by Shabnam Ferdowsi
Last Friday night, on September 5th, I hosted Beating Lights' first ever backyard show. On the bill: Drew Tabor, The Neighbors, brightener, and dale. There was sangria, a bunch of all of our friends and lot of a creativity in the air.
I had no idea what to expect, and I don't think anyone else did either. The artists sounded fantastic, and the good vibes all around really made the night so wonderful. I met so many people I had been wanting to meet, made so many new connections and at the end of the night, I was honestly sad it was over.
What I learned that night: build it and they will come. People made the trek all the way to West LA, which is not exactly close. I think everyone realized this was going to be a different night, not just another show at a coffee shop by campus.
There was so much creativity in the air, from Andi running sound, Kylie shooting photos, my video camera rolling, the artists singing, the like-minded people watching and everyone else who just wanted a night filled with art. There was something cool happening that night, a community that had come together into this one hub all somehow connected by 2 or 3 degrees of separation. I'm getting high off all the feels just writing about it!
If I wasn't confident enough before, I'm definitely confident now: I'm in this game for the long haul. There's so much that we can make out of this, and I'm so excited to brew more ideas and make more nights like last Friday keep happening.