Photos + Review: Dashboard Confessional at House of Blues (San Diego, CA)

Dashboard Confessional (Boca Raton, FL) and Vinyl Theatre (Milwaukee, WI)
February 3rd, 2017
House of Blues in San Diego, CA

Time stood still on Friday night as Dashboard Confessional hit the House of Blues in San Diego.  A full house of 20-and-30-somethings filled the room eager to hear those songs that shaped our youth.

Starting the night off was Vinyl Theatre who put on a very energetic set.  The trio of guys are packed with a punch of sound that they deliver so effortlessly.  Especially, keyboardist Chris Senner who jumps from a piano to a keytar to vocals in the matter of seconds.  Vocalist Keegan Calmes doesn’t stay behind either as he gracefully manages the stage never missing a note, and drummer Nick Cesarz who never missed a beat either.  If you like pop music and an energetic show to match, then Vinyl Theatre is the band for you.

Dashboard Confessional hit the stage to a room full of eager and nostalgic fans.  The band started their set off with The Good Fight and then took us back to 2001 with “Saints and Sailors.”  Frontman Chris Carrabba didn’t even finish saying the first word of the song when the crowd echoed the rest of the lyrics.  And just like that the night continued as they went on to play fan favorites like “The Sharp Hint of New Tears,” “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most,” and “Screaming Infidelities” among so many others.  Mid-set the band left and Carrabba appeared for an 8 song acoustic set before the rest of the band reappeared to play “Hands Down.”  Their set was solid and seamless and the whole band managed to keep their composure even though all of us in the crowd were losing ours singing along.

Overall Dashboard Confessional played a great show and the House of Blues definitely wasn’t short on nostalgia.  With emo making one hell of a comeback and Dashboard Confessional working on new material we’ll be back here singing our hearts out again before we know it.

Setlist:

The Good Fight
Saints and Sailors
The Sharp Hint of New Tears
As Lovers Go
Several Ways to Die Trying
Stolen
We Fight
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Shirts and Gloves
The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most
Ghost of a Good Thing
Heart Beat Here
The Best Deception
Again I Go Unnoticed
Screaming Infidelities
Vindicated
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Hands Down

Thoughts?