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The Black Gold Experience

Our reader Jena asked for and got the tickets to see Black Gold at The Fillmore in New York City.

She wrote me after her experience:

What an amazing show! I knew I would enjoy it after your postings, I didn’t know anything else about them beside the song on SYTYCD. They are very talented and I don’t expect them to be opening for others for long. I met with Eric after the set and he was a sweetheart, of course I mentioned you and the site. He said that is so amazing and was so glad we enjoyed the show. I need to upgrade my camera for better pics but the VIDs are pretty decent. They played a brand new song for the first time last night called heaven come back. I wish they could have played longer.

She uploaded several videos and photos to Flickr so we can check them out.

Earlier, our reader Ashley B. wrote:

Thanks Emilie for the Black Gold tickets. We made it to the Atlanta show last weekend and it was a lot of fun. Black Gold, the Young Veins, and Rooney have the perfect sound for summer! The music was exciting but also had a laid-back, rest-in-the-sun feel to it. The bands all put on a great show with a lot of energy! My only wish was that it was an outdoor venue – that would be icing on the cake. Readers – take advantage of the free tixs, it is completely worth it!

You can read about my experience here and don’t forget that there are some tickets available for Black Gold’s tour dates:

Sat 7/17 S. Hackensack, NJ School of Rock – I know a reader wants these tickets, but he needs to send me his name asap so I can get it to the Red Bull Records folks. Otherwise, it’s first come, first serve!

Sun 7/18 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place

Thu 7/22 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance

Thanks, again, to Red Bull Records for making our Black Gold experiences possible.

July 17, 2010 I Written By

Don’t Forget About Free

Lately, a couple of great offers have been made to our readers.

First, for all you dancers out there. You can win a free master class next month in either Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale or New York, courtesy of Cliche Cosmetics as part of their Summer Dance Series. And the best part? The classes will be taught by SYTYCD alum. We’re picking a winner for each city tomorrow, so take advantage of this offer! All you have to do is post in the comments here which city you’d like to take the class in and why YOU should be the one to get the chance to take it. Follow the link for all the details.

Second, for everybody and anybody! Red Bull Records has offered a pair of tickets to the FIRST person who asks for them for the rest of Black Gold’s tour dates. They’re touring with Rooney and The Young Veins and as I know first hand, it’s an AMAZING show! You can get a peek at my experience in New Orleans by watching the videos in my posts Black Gold Shines Part 2 and Part 3. Here are the dates and locations of the tour, so write in (here or on the original post) and tell us which city you’d like tickets for!

Thu 7/15 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork

Fri 7/16 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club

Sat 7/17 S. Hackensack, NJ School of Rock

Sun 7/18 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place

Mon 7/19 Farmingdale, NY The Crazy Donkey

Thu 7/22 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance

July 13, 2010 I Written By

Black Gold Shines Part 4

So, in Part 3, I promised you more surprises and presents, didn’t I?

“What more is there?” you might ask. First, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to each and every one of Black Gold‘s remaining tour dates (thanks to Red Bull Records!). All you have to do is be the first one to ask for them in the comments of the ticket giveaway post.

Then, I posed an interview with Eric Ronick, the lead singer of Black Gold, where he says he’ll moonwalk with all the eliminated SYTYCD dancers if FOX will have Black Gold on the show. Sounds pretty cool to me.

And if that weren’t enough, in Part 3, I posted three (horrible quality on my part, incredible quality on their part) songs from their New Orleans show, including “Shine,” the farewell song on SYTYCD right now.

But that is not all. No, sirree. There’s more.

As part of the Eureka Summer Tour (Rooney, Black Gold, Young Veins), there is a Tweet-for-download offer that I’ve already taken advantage of, so you know it’s easy and free. Just click on the link and check out the widget in the top right corner. You can use that to post on Facebook or Twitter and you’ll get a free download of three songs. “Shine” by Black Gold, “I Don’t Wanna Lose You” by Rooney and “Change” by The Young Veins.

Red Bull Records has also given us a widget where you can stream “Shine” all you want. Check it out:

Enjoy all the presents!!

July 7, 2010 I Written By

Black Gold Shines Part 3

Keep in mind that the quality of my dinky camera is very, very poor. But maybe these will whet your appetite and make you want to see Black Gold for yourself.

This is the first song of the set, “Idols”:

This was around the middle of their set and really got the crowd energized, “Breakdown”:

This, of course, is Black Gold’s song “Shine,” Rush which has been appearing on SYTYCD as the farewell song:

There were two more songs after “Shine,” which I didn’t record. After the show, I spent some more time with the band, including Alastair, while Young Veins and then Rooney played. Jason Schwartzman came up to play drums with the band, which includes his brother Robert, of course. He shredded a drum stick, which ended up going home with a girl I met at the show. 🙂

I closed down The Republic with the members of Black Gold and some of Young Veins, but it was soon time for me to turn into a pumpkin since I’d have to be at work in less than 5 hours!

That’s it for my night with Black Gold – but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few more surprises and presents up my sleeves. Stay tuned!

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Black Gold Shines Part 2

Last night, I was lucky enough to catch Black Gold‘s New Orleans appearance with Rooney and Young Veins. It kind of all came together when their label, Red Bull Records, saw all of our talk here on the site and asked if I’d like to meet the band and catch the show.

So, even though I had to be at work this morning at 6:30 a.m. (!) I ventured out to hang with Black Gold and I did not regret it.

Nick, Black Gold’s tour manager, introduced me to lead singer Eric Ronick and even though we’d only just met a few minutes before, we had no trouble being incredibly silly together in this video interview. Forgive all my giggling. It’s Eric’s fault.

The video’s very dark, but I think it does a good job of showing what the venue was like – moody black and red lighting. Just pretend you’re sitting cozy on a leather couch in the merchandise section with Eric like I was last night.

My first experience with bassist Kerry Wayne-James is recorded in the middle of my interview with Eric. A few minutes after this recording, I met percussionist/guitarist/vocalist/song writer Than Luu, though our meeting was regrettably not recorded. It was epic, let me tell you. (I didn’t meet the last band member, Alastair Paxton, till after the show.) After chatting with Eric and Than for a few minutes (during which, they gave me a cd and a t-shirt!), the guys had to make their way to the stage for their performance.

And that brings us to the end of Part 2. Stay tuned!! More surprises later!

Don’t forget to comment to win tickets to the rest of the Black Gold tour dates while you’re waiting to read about the rest of my night with the band. 🙂

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Win Tickets to the Black Gold Tour

I’ve just gotten word from Black Gold’s label Red Bull Records that they’d like our readers to have the opportunity to win tickets to the remaining dates on Black Gold’s tour with Rooney and The Young Veins.

I wrote last night that I was going to the show and I’ll post my review soon. The short version of my review is YOU HAVE TO GO if you get the chance.

Here’s the deal – the FIRST person to write in the comments requesting tickets to a particular city wins a pair for that city’s show. Keep in mind that neither Red Bull Records nor PureSYTYCD can pay any travel costs or any other associated expenses. But you will have the chance to go with a friend to a phenomenal show. And I speak from experience – PHENOMENAL. You’ll read all about it soon.

We here at PureSYTYCD ask only that you send us your concert review and tell us and your fellow readers all about the show – but have no fear, it can be really informal. As far as I’m concerned, all of our writers are eligible for tickets as well since I’ve given nobody warning we’re doing this. 🙂

Check out the dates and let us know in the comments. FIRST commenter per city wins a pair.

Fri 7/9 Tampa, FL Crowbar

Sat 7/10 Atlanta, GA The Loft

Sun 7/11 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend

Mon 7/12 Greenville, SC The Handlebar

Wed 7/14 New York, NY The Fillmore at Irving Plaza

Thu 7/15 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork

Fri 7/16 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club

Sat 7/17 S. Hackensack, NJ School of Rock

Sun 7/18 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place

Mon 7/19 Farmingdale, NY The Crazy Donkey

Thu 7/22 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance

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