Blue October at the House of Blues in San Diego

Blue October
House of Blues – San Diego, CA

Justin Furstenfeld – vocals.guitar.piano
Ryan Delahoussaye – violin.mandolin.keys
Jeremy Furstenfeld – drums
CB Hudson III – guitar
Matt Noveskey – bass

Blue October House of Blues - San Diego, CA 3/18/2009Ahh…didn’t realize what a cult following these guys have until I posted news months back about the tour they are currently on. I was reading message boards where fans were planning trips just to see Blue October. I am not saying that’s a bad thing. I love seeing fans come together for a band that they have so much passion and energy for and Blue October’s Fans came out in full force.

I honestly thought they were going to be just another rock band until I actually saw them on that beautiful Tuesday night in San Diego. Justin is a very memorizing frontman. He hypnotized all the ladies that made up the first 10 rows of people at the HOB. Plus the stage setup was very interesting. It wasn’t how artists traditionally setup a stage. Normally all the musicians onstage face the crowd, but not on Blue October’s stage. They set the stage so several mics were facing to the side of the stage. It made for a great visual and an unexpected surprise.

Blue October House of Blues - San Diego, CA 3/18/2009

These guys are out supporting Approaching Normal that hit the streets on March 24th. If you haven’t picked up your copy or if you need to hear the album go here.

The only complaint I had for the night was the incredible low lights. I understand the whole ambiance the band was going for but when I’m not that far from the stage and for the majority of the time I have a hard time seeing the band members that is not a good sign. I know going to a live concert is about the live music but I know I am there to SEE the band. I also know the House of Blues is capable of supplying brighter lights.

Overall Blue October won me over with their show and their music. I would love to see them again next time they roll into town.

Tour Dates:

Mar, 18th  San Diego House of Blues

Mar, 19th  Las Vegas House of Blues

Mar, 21st  Los Angeles Club Nokia

Mar, 22nd Anaheim House of Blues

Mar, 24th  Approaching Normal Street Date

Mar, 25th  San Francisco Fillmore

Mar, 26th  Portland Crystal Ballroom

Mar, 27th  Seattle Showbox

Mar, 28th  Spokane Knitting Factory

Mar, 31st  Salt Lake City The Depot

Apr, 1st    Denver Ogden Theater

Apr, 3rd   Omaha Sokol Hall

Apr, 4th   TBA

Apr, 5th   St Louis Pageant

Apr, 6th   Lawrence Liberty Hall

Apr, 10th  Austin Stubbs

Apr, 11th  Austin Stubbs

Apr, 20th  New Orleans House of Blues

Apr, 22nd Tampa Janus Landing

Apr, 23rd  Orlando House of Blues

Apr, 24th  Myrtle Beach House of Blues

Apr, 25th  Charlotte Amos

Apr, 27th  Washington DC 930 Club

Apr, 29th  Philadelphia Theater of Living Arts

May, 1st   New York Webster Hall

May, 2nd  Providence Lupo’s

Photos of Blue October at the House of Blues San Diego:

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  1. Andy Keil says:

    Holy Shit! He got skinny again.

  2. Justmygirls says:


  3. jim says:

    that guy is fugly

  4. Autumn Skye says:

    Please take the picture of the baby off the web. That’s inappropriate. Otherwise, great shots and it was a pleasure to meet you!

  5. JOdy says:

    I was there in San Diego, the band as a whole has a hypnotizing effect! I ended up buying tickets and seeing them in Anaheim too… Such a great band to see live!

  6. scradzmama says:

    saw them in San Diego and Anaheim also went to see them perform at Jimmy Kimmel live ,three times in a week. I am hooked. love love love them.

  7. snakechaser says:

    Saw the band last night at the New Orleans HOB. They rocked. Justin sounds just as good on stage as he does in a recording studio!!!

  8. Fred says:

    I love it, Blue October’s new stuff is so good! I hear they will be featured on 90210 tomorrow night too. Has anyone heard any of the new songs on the radio yet?

  9. hob lighting guy says:

    Hey there. Thanks for coming to the show. I am the head lighting director of the House of blues, San Diego. In this case, the band traveled with their own lighting designer. Thus, what you saw was exactly what the band wanted you to see. Unfortunately, sometimes bands don’t like to be seen that much. This can be for many reasons – insecurities, fear, drugs, distractions, or they cant handle the heat put out by the lights. When you are standing on a well-lit stage, the audience is nearly impossible to see. That being said, lower lights allow the artists who want to see their audience and connect with them to accomplish this.

  10. hob lighting guy says:

    By “lower lights”, I mean dimmer lights, of course.

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