As a self-proclaimed fangirl one of my favorite things in the world is getting to see the objects of my affection in the flesh. Since there aren't a whole lot of celebs just walking around my little corner of the world, this means I spend a lot of time at concerts and small shows.
Below are five TV stars (of various popularity) who have shifted their focus to music, and who I've had the unique experience of seeing live. (Stay tuned til the end -- the last one's a doozy!)
Just two days ago at Portland House of Music I had the extremely confusing and time-warping experience of seeing Drake Bell in "concert." A few friends of mine grabbed tickets and I wasn't about to miss a chance to travel back in time to my childhood Nikelodeon days. I had no idea what I was getting into.
Having previously had no freaking idea that Drake Bell even made music I had no inclination as to what kind of show he was going to put on. THEN my friend shared his most recent release with me, a song called Rewind... and the music video which was basically porn. Coupled with the conspiracies I've heard floating around about Mr. DB possibly leaking his own nudes... I was expecting something a little graphic/R&B/intense, if a little laughable.
Well. That is not what happened.
The kid (I say kid because that's what he is in my head despite the fact that he's 32) came out on stage in a red and blue striped polo looking every bit like the Drake we know and love from Drake & Josh. Not only did he look like strange man child with his greasy hair side-parted, but he also stood on stage with nothing and no one else besides his trusty acoustic guitar. Yes, an acoustic guitar.
He proceeded to play 45 minutes of strange sappy folk-y acoustic songs, ended with an encore of the Drake & Josh theme song, and never played nor mentioned Rewind or the fact that he's apparently making two very drastically different types of music.
I don't want to be so harsh as to call him a washed-up child star, but... it wasn't a pretty sight. 10/10 for entertainment value, but that's more due to the disbelief of what we were seeing than the quality of the show.
Honorary Mention: The opener for Drake Bell was Kira Kosarin who apparently also got her start on Nikelodeon much more recently on a show called The Thundermans (never seen it). She's obviously very, very fresh to the scene but low key was a better time. She's young but gives off heavy wannabe-Jojo vibes. I don't hate it.
Speaking of Jojo -- I saw last year at Port City Music Hall, and although she's clearly been recognized far more for being a musician than an actress, I still think she counts. I mean -- Aquamarine and RV are some pretty stellar films, no? Just being in the presence of someone who's been in the presence of Robin Williams is pretty amazing in my book.
She's a complete badass and supremely talented artist and it was one hell of a show she put on. I can't say that I remember every detail because girlfriend is short as hell and so am I, so my view from the back of the venue was not stellar. (Not to mention the few beverages I had...)
Nevertheless I had a fantastic time and I love Jojo's music and all the positive feminine energy she puts out into the world. Queen. QUEEN.
I know, I know. Rick Springfield was a musician way, way before he ever stepped foot in front of a camera. He probably came out of the womb strumming a guitar. HOWEVER, our 80s heartthrob did spend a little bit of time on the small screen -- playing Dr. Drake Sr. on the soap opera General Hospital.
The concert was a time, let me tell you. It was an acoustic set. The audience was compiled of housewives and stay-at-home-moms with an average age of 54, and the set was peppered with long winded stories of yesteryear. There was a slideshow of old photos playing in the background. When he came down into the audience, we were almost trampled by some hot and bothered older ladies. It was a time. It was awesome.
Okay - some might say that Aaron Carter does not count as an actor in any way shape or form. You'd say he's a musician. I'd agree. But he did appear on one very specific television episode that's extremely important to me: the "I Want Candy" episode of Lizzie McGuire
This is all to say, that when I landed at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston in 2016 not only was I excited to see the grown up hot man version of Aaron take his clothes off (youtube videos of his sets prepared me for this inevitability), but I also wanted to see the real life version of the boy I once loved. I was not disappointed.
His shirt did come off. There were two female backup dancers. There was a lot of autotune and some long sad stories. There was a photo taken of the crowd in which I absolutely hid behind my friend so as not to be visible among the 30 other people in the room. I saw Aaron-freaking-Carter.
I went to a Pizza Underground show and to this day it was one of the most unique experience I've ever had. (Also MC walked by me and literally brushed up against my arm and I actually died.) The songs were about pizza. They were giving out actual slices of pizza. The band had some actual instruments made out of trash. The drummer was dressed as Anchovy Warhol. There was a slideshow of cats in the background.
Macaulay Culkin is one of the most peculiar and fascinating people ever seen and I will not ever forget the bizzare and weird and strange and awesome night of the PIzza Underground show. And I will continue to watch Home Alone 2 every winter of my life and will love both versions of this boy/man/child/human.
There you have it - five stars who've hit the stage in my little corner of the universe!
This post is all about those ladies of television that we know and love and who had to suffer through the epidemic of the late 90s/early 00s "mom" haircut...
These women are hot. They're smokin'. They carry guns. They're moms, they're cops, they slay the boys... SO WHY WERE THEY TORTURED WITH THE EPITOME OF THE 'CAN I SPEAK TO A MANAGER' HAIRSTYLE? Don't get me wrong, I am not passing judgement of the beauty of these actresses or their characters, I just think maybe someone should have put the scissors down.
Let's take a look at some of the most recognizable offenders...
olivia benson - Law & Order SVU
The queen. The legend. Olivia mother-freakin' Benson. She's graced our screens on SVU for nearly 20 years now and she's killed every single second of it. It's no shock that she's had a litany of hairstyles of various lengths in that amount of time - including a striking pixie cut that she pulled off surprisingly well. But alas, Olivia is one of the most memorable wearers of the "mom" haircut. I blame it more on the decade than a true fashion faux pas -- I mean we can't hold 1999 against her -- but it's still fun to look back on the shaggy bob when we're now so used to seeing her long stylish locks.
KATE BECKETT - CASTLE
TARA KNOWLES - SONS OF ANARCHY
Understandably, the hands behind the curtain were trying to soften her character up per the storyline, but it bothered me that they had to give her kind of an awful (sorry!) haircut to literally make her seem more like a "mom." This one can't be blamed on the time period and that's the true tragedy.
DEBRA BARONE - EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
An oldie, but a goodie. Everybody Loves Raymond was a staple on the screen of my childhood. Ray's wife Debra was one of those classic sitcom moms that lives in your living room and feels like your neighbor. And she looked the part from day one. She wore the cut just like all the other ladies of the 90s who jumped on the style bandwagon, but thankfully add inches to her look as the years went on.
MONICA GELLER - FRIENDS
There some truly classic looks throughout the whole series of Friends, without a doubt. But Monica truly embodied the spirit of the "mom" cut -- in look, in personality, in spirit. She. is. the. mom. cut. It fits, it works, it's true. The epitome of early 90s fashion, and she pulls it off. Dang if I don't love her long hair, but If there is one badass woman I can forgive for this bad hair, it's this lady right here.
So there you have it -- a collage of some pretty cool chicks who all rocked the same questionable look at some point in time. There's no judgement or harm meant here, these are all beautiful women and talented actresses, all jibes in good fun!