Posts Tagged ‘Orlando


May 9, 2011: Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace & Bullet for My Valentine

UCF Arena crowd, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Bullet for My Valentine, Orlando, Central Florida, music, concert

Monday night marked my last show working for the UCF Arena in Orlando and it was a doozy. Members of Bullet for My Valentine whipped their hair back and forth, Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace rocked his best power stance, and at least two guys from Avenged Sevenfold appeared as though they stepped right out of “The Lost Boys,” all before a nearly sold-out show.

UCF Arena, Bullet for My Valentine, Jason James, Jay James, Orlando, May 2011

UCF Arena, Bullet for My Valentine, Matthew Tuck, Orlando, May 2011 UCF Arena, Bullet for My Valentine, Michael Paget, Orlando, May 2011 UCF Arena, Three Days Grace, mic stand, terminator, Orlando, May 2011

UCF Arena, Three Days Grace, Adam Gontier, Orlando, May 2011

UCF Arena, Three Days Grace, Neil Sanderson, Orlando, May 2011

Perhaps the most striking part of the night was the way in which one actor descended into view of the crowd: by the “neck” (actually by cables and a harness). Did it make any sense? No, but the crowd seemed to the enjoy the morbidity of a feigned hanging.

UCF Arena, Avenged Sevenfold, M. Shadows, noose, hang, Matthew Sanders, Orlando, May 2011

UCF Arena, Avenged Sevenfold, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, Syn, Johnny Christ, Orlando, May 2011

UCF Arena, Avenged Sevenfold, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, Syn, Johnny Christ, M. Shadows, Orlando, May 2011


Ludacris, LMFAO & Corey Smith – October 16, 2010

LMFAO saturated the stage, photo pit, and crowd with champagne and Coronas. Above is a dripping speaker just before Ludacris, the closing act, came on.

UCF’s annual Homecoming concert rolled through last weekend and, as usual, it was amazing. There was not a single open space on the standing-room-only floor. LMFAO’s performance utterly blew me away with their energy and choreographed moves, and their use of live instruments to back up their vocals certainly didn’t hurt, either.


Miracle Miles 15K – September 25, 2010

Earlier this week, my sister invited me to come see her and her husband participate in the Miracle Miles 15K near downtown Orlando. In its 12th year, Miracle Miles dedicated all proceeds to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. Having never attended a race before, I said yes!

I am extremely proud of Shannon and Chase for their dedication to running, for all those times they’ve had to wake up at 4 a.m. to train, and for each of those runner’s toes (yeeeech) they’ve endured, and for saving tiny babies (as opposed to gargantuan babies)! Great job, guys!


Carnival of Madness Follow-Up

At last, I was able to sit down and go through my shots of Sevendust and Puddle of Mudd from the July show. Between searching for a new place to live, planning a trip to Amsterdam (which will get a post all of its own in days to come), applying to Peace Corps, moving into my new home, watching my boyfriend graduate and helping him prepare for his move to Miami, photos without a deadline unfortunately had to take a back seat.

After all these years, there is no doubt in my mind that Sevendust still has it. PoM’s Wes Scantlin sent several bottles of liquids over the photo pit into the crowd (thus spilling crap all over my gear), and although they put on a decent set, he lost major points with me that night.

Below: Morgan Rose (Sevendust) & Damien Starkey (Puddle of Mudd)


Puddle of Mudd


Carnival of Madness Tour – July 20, 2010


UCF Homecoming 2009: T-Pain, Asher Roth & Luke Bryan

Saturday Nov. 7, 2009Homecoming Stage

UCF's Homecoming theme: The Circus


Luke Bryan


Luke Bryan


Asher Roth






Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride draws 50,000 at Lake Eola

Click here to view a Soundslide I made for class about the Come Out with Pride event in Orlando.

This was my third attempt at creating a slideshow using the Soundslides program. It’s a must-have tool for many journalists, and it’s extremely easy to use. However, there is still one major thing I haven’t quite gotten the hang of.

When I entered a multimedia contest at my university last year, I heard the judges say that my display lacked timing. I assume that they referred to pacing of the photos, but I was still largely left in the dark. After viewing countless works of others, I started to notice a trend: They simply flowed. They were a conversation in and of themselves. The thoughts of several subjects, never having spoken with one another, intermingled effortlessly.

So, tell me fellow journalists: How can I do that? Have I improved? When you view the slideshow, does it work?


One day after President Obama reaffirmed his pledge to overturn the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, an estimated 50,000 of Orlando’s gay community and supporters celebrated downtown during the annual Come Out With Pride event.

The event coincided with National Coming Out Day, which serves to encourage discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

Dan Brown, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Orlando Gay Chorus had a booth among the various tents and vendors. “This is just such a great thing,” he said. Hear Brown and Mr. Gay Florida Universe, Reginald Dunlap, by clicking the player below:

Carissa Papp was adorned in rainbows from head to toe, including her eyelids. “It is an amazing opportunity,” she said while standing under a Best Buy tent. “It’s a place to find out where your LGBT-friendly businesses are… It’s also a great place to educate yourself because there are a lot of non-profit groups that you can get involved with and volunteer.”

Event highlights included Stuart Milk serving as grand marshal of the parade and giving a speech at a post-parade rally. Milk is the nephew of the late Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California who served as a city supervisor until he was murdered in 1978.

According to the central Florida magazine Watermark, the Metropolitan Business Association, an LGBT chamber of commerce, took over the Come Out With Pride event in 2005 and moved the event’s date from June to October to coincide with the national date. That year, it attracted 8,000 people.