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official opinions: Asia’s Top 10 Songs of 2011

Hey guys! My name is Asia Elsner and I am the new Marketing and Multimedia Intern at Stitely. You’ll learn much more about me next week but I wanted to introduce myself by sharing my top songs of this past year. Even though it’s 2012, these 2011 hits are still on repeat on my iPod!


#10 –  No Church in the Wild

Artist: Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean

Album: Watch the Throne

This song is just killer. I start it before my workout and it gets me so pumped!


#9 – Skyscraper

Artist: Demi Lovato

Album: Unbroken

After Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spent some time in rehab, the former Disney pop star came back with this amazing song showing everyone how she’s stronger than ever.


#8 – Pumped Up Kicks

Artist: Foster the People

Album: Torches

Though recorded in 2009, Foster the People got initial attention when this song appeared in an episode of the popular TV series Entourage. It went on to reach #1 on Billboard’s Top US Alternative Songs in 2011.


#7 – We Found Love

Artist: Rihanna

Album: Talk That Talk

Rihanna is simply unstoppable! This song is the lead single coming off of her latest album, Talk That Talk. Her previous album, Loud, featured number one hits like, “S&M,” “Cheers (Drink to That)” and  “Only Girl (in the World)” (All of which almost made the list!)


#6 – Paradise

Artist: Coldplay

Album: Mylo Xyloto

I am so impressed with Coldplay’s newest CD, Mylo Xyloto. Lead singer Chris Martin’s vocals are hauntingly captivating and give this new song that classic Coldplay charm. Also, the video features Martin in an elephant suit trying to find his way home to his herd of elephant band members. So there’s that.


#5 – Rumour Has It/Someone Like You

Artist: Glee Cast

Original Artist: Adele

Album: Glee: The Music, Volume 7

Simply put, Adele + Glee = MUSICAL GENIUS.


#4 – The One That Got Away

Artist: Katy Perry

Album: Teenage Dream

It’s a rare thing when a Katy Perry song gives me chills but when it happens, it is so good. The video tells an amazing story in a short five minutes about a lost love. Get the Kleenex ready.


#3 – Midnight City

Artist: M83

Album: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

This is my favorite song to put on when I am about to go out for the night. And as with many other songs during 2011, there is a great sax solo at the end!


#2 – Why I Love You

Artist: Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Mr. Hudson

Album: Watch the Throne

This is the only album to have two songs on my Top 10 list and it is well deserved! Much of the song samples the song, “I ❤ You So” by Cassius, one of my other favorite songs.


#1 – Who You Are

Artist: Jessie J

Album: Who You Are

Jessie J has a beautiful way of telling stories through song, making her my favorite artist of 2011. Her unique vocals carry a power that, in my opinion, no other artist can compare with.  This song stands out because of its positive message and its ability to showcase Jessie J as the amazing vocalist she is. She has the quirk of Lady Gaga with the musical talent of Adele.

“It’s okay to not be okay…tears don’t mean you’re losing, everybody’s bruising, just be true to who you are” – Lyrics from Who You Are


official opinions: old and new at Bonnaroo

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival celebrated it’s 10th anniversary this year.  This massive festival allows some 80,000 guest to be completely immersed in the music!  One week each June from Thursday to Sunday night, Bonnaroo-ers pitch their tents on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.

Once within the festival fences visitors get to see dozens upon dozens of bands perform live, ranging from chart topping superstars to complete unknowns.  For those who aren’t music buffs there are lots of other attractions, including a ferris wheel, arcade, and hair washing station (which can be a godsend in the scorching southern sun!)

Since it’s inception in 2002 there has been tremendous buzz surrounding Bonnaroo.  The unique, grassroots feel of the festival immediately gained attention (as did the impressive lineups offered each year.)  The start of Bonnaroo is even hailed as one of Rolling Stones “Top 50 moments that changed rock and roll”.

As someone who was taking the long (9 hour!) journey down to Manchester for the 3rd time, I already had some expectations for what Bonnaroo would be like.  The last time I went was in 2008 and I figured the set up would be (more or less) the same.  In some ways I was right…it was still the fun and over-the-top summer hippie fest from my memory.  But some things had been changed, updated, and spiced up.  Improved?  Well I guess that’s a matter of opinion.  Here are a few of the highlights, some that are old classics and some additions that are part of the new ‘Roo:

OLD:  Graffiti free-for-all!

True to the artistic theme of the weekend, Bonnaroo has always allowed festival-goers the freedom to paint up the fences!  The giant walls that surround the concert area are open canvases upon which people can graffiti anything they want.  Needless to say, it made the mile walk from our tent to the festival grounds much more entertaining!

NEW:  A growing hip-hop habit

Though the ‘Roo has featured big names in rap and hip-hop in the past (such as Kanye West and Jay-Z), this was the first year that the #1 headliner was a rap superstar: Eminem.  His wildly energetic performance was impressive, and even though his graphic and violent video displays seemed to clash with Bonnaroo’s peace-loving message, he was well recieved by the sold out crowd.  Big hip-hop artists this year also included Lil’ Wayne and Wiz Khalifa.

OLD:  Wait, where are we going?

Festival organizers aimed to keep the ‘Roo crowd on their toes by giving the stages and tents where the musicians perform very confusing names.  The massive concert grounds contain What Stage, This Tent, That Tent, The Other Tent, and Which Stage!  The crazy titles baffle Bonnarooers each year.

NEW:  The need for neon

Something that has changed about the Bonnaroo stages is how they are marked.  In the past, each stage or tent had a modest sign above it saying if it was the “which stage” or “the other tent” etc.  They weren’t even lit, which is dramatically different from the new, blazing-bright neon signs that have been put up!  Most even flash, like the giant SUPER STORE sign with an arrow that runs down, beckoning people to the merchandise tent.

OLD:  Gettin’ down at the Silent Disco!

One of Bonnaroo’s most beloved attractions began around 5 years ago:  The Silent Disco!  A large white tent is transformed into a wireless dance party, where dancers tune into the music through gigantic Bose headphones.  Various DJ’s take turns spinning for the wild (silent!) crowd while passersby enjoy the strange scene.

NEW:  A Bonnaroo…sports bar?

For those who wish for giant screen televisions while at a music festival, you are now in luck at Bonnaroo!  Perhaps due to the fact that the NBA finals took place during this years festival or maybe just because of popular demand, StubHub! sponsored a full Bonnaroo sports bar this year.  The bar was complete with wooden floors, flat screen tv’s, and even darts and ping pong!

OLD:  The infamous mushroom fountain

The mushroom fountain is a Bonnaroo staple.  Each year it is decorated differently and lit up every night.  It’s the ideal way for dirty hippies to clean up!  On day one of the festival, the water is decently clean…but by Sunday afternoon the fountain creates a completely brown waterfall! (ewwww)

NEW:  A slippery, slidey escape from the heat

People are always looking to beat the heat at Bonnaroo, so this year they added a new attraction to help them do just that!  The “Big Ass Water Slide” is a giant, 40 ft, inflatable water slide that festival goers can pay to use.  This was the newest addition to Splash-A-Roo, which also offers kiddie pools and smaller “practice” slides.

After ten long years of successful Bonnaroo festivals much has come and gone.  As a 3 time ‘Rooer, I can tell you for certain that you will come across the good, the bad, and the dirty…but it is definitely worth the trip 🙂

If the journey to Manchester seems too much to you, be sure to visit our blog again within the next few weeks to check out the many Chicago music festivals that happen annually (especially in the summer time!)


guest star: Erin Patrick — events fashioned

Stitely Entertainment recently had the opportunity to chat with Erin Patrick, an event planner with a strong background in design. He was previously the VP at one of the largest event decor companies in Chicago, but has recently branched out to create his own company: erin patrick.

Stitely Entertainment (SE): It looks like you’ve got a diverse history within the wedding industry, how did you get started in the business?
Erin Patrick (EP): I got started in the industry some 20 plus years ago.  I was doing window displays at the time and started freelancing with some of the best companies in the industry.  I worked under the amazing Robert Isabell in NYC.  I then freelanced with Bill Heffernan and worked with Renee Van Rems.

SE: How do you go about designing a unique look or style for an event?
EP: When clients come to me for the first time, I try to find out what makes them tick. What do they really like and also what do they hate!  Sometimes that is the most important.  Knowing what to avoid is half the battle.  I like to generate ideas from their thoughts and start to create the vision right in front of them.  I am fascinated a lot on just how much creation I can generate just by drawing their vision out of them.  My clients are often salivating at this time.  I love it!!!


SE: What are some of the main services you offer and how do they set you apart from other competitors?
EP: I offer a full line of design management services.  From full service, to unparalleled day of services.  What sets us apart is that I come from a design background.  I am not here to just take notes.  I will start to build the look with the client from the start. Referencing colors, tones, textures.  I want the event to entice all of your senses.  The event should look, sound, taste, smell, and feel harmonious!  I am set apart from my competition because I can start the process from the inception.  I do not need to go to other people to get ideas, they are right inside my head.  I have too many ideas sometimes that it’s hard to sleep!

SE: How does your background in design affect your role as an event planner?
EP: I look at every project as fashion.  Your event must be fashionable.  That does not mean trendy by any means.  I often tell people to keep their trends in good taste.  Don’t over do it.  You do not want to look back at your event and say. “Why did I do that?”  Keeping your event fashionable is one of the most important aspects of my service.  Going into each event with those aspects allows me license to be honest with my clients.  They trust me!

SE: What part of your job do you find the most satisfying and most challenging?
EP: The most satisfying component to my job is seeing the whole thing come together that night.  It is such a buildup!  The most challenging is often times the rehearsal. No one wants to listen!

SE: What are some things couples should consider when creating a design/style for their wedding?

EP: Couples should look at their weddings as an extension of themselves!  What are their tastes? What would they never be associated with?  And most importantly…don’t listen to everyone else. Listen to the pros!  That is why they hire us!!!  We would not sway them.

SE: What is the craziest event story you can share?
EP: A bride never showed!  The groom looked at me and said what do we do?  I say we party!  The food was there, the flowers, the guests…everything was paid for.  We did just that.  The bride called me 4 months later and said she was sorry and that they would like to have a party.  They were married in a private ceremony and we had a large party for their friends.  Many of the guests walked in and said, “Erin, how the hell are you?”, like we were old friends.  I spent a lot of time with my therapist after that.

SE:Put your iPod on shuffle. What are the first three songs that come up?
EP: “La vie en rose” by Édith Piaf,  “Boombox”  by Kylie Minogue and “Blueprint” by Jay-Z


Official Opinions: music mondays don’t stop

Today’s music Monday pick highlights the Billboard top 25 pop songs of 2010. DJ Earworm has taken these songs and videos to create an entirely different mash-up that could stand on its own.


Official Opinions: Rachel’s Groovy Friday Playlist

Yes, it’s finally Friday! I don’t know about you, but by this time in the week I’m drained and no amount of coffee can cure that end of week exhaustion.  Which is why I created this awesome, get-your-ass-moving play list.  Originally created to help me get out of bed in the morning and help me stay motivated while cleaning, I recently discovered that this 55 song play list is the perfect answer to a groggy Friday.  It’s a pretty diverse selection with groovy songs from a variety of genres from pop, hip-hop, indie, rock, electronica and more. So listen to this play list when your energy is low and I guarantee it will get your butt moving. Enjoy!

-Rachel Continue reading ‘Official Opinions: Rachel’s Groovy Friday Playlist’

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