Los Angeles, California
JUNE 23, 2016
Bibi fucking Bourelly! If you have not heard of this 22 year old Berlin born artist yet, get with it. Not only does she write some of your favorite artists hit songs, she also has two EP's (Society Sessions Pt. 1 and Society Session Pt. 2), with hits of her own. A strong female vocalist that isn't afraid to say what she feels but also inspires the fighter in all of us to keep going no matter what your background, with songs like "Riot" and "Ballin'".
The Society Sessions Pt. 2 release party was held at the House of Guvera in Los Angeles. The location wasn't the easiest to find. Tucked away in between some warehouses/buildings out of the way of the busy main streets, there is no distinct sign pointing you in any direction. Have that GPS handy or if you're old school with it, write down those directions. Parking is on the street and the only thing that will make sure you're at the right location is if you spot the small vertical "House of Guvera" sign lit in red at the top of the entrance.
Hunger Games over the free drinks while I was just trying to get a good spot to get some different kind of shots. Things finally got going when YesJulz took the stage to introduce the opening artists. Every single one of them didn't disappoint and they definitely gained a fan that night. After the openers performed and the energy was high, the lights went out. Bibi's set opened up with a cultural dance in the middle of the crowd and a short visual on the projector. A small nudge and an "excuse me" took my attention away from the visual when Bibi snuck past to make her way to the stage.
While trying not to get pushed over onto the stage by other eager fans, I was also trying to adjust my only good lens (the trusty 50mm) with the low lighting in the venue. Not to mention I was way too close to the stage and ended up climbing on top of a random big wood box to get as many shots as I could. Being short, in a crowd of people, getting pushed around, a girl had to do what a girl had to do. Struggle fest, but CRAZY FUN SHOW!
Since the venue ran out of water, I was pretty much Spongebob when he first visited Sandy' s house. I think I was able to survive because a week before the show, I started drinking three tablespoons of chia every day with coconut water/pineapple juice. Chia helps your body stay hydrated longer as well as helps balance electrolyte levels, increase stamina, and brain function. Most venues won't allow outside bottled drinks including water and in this case, the venue ran out. It's important to stay hydrated every day but especially when going to shows or other events where it's usually hot and packed. Too many cases where people actually pass out from dehydration. Take care of yourself so that you can enjoy the show to the fullest. Water is life and your health is more important than anything else. Stay hydrated!