Living Proof Tour hits the House Of Blues
Article + photos by Hanna Branch
Selling out shows is no easy feat. Selling out the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida? It’s only possible if you have the right amount of loyal and intense fans plus an amazing lineup. This combination is how State Champs achieved a sold out show on March 14 during the Living Proof Tour at the iconic venue located in Disney Springs. Fans waited in line for hours before doors opened, which is something that the band is quite familiar with.
Grayscale, The Dangerous Summer, and Our Last Night were support for this tour, bringing in fans of their own. Many people in the crowd were just as excited for the openers as they were for State Champs and screamed along to lyrics from each band.
Grayscale started off the night with a high-energy, pop-punk vibe, which got the crowd excited and moving. The Dangerous Summer offered the chance to breathe, as a fair amount of their songs wavered between a slow and chill vibe. They even took their set into the crowd, asking fans to light vocalist AJ Perdomo’s way with their phones.
Finally, Our Last Night drew a large fan base of their own. People in the pit knew all the words to the band’s songs, and spent the majority of the set singing along with the band.
Our Last Night definitely knew how to party with loud and fast music that also incorporated a great message, with their song “Sunrise” being a highlight.
At last, State Champs stormed the stage with their opening song, “Criminal.” Immediately, the venue erupted into screams and yells, most of which were lyrics to the song itself. Controlling a crowd as large as this one can be difficult at times, but posed no challenge to singer Derek DiScanio, who had a smile plastered to his face the entire night.
In true pop-punk fashion, the band ran around the entire stage and even showed off a few jumps and spins as well. A few hit songs of the night included “Losing Myself,” “Dead and Gone,” and their closing song, “Secrets.” The only time the energy died down was during “If I’m Lucky” — the one acoustic song they played that night. The audience was not disappointed by the lull in momentum, as this song tends to be a fan favorite.
If you’ve never seen State Champs live before, I highly suggest going to one of their shows if the chance arises. They bring endless energy and fun to the stage that other bands are not always able to match. You could feel the emotion and happiness radiating through the entire venue as both band and fans had the night of their lives.