Texas Yoga Conference Spreads Positivity

Have you ever experienced the beauty of being in complete and utter peace? The Texas Yoga Conference assisted in helping their attendees reach just that. This three-day weekend event, which began on February 20th and concluded on the 22nd, left hundreds of participants in awe of the power of yoga. Whether a businessman, a student, or a stay at home mom, all were left with the illusion that they had been transported to a magical temple in a world where peace, unity, and mutual respect exists for all. Hosted in the heart of the fourth largest city in the US, the Iskcon venue assisted with the creation of this illusion.

Moderated by illuminated minds that ranged from university professors, to local yoga instructors, to nationally respected doctors, the Texas Yoga Conference proved that yoga is much more than a physical activity, but a spiritual one. Not religious, but spiritual. The level of ecstasy one reaches during and after practicing yoga, or any related art, extends far beyond what sensory glands can experience at idle. Some learned that many of these happy and peaceful emotions cannot be reached without the practice of yoga and related activities. The conference successfully exposed Houstonians, and those who traveled from afar, to the different varieties of yoga and related studies. Yoga participants, or as they sometimes like to call themselves: Yogi’s, were exposed to a grand buffet of arts, sciences, and practices. Arranged in a beautiful and sleek manner, one could attend session after session, while still being faithful to their own preferences regarding which subjects they each wanted to learn more about. Classes at the conference included studies such as Reiki, a popular subject that allows spiritual healing. But that’s not it; Kabalah yoga was also a popular subject where Yogi’s learned about flowing into the sacred shapes of yoga.

There was no catch, no corporate ambition, no egoistic profit, only the most respected and appreciated efforts of founder, Jennifer Buergermeister and her team. With the help of great minds, such as the one of Dr. Elizabeth Reese, founder of Yogiños, a type of yoga for youth, the event was made possible. The presence of organizations, like Yogiños, granted individuals of all ages the notion of feeling not only welcomed, but respected. Classes and lectures at the conference educated attendees on subjects that, without attending, would have struggled in educating themselves of such knowledge.

In conclusion, the event was simply an oasis. Beautiful in its own way, they made no mistake. The level of professionalism present exceeded expectations and allowed everything related to yoga fall into one fascinating place. One event, one weekend, one magical experience that left Yogi’s in awe and admiration of how beautiful life can be. Yogi’s left the event very aware of the message of positivity and how important it is to always live a healthy, balanced, and happy life.

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Fave Cover Friday: “Dear No One”

This week’s Fave Cover Friday is “Dear No One” by Tori Kelly. For those unfamiliar with Tori Kelly, a good description of her would be: sunshine manifested into an actual person. Tori began posting YouTube covers at the age of 14. Since then, she is now a signed artist with many original songs of her own. She is known for her outstanding range and ability to hit super high notes, example here. One of my favorite songs of hers is “Dear No One,” a rather slow, solemn song.

Originally, I actually had a different cover I wanted to share of this song, but as I was searching YouTube another artist caught my eye- a YouTuber by the name of Fatai. Her cover of “Dear No One” gave me chills. It was so different from the original and the tone in her voice was so soothing.

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Meghan Trainor Dazzles at House of Blues

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In what was a night full of exuberant dancing and exciting sing-a-longs, Meghan Trainor did nonetheless than put on a sparkling performance at her sold out show in Houston’s House of Blues. Promoting glittering self confidence to her fans, harmonizing as well as any R&B singer, and of course flaunting her amazing dance moves in her glitter and sequin coated outfits, Trainor captivated the venue with her sass and talent in perhaps the most crowded concert I have ever seen at the House of Blues.

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She started off the show with some slow, heartfelt jams like “3AM” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” and ended it with a mass dance party with crowd favorites like “Lips Are Movin'” and “Bang Dem Sticks.” She also delivered a wonderful dance along to Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk.” Her audience, which ranged from ten-year-old girls to married couples, was very diverse and very united in their fandom for Meghan who makes her appreciation to her fans very clear. Apart from constantly reminding everyone of their inner and outer beauty, at one point in the night she brought up a star struck fan up on stage to dance with her.

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In all, the show was everything I expected and even a little more. Although everyone was standing shoulder to shoulder, the energy was incredible and Meghan Trainor was an excellent performer with a powerful voice and a charming stage presence, which consisted of a lot of her personal dating anecdotes, told in her cool East Coast accent and of course her music, which was very soulful, energetic and catchy. Most definitely one of the best performances I have seen yet with one of the most gorgeous and empowering performers out there.

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Kanye West Hypes Up ANOTHER New Song at the BRIT Awards Show

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Oh yes… Yeezy won’t stop, can’t ever stop! Kanye sets the fire ablaze, figuratively and literally, once he performs his new song “All Day” at the BRIT Awards and you better believe it had everyone in the audience screaming from Taylor Swift to his own wife Kim Kardashian West who introduced helped Kanye to the stage. I mean, even Taylor started to do her weird dancey-pose thing while next to Kim, both of them obviously feeling Kanye’s new music.

Bonus: Lionel Richie in awe as well.

Want to watch Kanye’s performance of “All Day?” Watch the video down below!

What do you think of Yeezy’s new song? Whether you love it or hate it, comment and let us know!

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Support Your Local Music Scene: Dear You

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The Texas music scene is an interesting market. Over the years, band after band has struggled to attract a hefty local fan base before branching out, and even well established artists struggle to sell concert tickets in the fourth largest city in America.

Hailing from Beaumont, Dear You is one of our own and they are certainly one of the more promising Texas acts of the last few years. In their five short years as a band, vocalist and guitarist Chris Roach, guitarist Thomas Marsella, and drummer Louis Moore have taken over the local music scene with their gritty pop-punk sound, and left their impact in the social media world with their fan-inclusive music video, “If Worried Were Weights,” as well as their ever-growing Twitter following. Their most recent EP I Can Only Blame Myself is an anthem record made up of those heartfelt lyrics that are guaranteed to make you want to sing along at the top of your lungs. The band is currently working on new music that they described as an interesting mix between “Brand New’s Deja Entendu, Fall Out Boy’s Take This To Your Grave, and Taylor Swift’s 1989.”

However, after being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a blown transmission in their van, the band had to cancel the remaining dates of their recent tour. This is a huge blow to a band well on their way to breaking into the national music scene, so Dear You has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to purchase a new van. If you would like to contribute, donate here.

Follow Dear You on social media, support their cause, and most importantly: support your local music scene!

Give them a listen:

Where will they be next? South By So What in Grand Prairie on March 20th

Get social: Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Spotify | Youtube iTunes | Bandcamp

You like? You’ll like: The Dangerous Summer, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard.

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Free Press Summer Festival Announces Lineup

The lineup for Houston’s very own music festival, Free Press Summer Fest, was finally announced earlier yesterday morning. Some of the headliners include, Skrillex, Weezer (!!!), R. Kelly, St. Vincent, Tears for Fears, Welcome to Houston (including Bun B!) and possible Frontier Fiesta performer, Chance the Rapper. The festival will take place at Eleanor Tinsley Park on June 6 and 7! If you’ve never been to a music festival, this is a great starter! It’s not as big as ACL or Bonnaroo, but you’ll still get a really great music festival experience.

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You can get your tickets here! General admission is currently going for 158.50 (plus tax) so get them ASAP! If you want to have a really ballin’ experience, you can purchase the Silk Pajamas package, which includes two passes for stage side viewing, complimentary water and beer at a few stages, and exclusive merchandise, at a startling price of $999!

Are you happy about the lineup? Who are you most excited to see? Leave a comment below!

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