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Two nights with Streetlight Manifesto at House of Blues
Written by Priscella Vega   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 18:06

If there was a place ska fans should have been at this weekend, it was at both Streetlight Manifesto shows.

Earlier in the year, the band announced it would commence its final full leg “The End of the Beginning Tour” before they took on a hiatus. The sudden news and the way the announcement was worded, it seemed like the band would break up after the tour.

Streetlight Manifesto performed on Thursday at the Sunset House of Blues followed by Friday’s show at the Anaheim House of Blues.

Mike Park formerly of Skanking Pickle and Dan Potthast were the opening acts on the tour. Both musicians’ garnered fans throughout the night with Park’s acoustic cover of Operation Ivy’s “The Crowd” and Potthast’s hilarious heckler song.

Both Park and Potthast received positive reactions, but it was obvious fans where anxious to see Streetlight Manifesto perform.

By the time Streetlight took stage, the floor was inundated with fans that shoved their way into the pit even though it was already packed to the brim.

All hell broke loose both nights Streetlight Manifesto performed the opening chords of their first song.

Fast, paced tracks like “A Moment of Violence,” “Watch It Crash” and “Would You Be Impressed” encouraged an endless stream of crowd surfers. Some were fortunate to get thrown over the barricade without any harm, but others fell through the open areas as the crowd swayed radically from one side to the other.

Fans who go to concerts know the center of the crowd results in the most physically draining because of the mosh pit, but for both Streetlight Manifesto shows, all bets where off.

The entire floor shook and the barricade was useless at the Sunset House of Blues. The show started off with two security guards in the photo pit. A couple tracks into Streetlight’s set, a handful more where called in to stop the barrier from creeping closer to the stage and to help with crowd surfers. By the end of the night, some were rocking out inside the photo pit as a result of the barricade being pushed in.

Friday’s sold out show had the entire crowd on the floor swaying, trying to hold onto someone or something to keep themselves standing upright. Fans on the edge of the barricade and side steps where consistently shoved against the speakers and pushed onto the floor.

While majority of the band’s hour set was high energy, they performed a Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution cover of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” giving fans a few minutes to catch their breath.

Besides the incredibly vivacious energy from the crowd, the band looked genuinely happy performing onstage.

Tomas Kalnoky (vocals) interacted with the crowd more than usual. At Thursday night’s show, Kalnoky told fans he wasn’t having a good day, up until performing for fans in attendance.

The band closed off their set with “The Big Sleep,” a well-suited track for their farewell tour.



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