Never Shout Never at House of Blues Anaheim

Never Shout Never
Metro Station
Jule Vera
January 20, 2016
House of Blues, Anaheim


Never expected to see this band, but never say never (had to do it). Learned 5 hours before doors opened that I won an Instagram contest to see them. Being in the Santa Ana for work, it worked out perfectly in my schedule. After work I arrived around 8:00 pm missing the performances of both Waterparks and Jule Vera. I did however catch the last few minutes of Metro Station who gave an entertaining performance. Their performance of Shake It happened to be the most memorable of the entire night. The audience’s enthusiasm was the highest at that performance as everybody in the venue was pumped up. The lead singer’s charisma pumped up the crowd getting everybody moving around. Soon the band left the stage as laughter and chatter filled the area.

After sometime the main band of the night hit the stage. Unfortunately they did not catch my interest, but then again wasn’t expecting them to. The only time I remotely paid attention was when they did a cover song from The White Stripes. The audience was going crazy of the band but I couldn’t figure why. The lead singer throughout the band’s performance wore a grey hoodie which seemed so odd to me considering that it was hot inside. One interesting tibbit was that Yahoo! was streaming the whole performance on their website. The opening song Piggy Bank got the whole crowd excited, while for the second song California had everyone singing along. In between every song performance there was always a woman from the crowd yelling at the top of their lungs “I Love You!” The atmosphere turned somber with On The Brightside and Black Cat but kicked things up with Seven Army Nation. In the middle of the latter song a guy wearing the black cat mascot costume appeared on stage playing guitar. That was mildly amusing as it was totally unexpected.  For me the next few songs didn’t seem that memorable, sounded like typical pop rock songs. The corny jokes in between songs seemed too force to be funny at all. The next song that caught a bit of my interest was the cover of Imagine which was OK to say the most. During the middle of the performance of Sweet Perfection was when I decided to call it a night.

Never Shout Never Setlist
1. Piggy Bank
2. California
3. Trouble
4. On The Brightside
5. Black Cat
6. Seven Nation Army
7. Coffee and Cigarettes
8. Red Balloon
9. Imagine
10. Sweet Perfection
11. I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know
12. Ladybug
13. Lost At Sea
14. Time Travel

Metro Station Setlist
1. Control
2. She Likes Girls
3. Kelsey
4. Seventeen Forever
5. Love & Wat
6. Married in Vegas
7. Shake It
8. Getting Over You

Trivial Notes

  • 18th concert at the House of Blues, Anaheim.

Ozomatli, El Nuevo Conjunto Ola, and Manantial De Fuego at The Rose Pasadena

El Nuevo Conjunto Ola
Manantial De Fuego
April 1, 2016
The Rose Pasadena


The first opening band was Manantial De Fuego, a Rock en Español band from Hesperia. The band proved to be lively and expressed lots of passion in their performance. The infectious rhythms and upbeat dance tones got the audience dancing. The lead singer had a charismatic quality about him, when he started singing he owned that stage. The other band members contained that same passion as the lead singer and created a lively atmosphere. The band themselves seemed to be having a fun time on stage which made their performance that more enjoyable. It was clear that Ozomatli played a large influence on them as they have the same flare as them. Unfortunately the band performed a few songs before being asked to get off the stage. After performing what would be their last song the employee told them they had to get off stage as they were going to go over their allocated time. To the disappointment of the audience they left the stage. Favorite song from them was Layla, the catchiest and liveliest song that was performed.

20 minutes later the next band took the stage; El Nuevo Conjunto Ola. Seeing them preform a few months prior I knew what to expect from this cumbia cover band. Setting  up all the instruments quickly the band came on stage starting quickly. Regardless, the band gave yet another lively, energetic performance that proved to be eccentric. Their cumbia take on pop songs got the audience dancing, swaying as the night went on. During the second song one of the guitarists got off stage, walked around the audience to the excitement of everyone. The lead singer playfully bantered with the audience making jokes as well as getting the audience engaged by clapping to the beats. Outside the roped off area the shoppers along with passerby stopped to enjoy the free concert presented to them. On the right of the stage there was a two story restaurant with the guests on the second floor watching below the balcony. For a paid show that people spent good money on, there were more people enjoying it for free. The last performance saw the band members jumped into the crowd giving one last hurrah.

During the next half hour while the stage was being set for Ozomatli, the projection screen at the back of the stage turned on and displayed trivial facts of the band. As the facts flashed on the screen it soon transitioned to a video that had Antonio Villaraigosa, Gabriel Iglesias, Margaret Cho, among others who congratulated the band on their 21st anniversary. As the video ended the bands members made their way on stage to the excitement of everyone. The band members entered the stage one by one each at least wearing some type of black clothing. Like a firework explosion the bands performance started out with a boom! Justin Porée was first on stage getting the audience pumped up for what would be an hour of excitement. As the other members of the band took their turns singing lead on their amazing hits a tango couple appeared on stage. The man dressed all in white while the woman wore a beautiful yellow dress. The two of them danced, twirled, and tangoed behind the band not missing a beat. What could be said about the band that hasn’t been said before? They always have fun on stage, get everyone pumped up, and best of all get you dancing to the beat. For the next 80 minutes it was a nonstop Ozomatli party that I wish never stopped. The performances of Saturday Night and 45 are the ones that I look forward to at every concert. In addition to these songs being my favorite from Ozomatli’s catalog, can’t help but sing along and get lost in the groove. Towards the end the female tango dancer came on stage carrying a birthday cake that had HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY written in frosting. Should be noted that there was an Instagram contest with the winner having the opportunity to go on stage and jam with the band during their last song. Entered the contest but another individual won the contest instead. The winner and a female companion of his went on stage getting to play with them on stage. As the last song came to an end, the band members left the stage and joined the audience in the general admission area. I got one of the best views as the band got into a circle in front of me and jammed with us. Soon the band finished, but hanged around towards the merchandise table taking photos and signing autographs for the fans.

Trivial Notes

  • 1st concert at The Rose.
  • 3rd time seeing Ozomatli.
  • Took a picture with Wil-Dog Abers.
  • First tickets that I bought through Goldstars.
  • An hour before the doors opened I received an email stating that the location of the venue had changed to the Paseo Plaza located right outside.