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Great Scott! Today is the actual date Michael J Fox’s Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown traveled to in the hit 80’s futuristic film, Back to the Future II, now look at all the cool stuff we get!
Many corporate entities who were involved in the film have jumped on board, recognizing the now iconic date of 10.21.2015, and are releasing products that were featured.
Below are three of those products and one incredible user-made mashup of the Adult Swim hit show Rick and Morty, which has inherent similarities to the Back to the Future story.
While there is still no actual Hover-board (Come on science!), we do have self-lacing shoes and of course Marty’s sweet black Toyota.
1. Toyota has fully unveiled its 2016 Tacoma inspired by the pickup truck used by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II.
I was in love with the all black truck Marty had in his garage. I guess I wasn’t the only one!
For more information on the Tacoma: http://www.leftlanenews.com/toyota-unveils-back-to-the-futureinspired-tacoma-90014.html#ixzz3pFCGUVSR
2. Back To The Future’s Self-Lacing Nikes Are Finally Real!
Hopefully we can get this bad boys in different colors. I don’t know if I can rock the Denver Nugget blue for too long. Expected release date Spring 2016.
For more information onthe self-lacing sneakers: http://www.wired.com/2015/10/nike-air-mags-bttf-shoe-real/
3. Pepsi Perfect
Wait, Pepsi wasn’t perfect already? Sounds like they may have already sold out of this sweet product. Lame.
For more information on Pepsi Perfect:
4. Rick and Morty user made mashup.
With the already ever present resemblance to Back to the Future this makes so much damn sense. Great work!
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ABQ-Live got a chance to talk with busy hip hop group Ground Up as they start their national tour and make their way into Downtown Albuquerque this Saturday, October 24th at Sister Bar!
How has Philly influenced you guys in your Hip Hop music?
Molotov – Philly is an amazing city full of artistic people. Ground up was founded here in Philly at Temple University. If it wasn’t for this city we wouldn’t exist.
BIJ – When I was in highschool , the first hip hop show I went to was reef the lost cause in philly. 4 years later I was making songs with him and freeway. Little did I know that would ever happen. Life is surreal!
Azar – Philly is everything to us. It’s where we grew into men and musicians. This city helped facilitate our creative needs and everything else apart from that. We take great pride in repping a city as soulful and gritty as Philadelphia. Hopefully, when it’s all said and done, people will take great pride in the fact that we started this whole thing in this magical city.
How long have you all been making music?
I (Azar) started writing and recording music when I was about 14. Bij comes from a family of musicians so he’s been surrounded by it forever. And when I met Malcolm 7 years ago, he already had published a book of poetry. Once we all met, our talents came together and we started taking this very seriously.
Molotov – We’ve all spent nearly half our lives at this point. It’s a commitment.
Where do you guys see yourself in 5 yrs regarding your Hip Hop career?
BIJ– I see us traveling the world with our friends. The way it’s always been just on a much bigger scale. My goal is to make sure none of my friends need to work a job because they’re so devoted to this, that would be an accomplishment.
Molotov – It has always been our goal to be able support a family life with only our music. If we aren’t there in five years we better be close.
Who does your production? And who would you like to work with?
Azar – Bij Lincs does almost all of our productions. He’s our best friend and it’s just easy to work with someone like that. Not to mention, it’s a huge advantage having an in-house producer. He’s the most creative guy in the world and we feed off each others ideas and knowledge. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What influences you in making hip hop?
BIJ – my friends are my biggest influence in the creation of hip hop music. I listened to hip hop my whole life however they were the ones who schooled me in that genre. I did not know much about the industry until I met them. I think that many people can tell that I love jazz through my production.
Where can we find your music and info?
BIJ – like most modern day bands, we are all over the internet. We promote our group on Instagram and facebook however, you can find us on blogs and google searches. Instagram & Twitter: @TheRealGroundUp Facebook.com/SkillOverSwag
BIJ – early influences are my brothers and parents. Before I met the group of friends that I have now, I was still playing music, such as guitar and piano but it wasn’t until 12th grade of highschool that I started producing/recording what I played. My parents never pushed sports and my brothers are musicians as well so my house was loaded with all types of instruments.
How long have you been on tour? When do you finish?
We have been on tour for 5 days now, so far I love it as much as any other tour we’ve been on. Rest stop food, bizzare green room art, late night drinking, little stages … I love it all. Tour is great because it brings us together and allows us to really work on the dream we all share.
See GROUND UP live at SISTER BAR in Downtown Albuquerque this Saturday, October 24th! Brought to you by 808 and ABQ-Live! Grab your tickets online at http://www.holdmyticket.com/event/220797
Listen to more music from Ground Up at https://soundcloud.com/groundupsounds
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 got to sit down with the new owners of the Historic El Rey Theater in downtown Albuquerque to hear about this famous venue and the new life they are breathing into the downtown music scene.
How does it feel for Open Curtain Productions to take over the historic El Rey theatre?
Stephen: It feels really good to make such an impact in a place we call home. We both have been in Albuquerque for quite some time and we are taking it upon ourselves to make a difference in putting our money where our mouth is in actually making some innovative change.
Andrew: Also, we have taken the theatre over at a real good time for downtown there are a lot of things going on down here that we support with young like-minded entrepreneurs trying to make an impact.
Tell us some big names that have played in this historic theatre?
Stephen: There’s a lot of history in these walls. This place was constructed in 1941 as a movie theatre and now is a concert venue. The history behind these walls include the likes of Etta James, Keller Williams, and Umphrey’s McGee and we can’t let these names fade out and die. We have to keep things going in bringing big names into this town and creating great memories.
Over 70 years of history has been written here, how did this renovation come into effect?
Stephen: We were very fortunate that this place was in between operators and we were in the right place at the right time. Our reputation has grown in this town through hard work throwing events and the building owner believes in our business model, he believes that we represent the right kind of energy that can bring this place back to where the stature once was.
Andrew: We teamed up with a lot of good people as well and they have lent a hand in helping us out with good advice, a lot of people believe in the project and therefore they are willing to put sweat equity into it and the turnouts and feedback so far have been amazing.
What other events have you guys promoted around Albuquerque?
Stephen: We have done some civic plaza events, also with UNM and their new tailgate series and something that’s been around for almost as long as the theatre, maybe longer, called Fiestas which is an annual event and we have seen record numbers in the past 2 years since we have been involved. Our impact goes beyond downtown and towards the city as a whole and we really want to see some change. We are getting sick and tired of young entrepreneurs and business professionals just leaving, moving away it’s not fun. We do not want our talent leaving NM. We want them to stay and if you make it fun for them they will.
Andrew: Music can create a lot of positive changes in people’s lives. Just look at cities like Austin and Denver, which are both centered on music and have economies that are booming. When you get a lot of young smart people in one place it’s amazing what can happen.
What kind of live music entertainment will be featured at the new El Rey?
Stephen: Everything and anything, a string quartet, rock band, an electronic show, visual aspects, FIFA World Cup on the big screen. It’s an arts and entertainment venue and we will stop at nothing in order to keep people entertained and drive the economic impact.
Andrew: We want to keep the doors open as much as possible to give the people down here something to do. We had Redman and Method man which was an excellent turnout, also Borgore. One of the first shows was Wu Tang legends so that’s a lot to live up to! And we are hoping to keep the momentum going.
Who would you guys personally want to see play here?
Stephen: We have already booked really big names in our eyes, but I have always been a Mötley Crüe kind of guy, so seeing Tommy Lee in here, I mean, I am not one to become star struck, but I would probably die.
Andrew: Method man and Redman were great for me. I have listened to them since I was really young, so that was huge. I really like the indie genre so maybe XX; Jamie XX, or something along those lines would be really fun. Everything so far has been like a dream come true and with everyone I book, I have to pretty much pinch myself.
Where do you see the music scene in Albuquerque, and how do you see it improving?
Stephen: It has come a long way, there’s some promoters and venue owners in town that have worked really hard to keep this place a musical city but I feel like there’s a new generation of music that is coming through, that is great. We want to build that up and we will do anything for it.
Andrew: A lot of people are working hard; the guys over at Sister are booking some amazing acts, and we are working in conjunction with them and we will work with as much people as we can to bring artists to Albuquerque. The city is forthcoming, Steven did an event at the Civic Plaza and we have an event at the Rail Yards on the 26th. Music can start a large change for the better and the sky’s the limit when people work together.
What old concepts and themes are being revived into the new theatre?
Stephen: We really are trying to keep the integrity of the building. We haven’t covered the art work, we like that aspect. There is a lot of history in these walls and when you look at recaps or tour videos you always know the El Rey, I often say, “Ohh there it is! That’s the El Rey”. The art is of military significance, building owner Mr. Puccini painted the walls as a tribute to the armed services. There is more meaning than just an eagle on a globe.
Andrew: We were lucky enough to inherit something that already had cool décor. We tried to spice things up a little bit with a lot of sound and LED lights. We are trying to take the aspect of history, add some flare to it, and keep everyone entertained all at the same time. Also, we change things up for every show and we want to keep expanding making it a new place for people that come in.
Other than live music on the stage what else is featured inside the theatre?
Stephen: Stereo bar is another live performance venue, the old Golden West Saloon burned down 8 and a half years ago and has been left in rubbish ever since. We are renovating and restoring it, and it’s coming up from the ashes, like a Phoenix. We are doing a different take because it will never be the saloon again but it can be something different, something good for the city and fun.
Andrew: It’s a baby project, we like the idea of leaving the roof off with 300+ days of sunshine a year. We are looking to capitalize on that with bloody marys and food trucks. We want to create a spot downtown to have a nice craft beer, listen to some music and relax.
What new ideas will Open Curtain Productions bring into making the theatre have a strong impact to the Downtown area?
Stephen: We think we will bring a quality crowd and something a little different in musical styles that bring a different face. A lot of times people get nervous about going downtown and we want people to feel safe here, safety is the biggest priority and biggest concern for us. That will make the economic impact and as long as everybody is safe the party keeps going and continues.
Andrew: I love just announcing a big act and everybody says, “No Way, that guy is coming to Albuquerque”!? There is an excitement you see in people when it’s something they think they can only see in places like Colorado or Arizona. This makes for a venue that the people can be proud of.
You all opened your doors May 1 for Borgore, Keys and Krates the following week, Wu Tang legends followed and other names will be coming, so who’s next? Nirvana and the Beatles?
Stephen: We have Groundation coming in to EL Rey. They are a reggae band from Northern Cal and are world renowned being one of the best live acts to see. We are definitely excited to see that. We also have Wolfgang Gartner, a big name in the electronic scene which is big here. We have our calendars pretty well booked from August to December. Nearly every weekend is booked with acts.
Andrew: Huge Halloween stuff in October also. This project will take a while but when the ball gets rolling the people can expect a lot of variety in here.
Article by: Daniel Cruz
by: Kori Kobayashi