May 1, 2014
Taking Back Sunday – “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)”
Story: One of the best experiences of my life was getting to travel with a large group of my friends from Tampa to New York City/New Jersey for Bamboozle/Hoodwinked in May of 2009. We were working the Fueled by Ramen and Paramore merchandise tents for the three-day event and it certainly had it’s highs and lows… but by far my favorite memory came during Taking Back Sunday’s set. Our tents were in the area of the MainStage so we had prime viewing from behind the crowd from our tents–and we didn’t even have to move! I don’t know if it was because we were so tired and hungry but dancing in circles around our tent and screaming out the lyrics uncontrollably are responsible for this gem of a memory. Sitting here now and thinking about to it, I wish I could relive it over and over and over again. We were soaked from the rain and still found the joy that music brings. I didn’t expect that one year later our office would close and my dream of working in the music industry would come to a crashing stop.