Shifting gears a little bit here. In other words, steering away from the bustling JE/J-Idol fandom to my other fandom— ABDC! (and some other stuff too)
Last night, I went to my hometown’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert with fireworks display at the end to continue on commemorating my town’s 50th anniversary since its foundation in 1959. I’ve gone through (and volunteered on a few) about three or four events already which included the annual Asian American Heritage Month, the 50th Anniversary Parade, and of course, this particular outdoors (yup, outdoors) concert that not only features some known performers from all around California (though Sage directly came from Hawaii to the SF Bay Area to spread their music in the mainland!), but it also featured some key speakers (the politicians) and some important people known around the country (if not the world obviously) who lived here in Union City and shared their experiences growing up in this little community and how this town progressed to an actual recognized suburb right smack somewhere in the Silicon Valley.
My dad is one of the 50th Anniversary committee members, so he gets to be a VIP. Supposedly the entire family was going but they had “last-minute” commitments, so it ended up with my parents, some dude named DIB, and myself who went. We got the VIP bands and such to differentiate ourselves from everyone else. As a VIP, you get to go to the VIP Reception at the Ruggieri Senior Center. There, you meet other VIPs, have some snacks and hors d’oeuvres, and best of all, you get to “meet and greet” the performers. I was able to get autographs and photos from the almighty Quest Crew as well as the surf band Papa Doo Run Run. I should’ve gotten autographs from Boyz Nite Out but they were having a short performance on stage during the reception so I didn’t get a chance. Sage was probably still rehearsing somewhere outside so they weren’t present.
After a brief premiere performance from the awesome Boyz Nite Out, we headed out to the football stadium at my old high school, James Logan High School. Though there are a lot of changes, such as the new performing arts center right in front of the stadium and other types of construction going on, it felt somewhat nostalgic when I stepped on to the turf of the stadium. It was nostalgic because I remembered playing Powder Puff (American) flag football during my junior and senior years as a wide receiver and how huge and wide this entire stadium really is. I also remembered having our class rallies in the stadium too and it was definitely massive.
The VIPs had seats right in front of the stage. Everyone else got to sit behind the 50-yard line of the football turf and at the bleachers on the Home side. When Quest Crew came up, they let all the youth move forward all the way to the front stage, leaving us VIP-ers ending up watching the huge screen instead of on the stage. I had to stand up on my own seat to shoot the entire performance due to my sad diminutive height. I should’ve moved forward and got there on stage to have a better view. On the other hand…
There were four acts for this particular anniversary concert:
- Sage (ukulele-based contemporary rock band from Hawaii)
- Boyz Nite Out (a capella/beatbox group)
- Quest Crew (ABDC S3’s Champions – the B-BOYZ still rule the stage!)
- Papa Doo Run Run (California surf band – what do you expect? We’re Californian…)
After the acts were over, a very long fireworks display followed. I think it lasted about 15-20 minutes with all of us looking up to the sky. The fireworks were just grand and beautiful that it almost looked like the remnants of the fireworks were going to fall down on us. All I gotta say is that it was definitely a beautiful, exciting night. I can also definitely say that this has got to be one of the best things that’s ever happened in my life in my hometown alone.
Though Quest Crew was my prior focus for this venue I actually did not have a favorite moment. The fireworks display killed the entire concert. :P Boyz Nite Out were very entertaining, Papa Doo Run Run brought the California spirit in to the stage with covers from the Beach Boys and many other surf bands back in the ’60s, and Sage brought us a brand-new contemporary pop rock sound of sorts fresh from the Hawaiian islands. All the stories that key speakers shared with us were also inspiring, giving me a definite reason why I love this town so much.
I do hope we get something like this again in our town, you know? We’re definitely a small community, but we’ve got big ideas, big hopes, big inspirations, and you know… a lot of big stuff that defines what this town is all about. :)
Pics to be posted later. So far I only got one below. I need to upload and sort them out first. Though you can check my YouTube for one of the clips I uploaded thus far.