Meet our newest fan spotlight of the week – Rebeca Fernandez!
Rebeca is a woman that goes by many names…Rebeca, Beca, Bex or Bexxhex as some of you Twitter users may know her by. But one thing is for sure, she is a huge 311 fan that loves seeing live music! Not just 311, but many other bands as well. Very rarely does a week go by that she doesn’t try to squeeze some sort of show in. Beca has seen 311 a total of 41 times in 10 different states (plus an island!), and she plans on extending that number during this summers unity tour! Along with 311, she loves seeing other bands such as Slightly Stoopid, SA’s side project Ghostwolf, and of course Ballyhoo! As she puts it, “ Lotsa love for my Maryland boys!”
Rebeca has been a fan of 311 as long as she can remember and says that, “Their music just always made me feel good when it came on the radio.” She was even part of a street team back when From Chaos was released, going around Baltimore putting up posters to support the band. Gone are those days, but she has extended her promotion to the land of the Internet, with the help of social media! She admits, “Social media kicked my obsession into high gear as I communicated and connected with fans around the globe and also with band members.” I think we can all really relate to that!
When Bex isn’t attending live shows, she works as a proofreader for a financial firm and says that she, “Can provide you with a boatload of knowledge about 401K’s if you’re interested!” Hey, we’re all getting older, so I know who I’ll turn to for advice on the subject! 🙂
Some interesting things you might not know: Beca was born in Valladolid, Spain! Although she moved to Maryland at a young age and has lived there the majority of her life. While some of us who were born in the U.S. were learning Spanish thanks to Sesame Street (like me!), Bex attributes the show to teaching her English! That is very cool in my eyes. Some other things Beca enjoys doing in her spare time are collecting Pez dispensers, which she’s done for years, as well as crocheting which her mother just taught her recently. One of her other amazing talents is her painting. I can personally attest to the the skill she has with a brush and oil paints! As she tells me often, I’m her biggest art collector and fan 😉
One of Rebeca’s favorite songs is “Omaha Stylee”. She can’t really put her finger on exactly why, she says she just feels a connection to it. While that may be one of her favorites, she is truly thankful for all of their music. “I’d really just like to thank 311 for the amazing music, uplifting lyrics, good times, great friends, and tell them that I love them. I’ve actually been lucky enough to tell them that in person multiple times!” Beca also knows that the line most fans use as their personal motto, “Stay positive & love your life” was a life changer for her. She attributes it to helping her turn things around and make the necessary changes that she needed to be a happier person. “There really is a 311 song to fit just about any situation, or a line to uplift you in any situation hidden within the 311 discography!”
Beca told me the other day to add some stuff if I wanted, since we really know each other quite well at this point. I have to say, that she is a strong, phenomenal woman that I’ve had the privilege of getting to know better. We share a love for so many things besides 311, that we’ve affectionately started calling each other our twin! And I have to truly thank her for keeping me entertained during the work day, as well as introducing me to the heavenly taste of Du Claw Brewery’s Sweet Baby Jesus!!
So if you haven’t met Rebeca, I suggest you try to at some point! She is a fun, feisty, and knows how to make a delectable cupcake or cookie! 😉 I leave you with her personal message to the fans of the greatest band around:
“The people I’ve met are half of what has made this experience so amazing for me. Reuniting with everyone at the big events is something I truly look forward to. I’m so thankful to know you and share these amazing times rocking out next to you! The passion of the excitable crew is like none other!”
Well put Bex! Love you twin! 🙂