Burn The Ballroom Performance Lights Sparks At Jammin’ Java

| June 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

A normally boring Tuesday night turned into a spectacular show of talent and skill at the Jammin’ Java Music Club & Cafe. Burn the Ballroom, Holly Would…, Fusebox Poet, Just Another Scene and an unnamed band from Baltimore took the stage on May 21st, pouring their hearts and souls into their performances.

Just Another Scene

P1040514Just Another Scene was the first band to perform. The energetic band started off with A Perfect ‘The End.’ Their enthusiasm was contagious. As the band bounced around the stage, the near-empty floor filled with fascinated fans. Singer Alex Jongbloed showcased his vocal talents in Counted the Years, a party song, full of clapping, jumping, and fun lyrics. Guitarist Brandon Guyton played a beautiful, rock version of Gotye’s Somebody I Used To Know. The audience loved upbeat cover, singing along loudly. Touring bassist Tyler Adlam kept a sturdy beat throughout the set.  Their fourth song, another original called It’s Not Over Till I Say So, made use of Zach Benson’s drumming abilities. Thanks to both Benson and Jongbloed’s vocal talent and ability to harmonize, Just Another Scene was able to cover the classic song Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down by Fall Out Boy. They were able to cover it flawlessly, without butchering a much-loved classic, but still added their own twist, so it didn’t sound exactly same. Remarkably, they were even able to create an echo-like effect using Benson as a backup vocalist as Jongbloed sang.  Just Another Scene’s last song, their most favorite to perform, was Better Off Dead. Jongbloed used the stage space to his advantage, striding from side to side and ending with a pantomimed shot to the head. Amazingly, even though Guyton snapped a string on his guitar, he still played through the song as if nothing happened. Just Another Scene will be performing next at YouthFest with Mayday Parade.

 

The Lives To Come

P1040568The next band to play was straight out of Baltimore! The Lives To Come is a post-hardcore band and the last to be added to the lineup–just a week before. They performed four songs, and each were riddled with intricate guitar pieces, heavy bass, loaded riffs, thundering drums, and strong vocals. Their first song, War! Because Of Her, displays singers Josh Seleski and Dan Thompson’s incredible vocal range, along with their screaming talents. Collin Dunn and Kyle Schaefer show off their quality guitar skills during their second song, The Operator. The bridge was awe-inspiring, every instrument meshed flawlessly to produce consonance. Drummer Ryan Sadler and bassist Joe Seleski keep a steady, quick beat during Obsolete as Josh Seleski and Thompson sang their hearts out. The Lives To Come’s final song, Low Tide, began with a blast of vocals over a heavy beat and phenomenal guitar pieces. It was evident from their breathtaking performance that The Lives To Come are passionate about their music.

The Lives To Come is very busy; their next concert is at LHMUC on Friday, June 7th.  Other acts include Life On Repeat, Honour Crest, The Old Line State, By Grace, and Depths & Dreams.  Then, they have another show on July 8th with Memphis May Fire, I See Stars, Madison Apart, and Mortify The Scythian at Empire in Springfield, Virginia. Tickets can either be bought directly from The Lives To Come at a discounted price, or from the venue. They are now in Boston to record their second EP.

 

Fusebox Poet

P1040693Although far from home, Fusebox Poet conquered the stage with a menagerie of beats. Their first song, Tunnel Vision, had the crowd clapping and dancing along. Vocalist Drew Cyphers instigated the audience, jumping around the stage. His range was impressive; Cyphers hit every high note imaginable. Guitarist Paul Wright had fun with guitar effects, manipulating the sound to create a trippy riff. Break the Routine kept the dancing beat with another round of clapping and awesome guitar melodies. Bassist Dave McGarry hardly sat still, bouncing as he pounded out bass lines. The third song, Ashes, was more rock, with a funky beat produced by drummer Pat Gerasia. It had sudden transitions from fast tempo to slow, handled professionally by the band. A fake ending enthralled the audience, leaving them wanting more. Clean started with drums, building upon that with the vocals, bass and guitar. The carefree beat of the verses changed seamlessly during the chorus, and the band used pauses effectively to keep the audience interested. Cyphers hit his high note and McGarry had an incredible bass solo. The fifth song out of seven, Starting Today, had a slower, funky beat. Members of Fusebox Poet instigated the audience while Cyphers sang, backed by McGarry. Parachute started with vocals right from the beginning. Fusebox Poet showed their love for performing as they interacted with each other playfully, having fun. The quiet bridge had Cyphers pointing at members in the audience, as if to serenade each one personally. A perfectly executed, shockingly high note from Cyphers made the audience roar in response. Their last song was more rambunctious than the others. What Do You Want started with heavy guitar from Wright, followed by Gerasia on drums. It seemed to have an almost country-rock twang tucked beautifully behind Cyphers’ singing. Even though McGarry and Wright had their hands full with expert guitar and bass riffs, they were still able to have fun; moonwalking and chasing each other across the stage. Fusebox Poet hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, but is currently touring to support the release of their new EP called Who Are You Now.

Holly Would…

P1040641Holly Would… not only performed a concert, but put on a show. Singer David Elliott had a beautiful voice, and used his eyes and body language to seem absolutely crazy. They started their set with Newport. A quiet intro turned into in-your-face rock, with an awesome bass beat from Kevin Criner.  They instigated the audience, drawing the audience closer to the stage. A seamless transition into their second song, Ida, brought forward a catchy beat, courtesy of drummer Cory Ward. Members of Holly Would… positively bounced around the stage, with beautiful guitar parts from Logan Shermeyer. The third song, We Got It For Cheap, had controlled chaos, with an awesome stomping beat, and the eye-catching Elliott showing off his extensive vocal range. Getting lost in the music, the members started throwing themselves around the stage. The Nature Boy was very Panic! At The Disco- like. It was fast, with awesome vocals. Talented bassist Criner danced around as Elliott showed off his guitar skills in his solo. Ward even got in on the fun, throwing his drumsticks into the audience. The fifth song out of ten,  Midget, had the crowd dancing around with Elliott as he jumped into the crowd and slid across the floor. Debauchery had an awesome, static beat, and was still upbeat. Elliott and Criner made use of the whole stage, striding across it and standing on the edge. Elliott liked the audience enough to jump back in, instigating and spinning the microphone around. Elliott’s charming voice paired with his unending energy had the audience enamored. Drummer Ward showed off his skills during Last Call. Shermeyer and Criner gave it their all, playing their hearts out! Elliott crawled across the stage, his change of outfit had him shirtless. The end was controlled, with Elliott singing without instruments. Holly Would…’s eighth song, Señorita,  was more jazzy, with a strong beat and awesome use of cymbals by Ward. The use of guitar effects made the song a bit trippy, but in a really cool way. Their last two songs were xjulietx and Shattered Dreams. They were more ska, but turned rock quickly. All in all, Holly Would… were incredibly passionate, and doubly talented. They have three shows coming up. Their next concert is June 1st at the Herndon Festival in Herndon, VA.   Next, Holly Would… will be playing at Celebrate Fairfax in Fairfax, VA on June 7th. Their third show is at Empire on August 24th, in Springfield, VA; but tickets aren’t on sale yet. Additionally, they are working on a new music video to be released soon.

 Burn The Ballroom

P1040711Burn the Ballroom was the last band to captivate the audience. Their first song out of seven, Dark Dance showed off drummer Jack Ivins’ mastery of drums, and singer Alan Gant’s charming vocals. Dark dance had a funky beat, but in a good way. Their second song, Fire Breather, started off with an explosion of sound. It had a dancing beat, and was more in-your-face. They mastered the use of breaks to create an awesome beat. The lyrics were intriguing, along with the guitar riffs, courtesy of Sterling Pearson. The next two songs, Vanity High and Do I Look Like I Go To Your Youth Group, were my two favorites. Guitarist and singer Gant had the most pretty intro, accompanied by bassist Jackson Harar. Drummer Ivins had fun, even doing tricks such as flipping his drumsticks as he played. Gant had his own guitar solo during Do I Look Like I Go To Your Youth Group. Their energy had the audience excited, dancing, clapping, and singing along. Drummer Ivins had a flawless drum solo, and Gant had a high note that stopped the audience in awe. The Shade of Fear started off slowly with another pretty guitar solo. Guitarist Pearson sang back up for Gant. The slow song turned fast, with the members jumping around. They made use of their props, shining light across their faces to create haunting profiles. A beautiful guitar solo by Pearson completed The Shade of Fear. Mayday was Burn the Ballroom’s second to last song.  It started right off with awesome guitar talent, a kicking bass, a fun beat,  and beautiful vocals. P1040737You couldn’t help but to dance to its beat, with meaningful lyrics, punctuated effectively by rests. Burn the Ballroom’s last song was Not If But When. They started with a fast guitar riff in the intro, and a fun beat. Guitarist Pearson backed Gant as he sang again, showing off how well they can harmonize. Alan Gant sang his heart out, hitting high notes like it was no big deal. The bass was absolutely perfect thanks to Jackson Harar’s super talent. There was a fake ending that the audience absolutely adored. Even the ending was spectacular, showing off why this band was the headliner. Burn the Ballroom was absolutely phenomenal, showing off their mastery of music and their passion for it. Burn the Ballroom has two shows coming up. Their first is at Empire on June 1st in Springfield, VA. They too are playing Celebrate Fairfax Festival.

 

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Kati is a student at AACC with a passion for all things music!