Photos: Where’s the Band? at House of Blues (San Diego, CA)

Where’s the Band?
Andy JacksonCasey Crescenzo, Dan Andriano, Matt Pryor, and Dustin Kensrue
December 19th, 2014
House of Blues in San Diego, CA

We should all be grateful for tours like Where’s the Band?.  They bring us some of the best frontmen from many of our favorite bands to play solo acoustic sets that nourish your soul.  This year they brought along Dustin Kensrue from Thrice, Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids, Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio, Casey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter, and Andy Jackson from Hot Rod Circuit.  A lot of these guys have their own solo repertoire but they also include songs from their wider known catalogs, an absolute audible treat.  This was the first time I attended a show at the House of Blues that didn’t have a pit.  I got in just in time to see Casey Crescenzo.  Loud crowd aside, he sang and played beautifully.  You can’t expect anything less from the man.  There was very little downtime between sets, after all stage set up included only a mic check and a guitar.  Dan Andriano stumbled onto the stage almost immediately.  His setlist was mostly curated by the crowd and of course we all loved every second of it.  Matt Pryor’s set flew by with another set mostly being curated by the crowd.  He passed on some Get Up Kids’ songs because he said he’d be playing them every night on TGUK’s tour next year. I was pretty stoked to hear that.  Finally, Dustin Kensrue hit the stage and the entire crowd came forward.  There were hardly any folks at the bar.  Between songs off of his solo effort and Christmas tunes that he sings so well, he played a couple Thrice songs and it was magical.  He even hit us with a Lorde cover, is there nothing this man can’t make sound magical?  I’m guessing not.  Finally, everyone came out to sing a couple songs and to wish Casey Crescenzo a happy birthday.  The show was fantastic and except for making me Thrice a whole lot, the show was extremely rad.


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