So it looks like the Level3 boys are stuck in France a little longer. Poor them. But no matter, Dilly, Dilly is rocking those libraries without them! Here are some pix from the Chicopee, MA event. So glad I’m going to the gig in Hampton! (Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, NH – Monday, 7/23 6:30pm).
Chicopee girls in the Pea Pod. (That’s a lot of peas!)
Dilly, Dilly – on banjo.
Slow down, ladies!
Dilly’s set list.
Oh, and in case you missed this little bit of awesomeness.
To celebrate, Level3′s inclusion in REUNITED, Simon & Schuster is sending them on a tour of libraries (!!) from Boston to Austin this summer, with the awesome indie girl rocker, Dilly Dillyas their opening act. Follow the tour by textingreunitedto 25827! Stay on Level3′s text list until 9/1/12 and they’ll draw a single name to win a $50 TicketMaster Gift Card!
Maybe you’re kicking’ it old-school, locked in a decades-long feud with your BFF over the various merits of the Backstreet Boys versus NKOTB.
Either way, it’s time to let your opinion be heard! And if you’re lucky, you may even walk away with some prizes!
Just type the name of your favorite boy band in the comments section of this post and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $10 iTunes gift card plus a copy of the ultimate fan-girl novel, REUNITED.
Big TIme Rush
NKOTB (the band formerly known as New Kids on the Block). Just like when Kentucky Fried Chicken started calling itself KFC.
Contest ends Friday July 6th. Open to U.S. residents only. And enter the poll, too! But you must leave a comment if you want to win the prizes!
In just one month from today, REUNITED hits the shelves! So, in celebration of the final countdown, I’m offering four straight weeks of giveaways, either with a music theme, a road trip theme, or both!
“The Pea Pod” – the ’76 V.W. camper van in REUNITED.
Level3, jammin’ at rehearsal.
Since Level3′s reunion show is the thing that motivates Alice, Summer, and Tiernan (ex-best friends) to hop into a van together and drive 2,000 miles cross-country, this week’s contest takes place on Level3′s website. All you need to do is head on over to Level3theband.com and answer this question in the COMMENTS SECTION (of their blog or mine): If you were on a road trip, what band would provide your soundtrack?
One winner (selected at random) will receive their very own REUNITED T-SHIRT, available in your custom size, plus signed REUNITED bookmarks and a Road-Trip Mix CD. Two runners up will also win signed REUNITED bookmarks and a Road-Trip Mix CD.
The J. Geils Freeze Frame may have been my first album, followed closely by Rick Springfield’s timeless masterpiece, Working Class Dog, but Young Turks by Rod Stewart was the first song to completely rock my world.
It was the video on MTV that first got me hooked—Billy and Patti, two teenage lovers running away together through the gritty urban streets, followed closely by a troupe of their own personal back-up dancers. What 11-year-old girl doesn’t have that romantic fantasy? And let’s be honest—if there was a way to work back-up dancers into my present day-to-day life, I’d be all for it.
So moved was I by the Young Turks video that I was compelled to scrawl the words “Young Turks” in giant letters on the street outside my house with a stick of caulking putty I’d found in the garage. When I left for college seven years later, it still hadn’t faded.
Young hearts, be free tonight. Time is on your side.
Maybe the reason I loved Young Turks so intensely is because tweens feel everything intensely. Or maybe nothing can ever really compare to that very first time a song grabs you by the soul, even if that song culminates with Patti giving birth to “a ten pound baby boy.” Ouch.
In addition to being a writer, I can now proudly call myself the producer of a boy band. They’re called Level3, and yesterday, I spent ten hours in the studio helping them record their new hit single “Heyday.” So, you might want to watch your backs 30 Seconds to Mars.
Cuter than the Jonas Brothers, more soulful than Big Time Rush, Level3 seriously rocks. And there’s no doubt in my mind that this adorable pop trio would be sweeping the charts if it weren’t for this one minor problem.
Like the premise of a bad Hollywood movie, the rock band in my book Reunited has come to life! Of course, this would not have been possible without the AMAZING talents of some actual musicians—Brian Therriault, David Minehan (of the Neighborhoods—holy crap!), Dave Westner, and Emmanuel Ording. Truth be told, I just sat on the couch and tapped my foot a lot.
So here is the real boy band. (Do not attempt to adjust your computer monitors.)
These promising young upstarts might just be the next big thing.
“Heyday” still needs to be mixed, but will be available as a free download closer to Reunited’s release date—June 12, 2012. “LIKE” me on Facebook if you want to stay in the loop. And a single of Level3’s “Parade” is also in the works!
And on a personal note, it’s really a shame I don’t have a musical bone in my body because getting to be a part of a rock song coming together was SO MUCH FREAKING FUN!!!