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.
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.