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Summer Set October 15

thesummerset_1Who:  The Summer Set

Where:  Boney June’s, Evansville, Indiana

Date: 10/15/2011

Reviewer: Winfield Dean

On October 15, 2011, my roommate and I drove to Evansville, IN from Purdue University to see The Summer Set’s headlining show at Boney June’s. The drive was about 4 hours, so we got an early start and hit the road. Apparently we planned ahead a little too far in advance. It had completely slipped our minds that Evansville would be in central time, rather than eastern. We ended up arriving at the venue at 2 pm. Yes, we were the first ones there and doors weren’t supposed to open until 6:30. So instead of waiting by the door of the venue, we went and ate at a restaurant across the street to kill 3 or 4 hours. We headed back over to Boney June’s once we saw band-like vehicles with trailers arriving.

As promised, doors opened around 6:30. There were about 30 people that had been waiting in line for a little over an hour. More people began to arrive during the opening bands, which were Paul Osburn, Bella Vue, Stereo Shout Out, and Alison Park, who is also Plain White T’s Wonders of the Younger tour with The Summer Set.  Paul Osburn is a musician from Evansville, IN who sings acoustic-pop songs. Bella Vue, a rock band from Evansville, was up next. They had very high energy and really excited the crowd for The Summer Set. The local band to perform was Stereo Shout Out. They have a pop rock sound and have both a male and female singer, which adds an interesting dynamic to their songs. Alison Park, the last opener for The Summer Set, performed with The Holding, a pop rock band. Alison has an incredibly powerful voice; I highly recommend listening to her if you don’t already.

Now I already knew, because of Twitter, that The Summer Set would be playing acoustic, which I was actually very excited about. When Brian Dales and Stephen Gomez got on stage they told the story of how their van broke down somewhere in Missouri, which Brian would now always pronounce “misery”. Alison Park and her crew had to turn their bus around to go pick them up. Their van wouldn’t be fixed until the following Monday, so their next few shows would have to be acoustic instead of full-band. Brian and Stephen started the night off with “When We Were Young”. Brian’s voice sounded great accompanied by just an acoustic guitar. This was followed with the fan favorite “Chelsea” from “Love Like This” which Brian ended with the lyrics of “Stacy’s Mom”, by Fountains of Wayne and then transitioned into “About a Girl”.

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