The annual Halloween in Summer party went down on Saturday, August 18th at The Sandbar in Albuquerque. The ABQ-Live special event featured multiple costume contests, cash prizes, live music, drink specials, games and more. Enjoy two galleries of images from the nights festivities.
Summerween 2018 | Photo Gallery 2
Sweeping into the Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater on July 18, American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, Imagine Dragons played to a cheering crowd for their Evolve Tour.
With the show beginning at 7 p.m. the 14-year-old musician who won America’s Got Talent in 2016, Grace VanderWaal opened for Imagine Dragons creating a soothing atmosphere while fans shuffled in. Lines were still packed to get into the venue long after VanderWaal’s opening act took to the stage as attendees adjusted to new rules set at the Isleta Amphitheater barring bags longer than six inches as well as items such as lawn chairs and large umbrellas. Attendees of the concert were offered the option of purchasing rental lawn chairs or see through bags in the cases of purses. Alternatively a ziplock bag was provided for people to carry there positions in if they declined to purchase the see through totes.
Despite the long lines seats were quickly filled and the lawn was flooded with excited onlookers. After finishing up with her new song “Clearly” a reimagining of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” Grace VanderWaal thanked the cheering crowd as she introduced Imagine Dragons.
Smoke flooded the stage at 8:20 p.m. and the band erupted with popular 2012 hit “Radioactive”. After the song lead singer Dan Reynolds addressed the cheering crowd asking if they were ready to let go along with the band.
“Work, school, politics, leave it, leave it, leave it. This is a place of safety,” Reynolds said. “This is a place of equality. This is a place of no judgement of anyone, where you can be yourself unabashedly and I will be mine.”
The crowd cheered as Reynolds and the band began 2012 hit “It’s Time,” stopping at parts to allow audience members to sing the words. The band’s segment included drumming solos, guitar solos and confetti shooting into the air. At one point Reynolds himself disappeared from stage only to be seen running through the crowd with security guards close to him. Fans cheered and many ran towards him as he made his way back towards the stage.
During the concert Reynolds shifted the tone as he took a moment to address depression along with the stigma connected to it. He urged concert goers to realize that acknowledging depression was not a weakness but a strength.
“There is a stigmatization in our society today that is hurting our children, it’s hurting our youth, it’s killing our youth,” Reynolds said. “We must speak openly and honestly about depression.”
The crowd cheered at his words and continued to as he told his story about his own diagnosis and urged those struggling with depression to speak to friends, family and therapist.
“Your life is always worth living,” he told the crowd shortly before launching into the 2012 hit song “Demons.” The song marked a more soothing and calm part of the concert as members of the crowd sang along. Throughout the show the band played songs from both their 2012 album Night Visions as well as their 2017 album Evolve. Long after dark, lights filled the stage as they performed encores of many of there popular songs.
“Thank you for being here tonight,” Reynolds said. “What an incredible thing it is to come out to a new city every night, to feel at home, to feel amongst family. Thank you for providing us with that. It’s not every night that happens.”
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Last Thursday ABQ-Live celebrated the release of the latest issue at Dave and Busters. Along with huge giveaways including a $300 art giveaway and Escape Room packages, ABQ-Live offered guests Free Play Cards to enjoy unlimited gaming all night long. We had a great turn out and thank all of our advertisers, guests and staff for a great evening at Dave and Busters. Enjoy all images from the night! Be sure to stay up to date with the new ABQlive App now available for FREE on both Android and Apple devices.
Random Acts of Kindness
By: Heather Hutzell
‘Random Acts of Kindness’ have become a way to turn small changes into big differences in the lives around us. What ARE random acts of kindness you ask? It could simply be paying for the person’s coffee behind you in the Starbucks line or leaving a big tip for the server who looks worn down and exhausted at your dinner table.
Regardless of how big or small your gesture is, there are plenty of little things you can do to help put a smile on someone’s face! For my 25th birthday, I decided instead of moping and whining about turning a quarter century old, I would spread some love and joy to a place that gets love and joy in…let’s just say, not the best ways.
Here’s how it went:
Okay okay, I know what you’re thinking. Why the hell am I giving this homeless man a beer?! I’ll tell you why. How many times have you seen panhandlers with signs that say “Hungry. Anything will help!” and then you give them food and they say they don’t want it? (This has happened to me several times!) I appreciated this man’s honesty. So, my first beer in Vegas went to him and I really hope he enjoyed it!
Yoga has become a widely practiced ritual to promote health, relaxation, and good vibes. We wanted to spread that around Vegas too. It started off great… people were even taking pictures of us and daring us to do things! Even at the pool, we had people cheer and clap for us! I’m going to assume it wasn’t because my bathing suit decided I needed to have a Janet Jackson from Super Bowl XXXVIII moment. We kept this up for a good part of the night… and then things started getting blurry…as you can see from the last 2 photos.
I feel like an unspoken rule of Vegas is to never go off with strangers. EVER! ESPECIALLY if you’re a girl. (So Tinder in Vegas is a NO NO!) We met these super nice guys that apparently had a super nice hot tub at their house (I say house…but it was a mansion) and wanted us to come along. Normally. I would say HELL NO. But, one of my friends really wanted to go. Here was my kindness to her:
I needed to see some identification. If I’m going to your house in a random city and I don’t know you…I’m at least going to be smart if you murder me and that investigation is going to be a closed one. For my parents’, job, and friends’ sake. And yes, I told them why I was taking it. They were good sports.
(I had a clear photo too, but I didn’t want to give all of their info out so I’m using the blurry one)
Visual affirmation. I need height, hair color, eye color, race, all the things the cops need to arrest your ass. As ABQ-Live says, “Smile for the camera!”
We all know Instagram selfies are bold face lies. I asked these boys to pose like they weren’t having their photo taken so the cops could get their ugly sides too.
One of my friends didn’t get to Vegas ‘til 8 hours after I did so she had some catching up to do when she got there. Boy, did she catch up! Helped her walk all the way back to our hotel.
Complimenting someone-no matter what they look like, what they’re wearing, what their job is, is a great way to brighten someone’s day. Before I went to Vegas I decided I was going to get 25 guys numbers. (JUST their numbers…chill)
Here how it went down: I had a deck of 52 cards. I’d go up to random dudes, ask them to pick a card, and then hand them a sharpie and ask them to write their number on it. Plain and simple!
By the 5th number, I started asking EVERYONE—door people, taxi drivers, valet parkers, guys who ran stores… any and all. Some were twice my age, some not so attractive… but who cares! I made their day by asking for their number. Regardless of if I was going to call or not!
This guy (our waiter, Drew) wasn’t near as pumped as I thought he’d be. No smiles cracked. Maybe he really was waiting for a card trick at the end.
This one was really important to me. I grabbed one of my favorite books from home and decided I’d underline the parts that were the most important to me. This book shaped how I grew up, and I wanted to leave it in Vegas hoping someone would find it—and it’d change them like it changed me.
On the inside I wrote:
“To whomever finds this book—life doesn’t get any easier, but it gets better. Love, Heather”
With instructions on how to contact me if someone did happen to find it.
Let’s be real people, I’m surprised I even made it to 2. Vegas was an absolute blur—as it should be. Even thought my goal was 25… ANY random act of kindness is good. No matter where you are…no matter the circumstances…even in Las Vegas.
Wanna learn how others are spreading the love?!
ABQ-Live caught back up with Todd Hebenstreit, ABQ-born graffiti artist, to talk about his most recent projects.
If you missed our initial interview with Todd and article in Issue 7 of ABQ-Live the magazine, you can find it here.
Want to see more work done by Todd? Check him out on Facebook at facebook.com/todd.hebenstreit. You can also find him on Instagram by searching for @paths01.