different post). I decided to fly back North to see Pretty Lights (Derek Vincent Smith) in Gilford, New Hampshire August 2016. “Camp Shambles,” the name of the group that I camp with at festivals, decided to go to Pretty Lights Live Episodic Tour at Bank of NH Pavilion.

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Boy were we in for a treat..

Night 1: Tipper, G Jones, Marvel Years, Outlet & Pretty Lights

Night 2: Atmosphere, Big Wild, Brasstracks, Wax Future & Pretty Lights.

Two FULL nights of dope music. The venue was cool, you had a ‘pit’ area closest to the stage. There were seats in the pavilion and then there was a grass area up hill. Shambles stayed in a hotel for the first time .. ever. We turned into middle-class wooks. And damn, were we proud of it.

We stayed right on the water, which meant drinks on the beach all day and then we’d walk over to the venue when the show began. Pretty Lights put on a great show with some jams. More jams than I had ever heard.. at one point I even forgot what song we were listening to.

Besides the music, the best part of the trip was being able to see all of my friends. I hadn’t seen most of them since before I moved down to Florida. And have no fear, there was plenty of Chillable Red to go around.

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The Big Apple 2016

I went to New York City in May 2016 to go see my favorite DJs, Above & Beyond during their acoustic tour. I ended up going a day early so I could hang out with a few of my friends. We ended up going to this ultra sketchy area of Brooklyn for a warehouse party. When we arrived it was raining, and the show was outdoors. They weren’t selling any alcohol because of code violations – lol – so my friend and I ended up walking around to find a store. It ended up being a fantastic night, despite the rain and sketchiness.

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Day 2 in the Big Apple: I met my mother and we took a boat over to the Statue of Liberty. We had such an incredible time walking around Ellis Island, going through the museum and climbing up to the pedestal. While on the Island we found the names of my great-grandparents who immigrated to the United States. This was a very moving moment for me. I had been to the Statue of Liberty when I was very young, but I obviously have no recollection of it. Being able to see the wall with all the names of the immigrants was incredible, especially because May 2016 was right in the middle of a nasty Presidential race. We had a presidential candidate running their campaign on the ideas of hate. The candidate, who is now our President, wanted to build a wall to keep people out of the United States. New York City is what it is today because of the immigrants that came and continue to come to it on a day-to-day basis. We must not forget that the United States was formed by immigrants. That is the beauty of the Land of the Free.

After exploring the grounds of Ellis Island, we made the trek back to Manhattan where we washed up and ate some food. We walked down to the Beacon Theatre, where Above & Beyond was going to play their third and final night in New York City. This show was different than any A&B show I have ever attended: it was acoustic. Tony, Paavo and Jono all took part playing their instruments with a live band and other singers. This was my moms first time ever seeing them – and I think it was the best way to break her into the scene. It was a beautiful production. The voices were fantastic. I was blown away by one singer, Cobi. He was the male lead and he was incredible. He gave the A&B songs that I love a new sound, his sound.

 

Update on myself..

I originally made a WordPress with the intention to write about my adventures in the South. As we all know, life gets busy, and I just didn’t keep up with writing (and to be honest, I didn’t write once since I have been down here). So here I am.. hello!

I have been in Orlando, FL since October 2015. Since the big move I have worked with FOX 35 as an assignment editor. I have covered the 2016 Presidential election, hurricanes, child attacked by an alligator at Disney, and the worst mass shooting in modern history. Now don’t get me wrong, the news that I cover in Florida isn’t always this extreme and heartbreaking. I’ve covered plenty of #FloridaMan stories and a dog having his best day ever.

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Besides work I have traveled around Florida to explore. I’ve gone to the beach, kayaking, and I even went snorkeling with the manatees. Snorkeling with the manatees was such an incredible experience, I would recommend it to anyone. My boyfriend and I went to this place on the west coast and had such an incredible time. Now this wasn’t a place where you jump into the pool and swim with manatees. We took a boat ride and snorkeled around to find the little creatures. It was winter time for them, so they were in with the warmer weather. At one point everyone was looking in my direction and I realized what I thought was sand underneath me was actually a manatee swimming below me!!

My brother visited for a weekend and we went to Tampa to tour Cigar City Brewing and we went to a Lightning game. Now that was a great time. We even found a park in Orlando named after us.. “Delaney Park”.

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And of course my parents have come down to visit.. plenty of times.

So far my time in Florida has definitely been an adventure. Cheers to many more.