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302296_2566266114334_1184598302_33055606_1746980666_nWho:  The Wonder Of The Younger Tour

With: Plain White T’s, The Summer Set w/special guest Alison Park

Where: House of Blues, Chicago

When: October 30, 2011

By Winfield Dean

On October 30, 2011 I made my way to Chicago, Illinois for The Plain White T’s ‘Wonders of the Younger Tour’ at the House of Blues. I arrived at the venue around 4:45 and waited in the rain with quite a few others for the doors to open. Even though the weather was dreary outside, everyone was still excited and hyped up for the show. The House of Blues in Chicago is an incredibly punctual venue. Doors opened right at 5 and I headed straight to the first balcony and got a table near the bar where I had a great view of the stage.

Alison Park took the stage at 5:30 dressed like Tom Cruise in Risky Business. She sang the majority of the songs on her EP ‘Listen’. Alison has an incredibly powerful voice, lots of energy on stage, and knows how to work a crowd. The Downtown Fiction was up next. Cameron Leahy was dressed as Kanye West, David Pavluk was Justin Bieber, and Wes Dimond was Taylor Swift. The Downtown Fiction sang hits like “I Just Wanna Run”, “Thanks for Nothing”, and “Let’s Be Animals”. Brian Dales from The Summer Set joined them on stage and sang while they were performing “A Wonderful Surprise”. Once their set was over the venue started to play “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO and the boys came back out on stage and danced obnoxiously.

The Summer Set was up at 7 pm. Brian Dales walked on stage along wearing a pea coat and boxers. He opened his coat to expose a white t-shirt with the word “SLUT” written on it. The rest of the band joined them dressed in the stereotypical slutty Halloween costumes. Jess Bowen looked like “the morning after”, Stephen Gomez was a mouse, John Gomez was a bunny, and John Montgomery was a nurse. The Summer Set had an incredibly upbeat, fun set. They started off with “When We Were Young”, “Chelsea”, “Mannequin”, and “The Boys You Do”. Alison Park came on stage and sang with Brian Dales during “About a Girl”. Next were “Back to the Start”, “Love Like This”, and “Someone Like You”. During their last song, “Young”, Alison Park and crew came out on stage and danced during the chorus. The crowd finished the last verse of the song. There was so much crowd interaction during their set, with the crowd singing and dancing along the entire time.

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