“The Petaluma Tour” Concert Review in Brooklyn, NY

I attended “The Petaluma Tour” at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY on April 20, 2019. The tour is headline by This Wild Life with special guests Sleep On It, Hold Close, and Crooked Teeth. This was the first time I attended a show at the Knitting Factory.

Prior to the show, I purchased a meet and greet with This Wild Life. The meet and greet included: a hang out with Kevin and Anthony, coffee, donuts, a coffee cup, Q & A with the band, and photo.

When walking into the venue, I saw a table with coffee setup. The beverage options included: coffee, cold brew, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, and water. The setup had a sign that said “Esta Vida Mocha” which was a cute touch! Here is a picture of the setup.

Esta Vida Mocha coffee setup (c) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

After receiving my drink and donut, I took a picture with Kevin and Anthony in their Petaluma inspired aprons. Here is the picture!

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Kevin Jordan, Victoria Onorato, and Anthony DelGrosso

Kevin Jordan and Anthony DelGrosso talked a lot about what the two of them do with their down time during tour, bands they’d like to tour with, song meanings, and the progression the band has endured. Getting to hang with Kevin and Anthony again was a lot of fun. They were funny, engaging, and the meet and greet was fun. This time around there were more people at the meet and greet which was nice to see. Fun fact: This Wild Life’s merch guy tunes guitars on stage, played in Crooked Teeth to “fill the gap” and assisted This Wild Life with swapping guitars and being a third guy on stage playing the guitar and shaking a tambourine.

Note: This blog contains setlist!

The first band that took the stage was Crooked Teeth. I was unfamiliar with their music prior to attending the show. They had really cool instrumentals on their songs which I was enjoying. There weren’t a lot of people in the venue for Crooked Teeth. At one point, the singer asked fans if they were excited for Hold Close and the crowd was completely silent. The only voice heard was the bartender taking orders. As their set continued, more people got close to the stage and enjoyed the music. Crooked Teeth had a moment when they connected with fans. The vocalist shared that “a sentiment to take away is a good time and to treat everyone with respect. We are one inside here and out there.” After sharing a touching moment, he said “Here’s ‘Hate Me'” which had listeners laughing.

Crooked Teeth (c) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

The next band that took the stage was Hold Close. Hold Close released its first full length album Time this year under Hopeless Records. I was unfamiliar with Hold Close prior to the show, but I enjoyed their stage presence and sound a lot. I like that fans were really engaged with Hold Close. One of the songs performed on the set was about a friend of someone in the band and their battle with addiction which touched a lot of people in the show. After the set, I got their vinyl. What I found interesting about the vinyl is the sleeve holding the vinyl had the lyrics printed in Latin.

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Hold Close (c) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

Sleep On It took the stage after Hold Close. I’ve seen Sleep On It at Vans Warped Tour in 2018. I loved their presence on stage, their music, and the fan interaction. Prior to “Let Me Go” the vocalist, Zech Pluister, shared about a toxic relationship he was in when he was 16. He explained that if there are toxic people in your life to cut ties because it’s not worth being unhappy. I respect how all the opening bands had a message to share. At the end of the set, Sleep On It shared they’d be back in the summer with “a longer set.” Sleep On It has liked Sad Summer Fest’s tweet about adding bands to the lineup. My guess is Sleep On It is performing at Sad Summer Fest. Here were the songs performed by Sleep On It:

  1. Distant
  2. Hope
  3. Unspoken
  4. A New Way Home
  5. Window
  6. Let Me Go
  7. Leave The Light On
  8. A Brighter Shade Of Blue
  9. Disconnected
  10. See You Around
  11. Fireworks

Sleep On It (c) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

After all the bands performed, This Wild Life took the stage walking out to their cover of “Sunflower.” I love that This Wild Life walked out to their cover of “Sunflower” because the stage setup was full of sunflowers in honor of their album Petaluma. Here is This Wild Life’s set:

  1. Sunflower (Post Malone Cover)
  2. Westside
  3. History
  4. Figure It Out
  5. Catie Rae
  6. Better With You
  7. Fade
  8. Stay Up Late
  9. Hold You Here
  10. Pink Tie
  11. No More Bad Days
  12. Headfirst
  13. Puppy Love
  14. Concrete
  15. 405
  16. Break Me
  17. Positively Negative

Seeing This Wild Life again was a lot of fun. Prior to seeing them open for Mayday Parade on the “Welcome To Sunnyland Tour” and Vans Warped Tour, I saw them headline at Bowery Ballroom in New York City supporting their last album Low Tides. This Wild Life played more songs on this set they haven’t played in awhile, have never played, and forgot how some of the songs went. I love how transparent This Wild Life is with their listeners, and they put on a fun and energetic show.

This Wild Life (c) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

After the show, I got a polaroid signed. The polaroid was a photo of the guys on Sleep On It holding pizza. I got my vinyl of Overexposed signed and talked with the guys in the band. I shared how I was really into their music and getting to see them at Vans Warped Tour was what sold me on their band. They were humble guys who are up and coming in the music scene. If you have yet to see This Wild Life, Sleep On It, Hold Close or Crooked Teeth, I highly recommend checking them out!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

 

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Neck Deep’s “The Peace And The Panic Tour 2” Concert Review

Neck Deep performed at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, NY on Sept. 21, 2018. “The Peace And The Panic Tour 2” had Neck Deep headline and accompanied Trophy Eyes, WSTR, Gardenside, and Stand Atlantic.

I’ve been to this venue when it was called “The Emporium” to see Mayday Parade perform on the Honeymoon Tour in 2014. The venue is in Patchogue’s village which provided a lot of parking. I like the feel once I was inside the venue because it’s very intimate.

Prior to the show, I purchased the campfire bundle that Neck Deep had when pre-ordering my ticket. The pre-order included: a general admission ticket, access to the venue early to attend Neck Deep’s acoustic session around a campfire, an enamel pin for Neck Deep’s Campfire Club, a signed Neck Deep poster, a Q+A with the band, photo session, and early access to merch. This was the second time I met Neck Deep (the first time was in February in NYC, and I blogged my experience.)

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(C) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

The campfire was a cute display of a fake fire and seats for Ben Barlow, Dani Washington, Sam Bowden, and Matt West to sit. For people who ordered the bundle, we all sat on the floor around the “fire” to listen to their sounds. The three songs that Neck Deep played were:

  1. Parachute
  2. In Bloom
  3. A Part Of Me 

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    (C) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

In between each song, the guys would answer fan questions. I asked them if they began writing the new album, but Ben explained that after their album, they were eager to write again, but they have no set songs written up yet. Getting to see Neck Deep in an intimate way before the show was awesome. I met the guys and took a picture with them and received a pin and signed poster.

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(C) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

After the meet and greet with Neck Deep, I saw John Floreani. We talked about how great The American Dream is and took a photo together. Neck Deep and John Floreani were very nice and humble guys.

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(C) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

During the meet and greet, there are signs indicating that there is no signings happening, but I got lucky and saw Ben after the meet and greet and got my ticket signed!

After exiting the venue and re-entering, I got in the VIP area of the show, and saw all the bands perform. The order the bands went on the stage are as followed: Stand Atlantic, WSTR, Trophy Eyes, and Neck Deep. The only band I have seen live before was Neck Deep. I was excited to see all the opening bands.

Prior to the show, I listened to Stand Atlantic’s song “Lavender Bones” when it was announced that Stand Atlantic got signed to Hopeless Records. I was a bit hesitant at first at the sound, but as the set continued, I really enjoyed seeing the group live.

*WARNING: The rest of this blog contain setlists!

After Stand Atlantic’s set, WSTR performed. WSTR sounds similar to Neck Deep on albums, but WSTR’s vocalist Sammy Clifford has his own unique voice live. What was cool about the show at Stereo Garden was that WSTR was making a music video during the group’s set.

Here is WSTR’s set:

  1. Tell Me More
  2. Crisis
  3. Footprints
  4. Hide Everything Sharp
  5. Featherweight
  6. Silly Me
  7. Eastbound & Down
  8. Lonely Smiles
After the show, I met Sammy outside the venue and took a photo with him. I was talking with him about WSTR’s co-headline tour with PVMNTS and found out the band is staying in the United States in between tours. We also were talking about Identity Crisis. If you have yet to check out WSTR, check them out!!!!!!!
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(C) Victoria Onorato @ovictoriamedia

  1. A Cotton Candy Sky
  2. You Can Count On Me
  3. Lavender Bay
  4. Nose Bleed
  5. More Like You
  6. Heaven Sent
  7. Miming The Choir
  8. Chlorine
  9. Broken
  10. Something Bigger Than This
  11. Friday Forever

After an intermission, Neck Deep took the stage. Neck Deep had high energy, and the crowd matched it with huge mosh pits and crowd surfers. Here is Neck Deep’s setlist:

  1. Motion Sickness
  2. Gold Steps
  3. Crushing Grief (No Remedy)
  4. Smooth Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors
  5. Parachute
  6. Torn
  7. Happy Judgement Day
  8. Kali Ma
  9. I Couldn’t Wait To Leave 6 Months Ago
  10. What Did You Expect?
  11. Citizen Of Earth
  12. Don’t Wait
  13. December
  14. Candour
  15. 19 Seventy Sumthin’
  16. In Bloom
  17. Can’t Kick Up The Roots *ENCORE*
  18. All Hype No Heart *ENCORE*
  19. Where Do We Go When We Go *ENCORE*

I was really excited to hear “Torn” on the setlist. I saw the setlist on setlist.fm prior to the show and was excited to see songs were added for the Patchogue show.  The cool thing about the show I attended was the vocalist from Stray From The Path came out and sang during “Don’t Wait.” What I love about going to see Neck Deep is that the crowd’s energy was intense and vivacious. If you have yet to see any of the bands on this tour be sure to check each of them out! This tour is NOT one you should sit on! If you are interested in seeing Neck Deep on tour, tickets and tour information can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Festival Review: Vans Warped Tour 2018

I attended the Vans Warped Tour in Holmdel, New Jersey on July 14, 2018. The date was sold out and 18,000 people were attending.

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Before heading out to Warped Tour, it was important I packed accordingly. I packed a fan, portable phone chargers, a hat, sunscreen, a sweater, sharpie, and water in my back pack. Check out my What To Pack For Warped Tour to see what you can/ can’t bring.

For me, early entry is a MUST. A lot of tents have free giveaways when you get to the tents early. When I was at Warped Tour, I got in the venue early, ran over to Grayscale’s merch tent and picked up the limited Grayscale draw string bag that is limited to 30 each day.

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I got the chance to meet Dan Lambton of Real Friends before Real Friends’ set at the Real Friends merch tent.

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I waited on line to meet John O’ Callaghan, vocalist of The Maine. We talked about Lovely, Little, Lonely, his side work as John The Ghost, and the future of The Maine. Also, he signed my ticket for Warped Tour.

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I met Kevin Jordan and Anthony DelGrosso, members of This Wild Life, after the duo’s set. The duo released Petaluma on June 22, 2018 (for more information on the album click here.)

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After Grayscale’s set, I met Collin Walsh, vocalist of Grayscale. He went directly off the stage and straight towards the merch tent to sign CDs and take photos with fans.

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Throughout the day, I got the chance to see a variety of bands. The great thing about the schedule I went to is that I had about 2 conflicts but was able to split my time and see both group’s set. The bands I saw were: Story Untold, Real Friends, Senses Fail, As It Is, Grayscale, Broadside, Mayday Parade, State Champs, Knuckle Puck, This Wild Life, The Maine, and Movements. I heard band’s sets like Tonight Alive, Reel Big Fish, Makeout, and Simple Plan during my day.

During The Maine and State Champs’ set, there were instances that the group’s stopped the set and medics/ security stepped in. Unfortunately, I was unable to see what the reason was but it was in the 80s and sunny. It’s important to stay hydrated and be safe at Warped Tour. In addition, security had to break up two people during Grayscale’s set.

Vans Warped Tour is unlike any day concert experience. It’s both exhausting and exhilarating. If you like the lineup for this years Vans Warped Tour, I highly recommend you go. As a fan, it’s wonderful you’re in one area getting to see bands you may not always get to see. In addition to seeing bands, you get the chance to meet those artists after the sets or before the sets. Each band has specific locations for meet and greets and signings, so visit the group’s merch tent to see when the group or artist has those times.

I will be going to the Vans Warped Tour in Wantagh, NY and will blog my experience in two weeks. I hope you found this blog to be helpful.

Are you heading to Warped Tour? Make sure to Prepare Yourself For Vans Warped Tour!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Review: Neck Deep at Playstation Theater

Neck Deep has embarked on “The Peace And The Panic Tour” and played at Playstation Theater in New York City on February 2, 2018. Accompanying Neck Deep on tour were Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper, and Seaway.

Prior to the show, I had purchased the meet and greet package and arrived to the venue at 3:15pm. The amount of people at the meet and greet were 200 people. The meet and greet package included a Neck Deep “soundcheck club” patch and The Peace and The Panic CD.

In addition to the patch and CD, I took a photo and sat through a small set. Neck Deep’s set of songs were small and not performed that night. Here is the set:

  1. Threat Level Midnight
  2. Losing Teeth
  3. Serpents

After each song, Neck Deep would take a variety of questions from fans. Neck Deep discussed the album art, the group’s name, games they’re into, and more. After the Q & A session, everyone lined up and took a picture with Neck Deep.

When I walked up to the group, I said hi and asked Dani what his favorite song was off The Peace And The Panic and he said his favorite was “In Bloom.” I took a photo with the guys and asked if anyone had guitar pick. Fil gave me his guitar pick. Here is my picture with Neck Deep.

The doors opened at 6pm and the concert started at 7pm. Each opener performed a 30 minute set. The first band to take the stage was Speak Low If You Speak Love. Speak Low If You Speak Love is a solo project created by bassist/ backup vocalist of State Champs, Ryan Scott Graham.

After Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper took the stage. Following Creeper, Seaway took the stage. I have not seen any of the opening bands in concert before, but I enjoyed Speak Low If You Speak Love and Seaway.

Neck Deep took the stage opening with “Happy Judgement Day” and the crowd went wild. Here is the setlist:

  1. Happy Judgement Day
  2. Lime St.
  3. Gold Steps
  4. Motion Sickness
  5. What Did You Expect?
  6. Kali Ma
  7. Rock Bottom
  8. Citizens Of Earth
  9. Don’t Wait
  10. Parachute
  11. In Bloom
  12. December
  13. Head to the Ground
  14. Wish You Were Here
  15. A Part Of Me
  16. Can’t Kick Up The Roots * ENCORE*
  17. Where Do We Go When We Go *ENCORE*

The cool thing about Neck Deep’s set is that the song “Don’t Wait” featured the vocalist of Seaway and “A Part Of Me” featured the female vocalist of Creeper. It was unique having the other bands involved in the set.

I’ve seen Neck Deep perform 3 times prior to the show, and this crowd was the rowdiest I’ve seen. I saw Neck Deep with State Champs, Knuckle Puck, and Like Pacific at Webster Hall, but the crowd didn’t compare to this one. Neck Deep is a band that is equally as great live and their are on an album. If you have yet to see Neck Deep or listen to the group’s music, I highly recommend doing both.

In other news, Too Close To Touch released a new song “Burn,” Weezer stated a new album will be in the works, and The Wonder Years is teasing new music.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria