Miguel at the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheatre

With an incredibly smooth and sexy aesthetic, there’s no wonder Miguel sold out his show at the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheatre.

On Monday, September 19, Miguel came to the SDSU campus for his War and Leisure tour, alongside Dvsn. With two songs reaching the Billboard charts this year, “Skywalker” and Kygo’s ‘Remind Me to Forget”, expectations were high for Miguel’s performance. Thankfully, he was outstanding.

Miguel’s music consists of a very smooth, sultry sound with hints of raspiness and rock intermingling with a Spanish flare. He gives off a Michael Jackson vibe through his dance moves, as he effortlessly moonwalks and slides across the stage. Influences from Prince are apparent as well, with Miguel’s bold outfits, confidence, and passion all coming across in his performance. Although Miguel’s inspiration from these two artists were prevalent throughout the show, it’s very clear that Miguel has his own unique music style.

Amazingly, there was never a dull moment in the show. Despite the audience standing throughout the concert, set and costume changes remained entertaining, as the audience was treated to guitar solos from his band. Miguel had complete control over the audience as he performed and had everyone singing along with him, swaying their hands in the air. The crowd favorites were definitely “How Many Drinks?”, “Waves,” and “Pineapple Skies.” He talked about how he loves San Diego and how it feels good to be back at the beach which inspired his song, “Come Through and Chill.” Miguel additionally got up close and personal with the crowd during his medley of his past top songs.

After witnessing his stunning performance, I cannot physically restrain myself from listening to his music! It’s as though someone is forcing my brain to release endorphins anytime I hear one of his songs. Not only are the songs catchy, but their surprisingly all positive. Miguel reinforced this message as he gave several speeches regarding how society puts pressure on us to act different and be other people, which had everyone cheering in agreement. Miguel made it clear that he believes in loving ourselves and being honest as he introduced his new unreleased song “So I Lie.”

A little caveat; I had previously seen Miguel in 2016 at the Hollywood Bowl, where I witnessed him opening for Sia. This performance served to remind me of what an amazing vocalist and dancer he truly is. I’ve been to many concerts and I’d have to say Miguel is one of the best live performers. It’s difficult for an artist to sound as good as the studio versions while performing live, but Miguel pulled it off. The impressive high notes he was able to hit, while also dancing across the stage and shredding the electric guitar, shocked not only me but the entire audience as well. If you’re looking for an artist who knows how to mesmerize an audience with their smooth vocals and outstanding stage presence, then I definitely recommend that you go and see Miguel on his War and Leisure tour or any of his other performances in the future.

 

Review By: Alexandra Will
Photos By: Alexandra Will

 

A Concert to Remember: Alejandra Guzman vs Gloria Trevi

On April 13, Mexican singers, Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman, performed at their second to last concert of their tour together. Alejandra Guzman vs Gloria Trevi was a successful tour, and their concert in San Diego did not dissappoint. They came out with an enthusiastic vibe that had the audience screaming, laughing, dancing and singing along with them. Their outfits were stunning and would sparkle across the stage. They gave all they could at their performance and were amazing, but my experience at their concert wasn’t as great as it could have been.

First of the use of the big screens behind them were not used wisely. Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman are obviously not to blame for this, since this was a fault of the technicians. The reason why I say the screens were not used effectively is because most of the time what spectators would see on screen were special effects, and not Trevi or Guzman. This made it difficult for the audience in the back high seats to enjoy the show at its full potential because all they could see was a human dancing on stage. Its no fun to pay to see a singer sing, when you can’t even distinguish if it is them. The goal of screens in concerts is not necessarily to create a fun background, but to better the experience of the audience by allowing them to see the performer. You need to make the audience feel connected, and up close to the performer, and the use of big screens plays a big part on this.

Another reason that diminished my experience at their concert was the behavior of some people in the audience. My friend and I, bought the tickets to the show knowing that we would be the youngest or if not part of the young people among their fans, since Trevi and Guzman began their careers during the late 80s. So, as we had predicted the day of the concert we were indeed some of the youngest people in the concert, which unfortunately became a conflict with our engagement in the concert. As a concert goer I have always been the person to stand up and dance and sing to the music, and I have never had any complains…. until now. As Guzman began to sing “Eternamente Bella”, my friends favorite song, we decided to get off our sits and start dancing and sing along. Well, apparently the older man behind us didn’t approve of our actions and thought it would be a great idea to softly scratch my friend in the back to tell him to sit down. I then intervened and told the man that it was concert and it was normal for people to stand up and dance. Apparently, the man had never been to a concert or was at a stage in his life where he didn’t care and had the guts to tell us to move seats. Obviously, we didn’t move because: 1) We paid for the seats we were at, 2) I was not going to go seat in someone else’s seats and then get in trouble for it. As we decided to ignore the man he continued to scratch my friends back. Finally, we sat down since my friend didn’t want to argue about the situation with the man. This left a sour taste to our mouths and killed our vibe for the night. And as much as we wanted to enjoy the show all we could do was wiggle in our chairs.

Due to my experience I will probably never go to a concert of theirs again, and not because of Trevi and Guzman because as I mentioned before they were amazing. But a third of their crowd are at an age where they think concerts are to go sit down at a stadium and look at a screen. I’m sorry, but If that is what your idea of going to a concert is, please do everyone a favor and stay at home and watch the concert through YouTube videos instead.

Ready Player One: A Nostalgic Trip

Many were excited for the theatrical release of Ready Player One, and for good reason. Ready Player One is not just the action film, that the trailer hinted it to be, and that many awaited, but it was extremely humorous too. It’s combination of action and comedy, made the film thrilling and exciting.

If you’re a movie buff you will fall in love with this movie, and as a gamer you will love it even more. It is hard not to love any of Steven Spielberg’s films, this now including Ready Player One. One of the best things about the film is the nostalgic trip that it takes the audience into. Stanley Kubrick’s film, The Shining (1980), was a big part in this. The introduction of The Shining, into Ready Player One’s storyline was amazing, and a scene to applaud. Its recreation of the set left people in awe, and gave the audience a sample of the VR world by allowing the viewers to immerse in the setting. If you’ve seen The Shining this scene will be your favorite, and if you haven’t seen it, then it will make you want to watch it. This is one the best, or if not the best tribute that I have seen for Kubrick’s film.

Ready Player One is not just popular for gracefully including movie references, but it also did not miss having video game references, or what one may call easter eggs. Throughout the film, viewers can spot various of their favorite video game characters. For example, Halo characters, Minecraft, Joust characters, and many others.

One of the most memorable easter eggs was a flash back to the old tootsie pop owl commercial. If you were born between the years 70s-90s this reference will definitely bring memories.

And we cannot forget the ending, the biggest easter egg of all. A major twist that takes you back to the arcade ages. Without spoiling the movie, one can say that its ending is similar to that of Love, Simon (2018). The most important key factor to the plot of the movie, is obvious, but because we are introduced to it early on we forget about it. Therefore, when this key element is reintroduced into the screen, we get this feeling of thrill and excitement, with the thought of, “I should’ve seen that coming”.

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This is The Greatest Show! Man!

Last December, a movie that stole my heart and moved me to tears came out in theaters. Granted that I am a very easy crier, this movie just hit me right in the heart. From the cinematography to the music, from the characters to the choreography this movie musical had it all. Of course I’m talking about The Greatest Showman.
Now I wanted to see this movie because I absolutely love musicals but I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t listen to any of the music before seeing it so it just all surprised me during my first viewing. That first viewing had me so overwhelmed I literally cried within the first 20 minutes of the movie.
The music was everything you would want in a movie musical. You can dance to it, sing it at the top of your lungs, and even cry your heart out.My personal favorites: A Million Dreams, From Now On, This is Me (which won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar), Never Enough, and obviously Rewrite the Stars.

When I say that everyone’s vocals were at the top of their game I mean it. For someone who only saw the second half of Les Mis I was very surprised that Hugh Jackman was such a strong singer.
As for Zendaya and Zac Efron, absolutely phenomenal. We all know Zac Efron is no stranger to musicals with High School Musical and Hairspray under his belt, while Zendaya has a few songs under hers as well. Their song together, Rewrite the Stars was one of the most beautiful duets I’ve listened to in a long time. I mean its an actual duet where the people are singer to each other and not just singing different verses. The choreography for that scene was insanely beautiful and I’m getting butterflies just thinking about it.
As you can see I was absolutely smitten with this movie. If you haven’t seen it, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Watch it right now.

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