Blue October Makes Everyone Happy at Baltimore Soundstage
In an era when rock fans continue to be disappointed by the fabricated music acts that dominate mainstream media, it’s rare to find an act that successfully enhances the value of their music with a passionate live act. Luckily, there are still a few hidden gems that can live up to the expectations of those craving a true and passionate live performance. Blue October, the platinum-selling veterans from Texas, happen to be one of those hidden gems that can meet every expectation for live music lovers. Currently gearing up towards the release of their upcoming ninth studio release, I Hope You’re Happy, BlueOctober has been touring the U.S. with a tour under the same title, and MusicFestNews got a chance to witness their performance at Baltimore Soundstage on May 20th.
Blue October is one of those bands that I can’t help but wonder why they aren’t bigger than they are. Known for their true-to-life lyrics and powerful live performances, Blue October drew an audience of everyone from elementary school-age kids to middle-age adults. Backed by a lineup of elite musicians, Justin Furstenfeld, the band’s front man, knows exactly how to put on a show that brings one of the most passionate live performances you’ll ever see. As he sang about things that we all can identify with, such as, heartache, addiction, breakup, love, family and life in general, his portrayal was as he was living through his lyrics every time he sang.
It was truly refreshing to see an act that still leaves it all on stage and set the bar exactly where it should be for live rock acts. With a beautifully orchestrated set list of almost 20 songs, varying from older fan-favorites such as “Into the Ocean,” “18th Floor Balcony,” “The Chills,” “Dirt Room,” “Fear,” “Sway” and “Say It” to the newer “I Want It,” “Coal Makes Diamonds,” “Home” and “I Hope You’re Happy,” Blue October was an excellent live show that is truly worthy of an arena act.
Blue October’s new album, I Hope You’re Happy, is scheduled to be released on August 17th.