Chelsea’s Live Hosts Perfect Alternative Valentine’s Day Weekend Event With Eerie ‘Emo Prom’ | Entertainment
All you need to fit in at an emo ball is smudged eyeliner, gauged ears, a tuxedo t-shirt, messy dyed hair, fishnet stockings, black lipstick, a pair of Chuck Taylors and parents who just don’t understand it’s not a phase.
Chelsea’s Live hosted its first episode of “Emo Prom” on Friday night, featuring local New Orleans band Paris Avenue, DJ Dan Lion and Emo Night Baton Rouge founder Garret Anthony Saia. The very definition of Valentine’s Day weekend alternate plans, Emo Prom Night, was the best way to be sad and anxious with someone special.
The event was a second chance for many to succeed in their teenage years. While wearing a long black dress and a spiked choker, Loujuanda Weary opened up about her experience growing up in Louisiana, feeling she couldn’t fully express herself in the traditional environment of the rather straight south.
“Once I got the confidence, I pretty much wanted to do everything I couldn’t do as a teenager,” Weary said. “It’s liberating.”
Weary’s friend Alex Alvarado, dressed in a black and white corset with black mesh gloves, agreed that Emo Prom Night was a fantastic way to embrace alternative emo culture in a way she wouldn’t. had never been able to before. Dressing what you want, piercing what you want, tattooing what you want and shouting what you want, no matter what other people might think, that’s what emo is all about.
“I couldn’t express myself as a kid, but now, as an adult, I can do whatever I want,” Alvarado said. “We have to distance ourselves from the social pressure of others; it’s suffocating.
The room was decorated with black and red balloons, many of which popped as emos banged their heads and stomped on the floor. Love was in the air as the Jack Skeleton-Corpse Bride-esque couple cried out to Panic! Songs from At The Disco, Paramore and Fall Out Boy.
Emo lover Cara Faulk wore a 50s-inspired pink dress with a striped shirt underneath. Faulk usually has to do extensive research to find emo events in Louisiana, with most of the emo concerts she’s attended being confined to New Orleans. When she heard about Emo Prom Night, she bought her pink dress for five bucks at Goodwill and drove an hour from Lafayette.
“I love the music, the clothes, and the self-expression,” Faulk said. “It’s so much fun. It’s so energetic; it’s way more fun than going to a regular club.
When Paris Avenue took the stage, they were dressed in brand-new tuxedos, pickup trucks, and of course, beloved smudged black eyeliner. Their onstage physique was electric and the audience went wild as they performed classic emo covers.
As the band’s frontman, Joseph Imbraguglio, began singing the song “Teenagers” from My Chemical Romance, you could feel the entire crowd unleashing the same amount of teenage angst you’d find at any prom. high school. The crowd was supercharged with 2000s nostalgic vibes, and no one was mad about it.
Although it may seem like emo has been on the wane since its peak of popularity in the early 2000s, Emo Prom Night sought to “make America emo again.” Although it may not be the early 2000s anymore, emo culture is still important to many people as a way to embrace and celebrate the angry and sad sides of themselves.
Alexis McNeel, a physics major at LSU, identified as emo and took part in the culture for nearly a decade. For them, emo was a form of expression and a form of community.
“It takes the lonely loners and brings them all together under one common thread,” McNeel said.