All photos by Jennifer Lewis and Lisa Schreiner
Grammy award winning artist, Rick Springfield, stopped by the Silver Creek Event Center in New Buffalo, MI last Friday. Springfield has some of the most loyal fans in the industry and proved that by playing to a packed house in small-town Michigan.
Rick Springfield has remained a relevant musical icon for over 40 years. Known for his high energy shows, with a heavy load of greatest hits, he opened with “Light This Party Up”, and a video montage of some of his most famous moments over the past four decades. Rick had the crowd on their feet and ready for the promised party. Over the next hour and a half, fans were treated to favorites such as “I’ve Done Everything 4 You”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “Love Somebody” and of course, “Jessie’s Girl” but we were also given a taste of where Rick Springfield has traversed musically. His latest album, The Snake King, is heavy and edgy with a full-bodied blues undertone. He gave the crowd a look at that side of him with the song “Little Demon” and I liked it. I liked it a lot. I’ve always associated Rick Springfield with the quintessential pop heartthrob; someone whose good looks outweighed the content of his music. He showed us that is just a piece of his musical make-up and that he does harder music and dark lyrics rather well. I will definitely be checking out the rest of his latest album.
Rick Springfield’s performance at the Silver Creek Event Center was everything his fans wanted it to be. The show flew by as time stood still. When the theater lights came back on, and we were suddenly transported back to the year 2018, I kept hoping he would return for just one more song. I enjoyed the show and I enjoyed the memories. So, thank you, Mr. Springfield, for letting me be 10 years old again; in a time when I was wearing out my copy of Working Class Dog and covering my bedroom walls in your Tiger Beat pinups. There is no separating music and nostalgia, and for a moment it was 1981 and I was dancing around my room singing into a hairbrush and wishing I was Rick’s girl.
You can check out Rick Springfield on the road at his upcoming tour dates, but for now, let’s flashback to 1981.
by contributing journalist Faith Richardson
Anita Got Bars is an up and coming rapper from Brooklyn, New York. Her music is unique and sets her apart from the mainstream rap sound. We know you’re gonna hear a lot more from her in the future but for now check out the interview below.
Tell us a little about your background.
I’m Anita. I’m originally from Brooklyn, New York, but when I was 10, I moved to the Pocono Mountains, which is in Pennsylvania. I’m 17 years old, and a senior in high school.
How did you get into music ?
When I was 12 I started messing with beat making. Honestly I just wanted to be a producer at first. But then I got expelled from school and spent time at an alternative school which is where I really began to rap. I worked tirelessly just perfecting my bars until I started hanging around like minded people and now life is great.
What has been your experience in the music industry?
Honestly, there are many selfish people in the industry. My word of advice is to keep your eye on your own paper and make sure you’re not getting finessed.It’s not a hard game to get into, but climbing the totem pole is a different story. It’s like, they wanna see you do well, but never better than them. It’s hard still being in high school, and working 5 days a week, but I believe in myself and the universal laws.
Your biggest influences?
My favorite rapper may come as a surprise to you. It’s actually Meek Mill. But the artists that influence my music process are Kanye West, Chance the rapper, J.Cole, and Hopsin. I would consider myself a very laid back person in general, which reflects in my music
What does your writing process look like?
I can’t force anything when I write. It won’t feel genuine. My best music comes when I am going through something. Most times I’m sitting in my car at a gas station late at night after I get off work. It’s like, I know I have school tomorrow, but just sitting in my car writing my heart on paper feels like a drug. It’s almost a euphoric feeling quite honestly.
Any upcoming events?
I plan on releasing a small project on April 13th. More details for that soon to come. And I have a performance at Sherman showcase on March 23 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
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