It’s finally that time of year again, when the great American institution known as football comes alive, and millions of Americans gather around their televisions with chicken wings in their mouth and beers in their hands to cheer, laugh and cry with their teams, families, and buddies. Yes, It is the Super Bowl.
But if you’re looking for a rager to celebrate this awesome tradition and happen to be in the most exciting state on Sunday (yes, Arizona), you’ll want to check out Bounce Sporting Club’s Annual Super Sunday Funday at Calico Jack’s Glendale instead of staying on your couch.
The end of January is upon us, how are those resolutions looking? Let us at Joonbug help you get out of the gym and into Los Angeles this weekend.
1. Saturday: Bush at The Wiltern
Mr. Stefani and his band launch their 2015 tour in support of their sixth album, Man on The Run. Things kick off Saturday night at The Wiltern with what’s sure to be a high-energy show at this beautiful venue. Fans can expect great new tunes and favorites from their massive 1994 release Sixteen Stone. Tickets via LiveNation. More on Bush at Rolling Stone.
Insomniac’s Inception Saturdays has been bringing the hottest DJs and talents in the electronic music scene to one of L.A.’s most renowned nightclubs, Exchange LA. The massive, four-level super-club (formerly the LA Stock Exchange Building) pulses with dance energy and the kind of kind of swanky, bottle service-nightlife no premier club can do without.
This Saturday, Inception Saturdays presents Solomun, the Bosnian-born, Hamburg-raised, DJ who’s been shaking up the scene since the early 2000’s. The award-winning DJ’s sound is described as "house music, but with deep, ultra funky basslines, euphoric melodies and emotionally charged vocals” and, this Saturday, you can experience Solomun’s sensual, invigorating style for yourself.
Story by Peter Nesbitt
Carmel Productions' monthly costume party, of which December’s theme was “Sin City,” set new standards for creative set design and interactive art installations. In the main room, corset-clad girls, with their just-purchased riding whips, playfully teased their leather-harnessed friends and acquaintances to the subtle beats of Pony and Naveen G. Overhead, a cage adorned with LED lights held two silver sirens as they seduced all who came near. And still more – on the back wall, a Saint Andrew Cross and an X-frame with handcuffs evoked dormant dominatrix tendencies while stripper poles encouraged guests to let their inner exotic go wild. I Feel…Sin City lived up to the creative energy and freedom that have defined the themed party since 2012, and served as a fond farewell to 2014’s final I Feel.
New Year's Eve is all about drinking, dancing, and living it up with your loved ones- we get it. But as much as we want you to have fun- we also want you to be safe! New Year's Eve can get hectic and the parties can get out of control, so here's a few tips to ensure that you have a fun filled but safe night!
1. Drink Responsibly
Alcohol is a guilty pleasure on New Year's Eve, whether it be the champagne toast at midnight or the vodka shots to celebrate the New Year. Remember to always drink responsibly. This means try to keep track of how many drinks you have so as no to overdue it. Don't mix too many different kinds of liquors. Tequila shot with a Jack Daniel's chaser... no thank you. And never leave your drinking down somewhere unattended. We like to see the best in people- but let's face it, there are still sketchy people out there. They say the creeps come out at night- especially New Year's Eve night.
We've had a chance to catch up with quite a few of the headliners at this year's AMC 34's Best NYE Comedy Festival but so far, no where have we seen the curious combination of a restaurateur and a comic. Colombian funny man, Alex Carabaño is that cat who's balancing two different worlds. He initially entered the restaurant scene in 2006 when his brother Danny had the vision for V-Spot, the culmination of their cultural background with clean, vegan flavors.
While the Carabaño brothers successfully kicked off their culinary dream, Alex still had his heart set on comedy. In 2010, he set out to the mics and started making YouTube videos. As a one-man show with no agent or manager, Alex's talents and skills shone bright enough to get him on television; winning $1000 on BET’s season 2 of “Apollo Live” by performing a brief stand up comedy set, POPCORN FLIX (Live @ New York Comedy Club original series) performing a 10-minute uncensored stand up comedy set, and CBS’ series premiere of the reality show “The Job," to mention a few. Most popular for his role as "El Chefe" in his original YouTube webseries, "Pot & Pans - Pothead Cooking Show," Alex Carabaño has many more facets, characters and accents to his skill-set!
Hailing from a very small town in Maine (just 800 people), Emma Willmann moved to Boston to begin her stand-up journey, briging along her say-it-like-it-is comedic style, warm persona and an unmistakable edge. After establishing herself on the scene in New England, the roads led to New York City and here she's now with an impressive amount of feathers in her funny hat: headlining her own show at Carolines on Broadway, a familiar name in NYC's stand-up scene, appearing on national TV with AxisTV's Live at Gotham, Deadly Affairs and True Crime, being placed on the cover of TimeOutNY as one of the top 10 female comics in NYC and finally, (phew!), bringing in the New Year with fellow comics at AMC 34th Street at the Best NYE Comedy Festival.
Hailing from the big apple is the hilarious Naomi Ekperigin. We give her mad props for not letting anything (or anyone) get in her way from her true happiness. Growing up in Harlem and attending a private Upper East Side school has helped shape her life and career. She has become an expert at being able to make fun of any awkward or embarrassing situation, which everyone can relate to. We are so excited for Naomi to perform at our upcoming Best NYE Comedy Festival at AMC 34th Street. We had the pleasure of getting to know Naomi a little better and got to ask her a few questions about herself and what she has in store for our NYE party this year! See below:
What happens when a Psychology grad student branches out into stand-up comedy? We found out when we got to chat with Gibran Saleem. Born in North Carolina and raised in Virginia, Gibran first made his move to NYC for grad school. Soon, he found himself in front of a crowd of people laughing with him and now he's featured on MTV Iggy, Popcorn Flix, a stand-up television debut on Gotham Comedy Live for AXSTV, he's headlined at New York Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy festival, Out of Bounds Festival (Austin, TX), Hoboken Comedy Festival, a webseries and, of course, he'll be bringing 2015 with thousands of people at this year's NYC Best Comedy Festival NYE at 34th Street!
Deciding what to do for New Years is really all a matter of preference. Everybody has that one friend who never goes out because they either spend it at home with their family, or have a bedtime of about 10pm no matter the occasion, and then they have those other friends who won't settle for anything less than a luxury rooftop with a view, even though it's the dead of winter and ain't nobody got time to be basking in bottle service after Christmas shopping. For those of you stuck somewhere in the middle between these two extremes, specifically the ones who want to enjoy the music just as much as the atmosphere, Joonbug.com has got your New Years Eve party solutions right here. You see, we are bringing you the hottest DJs at the hottest venues in your city.
As the host of Lust for Life and Get in the Ring, A Guns & Roses Appreciation Podcast, James Mattern has spent a lot of time speaking to as many interesting people as he can. But now, the tables are turned as the comedian opens up to Joonbug.com, giving us the deets on things from his appropriate rock and roll references to the most effective remedy for a sore throat. James has life advice to share, and an exciting plan for the future.