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Sam Miller Paradise Fears Live Forever Tour The Space Hamden, CT August 17, 2014
photo by Jacki

 

Sam Miller
Paradise Fears
Live Forever Tour
The Space Hamden, CT
August 17, 2014

photo by Jacki

 
Marcus Sand Paradise Fears Live Forever Tour The Space Hamden, CT August 17, 2014
photo by Jacki

 

Marcus Sand
Paradise Fears
Live Forever Tour
The Space Hamden, CT
August 17, 2014

photo by Jacki

 
Jordan Merrigan Paradise Fears Live Forever Tour The Space Hamden, CT August 17, 2014
photo by Jacki

 

Jordan Merrigan
Paradise Fears
Live Forever Tour
The Space Hamden, CT
August 17, 2014

photo by Jacki

 
Sam Miller Paradise Fears Live Forever Tour The Space Hamden, CT August 17, 2014
photo by Jacki

 

Sam Miller
Paradise Fears
Live Forever Tour
The Space Hamden, CT
August 17, 2014

photo by Jacki

 
Paradise Fears Live Forever Tour The Space Hamden, CT August 17, 2014
photo by Jacki

 

Paradise Fears
Live Forever Tour
The Space Hamden, CT
August 17, 2014

photo by Jacki

Jordan Merrigan
Paradise Fears Live Forever Tour The Space Hamden, CT August 17, 2014
photo by Jacki

Jordan Merrigan

Paradise Fears
Live Forever Tour
The Space Hamden, CT
August 17, 2014

photo by Jacki

Cole Andre with William Beckett
Paradise Fears Live Forever Tour The Space Hamden, CT August 17, 2014
photo by Jacki

Cole Andre with William Beckett

Paradise Fears
Live Forever Tour
The Space Hamden, CT
August 17, 2014

photo by Jacki

 
Jordan Merrigan Paradise Fears Live Forever Tour The Space Hamden, CT August 17, 2014
photo by Jacki

 

Jordan Merrigan
Paradise Fears
Live Forever Tour
The Space Hamden, CT
August 17, 2014

photo by Jacki

 
Sam Miller Paradise Fears Live Forever Tour The Space Hamden, CT August 17, 2014
photo by Jacki

 

Sam Miller
Paradise Fears
Live Forever Tour
The Space Hamden, CT
August 17, 2014

photo by Jacki

We are very excited to announce that we will be supporting our friends in BoyMeetsWorld for the “2 Cool 4 School” Tour which kicks off September 5th! Harbour will also be joining the tour for the last few dates 
09/05- Washington Ct. House, OH @ The Warehouse09/06- Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Radioactive09/08- Longbranch, NJ @ Brighton Bar09/09- Staten Island, NY @ Killmeyer’s09/10- Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall09/11- Brookfield, CT @ The Room09/12- North Haven, CT @ Up All Night Records & Collective09/13- Boston, MA @ Fenway Park (CollegeFest)09/14- Providence, RI @ DV8 Nightclub & Lounge09/17- Cold Springs, NY @ The Living Room09/18- Stroudsburg, PA @ The Living Room09/19- Wilmington, DE @ 198409/20- Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space 09/23- Asheville, NC @ The Millroom*09/24- Columbia, SC @ 145 Club*09/25- Atlanta, GA @ Blasthouse*09/26- Chattanooga, TN @ Cloud Springs Deli** Denotes Harbour playing as support

We are very excited to announce that we will be supporting our friends in BoyMeetsWorld for the “2 Cool 4 School” Tour which kicks off September 5th! Harbour will also be joining the tour for the last few dates 


09/05- Washington Ct. House, OH @ The Warehouse
09/06- Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Radioactive
09/08- Longbranch, NJ @ Brighton Bar
09/09- Staten Island, NY @ Killmeyer’s
09/10- Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall
09/11- Brookfield, CT @ The Room
09/12- North Haven, CT @ Up All Night Records & Collective
09/13- Boston, MA @ Fenway Park (CollegeFest)
09/14- Providence, RI @ DV8 Nightclub & Lounge
09/17- Cold Springs, NY @ The Living Room
09/18- Stroudsburg, PA @ The Living Room
09/19- Wilmington, DE @ 1984
09/20- Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space 
09/23- Asheville, NC @ The Millroom*
09/24- Columbia, SC @ 145 Club*
09/25- Atlanta, GA @ Blasthouse*
09/26- Chattanooga, TN @ Cloud Springs Deli*
* Denotes Harbour playing as support

 
Tyson Ritter The All-American Rejects Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL
photo by Ashley Arpin

 

Tyson Ritter
The All-American Rejects
Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL

photo by Ashley Arpin

 
Tyson Ritter & Mike Kennerty The All-American Rejects Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL
 photo by Ashley Arpin

 

Tyson Ritter & Mike Kennerty
The All-American Rejects
Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL

 photo by Ashley Arpin

HBB Interview: Dominic Tursi

Can you tell my audience a little bit about yourself, and your mission in music?

About 5 years ago I found myself not too happy with where I was going emotionally and physically. I mean, I did have a great life, don’t get me wrong: a loving and supporting family, friends, I was preparing for college, and I had a wonderful girlfriend at the time. But there was something huge still missing, and it took me a while to figure out that that missing “thing” was me…  So from that point on, I guess you could say I went on a spiritual journey to find myself and I have been practicing ever since. Throughout this journey, I started writing more and more about inspirational thoughts, and lessons that I myself had learned, through my own life experiences, as well as others’. It’s important to find love, but it’s even more important to find love within yourself first, and I realized that doing that is a very difficult task, and rarely does it involve just you. So my mission in music, and in my writing is to help those who haven’t quite found themselves, or maybe they have! I just want to inspire people to stop just surviving, and start living.

When did you discover that you wanted to break into the industry?

I guess everything started when I was really young when I picked up my friends’ Gibson. I was about 11 or 12. I still wasn’t so serious about music as my life. Then when I was 15, I was sitting in chorus class and my teacher informed that EVERY male had to audition for the solo of the piece that we were doing. It was “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. I was one of the guys that just signed up for chorus because we all went to six flags at the end of every year for free. Who would say no to that opportunity? So naturally, when it came to me to try out in front of the whole class, I nearly got sick. But I got through it, and the weirdest thing happened after. No one said anything, and the teacher pulled me aside and basically said, “ Dominic, I have never said this to anyone before, but if you don’t pursue a career in music, I’ll be so disappointed in you. You have a gift that not many people do”. That woman changed my life that day. It’s crazy, because before that very moment, I wanted to be in the Special Forces. About three years after that, I had officially inducted myself into the singer-songwriter community. 

What are some of the major struggles you have as an up-and-coming solo artist? 

I could write a book about this question! I think the top struggles would have to be; getting a fan base, getting paid enough for it to be a legitimate gig, and pushing forward. I can’t tell you how many times a day I want to just drop everything and start over with a new career because of how challenging this is. But I don’t and I won’t, obviously. I literally can’t. I have nothing else to go to honestly. I have already invested way too much money, and way too much of my life to give up now.

Michael League, from Snarky Puppy did a lecture at my college a year back, and he said, “When the band first started, we went through hell and back, and I probably wanted to quit 50,000 times a day, but I refused to actually quit. I kept going, and look at us now, we just won our first Grammy!” He was the definition of hard earned success, and he proved to all of us that even the most famous musicians and actors struggled at one point. It just takes time and persistence. If you can perfect those two skills, you will be golden in the future. I emailed some places 13 times for this tour that I am on right now before they even got back to me. Then it was a month and a half of negotiation. But that persistence got me into places like House of Blues, on both coasts, and Java Joes in San Diego (The Iconic start of Jason Mraz).

What type of music moves you, and thus inspires the music you create?

Jason Mraz is my biggest inspiration, musically and as a human being. His impact on our planet, as well as our personal beings is something that’s so captivating when you witness it. He’s like a musical magician. He puts me into this trance that almost compels me to do good in this world. I can’t say I want to follow in his footsteps, because then I wouldn’t be me, but I definitely want to incorporate some of his philosophical and spiritual ideas into my daily and performance routines. And his new album, “Yes”, it’s he best work yet. It’s that kind of music I strive to create.

I do try to listen to as many genres and as many different artists as I can so that I can get a grasp on what people are thinking about in today’s world. If you listen close enough, you can see and hear a trend, especially with lyrics. And lately it has been about either, moving on from a break up, or being you. Some guys in particular who have really grabbed me lately are these a few British singer-songwriters; Alt-J, Ben Howard, James Vincent McMorrow, James Bay, and Passenger. Their music is a great example of where I am headed, at least I think, in my writing. The music is extremely relaxed, yet very mature in it’s sound. For some reason, I have been really digging the whole concept on using a wide vocal range, finger picking on an acoustic guitar, and a string section. So good.

What can we look forward to from you in the future? 

Well, I am on tour with a buddy of mine, a separate singer-songwriter, Robbie J. We toured all of California, and we are now touring the East Coast. So if you or anyone reading is interested in seeing us, we have three more shows to go on this coast before the tour is over, where you can find all of the dates on my website (Dominictursi.com) or Reverbnation. I will be finishing off my last year of school in Philadelphia starting this Fall, but I’m not letting school get in the way of me Busking, and performing in the area as much as possible. I have a new Album out, “It’s All Come Down To This” which came out last month, and I am actually just finishing the writing process on my second album. It’s going to be such a different sound and It’s going to be quite the project; I’ve got some cool tricks up my sleeve… I can’t wait.

www.dominictursi.com

In my website you can find: Instagram, Twitter, soundcloud, reverb nation, etc.

 FB fanpage:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dominic-Tursi/579235095434972

(My music is on Itunes)

8-16-2014 by Ashley Arpin Photography on Flickr.
Tyson Ritter & Mike Kennerty The All-American Rejects Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL

8-16-2014 by Ashley Arpin Photography on Flickr.

Tyson Ritter & Mike Kennerty
The All-American Rejects
Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL

HBB Buzz: Our Last Night Turns 10 in Boston, MA

By: Allison Lawrence, @allisonbrooke93

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"Last night was incredible. A SOLD OUT show of 1,000 kids screaming & singing to every word of our 22 song set. It was perfect"

-via TrevorOLN on twitter.

Trevor’s tweet sums up Our Last Night’s sold out show Friday night at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. I flew up there out of Alabama Friday morning to witness this incredible event; and trust me, it was worth the trip.

My flight landed just before noon in Boston, and friends who drove up from Virgina for the show come to pick me up. We head straight to the venue. By the time we get there, it is close to 2 pm, and fans have started lining up at the venue doors. Upon parking and walking down the street for coffee, I run into Trevor off the bat. He isn’t THAT shocked to see me, even though I just saw OLN Sunday in Nashville. But later, he and the others will thank anyone who FLEW in for this show.

The band does a meet and greet for the first 150 fans in line. So shortly after 5 pm, they let us in to see OLN. Then, I wander around the venue until the show starts.

The openers include Class of 92, Lions Lions, and Set It Off. All three bands have been tour mates of OLN at some point during all bands’ touring careers. Each bring energy and no shortage of crowd surfing and mosh pits.Class of 92 was the outlier of the show. They consisted of a rap/hard rock duality. Lions Lions really got the crowd going with their energetic and hard-rock set. SIO always, always kills the show. I’ve said it before, but Cody Carson is truly a superstar.

While all other bands were great, the star of the night was Our Last Night. They celebrated ten fucking years as a band. Sometimes that blows my mind because Trevor just turned 21 this summer. But seeing him up on stage mesmerizes me. This was such a special show for them.

From their opening song of “Same Old War,” to their closing encore of “Escape,” the whole set of 22 songs was a sight to see. They started the show with some newer songs like “Same Old War,” “Age of Ignorance,” and “Fate.” Then they invite their old band mate, Colin Perry, onstage to play some of their old  songs with them, They play throwbacks like “Recovery” and “Carry Me to Safety.” During Trevor introducing “Carry Me to Safety,” he mentions that its his favorite off of that album.

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^^Age of Ignorance

From that song, they switch Colin off for another old band mate, Joey. Joey currently plays piano for OLN. So, he is onstage for “Falling Away,” ‘Sunrise,” and “Reason to Love.” Just imagine something for a second: 1000 die hard OLN fans singing…more like screaming the lyrics to “Sunrise” back at Our Last Night. There is something so chilling and beautiful about a room full of supporters singing a song as heartfelt as “Sunrise” is. Saying that it left me speechless doesn’t even begin to cover it. I have never felt chills the way I felt them during that song.

As he introduces the band’s “Skyfall” cover, he says that a year and a half ago, they almost called it quits. Things like label problems really can take a toll on bands. But, he said this cover helped get them back at it. In my opinion, Our Last Night has never been stronger as a band. I am so glad they stayed in the game. From “Skyfall” they play their Katy Perry cover next. Then as the set comes to an end, they close with “Liberate Me,” only to hear the chants of 1000 fans asking for an encore.

Consisting of two songs, Our Last Night played an encore of “I’ve Never Felt This Way” and “Escape.” 22 songs, an hour and a half, 1000 strong for the OLN ten year show. Not only was this their longest set to date, it was also their largest headling crowd. I’d say they’re definitely here to stay for now.

To further put things into perspective, fans flew out for the show from California, Germany, and China to name a few. The venue was filled wall to wall with people singing every word to new and old Our Last Night songs alike. I literally could not walk without running into someone. The energy radiated through the cramped, dark, sweaty room the whole night. I have never ever seen so many crowd surfers for OLN either. There was a consistent flow of them during the entire set. I mean, even with slower songs like ‘Sunrise.” I even spotted some during the in between of songs.

I could keep going on about this show for twice as long as what I’ve written. But I will leave you with this- Our Last Night made me so very proud. They have become one of my favorite bands. They are truly good people, and deserved every bit of Friday night. I wish you all could have been there!

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Photo by- Matt Vogel, mattyvogel. Twitter: @mattvogelphoto

To see more photos of the show, and past tour, check out

https://www.facebook.com/ourlastnightband

Xoxo