John Mayer opens Born & Raised tour at 2013 Summerfest

John Mayer – 2013 Born & Raised Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/6/2013

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John Mayer - 2013 Summerfest

John Mayer‘s tour opening show was the second such performance during the 2013 Summerfest season at Marcus Amphitheater, Fun. debuted their “Most Nights” tour on June 27 [full review]. Mayer’s “Born & Raised” tour is his first in a few years, taking him through North America into early October before a handful of already sold-out shows in Western Europe.

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Nelly and Tim McGraw perform at 2013 Summerfest

Tim McGraw – 2013 Two Lanes of Freedom Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/5/2013

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Tim McGraw - 2013 Summerfest

Country superstar Tim McGraw and rapper Nelly both performed in Milwaukee at Summerfest on July 5. Unfortunately, their paths did not cross as both stars headlined different stages at roughly the same start times. That put an end to rumor of a potential on-stage collaboration of Nelly’s “Over and Over.”

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Canadian bands invade Summerfest on Independence Day

Rush – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/4/2013

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Rush - 2013 Summerfest

Rush performed sans opener, playing two sets with an intermission break that went deep into their monstrous catalog. They were recently recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, an induction that was long overdue. True pioneers of progressive rock, they’ve maintained their core sound for decades and a rabid fan-base that has always followed in tow. The trio were definitely on their game Thursday night, performing well over two hours.

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Luke Bryan and friends ‘Crash’ Summerfest

Luke Bryan – 2013 “Dirt Road Diaries” Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/3/2013

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Luke Bryan - 2013 Summerfest

Luke Bryan rode his Dirt Road Diaries Tour into the Marcus Amphitheater to another sell-out. The show featured a trio of Academy of Country Music Award winners with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line opening the show. Plenty of denim and cowboy hats moved through the Summerfest grounds during the afternoon, eventually converging upon the Amphitheater around 7 p.m. Fans were treated to a spectacular light show and fantastic audio mix that spilled into the mist-filled air.

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Alice Cooper draws crowd, Pitbull gets ‘Nightmare’ at Summerfest

Alice Cooper – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/30/2013

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Alice Cooper - 2013 Summerfest

Pitbull’s performance at the Marcus Amphitheater during Summerfest in Milwaukee garnered a light crowd for a weekend show on Sunday, June 30. It was a stark contrast to Saturday’s raucous atmosphere due to huge crowds for both Imagine Dragons and Jason Aldean headline performances. Alice Cooper did pack the BMO Harris Pavilion though, and the legendary shock rocker gave an entertaining set packed with classic hits.

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Tom Petty and LL Cool J bring heat to damp Summerfest

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/28/2013

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Tom Petty - 2013 Summerfest

Day three of 2013 Summerfest brought more great music despite an afternoon of rain showers on Friday, June 28. Fortunately, the precipitation ceased as temps began to dip and the various stage headliners warmed the crowd leading into the weekend. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers filled the Marcus Amphitheater while LL Cool J brought old-school hip-hop jams to the BMO Harris Pavilion. Other headliners included Switchfoot, Matt & Kim, Cake, Phil Vassar and Atmosphere.

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Fun debuts ‘Most Nights’ tour at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

fun. – 2013 Most Nights Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/27/2013

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Fun. - 2013 Summerfest

Fun. opened their 2013 ‘Most Nights’ tour at Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 27, headlining the Marcus Amphitheater. The show marked a transition from smaller clubs to major amphitheaters, many already sold out, for the outfit that took home “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year” at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Following their stellar performance at 2012 Summerfest, fans packed into the Marcus primed for the show.

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Milwaukee’s Summerfest sparks up 2013 festival season

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 2013 Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
6/26/2013

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 2013 Summerfest

Summerfest, Milwaukee’s annual festival of music, food and entertainment, erupted under sunny skies on Wednesday, June 26. A refreshing, cool breeze blowing across Lake Michigan gave relief to thousands of fans who made their yearly pilgrimage to The Big Gig. Opening day highlights included the triumphant return of Milwaukee’s Violent Femmes, The Avett Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gavin DeGraw and a monstrous fireworks display.

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Bush close out 2012 Summerfest

Bush – 2012 Summerfest
U.S. Cellular Connection – Milwaukee, WI
7/8/2012

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Bush - 2012 Summerfest

“The Big Gig,” Milwaukee’s 2012 Summerfest music festival, ended it’s 11-day run on Sunday, July 8. Hundreds of bands had performed across nine stages, while weather varied from temperate to frightfully warm during that period. The festival concluded with Neil Diamond performing at the Marcus Amphitheater and The B-52s at the BMO Harris Pavilion. Ground stage headliners were Sublime with Rome, Squeeze, La India and Tito Rojas, Hanson, Halestorm and Bush.

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The B-52s turn back the clock at Summerfest

The B-52s – 2012 Summerfest
BMO Harris Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI
7/8/2012

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The B-52s - 2012 Summerfest

Sunday, July 8 marked the final day of 2012 Summerfest. This years music festival in Milwaukee was deemed a success despite a monstrous midwestern heatwave. The B-52s headlined the BMO Harris Bank Pavilion and played a solid set despite a sparse crowd. In their defense, they were performing head-to-head against Squeeze, Bush, Sublime with Rome, La India and Tito Rojas, Hanson and Halestorm; while Neil Diamond also had a strong showing at the Marcus Amphitheater.

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Chevelle share a talented Saturday lineup at Summerfest

Chevelle – 2012 Summerfest
U.S. Cellular Connection – Milwaukee, WI
7/7/2012

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Chevelle - 2012 Summerfest

Whether it was marketing strategy, or simply an alignment of the stars, Summerfest put together their strongest lineup for the final Saturday of the festival. The various ground stage headliners on July 7, 2012 were Hollywood Undead, Cake, Chevelle, Common and Phil Vassar; while Anthony Hamilton performed at the BMO Harris Pavilion. For those that needed a little more, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick were booked for the Marcus Amphitheater. The weather also started to cool off, making for a rather nice evening.

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Hunter Hayes packs the stage at 2012 Summerfest

Hunter Hayes – 2012 Summerfest
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard – Milwaukee, WI
7/5/2012

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Hunter Hayes - 2012 Summerfest

Country music upstart, Hunter Hayes, packed the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage at 2012 Summerfest in Milwaukee on July 5. Hayes has been setting the country world on fire, pulling in both the pre-teen and pop demographic in addition to a country audience.

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Milwaukee music fans celebrate Independence Day at Summerfest

311 / David Gray / The Joy Formidable – 2012 Summerfest
Summerefest – Milwaukee, WI
7/4/2012

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311 - 2012 Summerfest

Milwaukee was treated to a bevy of talent for Summerfest’s Fourth of July festivities. It was delivered with a bit of irony in that our independence from Great Britain was celebrated with a handful of musical acts from the United Kingdom. Iron Maiden, David Gray and The Joy Formidable headlined alongside 311, Ziggy Marley and The BoDeans.

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Gavin DeGraw and Tiesto ensured the Summerfest heatwave continued

Gavin Degraw – 2012 Summerfest
BMO Harris Bank Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI
7/3/2012

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Gavin DeGraw - 2012 Summerfest

Following a dark Monday, 2012 Summerfest kicked into gear on Tuesday, July 3 with DJ sensations Steve Aoki and Tiesto headlining the Marcus Amphitheater. Those who were sane enough to avoid the dance party could choose between Gavin DeGraw, Joe Walsh and Skillet amongst the major headliners.

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In photos: The Zac Brown Band

The Zac Brown Band
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
07/05/2012

Photos from The Zac Brown Bands set at Milwaukee’s Summerfest


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Scorpions prove they still have their ‘Sting’ at Summerfest

Scorpions – 2012 Summerfest
BMO Harris Bank Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI
6/30/2012

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Scorpions - 2012 Summerfest

Hard rock mainstays, Scorpions, still have the mettle to perform with bands half their age. They hit the new BMO Harris Bank Pavilion with a vengeance on June 30. The latest Summerfest venue, located adjacent to the Marcus Amphitheater, has been packed solid every night and is quickly becoming a fan favorite. The Scorpions performed opposite Lady Antebellum and ZZ Top on Saturday night.

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Lady Antebellum wrap their 2012 ‘Own the Night’ tour at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

Lady Antebellum w/ Darius Rucker – 2012 Summerfest
Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI
6/30/2012

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Lady Antebellum - 2012 Summerfest

Four days into 2012 Summerfest and the music continued to flow despite the midwestern heatwave. Saturday, June 30 saw old-school rockers Scorpions and ZZ Top vying for the older crowd; while Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker performed at the Marcus Amphitheater. The Roots, Three Dog Night and Thievery Corporation rounded out a group of talent that would satiate most musical appetites.

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In Photos: Robyn at Summerfest

Robyn
Miller Lite Oasis
Summerfest
7/1/2012

Robyn Summerfest Miller Lite Oasis 2012

On Sunday night Robyn headlined the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She capped a day full of electro-pop music from Chicago’s own Pyro Fighters and Dot Dot Dot.

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In Photos: Brantley Gilbert at Summerfest 2012

Brantley Gilbert
Harley Davidson Roadhouse Stage
Summerfest
7/1/2012

Brantley Gilbert Summerfest Harley Davidson 2012

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In photos: All That Remains at Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

All That Remains
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
07/01/2012

Photos from all That Remains show at Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

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In photos: The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour at Summerfest

The Beach Boys
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
07/01/2012

Photos from The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour  at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI

And for those who are wondering,,,,,,,,,, they sounded amazing.

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Train runs into Fun. at 2012 Summerfest in Milwaukee

Train w/ Kelly Clarkson – 2012 Summerfest
Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI
6/29/2012

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Train - Summerfest 2012

Kelly Clarkson and Train packed the Marcus Amphitheater at 2012 Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 29. Jimmy Cliff, Kellie Pickler, Cowboy Mouth, Mutemath and The Hives were other featured headliners. However it was Fun., one of the breakout artists from 2011, that appeared to have drawn the largest crowd on the general admission ground’s stages. Fortunately, a cool lake breeze finally quelled the oppressive heat from the previous few days.

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In Photos: FUN. Comes to Milwaukee

FUN.
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
06/28/2012

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In Photos: Gary Allan at Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2012

Gary Allan
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
06/28/2012

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In Photos: Rodney Atkins Summerfest

Rodney Atkins
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
06/28/2012

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In photos: Rascal Flatts open Summerfest 2012 with their “Changed” tour

Rascal Flatts
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
6/27/2012

Rascal Flatts at Summerfest 2012

Rascal Flatts brought their “Changed” tour to Milwaukee on June 27th and opened the first day of Summerfest in a rocken style. With a catalog of hits that could keep a crowed going on its own, Rascal Flatts brought along one of the most eye pleasing lighting shows I have seen in years. Between the good music, professional light show and great weather you couldn’t help but have a good time. Not even an average at best audio mix wasn’t able to dampen the energy the guys brought to their performance. Link to the bands site bellow for more information and go see Rascal Flatts when they come through your town. In a time when money is tight, its nice to have a sure bet of a good time.

Photos of Rascal Flatts at Summerfest:

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In photos: Little Big Town at Summerfest 2012

Little Big Town
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
6/27/2012

Little Big Town at Summerfest 2012

Little Big Town helped kick off the opening night of Summerfest with their blend of flawless vocal harmonies and energetic stage show. Filling an open slot on the current Rascal Flatts “Changed” tour, Little Big Town kept the crowed on their feet and left no question why they are a Grammy nominated band. Llink to their site for more information on the band and up coming tour dates.

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In photos: Eli Young Band opening for Rascal Flatts on their “Changed” tour 2012

Eli Young Band Summerfest 2012

Texas based Eli Young Band helped kick off the opening night of Summerfest with their well written songs and seasoned stage show. As one of the opening acts for the Rascal Flatts Changed tour 2012, The Eli Young band got the Marcus Amphitheatre crowd on their feet and set the bar for the rest of the tours acts that followed. Check their tour dates and photos bellow and catch them in a town near you.

Photos from Eli Young Band’s set at Summerfest:

Tour dates:

June 29th Cleveland, OH @ Blossom music Center

June 30th Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC

July 3rd Ashland, KY @ Summer Motion Festival

July 4th Rogersville, TN @ Rogersville City Park

July 6th Cavendish, Canada @ Cavendish Beach Music Festival

July 11th West Fargo, MN @ Red River Valley Fair

July 12th Chippewa Falls, WI @ Northern Wisconsin State Fair

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Summerfest 2012, The worlds biggest music festival turns 45 years young.

 

For those who love festival season there are a lot of choices these days, but how many can boast a 45 year run, attracting the biggest names in music, and millions of people having attended?  In it’s eleven day run, June 27-July 1st, and July 3-8th, Summerfest has every music lovers desires covered. With it’s multiple stages, and it’s world class amphitheater, Summerfest leaves no size act without a stage to perform.  Situated right on Milwaukee’s Lakefront, in the middle of Beer City USA, Summerfest is a must see for everyone who wants the best in music, in a setting that is comfortable and spacious. Well thought out and time tested, Summerfest has the Festival atmosphere down pat and is presented in a professional, convenient manner. A never ending scene of music, food, beer and people watching makes it a joy to return day after day. If you find yourself saying what is Summerfest, I say come to Milwaukee and see how it’s done. At the reasonable $15 admission, you may never go to another overpriced festival again.

 

A brief list of artists set to perform this year.

Aerosmtih, Zack Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Young the Giant, Chevelle, Lupe Fiasco, Silver Sun Pickups, Gary Allen, Eric Benet, Train, Kelly Clarkson, Fun, Lady Antebellum, ZZ Top, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, All That Remains, Gavin Degraw, Skillet, Iron Maiden, Ziggy Marley, David Gray, 311, Big Time Rush, and many many many more.

 

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Summerfest Announces the Miller Lite Oasis Headliners for 2012!

Summerfest header 2012

It was just last month Summerfest announced their Grounds headliners including big names such as The Avett Brothers, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Joss Stone, and many more.  Today the festival released the headliners for the Miller Lite Oasis stage.  It consists of a diverse group of musicians from pop, DJs, to country music.  There is definitely something for everyone in this bunch.

June 27 10:00 pm Kool & the Gang
June 28 6:30 pm Josh Thompson (Country Throwdown Tour)
8:00 pm Rodney Atkins (Country Throwdown Tour)
10:00 pm Gary Allan (Country Throwdown Tour)
June 29 10:00 pm TBD
June 30 10:00 pm The Roots
July 1 10:00 pm Robyn
July 3 10:00 pm Joe Walsh
July 4 10:00 pm Ziggy Marley
July 5 10:00 pm TBD
July 6 6:30 pm Atmosphere
10:00 pm Paul Oakenfold
July 7 10:00 pm Cake
July 8 10:00 pm Sublime with Rome

For more information on Summerfest and Summerfest tickets, head over to: http://summerfest.com/connect/miller-lite-oasis-headliners-2012#.T5Bgj7NYueY

Summerfest 2012 Headliners Announced!

Summerfest 2012 logo

Summerfest is known as the world’s largest music festival and it all takes place on the lakefront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This year’s Grounds Stage headliners have just been announced and it’s going to be a great year! This year’s headliners include:

The Avett Brothers
Steve Miller Band
Common
Cake
Scorpions
Lupe Fiasco
Gary Clark Jr.
Head and the Heart
Robyn
Eric Benet
Phil Vassar
Joss Stone
Awolnation
Brantley Gilbert
Tito Rojas
Gavin DeGraw
Atmosphere
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Halestorm
Mutemath
Fitz & The Tantrums
the Joy Formidable
LA India
Anthony Hamilton

Marcus Amphitheater headliners, thus far, include:
Big Time Rush 7/6
Iron Maiden 7/4
The Beach Boys 7/1
Zac Brown Band 7/5
Neil Diamond 7/8
Lady Antebellum 6/30

For more information, go to: http://www.summerfest.com/info/general-info/

Dear Summerfest, It’s Not Very Nice to Suppress Photographers

Summerfest is one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. It sits on Milwaukee’s lakefront and draws millions each summer with the biggest names in pop and rock music. Unfortunately for them we won’t be covering the actual festival this year or any year until they change a few things.

For those who don’t know how media establishments, like The Dead Hub, receive passes to these festivals and shows I’ll explain. For a festival I’ll contact the Head of Marketing for the event, or in most cases it’s a high profile PR firm that will handle all incoming media credential requests. There are times where they make you fill out an application with your basic information and the media outlet you write or shoot for. You’ll wait to receive a response and if you are given approval you’ll have media and photo passes either mailed to you or waiting for you at will call.

Now here’s the kicker, most festivals, once approved, will let you photograph all the artists on the festivals bill and stages. There may be an artist here or there with restrictions, but you know walking into the festival you don’t have to receive individual clearance from each artist, because that would be time consuming and frustrating since most times you receive your approval day of show (not cool).

This is where Summerfest has dropped the ball. Once approved by Summerfest you only have permission to shoot the grounds of Summerfest and NOT A SINGLE ACT ON THE GROUNDS.This means you can photograph as many drunk people and squirrels as you wish. Crazy right? So as a media outlet we need to email every band that we want to cover and ask for permission, and again, 98% of the time this is the festival’s job not the media outlet. This is STRIKE 1 for Summerfest. The biggest strike they have going for them is their “Rights Grabber” photo contract.This means that the photographers I send out to shoot the bands-that we emailed to get permission from- don’t own any of the rights to the photos because according to their contract Summerfest does. Typically it’ll be an artists demanding rights to the photos to use not a festival or venue.

So how did this come about? Summerfest emailed one of my photographers explaining that ONE photographer abused their previous contracts so that’s why they implemented their new Photo Release contract. (You can read that here) So as a media outlet I have to email each artist to gain permission to shoot their set and neither myself – the media outlet – nor my photographer owns any of the rights. This means neither my photographer nor myself can bring in revenue from the coverage of the festival. By the way, Summerfest isn’t paying us either. The festival never pays the media, but if they want all the rights to our photos they need to ante up or change their contract. We are looking for them to change their contract.

This is feeling strangely familiar to the Soulja Boy story we broke over a week ago. Soulja Boy was combating racist fans with bigotry and racist. You don’t fight hate with hate and you don’t abuse a group of people because one abused your contract. In both situations there could have been a better approach to a solution and it looks like both made the wrong choices.

So this looks to be a fun year at Summerfest. It’s just a shame The Dead Hub and other photographers and media outlets are boycotting the festival this year and future years until they change their contract. Help spread the word!

Jon McLaughlin Serenades Sold Out Chicago Crowd

Jon McLaughlin
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
February 20, 2009

Jon McLaughlin House of BluesI can honestly say I was shocked when I walked up to the Box Office at the House of Blues to collect my tickets and saw a sign taped to the window that read: SOLD OUT. The sign literally said “Tonight’s Jon McLaughlin Performance is SOLD OUT” in big black bold letters. It’s not that I didn’t think Jon could sell out a 1,400 capacity club, it’s just that I cannot believe how far this guy has come since the first time I saw him. The first time I saw Jon McLaughlin live in concert was at Borders on State Street in downtown Chicago back in May of 2007. A friend had told me about the bookstore lunchtime acoustic keyboard set, and I decided to check it out. After all, it was free and I love any music featuring the piano. The crowd was made up of about 20 people (including the Island Records label people). Jon was promoting his debut record Indiana on his Borders tour hitting up key markets across the U.S. I had never heard any of his music until then. Hadn’t really heard of the guy before then either, but I trusted my friend’s musical taste and opinion. I ended up buying his Indiana record after the four-song set. I then saw Jon McLaughlin open for Kelly Clarkson in November 2007 on her tour promoting My December. Then I saw Jon in October 2008 at Chicago’s Hard Rock Cafe promoting his second album OK Now. I have missed him a couple of times – once when he played Martyr’s in September 2007 and then when he performed at Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2008. What I am trying to say here, is that I am so proud of Jon! He has gone from playing in front of 15 people at Borders to playing a sold out show at the House of Blues! All in less than two years. Wow. Make sure you check out Jon’s songs if you have not heard his music before. I recommend listening to “Industry,” “Perfect,” and “Beating My Heart.” More photos from the show after the jump…

Dashboard Confessional Co-Headlines Rock Band Live Tour

Dashboard Confessional
Rock Band Live Tour
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
October 22, 2008

Dashboard Confessional Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILChris Carrabba (lead vocals/guitar)

Wow! What a difference two shows can make. The first time I saw Dashboard Confessional live in concert was at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. I was honestly so bored with the slow, whining love songs that make up the majority of “emo” music and DC’s catalogue that I left the show early and went home. Here’s the thing: If I am standing up for an hour and half at a general admission show, then I do NOT want to hear painfully slow, sappy songs about someone’s love life not working out perfectly like a freaking fairytale. I want to dance, move, and sing along! Well, I was quite hesitant when I knew I would be standing on a GA floor at the Rock Band Live Tour watching Dashboard Confessional again. But to my surprise, the band played mostly upbeat, catchy pop songs. I was genuinely shocked! I ended up enjoying their songs and singing along once my ears caught onto the hooks and memorable choruses. I was so happy to not be bored and now I cannot wait to see Dashboard Confessionalagain!

Another plus from my second dose of Dashboard was frontman Chris Carrabba’s AMAZING voice! This dude can belt like the best of the divas: Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston… you get the idea. I had no idea he could sing like that – holding out high notes at full volume for what seemed like an eternity. I was impressed to say the least. And of course, the fact that Carrabba is equally as talented on piano as he is on guitar won me over for good. Not sure why I wasn’t aware that he played piano, but now I am. Yay for piano-rock! Moral of my story? Even if your first show with an artist is a bad experience, definitely consider giving that band and/or singer another chance. You never know what could happen. Maybe you could become a fan for life, go out the next day and buy the album, download the record on iTunes that same night when you get home, etc. Who knows? Go to as many shows as possible and you will eventually have some of the greatest musical experiences of your life…

P.S. Make sure you catch the Rock Band Live Tour when it comes to a city near you. Why? Because Chris Carrabba and Co. bring out The Cab and the Plain White T’s to sing an awesome cover of P!nk’s “So What.” It pretty much made my night. And now all I can think about is seeing P!nk on her next tour cuz that song RULES!!!

More photos of the Dashboard Confessional band members from the show after the jump.

Dashboard Confessional Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILJohn Lefler (guitar/piano/vocals)

Dashboard Confessional Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILScott Schoenbeck (bass)

Dashboard Confessional Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILMike Marsh (drums)

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