O.A.R. Concert at Red Rock Hotel and Casino, June 10, 2011

Last night I went to Red Rock Hotel and Casino to see O.A.R. perform.  I have never seen them in concert before and I have only listened to a couple of their singles but I have to say O.A.R.  is great live.  Here are some pics from that show.

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Who I Am

I just thought I would take a small break from writing about pop culture to let all my readers know who I am.  I am 33 year-old guy that has loved all things pop culture since I was a child.  Up until two and a half months ago, I was going to go back to college to get a degree in visual journalism so I could pursue a career in entertainment journalism.  Around March of this year, I came to an epiphany that even if I did get a degree, it does not guarantee that I would be able to become an entertainment journalist.  At that time I was living in Northeast Ohio which is very far removed from what I want to write about so my chances of achieving my goal lessened even more. 

Enter the chance of a lifetime.  I moved to Las Vegas not solely for this reason but it fit better into my plan instead of staying in Ohio and going to school putting myself into further debt with student loans.  Do I think things are going to be easier now that I live in Vegas?  The short answer is no but at least I will have more opportunities that I did not have in Ohio.  This has already been made clear by being able to photograph some celebrities at the Billboard Music Awards last month.

I know the road ahead of me is not going to be easy but I wouldn’t want it that way.  I have learned the best things in life do not come without a fight.  It may take years of hard work to get to my goal but I am in this for the long haul.  This is what I want, plain and simple.  I have never wanted something so badly in my life because I know deep down that I am destined to have all this knowledge of pop culture for this very reason.

For those of you that read my blog and especially this article, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read my blog and learning a little bit about me.

Pop Culture Week in Review 5/22-5/27/2011

Well I thought I would try something different.  This week has been great for both me and pop culture.  So many things have happened this week that it’s necessary to do a week in review article.

First off,  Sunday was the Billboard Music Awards here in Las Vegas, and I was down there at the white carpet taking pictures.  I have to say even though I wish I could have been there inside the MGM Grande Arena to watch the show, seeing some the best performances on television was the next best thing.

  How amazing was Beyonce?  This woman is unstoppable force.

Rihanna and Britney Spears’ performance was unbelievable.  The thing that I loved most about this performance was that the general public knew that Rihanna would be performing but the producers kept it a secret that Britney was going to perform.  Here in Vegas we found out that this was the case the day before when a pic of Britney onstage with Rihanna during rehearsals was leaked.

  Before I saw this performance, I never cared to even check into Nicki Minaj’s music but after seeing her on the white carpet and seeing this performance made me at least have an appreciation for her as artist and a fan of her song “Super Bass”.

  She is freaky to watch but I want to see what her facial expressions are going to be throughout the video.

On Monday, Lady Gaga’s second album was released.  You can read my review here.  Also released on Monday was Glee, The Music Vol. 6 with the original songs from the season finale, “Pretending” and “Light Up The World”.

These songs were even better than the songs they did for Regionals. 

On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey ended her 25 year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.  Mind you I am not a big fan of Oprah.  I do not dislike her but I was never really into her show.  Needless to say that she has had a huge impact on pop culture.  Jimmy Kimmel did a hilarious take on her farewell to her fans.

Finally today after two weeks in a coma, Jeff Conaway best known for both his role as Kenickie in “Grease” and from the television “Taxi” died today.  Conaway, who was 60, was put into a medically induced coma after a case of pneumonia and too many prescribed drugs.   He was taken off of life support yesterday.

Pictures from the White Carpet at the Billboard Music Awards 2011

Here are the pics from my first awards show red carpet.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them. 

The Billboard Music Awards: Why It Is Important For Me to Cover This Event

As most of you know by now I live in Las Vegas.  One of my hopes for living in Vegas is have better opportunities to cover pop culture related stories first hand, so when I found out that the Billboard Music Awards were taking place here in Vegas at the MGM Grande, I jumped at the chance that I would try to cover this event.  As luck would have it, there was a blurb on Billboard’s website for applying for media credentials.  Naturally I filled out the application and faxed it in before the deadline.  With the awards show in five days, I have not received word one way or the other.

The reason covering the Billboard Music Awards is so important to me is because it is a chance to do what I love to do.  I am a pop culture junkie, plain and simple, but even more than that,  I know deep down in my heart that I am meant to be a force in the pop culture world.  I know many things when it comes to music, television, movies, etc.  I just recently figured out the best way to put that talent to good use is to blog about it.  For me, it’s not fame or meeting someone famous that motivates me.  It is being able to talk about people who very talented and have made an impact on many lives.  Being able to cover the Billboard Music Awards, to me, means talking to these artists and witnessing first hand them being honored for what they do best, and it would make for a great story on my blog.

Panic! at the Disco’s New Single- “Ready to Go”

I have been a fan of Panic! at the Disco ever since their first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, was first released, and now with their newest album, Vices & Virtues, I have to say that P!ATD are even better than ever.  Their newest single, “Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)” was released as a music video on You Tube just last week.  Of all the songs on their latest album, “Ready to Go” is one of my favorites.  Back last month when I was getting ready to move to Las Vegas, this was my theme.  The video for “Ready to Go” pays homage to some of the greatest movies of all time: Grease, Mary Poppins, and Singing in the Rain.  What is your take on this new video?

My Return to Blogging

Well I am back to blogging now.  The big reason for absence from here was
that I moved recently from Northeast Ohio to Las Vegas.  My hopes are that being in a city known for being America’s playground will help me with more opportunites for seeing things relevant to pop culture firsthand and blogging about them.  So far it is a slow start but I have experienced some things that are pop culture worthy.  My next blog entry will be about one of those experiences but to start off I will post some pics that I have taken since I have been here in Vegas.