DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL + ALL AMERICAN REJECTS + THE MAINE // LIVE AT ASCEND AMPHITHEATER
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Emily May
Dashboard Confessional performed to a nearly sold-out crowd of fans recently in Nashville, TN. Sporadically placed salt lamps across the stage gave their set an intimate and cozy feel. This was a hometown show for the band, who were in good spirits and full of energy throughout their set. They started their set with “Vindicated” (one of my personal favorites) and “The Good Fight”, performing a variety of older and newer songs, as well as a cover of Justin Beiber's "Love Yourself" from their four-song EP of covers entitled Covered and Taped. It is apparent that the band love and appreciate their fans, acknowledging that they wouldn't be where they are today without their fans' support. Carrabba reminisced about how his first time performing in Nashville was in a tiny space and how he was now performing in an amphitheater, expressing his gratitude for his fans' continued support. Talking a bit about their plans to record a new album, Carrabba brought a recorder on stage and recorded a bit of the crowd singing to include on the album, much to the delight of the fans!
Halfway through the set, Carrabba had his band leave the stage and performed a few songs alone and acoustically. Singing “The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most”, “Ghost Of A Good Thing” and “Heart Beat Here”, Carrabba brought about a sense of nostalgia for his early solo days! The band then came back out and performed an incredible cover of The Cure's hit "Just Like Heaven", ending their set with "Screaming Infidelities" and "Again I Go Unnoticed". After exiting the stage for a few moments, Carrabba and his band mates came back out for an encore, performing "Hand's Down", which saw the crowd cheering and singing along to the popular hit song. Opening the show were The All-American Rejects and The Maine. It was an amazing night of music from three incredible bands!