Record Store Crawl – Information and Schedule


I’ve heard and participated in Pub Crawls in San Francisco but never a Record Store Crawl. SSAAAAYYY WHHAAATT?! Participants will be escorted by bus to some of each city’s best record stores with performances from various artists along the way, awesome right?!

I am all over this event since have a small Vinyl collection and it’s in AUSTIN. Cities that are participating in the Record Store Crawl as of today are: LA, Austin, Nashville, NYC, Chicago, Washington DC, and Portland. Each city will have different indi performers and here is the list thus far: Nico Yaryan, Big Jesus, Sammy Brue, Charlie Worsham, Heliotropes, Sleep On It, Good Old War and more to perform. Tickets for each cities are between $29.95 to $59.95 and can be purchased here.

The Record Store Crawl experience includes the below:

  • Seat on the Record Store Crawl bus
  • Open bar and private tour at the Gibson Showroom
  • Open bar (select beers and wells) and lunch included at Opal Divine’s
  • Giveaways including test pressings, signed vinyl, Gibson Epiphone guitar, Led Zeppelin LPs, David Bowie swag, Gary Clark Jr. LPs and more
  • Gift bag including a mystery vinyl LP, limited edition Cyndi Lauper 7 inch single and other limited items
  • Antone’s Nightclub Austin After Crawl Happy Hour with Miss Lavelle White! 50% off cover 10% discount on Antone’s Merchandise!
  • KIND Snacks throughout the day
  • Limited edition Sturgill Simpson tote bag
  • 10% off Waterloo Records
  • 10% off at End of An Ear
  • 10% off at Antone’s Records
  • Online code for 15% off U-Turn Audio turntables
  • 10% off at Breakaway Records.

Below are the dates for the Record Store Crawl currently:

7/23 – Los Angeles, CA, performance by Nico Yaryan (Partisan Records)

7/24 – Austin, TX, TBD performance

7/30 – Nashville, TN, performance by Big Jesus (Mascot Records), Sammy Brue (New West Records), and Charlie Worsham (Warner Music Nashville)

7/30 – New York, NY, performance by Heliotropes (The End Records)

8/6 – Chicago, IL, performance by Sleep On It (unsigned)

8/6 – Washington, D.C., performance by Good Old War (Nettwerk Records)

8/13 – Portland, OR, TBD performance

I am hoping to attend the Austin Record Store Crawl and if so I will be as usual tweeting on @nrpena, @cutegeek, and @hitechchic during the event. Should be awesome since Austin is the Live Music Capital, can’t wait!

Austin Crawl


Of the Record

Nashville, TN — June 22, 2016 — Off the Record, an exclusive fashion and music event, is set to return to Nashville on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at The Factory at Franklin. Off The Record showcases collections from well-known, international designers and performances from top musicians.

Last year’s event featured a world-class runway set production, a high energy fashion show featuring collections from designers including Gucci, KaufmanFranco, John Varvatos, Johnathan Kayne and Amanda Valentine with professional models and stylists from around the country. The evening also included musical performances by artists The Cadillac Three, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Phil Vassar and Tommy Shaw of Styx.

“The response from last year’s event was phenomenal,” said event producer and President of Neste Event Marketing, Gil Cunningham. “We are thrilled to continue building on this excitement. No one else is doing an event like this, and it makes perfect sense to have it originate in Nashville.”

This exclusive event will begin with a Cocktail Reception with red carpet arrivals, special musical performances and an intimate viewing of the designers’ fashion lines prior to the Fashion Show.

The 2016 lineup of designers and performances will be announced in the months ahead.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on August 8th with packages ranging from $300 to $1,000 to include the Cocktail Reception and Fashion Show. A few sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit for details, sponsorship opportunities and ticket information.

The Off the Record 2016 team includes:

Executive Producers: Gil Cunningham, Liz Cunningham (Neste Event Marketing) and Paul Jankowski (New Heartland Group)

Fashion Director: Christiev Alphin (Everything Visual, LLC)

Creative Director/ Fashion Show Producer: David Fischette (Go West Creative)

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Review: Celeste Prayer Bowl

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When I was diagnosed with Pan Ulcerative Colitis (UC) I relied on myself will, friends and family prayers or well wishes for support. It was because of all of them I persevered. There were days I was in so much pain all I could think is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).” Though I seldom go to church since I travel allot I do pray for all of my loved ones health or strength through good and hard times.

Recently I’ve been undergoing another UC attack and major chest/ lung issues which truthfully has been exhausting. I got the Celeste Bowl prayer bowl in the mail randomly. I’m not sure who sent it but I THANK YOU; my eyes watered of appreciation and thoughtfulness. I had never heard of a prayer bowl before so I had to look into what it all meant.

Prayer Bowl

The creator, Karen Berry, of this unique prayer bowl had a similar situation and created this beautiful bowls to pray for your loved ones or anyone else that needs a prayer. The one I received was the “Celeste Bowl” it has a intricate cross in the middle five hand-applied Swarovski Crystals, gold-scalloped edges, and around the edge it read Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfast in prayer” scrolls around the delicate edges of the prayer bowl including bundle of Prayer Cards is included.Pray

The purpose of the prayer bowl is each day you put who you pray for and at the end of the day all prayer requested are prayed for.  When anyone in my family sick or down on their luck we pray and it gives me some peace and serenity during a difficult time. It’s a great reminder to help or pray for those daily. The Prayer Bowl also has an app that you can use if you are out traveling and have a prayer request or if you want to pray for a loved one from afar.

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My first prayer request was for the family and friends who were impacted by the Orlando shooting.

My second is for those suffering with Crohn’s or Colitis and to give them strength and DON’T GIVE UP. Where’s there is a will there is a way.

Below is the creator, Karen Berry, and story of her Prayer Bowls. Such an amazing lady! If you are interested in her prayer bowls click here; they are absolutely beautiful and reminds you to think of and pray for others.

“I am a believer in the power of prayer. A few years ago I was extremely sick. Family, friends, and even strangers lifted me up to God in prayer as I went through many surgeries, procedures and treatments.

One day, I was again amazed by Christ showing His love through others: a woman named Angie whom I had never met before told me that she had prayed daily for me for a year. She went on to share that she kept a prayer bowl, and each day, she’d ask the Lord’s blessing on the people who were in need at that time. I loved the idea so much that I quickly decided to create a distinctive prayer bowl for myself and a few others, and with that, Prayer Bowls were born.

So many times we hear of a prayer request at church, Bible study, or even through email, and we pray for, lift up those friends in need to the Lord.”

Ironically I’m not in remission with my Pan Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and this just happened to show up at my front door step and a blessing in disguise. Sometimes when you are ill focusing on helping others provides serenity to an otherwise rough time.

Thank you Karen Berry and whomever sent me this prayer bowl. Its gifts like these to remind us to fight, pray, and help others.

E3 2016: The Quiet Before the Storm

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Today I leave to LA for E3 for 2 full days of gaming and entertainment fun. I’m enjoying the quiet before the E3 storm but excited to check out all the new technology. During the show I will be tweeting on @nrpena, @cutegeek, and @hitechchic. I will also be (or hope to at least) loading videos to the cutegeek youtube channel and my youtube channel. Lastly I will post on my facebook page as well so all of you can hear about all the cool new games and technology at E3 on any of my social media platforms.

HTC MMy plan of attack is to spend half my time at the convention center and the other half  outside the convention center at events, press conferences and lounges. I’ll also be in and out of the media room so if you’re press and see me come by and chat. I love chatting with my peers because we all have a different point of view on events and new technology.

I will also be wearing a Where’s Waldo costume on the 14th so if you see me come say hi! Also while supplies last I will handing out HtC fake tattoos to support our first year at E3 since our September launch (Note: I only have 30 left).

Here is a before the show video of E3 2016 to get all you guys hyped up for tomorrow! Enjoy and see you gaming geeks in LA!


United State of Women Summit

The United State of Women Profile Pledge (1)As a Latina in the great world of technology I’m always intrigued with my fellow ladies making accolades in the industry. While covering SXSW I had the unique opportunity to attend the Michelle Obama keynote. The focus was women in technology and how we can progress in an industry that is mostly ran by men. During Michelle’s panel she informed the country we not only have 62 Million females throughout the world underfunded but also of her Let Girls Learn Program that will help and educate women and children internationally.

After that keynote I did some time looking into women in the technology work force statistics and my research proved my point. The percentage rate of Latinas in the technology work force as of 2015 is 1% nationally. My jaw dropped; my abuela worked hard to prove women can do anything a man can do and yet we have not been heard or appreciated for all our accomplishments. The below chart informs us ladies in technology the statistics of where we stand in the eyes of the public and how we need to grow to make a difference.


For the first time ever the White House will host the United State of Women Summit that will take place on June 14th in Washington D.C. I’m thrilled that the government is taking so much time and value the female prospective. The summit will bring together leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss issues impacting women and girls, including educational opportunity, leadership, visibility, entrepreneurship and innovation.

The latest addition to the  United State of Women Summit attendees is fellow Latina, Gaby Natale (the two-time Daytime EMMY winning journalist that was featured in Forbes Women). Also known for the Forbes Woman’s article “Why SuperLatina’s Gaby Natale Wants Latinas To Know That Their Voices Matters” which  narrates Natale’s journey as an immigrant entrepreneur and explains why she wants every Hispanic women to unlearn “calladita te ves mas bonita,” a common saying in the Latino community that roughly translates to “you look prettier with your mouth shut.”


Today I pledged for the  United State of Women Summit and every lady should; we are strong, beautiful and smart. Let’s set the example for our youth and make sure women are acknowledge for our accomplishments.  To pledge click here.



Admittedly Rockband is still my favorite game to play. Glad to hear they will have a partnership till 2027. See Press Release below and keep on rockin’ and rollin’ and what not!

BOSTON, MA, June 3, 2016 – Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. today announced the extension of their agreement with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) to have the brand’s iconic instruments featured in its popular music video game series Rock Band until 2027.  One of the most respected brands in music, Fender® guitars, basses and amps have been an integral component of the Rock Band franchise since its inception in 2007 and this agreement ensures players can enjoy that same level of realism and authenticity for another decade of interactive play.

Rock Band is all about living out your rock n’ roll fantasies, on stage, under the lights, in front of a crowd,” said Steve Janiak, Harmonix CEO. “For decades, Fender’s iconic designs and signature sound have made them the guitar and amp of choice for many of rock’s greatest stars. Naturally Fender has also been the guitar of choice for many of Rock Band’s aspiring rock stars dating back to the series’ introduction in 2007. I’m thrilled that they’ll continue to be a part of Rock Band well into our next decade.”

Adds Mark Van Vleet, CLO & SVP Business Development of FMIC: “We are pleased to continue our successful relationship with Harmonix. Harmonix continues to impress us with their attention to detail and precision in faithfully recreating our classic instruments.   The experience they create of being a rock star ensures their global audience feels the passion and excitement of being in a band when they strap on a Rock Band guitar or bass.”

Following last year’s launch of Rock Band 4, Harmonix has worked closely with the Rock Band community to bring new features and content to the game.  Most recently, Harmonix announced a Rock Band 4 Expansion Pack coming this fall, which includes highly anticipated features like synchronous online multiplayer, at the sold-out PAX East expo, one of the largest consumer lifestyle shows in the U.S.

Fans interested in being notified when new Rock Band products are available for pre-order can sign up at

About Rock Band
Called “the new benchmark for rhythm gaming” by GamesRadar+, Rock Band 4 delivers the ecstatic rush of a live full-band game experience like never before. Rock Band 4 builds on the core gameplay people love, with brand new features, including game-changing Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay that allows players to craft their own face-melting and truly original guitar solos.

Last December, Oculus and Harmonix announced Rock Band VR, a completely new music simulation experience coming exclusively to the Oculus Rift later this year.

For more information on Rock Band and to stay up to date with the latest news and announcements, head over to the Rock Band 4 blog or follow @RockBand on Twitter for updates.

About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Boston, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented video games. Harmonix was founded to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and has pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information, please visit