(NewsUSA) – A concert is more than an evening excursion. This is your chance to go out in the town, mingle with friends, and discover the hottest new up-and-coming artists to add to your everyday playlist. For some, this all seems like added pressure. Too much pressure, maybe. Is it possible to just sit back and enjoy a concert without fudging the details? We think so. Here are a few tips to guarantee the best of the best concert nights: Know the Band It’s every music-lovers dream: showing up to concerts on a whim, anywhere, anytime. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for social blunders. You know, the mistakes that your friends won’t stop reminding you about for weeks. Before you go, Google the artist, especially if they’re new in town. Is this a head-banging rock concert or a sophisticated evening of light jazz? Let the genre help you pick your attire and your attitude. Plus-Ones Preferred Spread the word, and make an event of it. Use this can’t-miss concert as a way to catch up with your pals, get to know the other folks in the office or surprise a special someone. Keep It Classy We know that you love your favorite drink. But keep it classy. No one wants to carry you home, and even fewer people still paid money to hear you singing along with the band. Go Prepared Make sure you have what you need for the evening. In addition to the basics, like your keys, your cell phone and a pair of shoes, you can actually walk in, take along the accessory you use to do what you do. If you dip, consider packing a FLASR, the portable spittoon. This Atlanta-based product fits in your pocket and has a secure-locking mechanism, so you don’t need to worry about embarrassing spills. For more information, please visit www.flasr.com.
Source: NewsUSA Arts and Entertainment
(NewsUSA) – There is a movement afoot that is taking fashion and design to a new level. It’s a retro-futuristic style blending science fiction with a 19th century Victorian era aesthetic, and it’s called Steampunk. This eye-catching look is popping up everywhere: in theaters, movies, music and red-carpet fashion. To understand how this unusual form of expression has steamrolled through the art, fashion and literary worlds, one must look back before looking forward. Steampunk can trace its roots back to the 19th century works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne as they imagined the future during the Industrial Age, with its brass and wood creations, powered only by steam. Although many science fiction stories written in the 20th century have been set in the Victorian period, the term “steampunk” is believed to be first used in the late 1980s, when author K. W. Jeter used it to describe stories set in the Victorian period written during that time when near-future cyberpunk was the prevailing form of science fiction. Evidence of the continuing popularity of the steampunk look and feel can be traced in feature films, from 1927’s “Metropolis” to this year’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The appeal of steampunk is oft-times a love of the Victorian period, while others enjoy steampunk’s unique approach to technology: re-imagining modern capabilities with 19th century machines. Jeannie Mai, host of GSN’s new “Steampunk’d” reality competition TV series explains, “Steampunk is a culture. It’s not just fashion. It’s a lifestyle, like punk rock. Punk rock is music, but it’s also a look and a style.” GSN is hoping to capitalize on the growing trend with the debut of its new series. “Steampunk’d” features 10 contestants in a litany of pressure-filled challenges designed to test their abilities to transform ordinary objects and fashion into steampunk masterpieces. As each project is completed, the contestants (or Makers) will unveil their work for the judges,including leading authority on Steampunk Thomas Willeford. Other judges include writer/director Matt King and Kate “Kato” Lambert, founder of the world’s first steampunk clothing company, Steampunk Couture. Each week, one of the 10 Makers will be eliminated until only one is left standing to take home the $100,000 grand prize. The series debuts on Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/9 pm Central on GSN. For more information, you can visit www.gsntv.com.
Source: NewsUSA Arts and Entertainment