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Blue October Concert

April 19, 2010 - Brandi Bowers

In keeping up with area entertainment, my friends (Shawna, Cory & Sam) and I went up to Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh on Thursday for a rock concert. We saw the band Blue October. You're probably asking yourself, "who's that?" Well, to answer that, they had two hit singles/music videos in 2006 called, "Hate Me" & "Into The Ocean." They also had a single, "Dirt Room," which received a lot of air time on The X last year. Ok, so they aren't the biggest band out there, but they've definitely had some success & they know how to rock!

Thursday's concert was one of the best concerts I've seen. I pretty much love all music, though I'm not a big fan of country or rap. My favorite music, of course, is rock. I like hard rock, classic rock, alternative rock... it's all good. Blue October falls somewhere between hard & alternative rock. I think they have a pretty unique sound. They are the kind of band that can play a peaceful, melancholy song, & then turn around & rock out & make you want to jump up & down, screaming their lyrics.

The band formed in 1995 & was first signed in 1999. The band currently consists of the following members: Justin Furstenfeld (lead vocals, songwriter, guitarist), his brother Jeremy (drums, percussion), Ryan Delahoussaye (violin, mandolin, piano, backing vocals), Matt Noveskey (bass guitar, backing vocals) & C.B. Hudson (lead guitar, backing vocals). We were lucky enough to meet the band outside after the show. I posted some of the pictures!

If you get the chance to see Blue October, I highly recommend it! They are currently touring. You can visit their web site at

I also recommend seeing any bands at Mr. Smalls, which is a really cool venue. It holds up to 650 people, & was constructed out of an 18th century church. It has hardwood floors, sectioned off bar areas for all age shows & a beautiful stained glass window. Here are just some of the artists who have performed there: Rusted Root, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold & Fall Out Boy. If you like rock & smaller venues, stop in here. Who knows, you might see the next great band before they make it big.


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