Farewell, Boston — Oh, Hello, San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Trail near Jack London Square in Oakland
Next to The San Francisco Bay Trail near Jack London Square in Oakland

In June I traveled across the country from Boston to San Francisco via Amtrak. It was an adventure. My plan was to interview for jobs, reconnect with friends and have a new job by August 1st.

On July 3rd I accepted an offer from HelloSign. On August 4th I start my new job as Content Marketing Manager. I’m excited about what comes next.  I’ve used their eSignature solution for my event photography work so I already knew about the product’s usefulness and awesomeness. And now I’ll be joining HelloSign’s team as the second marketing hire. Good times seem imminent.

I arrived in Oakland on July 30th and I’m staying at a place via Airbnb for the next 33 nights while I look for an apartment. Before I moved, there were a sea of goodbyes, cocktails and hugs. I arrived in Boston from Nebraska in 1994 “for the summer” when I was twenty-one and it remained my home for the next twenty years. I always thought I might want to move to the Bay Area and now it is apparently the time.

One thing I will certainly miss about Boston is the music community that I’ve been a part of as a fan and concert photographer.  Here’s a Spotify playlist featuring many of my favorite Boston bands I’ve gone out to see and photograph over the years throughout 1994-2014.

The list below does not show additions after I published this post. You’ll need to look at the playlist on Spotify to see the latest updates.

To be continued!

“Song for Sooz” debuts on YouTube by Dave Mirabella from The Rationales

A couple months ago I entered a “contest” to help the guys in The Rationales get the word out about their superb Boston band. At the end of the contest, five of us won a custom song written and performed by Dave Mirabella from The Rationales. Here’s the song that includes shoutouts for my projects Sooz TV and Exploit Boston!. Thanks, guys! :)

Become a fan of The Rationales on Facebook and follow the band on Twitter.

You can also watch the video on YouTube.

Music Video: Township’s Marc Pinansky solo at TT The Bear’s Place

Marc Pinansky (of Township) solo show at TT The Bear's Place

Marc Pinansky, singer and guitarist for Boston band Township, is exploring his mellower, singer-songwriter side with a collection of new songs that he tested out at TT The Bear’s Place last week.

I absolutely love Township. Their style of unabashed rock and roll is the real thing. But I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like to see Marc with just his voice, an acoustic guitar and a lot less volume. Chris Lay summed up the (very good) experience:

Marc added further evidence to my theory that inside every hard-driving neoclassic rocker is an acoustic balladeer struggling to get out, and also convinced me that that is a good thing.

Here’s the concert video I recorded for Sooz TV of Marc Pinansky singing “As A Child.” Who knew he was such a world class whistler, too!

Subscribe to Sooz TV on iTunes.

Download a free MP3 of “Rivers Suck” by Marc Pinansky at Boston Band Crush.

MixBoston – new social networking website in Boston

MixBoston (logo)

One of my new clients that I’m working with on marketing projects is Mix&Meet. They are a Boston start-up that offers a twist to the typical social networking website. They’ve launched their first site in Boston at www.MixBoston.com. The idea is simple (and pretty damn cool if you ask me!) — on a moment’s notice you can decide to go out and meet some new friends in Boston. The Mix Engine matches you up with a venue near your departure point and you can RSVP through the website or by sending a quick text message as your RSVP.

The mixers are small groups at spots around Boston. Right now mixers happen on Thursdays and Saturdays at 7PM and Sundays at 4PM. The Thursday night and Saturday night mixers take place at bars around the greater Boston area and the Sunday mixers are at cafes. You can also bring a friend to join you and they don’t need to sign-up through the website.

If you check out the site and sign-up, I’d be curious to hear what you think of it.

Also … If you’re interested in a freelance project contributing guest blog articles on Mix&Meet’s blog, let me know!