To start off, Revention Music Center is a complex venue for media like us. I’d been only to the venue a few times, but this time was probably the most difficult. We had to wait hours to get our press passes and tickets to go in and then we had to go all the way to the back of the line. At this point, they were already letting in the public, so the line was wrapped all the way around Revention. The band, Blue October, had sold out the venue.
As a long term fan of the band, I knew their loyal fans would come out in full force, and I wasn’t disappointed. Doors opened at six, but Miracle and I didn’t get in until about seven. By this time, we had just enough time to go to the restroom and go by the merch stand before the opening act went on. The opening act definitely got the crowd of dedicated fans pumped up in eager anticipation of Blue October’s performance.
For those of you who have never heard of Blue October, or don’t know much about them, they are a Houston based band. The lead singer, Justin Furstenfeld, went to the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and that’s where the band was formed. Blue October started off playing small venues around Houston, such as Fitzgeralds, and later when their fandom grew so did the venues. Created in 1995, the band rose in success after singing about real life troubling issues that many of their fans feel that they could relate to. The band is an alternative rock band that definitely can put on a great performance.
Once Blue October took stage for their “I Want It” tour, the crowd immediately singing songs such as “I Want It” , “Coal Makes Diamonds” , “Say It” , as well the fan favorites like “Calling You” , “Sway” , “Into the Ocean” , as well as doing an acoustic version of “Hate Me” for their encore. The show was a long one, three hours long not including the encore. Lead singer, Furstenfeld made sure to continuously thank and show his appreciation for his home and diehard fans.
The only thing that made the night slightly bad was that there was an intoxicated man that was groping and dancing onto unwilling women around Miracle and I. Unfortunately, I was one of the individuals he attempted to dance upon. Since we were in general admission, space was already tight and when I had accidentally bumped into the couple in front of me as a result of the intoxicated man’s assaults, the couple made sure that I was okay. Afterwards, the man continued to bounce to and from other women around us until finally a fight had started between him and another man which security did a good job of breaking up and escorting the intoxicated man away from the public for our own safety.
Other than that one mishap, the night went smooth. I was especially excited to see Blue October since I’ve been a fan of them for several years now. It was a good concert, the band put on an incredible show and Miracle and I had a great night.
Photos by Raymond Gayle