"The 17th Annual Toyota Big Ass Show! If You Weren't There, Start Crying Now..."
Written by Ami Chopine
Because you missed the biggest party of the year. It included scary face painting from Castle of Chaos, food, skater and biker tricks, food, man sized plastic runabout balls on water, beer, and of course food. Even Waldo made an appearance. But what we were really there for was the music and meeting the bands. Buying an album from Graywhale guaranteed a meeting. Here is a quick recap of the bands that played.
I caught Shrink the Giant before when they were competing for the BASH 2012 opening spot at Battle of the Bands in Graywhale, and they did equally as well in the bigger venue. If I want to be a rock star, I think need to grow my hair down to my waist for epic hair flipping. Wow. That takes a lot of energy, and the music wasn't half bad either. Their lyrics are fun and their music shows sophistication beyond their youth.
The secret to weight loss is to buy a guitar, rock it with a couple of thousand people, and then smash it. This workout works best if you do it several times a week. But seriously, as one twitterer put it, Dead Sara was siiiick. Emily Johnston has skills and a fantastic voice. It's good to see a woman powering it up.
Life tastes sweeter when it's wrapped in accents from Liverpool. I think every girl's heart beat a bit faster with every word The Wombats spoke or sang. But it wasn't just words that moved the crowd. This band played their instruments with passion and owned the stage, giving us a set with clean sound and a great show.
A crew cut, some colorful arms, and a voice to match. It was a Situation Infatuation with Eve 6. I didn’t get to see these guys much, but a lot of people did.
Imagine Dragons is a band that knows what it means to be men. Real men. The kind of warriors that aren't just wearing shining armor. They're living it. They've been to the bleak battlefield, wielded their instruments with power, and raised the standard. And then, when I watched them with their fans at a meet and greet they were totally sweet and kind. Like I said. Real men. But there's a problem with watching Imagine Dragon's in concert. Their albums are just shadows of the real thing, tiding their audience over until they can catch another live show.
Sadly, I missed Grouplove's set, but I did get to see them at the meet and greet. Besides having great fun on stage (or so I'm told) and in their videos, these artists are full of class. In an environment where they have the time, they really talk with and engage their fans. Before they came in, when my mustached husband asked if I wanted a pic with the band, I shrugged a non-committal no. Whatever. And yet, after seeing the band, yeah. I wanted to be Itchin' on a Photograph with them. Dude. Corny. Sorry.
Who knew that Orem could generate such an emo band like The Used? With a sound and lyrics that scrape out a hollow in the soul whether they're shreaking or crooning (and they do both equally well), The Used have turned anger and pain into a reason to jump in the air, pump some fists, and lay down some money for a CD.
Neon Trees gave us the grand finale. I’d been looking at those neon animal print balloons all day. They were delivered at the end of a set full of intense glitz with a more epic rock sound than their recorded music. Tyler has some serious charisma. He’s blond this month with an amazing studded leather jacket, and Chris Allen had purple hair that matched the atmosphere of their stage show. Orem's music scene appears to be some kind of primordial soup, with all the right stuff to generate some great music.Two stages of live music featuring:
Neon Trees The Used Grouplove Awolnation Imagine Dragons Eve 6 The Wombats Dead Sara And more…
Imagine Dragons tickets are becoming harder to obtain as the band progressively/aggressively becomes more popular! I recently saw tickets for the show on May 20th at UCCU Center in Orem for $350 per ticket! But, you're in luck! I'm starting a local scavenger hunt for a pair of tickets to the show! Here's how to play...
Get fimiliar with this face...
"Hi, my name is Anthony Magallanes. Promotions Director for KXRK - X96, 96.3 FM in Salt Lake City!"
I'll carry a pair of tickets in my wallet everywhere I go...
"Promotion Directors carry less than $20 in their wallet at all times."
I'll randomly post on X96's Facebook where I'm at. If you're there as well, find me!
"Don't be shy, say "hi"! It could win you a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT Imagine Dragons show! I wouldn't recommend leaving from where you currently are at the time I post to try and find me, I might be gone by the time you show up."
If you do find me, I'll hand over the tickets! Couldn't be easier!
Imagine Dragons perform "Radioactive" during a private acoustic set for X96 listeners before their SOLD OUT show at The Complex later that night. This event took place March 22, 2013 at Wiseguys Trolley Square in Downtown Salt Lake City, UT. Filmed by Lexi Chopine and edited by Vladimir Chopine (http://geekatplay.com/)
Also, please read and review these simple rules. An X96 public event/live broadcast doesn't count and PLEASE no stalking at the station or home :) Let's have fun! - Anthony Magallanes
Offical Rules! Please read and review:
Contest Dates: Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 – TBD
1. These are the specific contest rules for the “Imagine Dragons Tickets Scavenger Hunt” on KXRK-FM. 2. These rules are in addition to the General Contest Rules of KXRK-FM. 3. Complete copies of all contest rules are available at Simmons Media Group, 515 S. 700 E. #1C, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84102 9 am to 5 pm. 4. To participate in the “Imagine Dragons Tickets Scavenger Hunt”, participants must be 16 years of age or older. 5. The contest will start immediately and end when tickets are claimed 6. On random occasions, during the flight dates of the contest, X96 (Anthony Magallanes) will announce where they are currently located via web postings on X96's Facebook and Twitter. Contestants who participate will then have approx. 15-30 minutes to find X96. If a contestant does find X96 and is at least 16 years of age, they will win a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT Imagine Dragons concert on May 20th at the UCCU Center. 7. Total value of prizes at/around $80
IMAGINE DRAGONS ANNOUNCES 13 SUMMER TOUR DATES DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR SOLD OUT SPRING TOUR! The breakout indie rock band Imagine Dragons will perform live May 20th at UCCU Center. Go check them out!
Date: 2013-05-20 Time: 7:30 PM Ticket Price: $35-$39.50
Special Information: On Sale: March 1 @ 10am.
For tickets: CLICK HERE!
Imagine Dragons perform "Radioactive" during a private acoustic set for X96 listeners before their SOLD OUT show at The Complex later that night. This event took place March 22, 2013 at Wiseguys Trolley Square in Downtown Salt Lake City, UT.
Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons will bring their Night Visions Tour with guests Atlas Genius and Nico Vega to The Complex March 22nd. You have got to see them live!
Date: 2013-03-22 Time: 8:00 PM Ticket Price: $25
Special Information: On Sale: December 14 @ 10am. All ages show.
For Tickets: CLICK HERE!
Here's Sean's interview with Imagine Dragons from May 1st, 2012:
Thanks, Anthony Magallanes (X96 Promotion Director)
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