Everyone’s favorite cry-along band Dashboard Confessional will be playing at First Avenue on Tuesday, February 25th in celebration of 20 years of amazing music.
With the arrival of their 2000 debut album The Swiss Army Romance, Dashboard Confessional emerged as a vital new voice that would reshape the musical landscape for years to come. Singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba’s origins in Further Seems Forever and skill for blending his introspective songcraft with unchecked punk intensity established him as a force. Word of mouth spread and Dashboard Confessional ascended from bedroom project to a global sensation, achieving sold-out tours, Gold and Platinum-certified records, and other milestone feats like selling out Madison Square Garden.
For their 20th celebration tour, Dashboard Confessional will be playing The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most and A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar in their entirety in select cities, and performing a mix of songs from both on all other dates. Meanwhile, the band has shown their unwavering solidarity by selecting opening bands from the scenes that came both before and after Dashboard Confessional. “I always want there to be a celebratory factor that’s not just about my band and my songs, but about the community that we’re so proud to have been part of, and that will carry after we’re long gone,” says Carrabba.
With more new music coming soon from Dashboard Confessional, Carrabba looks forward to carrying that celebratory spirit all throughout 2020 and reconnecting with his legion of listeners across the globe. “The fact that my music has had an effect on anybody’s life besides mine is so humbling, and one of the greatest parts of that has been getting to know the people who have become fans over the years,” he says. “Because the thing is that people can choose your band, but it doesn’t work the other way around—you don’t get to choose your fans. I always feel so incredibly lucky these are the fans who ended up choosing us.”
A personal favorite of mine, The Get Up Kids, will be opening up the show. The Get Up Kids are a band that grew up in public. Since forming in Kansas City in 1995, they’ve established themselves as a group whose music withstands trends and transcends the superficial in favor of something that stands the test of time. The foursong Kicker EP — the band’s Polyvinyl Record Co. debut — is the newest addition to their catalog of influential EPs (such as 1997’s Woodson and 1999’s Red Letter Day), as well as their first new release since 2011’s LP There Are Rules.
Since that album came out the band have been touring when their schedules permits and living very adult lives that include activities like raising kids (Matt, Rob, Jim), moving away (James) and moving back (Ryan), starting businesses (Ryan), getting a degree in geology (Jim), joining a local kickball league (Matt), accidentally being electrocuted on stage (Rob), or simply struggling with social media.
Tickets are still available HERE!
Remaining Tour Dates:
02/11 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park *
02/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern *
02/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *%
02/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *+
02/18 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox *
02/19 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
02/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *
02/22 – Denver, CO @ Ogden *
02/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman ^
02/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue ^
02/26 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave ^
02/28 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues ^%
02/29 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues ^+
03/03 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews%
03/04 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews+
03/06 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live ^
03/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
03/10 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^%
03/11 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^+
03/13 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom ^
03/14 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^%
03/15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^+
03/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts ^%
03/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts ^+
03/20 – Boston, MA @ Paradise ^%
03/21 – Boston, MA @ Paradise ^+
03/26 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues ^
03/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade ^
03/28 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium ^
* = w/ Piebald
^ = w/ The Get Up Kids
% = Performing The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most
+ = Performing A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar