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Streetlight Manifesto at The Majestic Ventura Theatre
Written by Priscella Vega   
Sunday, 07 July 2013 03:40

It wasn’t a surprise to see fans decked out in Streetlight Manifesto shirts waiting in line, as early at 4 p.m. at what could have been the New Jersey ska-punk’s last concert in California.

The sold out venue immediately became hot and musky as fans continued to pack into the floor. The heat and anxiousness to see the headlining act was apparent, as some in the crowd were rowdy toward the two opening acts. Some threw things at the bands, while others yelled out inappropriate things.

As Streetlight Manifesto’s gear began to get set up, fans continued to grow anxious and began singing “Somewhere in the Between” in hopes of calling out the band. Meanwhile, others near the back of the crowd tried shoving their way near the front, claiming they were trying to reach a friend.

The tension in the crowd as at an all-time high and soon enough, a roar of cheers unused, the lights dimmed and the sea of fans shoved everyone even closer toward the barricade.

The cheers would not stop as many thought this would be the band’s last concert and it was without a doubt fans would give it their all.

The venue became quiet as vocalist Tomas Kalnoky began teasing the crowd by warming up his vocals. Soon enough, the band kicked it off with their single, “The Three Of Us” off their latest release.

It didn’t take long for everyone in attendance to realize how intense the show would become as fans in the pit where already drenched in sweat by the second track.

“Stay with us guys, we’ve got a lot of songs to play,” Kalnoky said as the band finished “Down, Down, Down to Mephisto’s Cafe,” one of the not as rough tracks from their catalogue.

Throughout the set, Streetlight included a few new tracks off their “The Hands That Thieve” album like “With Any Sort of Certainty,” “Toe To Toe” and “Oh Me, Oh My.” Although the record was never officially released, it didn’t keep fans from learning the lyrics and singing them back. 

The heat inside the venue didn’t waiver and security guards began passing out water bottles to those near the front. A few were lucky enough to have a drink before the water finished but a majority had to stick out the heat or get out.

Midway through a track, a few people in the crowd where able to grab the attention of a security guard after a girl began swaying like a rag doll in the pit. It quickly became evident that the girl passed out and was only being held up by everyone’s bodies around her. As she was pulled out and inspected, Kalnoky realized the issue and stepped forward, looking to see if the girl was conscious. Throughout the night, that fan wasn’t the only one to get pulled out of the crowd.

A band like Streetlight Manifesto isn’t known for their interaction with the crowd, but rather the intensity they garner throughout their entire set. Although Kalnoky didn’t banter much onstage, it was evident he enjoyed the crowds’ intensity as he occasionally walked toward the edge of the stage and smirked while playing his guitar.

Streetlight Manifesto returned to the stage for their two-track encore, but before they began playing their last song, Kalnoky addressed the crowd.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got some bad news. This is the last song of the evening—oh shit, this is even worse news, this is probably the last song we’re ever going to play in Ventura,” Kalnoky said. “I don’t know if you guys know, but we’re going to be touring for the rest of the year, so we’ll see you in October and November.”

Fans cheered in delight as it gave them another night to look forward to before they truly said goodbye to the band. It was a great night for all those who attended as they walked out, drenched in sweat into the cool night of the evening.


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