August Burns Red @ The Webster Theater

When I walked into The Webster Theater for this show the venue was more-packed than I had ever seen it during a first opening act. The edges of the venue were congested with people, and as I made my way through I realized why – a HUGE mosh pit had already broken out in the middle of the floor. Crystal Lake was tearing it up on stage while fans were tearing it up below. Next was Miss May I followed by Fit for a King – both bands absolutely killed it and could have been a headlining act themselves. By the time August Burns Red came on the venue was completely packed from front to back. One by one, band members JB Brubaker (lead guitar), Brent Rambler (rhythm guitar), Matt Greiner (drums), Jake Luhrs (lead vocals), and Dustin Davidson (bass) stepped on stage. The metal band born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania unreservedly OWNED the stage. Under an incredible array of lights, fans crowd surfed into the pit one after another throughout the entirety of the show. Somehow ABR pulled off a performance which was both exceptionally intense, and smooth and controlled at the same time. It is no wonder why this band was nominated for a Grammy. This was a tour not to be missed. ABR wrapped up the tour the next night in Poughkeepsie, NY.  If you were unfortunate to miss it, your next chance to see ABR will be in Mexico City, Mexico in May for Domination or in California for the Vans Warped Tour in July.

 

 

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