Open Chord hosts first Spins event featuring Glass Animal’s “How To Be A Human Being”

The Open Chord venue typically hosts live performances, but they shook things up a bit with their first listening party featuring Glass Animal’s newest record, How To Be A Human Being.

Titled The Spins, this get together actually took place in multiple venues across the United States, with this being the first time Open Chord participated. It’s presented by Vinyl Me, Please, an online record club that delivers exclusive pressings of one vinyl record every month to its subscribers.

One of the largest things praised throughout the night, apart from Glass Animal’s album, was the atmosphere. Dim lights, pulsating music, a bustling bar and humming conversations filled the premises.

“It’s all about the atmosphere,” said Alec Cunningham, one of the event organizers.

The admiration for the atmosphere continued with the customers as Jay Adams, a New Hampshire-native that was just passing through Knoxville said, “It’s a fun environment. There’s a nice mixture of good drinks and great music.”

Since the event happens across multiple locations, the venues are encouraged to put their own spin on how things are handled. Open Chord did so by supplying a giveaway after the album was completed. Multiple t-shirts, vinyls and tickets to future Open Chord events were given away to patrons that purchased a drink or food from the bar.

While the vinyls are provided from Vinyl Me, Please, the tickets and t-shirts are all given away by Open Chord.

On top of that, there was a specific drink crafted for the occasion called “Pork Soda.” The drink is named after one of the more popular songs off of their album, How To Be A Human Being, and features tequila and pineapple juice as the main ingredients. Garnished on top is a jalapeno, with a red chile pepper rim.

Local band, Hazelperformed a full one hour set after the Glass Animals album concluded.

“It’s cool to listen at home, but it’s cooler to listen when you have people around that are also experiencing it for the first time or even hearing it for the tenth time,” said Cunningham.

The Spins at Open Chord is a monthly event that occurs on the second Thursday of every month. It’s open to all ages and free to attend.

Featured Image by Jay Malone

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Maroon 5 thanks fans for support during concert at Thompson-Boling Arena

On Wednesday, Maroon 5 proved that their impressive 15-year career is thanks to their loyal fans.

Front man Adam Levine, melted the hearts of everyone in Thompson -Boling Arena as he expressed his thanks to the fans.

“We wouldn’t be able to do what we love every single day if it wasn’t for each and every one of you, so thank you”.

With five studio albums, two Grammy nominations, and a Grammy win, Maroon 5 has plenty to be thankful for.

This concert was a family event as mother-daughter pair, Millie and Kara Lovett, demonstrated.

“This is my first concert, so I’m just excited for everything,” said nine-year-old Millie, who has grown up listening to Maroon 5. 

Her mom has been a fan from the very beginning: “I saw Maroon 5 12 years ago when the opened for John Mayer.”

R City and Tove Lo opened for the band. R-City flexed their immense songwriting record, playing some of the most popular songs they have written including: “Pour It Up,” “We Can’t Stop” and “Only”. The brother duo also brought their father, who was celebrating his 59 birthday, out on stage for their smash hit “Locked Away”. Tove Lo followed, playing several new songs, but also some of her most famous tracks including “Talking Body,” “Cool Girl” and “Habits (Stay High).”

Maroon 5’s show featured a long, catwalk stage which as the band stated, “allowed everyone at the show to receive a different perspective”. The show featured an acoustic portion where the band made their way to the end of the catwalk, allowing everyone an up-close and personal experience. The band appealed to longtime fans with classics like “She Will Be Loved,” “Harder to Breathe” and “Sunday Morning,” yet also appealed to new fans with “Sugar,” “Moves Like Jagger” and “Animals,”

As Behati Prinsloo, Adam Levine’s wife, will soon give birth to their first child, Maroon 5 will surely continue be a family event for years to come.

For more information on Maroon 5 and more tour dates check out their website.

Featured Image by Gabrielle Harman

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo