Show Preview – ARANDA at Juanita’s [8.27.15]
Aranda returns to Juanita’s!
Have you ever seen a band for the first time, and by the end of their set, you’re left completely breathless, and wondering what just happened? …And the only thing you can think to say to the person with you is, “I want to see them again. Tomorrow.”? That very thing happened to me in September 2009. Tantric was headlining Juanita’s that night, and a good friend invited me out for her birthday. I’ve never been one to turn down a show, so off we went. I was VAGUELY familiar with “Still in the Dark”, a song that Little Rock’s KDJE (100.3 The Edge) had in heavy rotation at the time. That’s all I knew of Aranda.
I took photos that night (…like I do), and the next thing I knew, they showed up on the band’s old MySpace account. That’s when I found out that not only are they ridiculously talented; Dameon and Gabe Aranda are also really nice guys. Even better! Billboard.com had a weekly contest around that time, where they would choose a “Fan Photo of the Week,” and it would be posted on their website. Visible Sin was a tiny 3-month old infant at the time, so why not? I entered.
That was the first of many cool/crazy situations I have experienced with the band. I have always loved to roadtrip; concerts have always given me an excuse to visit new places, and Ive always made friends wherever I go. Roadtrips are also where I discovered first-hand, many times over, just how much Mother Nature hates fun. She’s thrown pretty much everything at me but an earthquake.
(Note: That is NOT to be considered a challenge!!)
December 2009 – Oklahoma City
Oh, hey, look! It’s a blizzard. Tornadoes, hurricane evacuations, floods, lightning (at an outdoor show), torrential rainfall, ice storms, BLIZZARDS… Fun times!
Here’s hoping there’s NONNADAT happening this Thursday in Little Rock. My tales of fun aside, you should definitely make this show if you’re at all able. It’s always an experience!
Aranda on the Web:Official Site | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
My Photos from Riverfest 2013 – Little Rock
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