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Monday, January 26, 2009

Where's the Band?

"Tuned Into Pop Culture" guest contributor Nick Carrabine is a News-Herald staff writer.

While they may not be household names, the bands Bayside, Saves the Day, The Get Up Kids and Thrice have been making thunderous noise in the underground scene for nearly a decade.

Sunday night the lead singers of each band took a more calm approach as they each played a solo acoustic set filled with their own songs as well as numerous covers.

While doors were supposed to open at 7 p.m. at the Grog Shop on Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights, people were standing in line in the blistering cold wrapped all the way back to the Mongolian Barbecue on Coventry Road until about 7:30 p.m.

Anthony Raneri of Bayside took the stage shortly after 8 p.m. He stared his set with an Alkaline Trio cover setting the mood for the entire night.

Fans weren’t exactly sure what to expect of the “Where’s the Band” tour, which prompted Raneri to ask the crowd after his third song if they got what was going on yet.

Raneri played a plethora of his own Bayside material while also covering songs from Bad Religion, Death Cab for Cutie and even country music star, Tim McGraw.

Chris Conley and Matt Pryor of Saves the Day and The Get Up Kids, respectively, followed Raneri.

They didn’t play as many covers as the Bayside frontman, but rather took more requests from the crowd.

Dustin Kensrue of Thrice finished off the show with about a 40 minute set. He played material from his band, his solo records and covers of the Counting Crows, Radiohead and Bruce Springsteen.

The show concluded with all four lead singers coming on stage to do a rendition of NOFX's “Linoleum.”

At the very least, it was an incredibly unique experience where the lead singers were able to connect with their fans in a more intimate atmosphere.

This was the first “Where’s the Band” tour and hopefully, it won’t be the last.

Highlights from the show:

Raneri covering Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into The Dark.”

The four covering NOFX's “Linoleum” for the show's encore.

Kensrue playing “The Artist in the Ambulance.”

*Note: These videos aren't from the Cleveland show except the Kensrue video. The first two are from prior stops on the tour. Not too many videos from the Cleveland show have been posted yet.


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