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Amanda Ivarra is a graduate of Texas A&M University. After graduating with a degree in Health, she moved to Austin and started working for a national non-profit organization. She spent 5 years coordinating community events and programs. After leaving the organization, she started to focus on her creative pursuits. Currently, she is working on developing her own jewelry line. Writing has always been a hobby for Amanda. For most of her life, she’s kept journals. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to take her writing public and began blogging and guest blogging. The one thing this girl can’t live without is music. Not really one to sing or play an instrument, she just loves music. Perhaps, it’s the songwriting that she admires so much or a good beat that she can dance to. Whether she’s attending a concert with friends, hanging out with the guys watching sports, volunteering in the community, hiking or visiting the newest places in town, Amanda lives to enjoy life. But, nothing brings more joy to her than being able to make someone smile or laugh!

Recap: An Open Book: An Evening With Justin Furstenfeld Of Blue October

In an intimate setting, Justin Furstenfeld gave a very personal performance.  Among hundreds of loyal fans, the frontman for the Platinum-selling rock band Blue October opened up about his painfully honest music, personal struggles and emotional healing.

Justin Furstenfeld (Photo Credit: Zayra Alvarez)

Justin Furstenfeld (Photo Credit: Zayra Alvarez)

“An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” was held at The Paramount Theatre on Friday, April 19, 2013.  The solo/acoustic performance supported the release of his recent publication “Crazy Making,” the expanded third edition of Furstenfeld’s book of lyrics, hand-written notes and personal photographs.

The book provides personal insight into Furstenfeld’s creative thought process, but the show provided an unforgettable opportunity for fans to take that journey with him.  As Furstenfeld took the stage, I realized his purpose for this show was two-fold and deeply personal.  Playing for his fans is a love that comes from the bottom of his heart, but this tour is also part of his healing process.

In the recent year, Furstenfeld’s personal journey, which has always been present in his music, has altered into a spiritual one.  From an early age, Furstenfeld poured his emotions into his music and lyrics, writing intimately about his personal struggles and self-destruction.  His honesty and passion are what make him one of the most talented and complex singer/songwriters of today.  It’s also what links him to thousands of fans who struggle with similar personal challenges.  But Furstenfeld’s outlook on life is changing.  No longer feeding his personal demons with drugs and alcohol, he chooses to be faithful, positive and grateful for God’s blessings.  He acknowledges his character defects and fights them by continuing to grow spiritually.

Blue October (Photo Credit: Blue October)

Blue October (Photo Credit: Blue October)

For a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, he receives much love in return.  He is adored by his fans.  They have been a part of his musical career since the beginning and now they offer support and encouragement in his personal journey.  As Furstenfeld continues to move forward in life, he encourages his fans to do so, too.

“An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” begins its second leg of the national tour in May.  The show includes spoken word, a Q&A session and acoustic versions of Blue October hits like “Calling You,” “Hate Me,” “Into The Ocean,” “The Worry List” and more.  The acoustic versions are just as prevailing as their recorded versions.  Furstenfeld possesses this remarkable voice where an incredible amount of emotion carries every note he sings.

  • May, 1 – City Winery in New York, NY
  • May 2 – The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA
  • May 3 – The Hamilton in Washington, DC
  • May 4 – TLA in Philadelphia, PA
  • May 5 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern in Cleveland, OH
  • May 7- 8 – Mayne Stage in Chicago, IL
  • May 9 – The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
  • May 13 – 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
  • May 14 – Center Stage in Atlanta, GA
  • May 15 – 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN
  • May 16 – Juanita’s Cantina in Little Rock, AR

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