the CONCERT list

So I’ve officially seen more than 242 artists in concert since my very first concert back when Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken went on tour. Yes, it was a life-changing moment, but all I really remember is Clay Aiken’s orange hair. Since then I’ve screamed from the front row, danced in the last row, and partied from backstage. BELOW is a list of the top 10 concerts/sets I have seen:

10. Grimes // Coachella 2016 Just one insane dance party. AND she brought Janelle Monae and I’ve never danced so fast or jumped so high in my life. Grimes put on a stellar and captivating performance. Although it was cut short due to technical delays, I can’t wait to see Grimes again. Set Highlights…Kill v. Maim, World Princess Pt. II, & Venus Fly.


9. London Grammar // The Granada in Dallas You could say it was the concert where I fell in love with live music. I had been listening to London Grammar’s album on repeat since its release in 2013. The trio’s honest and cinematic sound filled the small venue like a whimsical dream. I cannot wait to see what this group does next. Set Highlights…Hey Now & Wasting My Young Years

8. Zella Day // Coachella 2016 With the perfect weather, the stage outlined with palm trees, and Zella dancing in the breeze, it’s what you dream about “Coachella” being all in one performance. She crooned out a few jazzy covers and played the highlights from her debut album “Kicker” to a joyous crowd.  Set Highlights…1965 & Ace of Hearts


7. Mumford & Sons // Gentleman of the Road Tour I’ve always had the aspiration to see this incredible band live and finally, in April of 2016, I got to cross them off my list. Standing in the front row, the energy and passion coming from the band made it a night to remember. Who knew Indie Folk music could lead to a mosh pit? Set highlights…Awake My Soul & Tompkins Square Park


6. Of Monsters and Men // Austin City Limits Music Festival 2015 As the band played new songs from their Sophomore release, the sun set and transformed the crowd. Swaying and singing together with each song through Zilker Park, it was the perfect end to an amazing three-day weekend in Austin. Set Highlights…Empire, Dirty Paws, & Mountain Sounds

5. Twenty One Pilots // Austin City Limits Music Festival 2015 I had listened to their debut album briefly before heading to the festival. And their set was the clear highlight of the festival. From playing the drums on top of the audience to scaling the stage to wave their flag, Twenty One Pilots was on fire. In terms of thrills, they delivered. Set Highlights…Stressed Out & Ride


4. Lorde // Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014 Five hours before Lorde was scheduled to hit the stage, the crowd was chaotic and packed waiting for the “Royals” singer to play her set. When Lorde took the stage she was radiant and her vocals echoed with emotion. Her performance and presence proved her stardom. Set Highlights…Kanye West Cover of Flashing Lights & Team

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3. Lady Gaga // The Born This Way Ball From the fashion to the heart-racing 3-hour set, The Born This Way Ball has been Gaga’s best live spectacle yet. In one of the largest stages ever built for a tour (yes, she had a castle) she had the arena going wild. From her insane dance numbers in high heels to her powerhouse vocals on her motorcycle keyboard, Gaga did not disappoint. Set Highlights…Heavy Metal Lover & Judas

2. Eminem // Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014 If you had asked me before October 2014 if I had liked Eminem, I would have shrugged and said “sure.” Yet, after Eminem’s INSANE performance at Austin City Limits, I had officially been converted into a super fan. Eminem was on FIRE. Following Lana Del Rey’s sultry opening, Eminem turned Austin upside down. Set Highlights…The Real Slim Shady, Monster, & Love The Way You Lie


1. Rihanna // The Anti World Tour I‘d seen Rihanna once before at the Diamonds World Tour and I was blown away, but this time was different. Rihanna was BEAMING with joy as she sang her way through her set. Live Vocals Only (THANK YOU) and her minimal stage embodied everything her eighth album “ANTI” was about. Hit after hit Rihanna proved she was done making songs for a record label. Rather, Rihanna was here to make art. Set Highlights…Sex With Me, Love On the Brain, & Kiss It Better