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by Guest Contributor Mark Iman, MarkImanConcertReview.blogspot.com

November 12, 2014 kicked off the final installment of touring for Blue October’s most recent album, SWAY, at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. Starting the evening off was Harvard Of The South, a side project created by Blue Octobers Justin Furstenfeld, Matt Noveskey, Jeremy Furstenfeld and longtime collaborator and friend Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells and Longwave.  The band recently released a 5 song EP titled Miracle and is currently available at the shows. I made sure to grab my copy and have a hard time switching to anything else. It has a great old school grunge feel only with less teenage angst.  As I heard someone in the crowd state “Imagine if Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Smashing Pumpkins had an illegitimate love child, this would be it.” Being that all the bands listed are a staple in music history I see no better way to compliment them and look forward to hearing more music in the future.

The show started with a brief video telling everyone about the upcoming LIVE album and documentary that has been in the works for the past several years. The band is working on a pledgemusic campaign to make it possible for the fans to help participate in its creation. Currently they are 82% funded with little over a week left. For more information and to pledge please click the link at the bottom of the page.

Once the band took the stage it was a no holds barred roller coaster of emotion, but with a new dynamic that I had never seen from them before. Rocking through the set with a confidence that was reassuring to the crowd, lead singer Justin Furstenfeld made it clear that the band would be covering a lot of material spanning the length of Blue October’s discography while focusing on the albums Foiled-Sway. At which point the crowd went ballistic. I cannot describe the Jekyl and Hyde way in which Justin can turn on and off his aggression during songs like Say It and Light You Up to bring it back to his softer side with Congratulations. To watch him reign himself in and mentally as well as physically work through the emotions before proceeding, shows the maturity and calmness that he has embraced in life now.

 

It is no longer the Justin show. This has been my 9th time seeing Blue October but it may as well have been my first. Although the music was the same and the band members have not changed, it felt like I was watching someone new. From the playful interactions between each other to Justin egging on the crowd by asking us to sing along or telling one of his anecdotes to get us laughing, from start to finish it was obvious that everyone is in a better place.

Many Thanks go out to everyone in the band for making the first night special for all of us in attendance. Justin, Ryan, Matt, Ceb and Jeremy your music has touch the lives of so many and we appreciate what you do. We cannot wait to hear what is in store for the future and since Justin said “I’ll be doing this Blue October thing ‘til I am like 90!” we will hold you to it.

by Guest Contributor Mark Iman, MarkImanConcertReview.blogspot.com

 

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My favorite artist, Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October has just released his new CD, Songs From an Open Book. The CD features songs and stories from his Open Book Tour and was released today.  We went to one of his shows on his Open Book Tour last year and it was one of the most amazing shows I have ever been to. The spirit in that room was soul touching and the intimate atmosphere allowed Justin to completely connect to the audience through his words and music. Check out our coverage from his Open Book Tour.  You can check out a preview from his CD here:

 

The CD can be purchased on iTunes here or through his merch site here which includes some really cool bundles. In addition Justin will be heading out on his Open Book Tour starting on September 4th at Rockin Rodeo in Denton, TX.  I highly recommend getting yourself to one of the dates and get your tickets early, because they will sell out!

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We are hoping to catch Justin on his San Francisco date at The Chapel which is the perfectly exquisite setting for such a magical night. You can check out our previous features on Justin and Blue October which include many photos and videos. I will leave you with you a tribute video that Rockin Ryan made to Calling You.

~ Enjoy, Marisol

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My favorite artist, Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October has announced the pre-order for his new CD, Songs From an Open Book. The CD which will feature songs and stories from his Open Book Tour is set for a September 2nd release.  We went to one of his shows on his Open Book Tour last year and it was one of the most amazing shows I have ever been to. The spirit in that room was soul touching and the intimate atmosphere allowed Justin to completely connect to the audience through his words and music. Check out our coverage from his Open Book Tour.  You can check out a preview from his CD here:

 

 

The CD can be purchased on iTunes here or through his merch site here which includes some really cool bundles. Justin is currently finishing up his 5 week residency at the Hotel Cafe this Thursday August 27th. His Acoustic Storytelling shows have been quite a success and each show is sold out. Fans have expressed that the show was like no other show, Justin’s emotions came to life as he sang and told stories behind the songs.

In addition Justin will be heading out more Open Book Tour dates in September. I highly recommend getting yourself to one of the dates and get your tickets early, because they will sell out!

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We are hoping to catch Justin on his San Francisco date at The Chapel which is the perfectly exquisite setting for such a magical night. You can check out our previous features on Justin and Blue October which include many photos and videos. I will leave you with you a tribute video that Rockin Ryan made to Calling You.

~ Enjoy, Marisol

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My favorite artist, Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October has announced his five week residency in Los Angeles at the Hotel Cafe. He will be performing his “Acoustic Storytelling” and it promises to be an amazing night. It is set for five Wednesdays, starting on July 30th at the Hotel Cafe and it will be a unique acoustic storytelling experience which will include songs and stories. It will have an intimate atmosphere which allows you to connect with the artist through his words and music.  If you were lucky enough to attend one of Justin’s Open Book Tour nights, you will understand what I mean, when I tell you how magical the night will be. Check out our coverage from his Open Book Tour.

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Justin explains the residency, “I’m happy to say ill be doing a residency in Los Angeles . I’d love to know which songs you’d like to hear ? Which songs you’d like to hear the stories behind ? I cannot wait to meet and shake everyone’s hand . It’s these types of nights that I love , up close and personal where you can hear a pin drop. It’s exciting to me to play stripped down and in front of a fairly new crowd. Thank you everyone for your endless support I am very very grateful to have this chance.” Tickets are on sale now for all five shows:https://www.hotelcafe.com/tickets/

I hope you come on out and join us for a very special evening with Justin Furstenfeld. We are set to head out in August and will bring you full coverage of the night and hopefully an interview with Justin. You can check out our previous features on Justin and Blue October which include many photos and videos. I will leave you with you a tribute video that Rockin Ryan made to Calling You.

~ Enjoy, Marisol

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BLUE OCTOBER

The ALTAR BAR 5-14-14  PITTSBURGH, PA

by Guest Contributor Mark Iman, MarkImanConcertReview.blogspot.com

Sway the seventh studio album from the Texas based band Blue October, which started out as a crowd funded project via PledgeMusic, raised over two hundred percent of their goal over the course of the campaign. Truly showing that, the fans really do make the band. Since the first time I saw them in New York, I have had the pleasure of following Blue October for the last three years. In that time I have gone from learning their music, to becoming friends with some of the most amazing people, and interacting with members of the band. It didn’t take long to see why WE consider each other family and not just fans. The same faces can be seen at multiple shows on any given leg of a tour.  Fans have been known to carpool, camp out, and stay with fellow members of the Blue October Community. Lining up as early as 7a.m. (I know for a fact because I was with them on several occasions) just to make sure they can secure the prime spot, right against the rail.  And why wouldn’t you want it? Being able to see the range of emotion work its way across lead vocalist Justin Furstenfelds face, or the way Ryan Delahoussaye gets lost in the sound of his violin while he plays adds to the excitement of being at a concert. The personal connection that everyone wants to have with the musicians they look up to, respect, and possibly even worship or in the case of Blue October, that sense of needing to be close in the hopes that what little eye contact is made can say “Thank you for helping me through whatever life troubles your music/lyrics have helped me survive. “

Mental illness and addiction has been no stranger to the band. Justin has been very open about his life experiences throughout his career and his music. Even going so far as to do a solo tour titled The Open Book Tour, in support of the 3rd edition of his book Crazy Makings. A question and answer acoustic style set with readings from different chapters of the book. Giving insight into the mind of this once tortured soul.  Which is why going into the making of Sway it was agreed that this album would not be about “How sad Justin is” and proving that with the birth of his second daughter and his marriage to his lovely wife Sarah, Justin has laid to rest his demons and is focused on being the best father he knows he can be, as well as a true brother, friend, and leader for his bandmates.  This has strengthened the bond the band has held, although loosely at times, and has seen the return of C.B. Hudson on lead guitar who left the band in 2010 to build a recording studio in Texas.(Completed this year with a grand opening at SXSW with bandmate Matt Noveskey named Orb Studios)

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I had the pleasure to cover the show at The Altar Bar in Pittsburgh on the 15th of May. Doing a little research before the show I learned the Altar Bar was once a small church in the strip district of Pittsburgh converted into a concert hall. This was either Gods way of luring me in, to finally take me out with that bolt of lightning everyone says I am due or my prayers were being answered for the best church ever. Travelling from Baltimore to Pitt I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t familiar with the venue or what the rules on lining up early would be. Upon seeing the venue from the outside it I was surprised at how small it was.  I am used to the guys selling out 1600+ capacity venues so I was glad I decided to get there early. Being first in line made it easy to meet other fans as they approached the entrance.  Sharing stories on what songs we like best live, how the band has touched us all in some way, and the ever present one up man ship of, well I have seen them X-amount of times, helps pass away the day. Shortly before sound check we got our first glimpse of the guys with drummer Jeremy popping out of the bus to enjoy some sunshine and a cup of coffee.  Always the humble one Ryan gives a quick hello as multiple people congratulate him on the expected arrival of his twins, stating he had nothing to do with it, “It was all my beautiful wife’s doing!”  The rest of the afternoon was a blur of activity with loading in equipment, hey how are yins (it’s a Pittsburgh thing), and the occasional appearance of the band.

Prior to the Meet and Greet starting, tour manager Alan came out to go over the rules. “No cameras, video recording devices, cell phones will be aloud during sound check. The band will do two songs then you will all line up for autographs and a chance to say hello. From there you will reline up for your photo op! The better everyone understands the more time the guys have to spend with you before the show.”  The buzz amongst the concert goers was electric at this point. The moment was upon us and into the holy sanctuary we went.

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Did I mention yet the venue was small?  With a capacity of 650 people the inside of the venue was very intimate. With stained glass windows around the balcony giving way to some of the most beautiful natural light to fill the dance floor, we lined up along the rail in anticipation.  To my surprise there was absolutely no room for a photo pit and I was in a bit of a panic on how I was going to get photos for my review, especially since the three song rule still applied (pretty standard to only shoot the 1st three songs at most venues) I didn’t want to have my camera right in the bands face. Thankfully Justin was able to reassure me by stating “This place is a pretty f&*king weird place to play. I don’t think we’ve played in a church before.  You guys are really close and I must warn you now I have a bit of a virus going around my tour bus and was violently vomiting last night after the show.  Being this close please don’t freak out but if the need arises I may have to puke on everyone in the front row! But since we are all friends here it’s cool right?” followed by his best Oh God I Am Going Too Puke Face. (Since no photos were allowed please imagine Justin’s devilish grin and insert laugh track here. Thanks!)

To kick off sound check Blue October went into an instrumental version of Say It from their 2009 album Approaching Normal.  Power chord crunch, and booming bass and snare filled the room. The crowd rocked back and forth as the guys warmed us up.  Finishing the song with a Jimmy Fallon-esque lip sync of their own song, eliciting a few laughs from the crowd.  Later in the evening Justin mentions that his favorite song off the new album is Not Broken Anymore because it was the first song he was able to write while being completely sober. If I didn’t hear it directly from his mouth I would’ve disagreed for the fact that as he went into the title track Sway for the 2nd sound check song, I was close enough to see the goose bumps rise on his arms as he was transported to whatever place he goes to feed off the emotion he has when singing this song.

Now if you have seen any of the shows on this leg of the tour you may have noticed it has been pretty close to the same set each evening. Yet it never disappointed anyone.  The songs may have been the same but the crowd created the moment. The more the crowd sang favorites such as She’s My Ride Home, and the new crowd favorite Light You Up, the more Justin and company reacted. At times Justin was practically sitting in the front row, planted on a monitor taking in the view of all 600+ singing back to him.  At one point I even noticed bassist Matt Noveskey sharing a smile with someone in the audience while looking around the room.  Halfway through the show Justin stopped to thank everyone in attendance for making it possible to do what he does. Stating that even at his lowest we the fans have stood behind him the entire time and dedicated the song Fear encouraging everyone that no matter how hard life can be we can always get back up!

I have to admit that I have seen Blue October seven times now,(8 & 9 will be this fall since I have purchased presale tix prior to writing this) and every time has been better than the last. There are a lot of bands that I have on my bucket list to see, some band that are up and comers and a few that have been around for a while, and I get asked why I keep spending money to see the same band over and over.  There isn’t an answer that can truly justify what happens at a Blue October show. The emotional roller coaster of every one of life’s ups and downs. The things you are happy to relive and others you may wish remained buried come to the surface with brutal honesty, subtle romance, in your face riffs, punchy bass lines beautiful piano and violin, and the occasional screaming guitar.  There is no one category that Blue October can be placed in. With the influences of jazz, hip hop, rock and classical there is something for all music lovers. But for the true fan, there is comfort in knowing there are people like you in the world. People searching to belong to something special, someone willing to listen when you need to scream, when you have the need to cry, when you need to share good news, or when you just need Family! Blue October has two shows left on the spring leg of the tour and I hope everyone in attendance enjoys as much as I did. Here is looking forward to and planning to attend the fall shows and may whatever roads you take to get there see you safe and Not Broken Anymore!

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This was a special feature by our guest contributor, Mark Iman, MarkImanConcertReview.blogspot.com.

We had the pleasure of catching Blue October in April as the SWAY tour made it’s way through Northern California. You can check out coverage here: http://wp.me/p2bPEi-3QN.   ~ Marisol

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Last night we were at the Ace of Spades for the Blue October SWAY tour and the opening band really kicked ass!! Opening the tour for Blue October on this next leg of their SWAY tour is a punk rock band from Kansas City, MO. Allow me to introduce you to The Architects. The Architects are Brandon on Guitar/Vocals, Adam on Drums Brown Drums, Zach on Bass/Vocals and Keenan on Guitar.

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We were able to pick up their album BORDER WARS, a concept album and comic book that is presented in five episodes. It is a great marketing tool as well as a interesting comic book that could stand alone outside the music. People were lining up to buy the comic book inclusive of their music CD and they were signing them as fast as they were selling them. We look forward to the future episodes. The album itself is soon to be one of my most played CDs as we played it on the nearly three hour ride home last night and today we are still playing it. It has attitude, angst, energy, raw guitars, gritty vocals and everything you could want in your punk rock.  They have a feel of a modern day Clash, they also remind me of another favorite band of mine A.M. Taxi out of Chicago. You are really going to love them. Lucky is my personal favorite but then again Heartbreaker is right there tied. Well, hell the whole album is a hit. You can also pick up their older albums from them on Itunes here. We were able to chat with them for a quick interview after their set:

 

Here is also a tribute video made by our Rockin Ryan to their song, Lucky:

 

So make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on the latest news on The Architects. They just might turn out to be your next favorite band!  I will leave you with a slide show with photos by Rockin Ryan from their set last night.

~ Marisol

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Last night was pretty much the highlight for me of 2014! We went out to see Blue October at the Ace of Spades, as they have begun another leg of the SWAY tour. I caught them last year as they put on a spectacular performance in San Francisco.  Every time I leave a Blue October concert, I catch myself saying the exact same thing… I never thought they could exceed how excellent they were at their last performance and every time, they prove me wrong. They hit it out of the ballpark each and every time. Last night was another one of those unbelievable sets.

We arrived to a packed house on a Monday night at the Ace of Spades. One thing I love about Blue October fans, is there is no cookie cutter fan. Blue October‘s music extends across genres, generations and cultures. The room was filled with a diverse passionate crowd that comes together for the pure love of Blue October‘s music.  Many fans who have never met, were soon sharing their Blue October experiences and stories with the strangers next to them, instantly changing them from fans to friends, strangers to a community. That is what is so magical about Blue October, their songs contain some of the most soul touching, energy charging, heartfelt, inspirational, rockin, personal music out today. Their music has been the soundscape for so many lives and have helped carried many through their hardest times, been there for times of celebration, a release for frustration and pent up emotions or just to simply provide melodies and harmonies in perfect song.

The opening band, The Architects pumped up the house with their punk style rock and we will be featuring them in an upcoming post. They got the crowd ready to rock! Blue October came out and performed a full 90+ minute set to include the following.

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Once again, it was great to see C.B. Hudson touring with them as he has amazing stage presence. He steps through the fog wielding his guitar and giving a spine-tingling performance. Ryan Delahoussaye always has me completely captivated as he creates such a high energy rock sound with reverbs and wahs on his violin and guitar. Matt Noveskey on bass delivers a solid performance and he does some of the best bass slapping. He is always smiling and just looks like he is having the time of his life. He is right where he belongs, on that stage and everyone enjoys watching him. Jeremy Furstenfeld on drums pounds out some blistering rockin beats. He has such a high energy and  delivers precision drumming that connects all the music together.

Justin Furstenfeld gave a spine tingling performance as his charismatic personality shines through each and every song. He moved around in the fog singing his emotionally driven lyrics that instantly captivated you. Justin was so connected to his fans, as you can see his eyes dance through the crowd as if to express his personal gratitude to each and every one of them for coming out to see them. These five guys together created the perfect storm and a performance that I will be talking about for a long time.  It was amazing to see that they can perform songs that sound identical as to their studio version which is typically so hard to emulate during a live set.

The tour kicked off in Texas a couple weeks ago and will continue through to the end of May. It is one tour that I urge you not to miss. When you walk through those doors into the concert, whatever troubles your are having, challenges in your life or obstacles, they just simply disappear. What matters at that moment is truly enjoying the experience that lies ahead in those 90 minutes. The music does not provide an escape from what ails you but rather gives you a glimpse into a different perspective and recharges your spirit as you feel prepared to face any challenge.

If you don’t have it yet, make sure to pick up SWAY their latest release. It takes you on a journey as you are emotionally embraced with captivating lyrics and alluring melodies.  You can’t help but be drawn into each song. Jeremy has said about this album:  “The band is in a really great space now, everyone is healthy, happy, and doing well. That’s changed our point of view, and you can hear that new perspective on the album.”

Make sure to visit the social media sites and check the tour dates to see if you can catch this great concert. Get your tickets early since several locations are selling out and you don’t want to miss it. I will leave you with a slide show of some amazing photos by Rockin Ryan from the concert as well as a tribute video for Calling You from the San Francisco show last year and Say It from the Sacramento show. (also some live videos from Sacramento at bottom)

~ Enjoy, Marisol

 

 

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One of the tours that I have been most excited about this year is the Blue October SWAY tour and last night it was San Francisco’s turn to enjoy the show.  Well, I have to say Congratulations Blue October, you truly hit out of the ballpark last night.  It was amazing in so many ways.

Their were two opening bands and both were spectacular. First you were treated to Tori Vasquez and her band. We had the pleasure of seeing her perform on Justin’s Open Book Tour and last night she played with her band. They were spot on and the crowd was really enjoying them. We have more about Tori Vasquez here.

Next up, were The Unlikely Candidates from Keller, Texas and these five guys came out with full energy and an incredible set. You can read more about their performance on our post here.

Then, Blue October took the stage and it was as if all was right in the world as I looked over to the right and saw C.B. Hudson. It was exciting to see C.B. back on tour with the band. C.B. has amazing stage presence as he steps through the fog wielding his guitar and giving a spine-tingling performance.

Justin Furstenfeld on vocals and guitar gave a  mind-blowing performance. Justin once said about the SWAY album, “This album is about why life is so beautiful. It’s about facing fears and recognizing miracles every day. It’s about enjoying yourself and realizing that life is not something you can half-ass.” Well that rings so true with his performance. He literally  gave me chills when he sang because you could just feel the emotion that would come out with each breath.

Ryan Delahoussaye always has me completely captivated as he creates such a high energy rock sound with reverbs and wahs on his violin. In addition, he displays his brilliant multi-instrument talent as  he plays guitar, mandolin, tambourine and keys on various songs.

Matt Noveskey on bass is delivers a solid performance and he does some of the best bass slapping. He is always smiling and just looks like he is having the time of his life. He is right where he belongs, on that stage and everyone enjoys watching him.

Jeremy Furstenfeld on drums pounds out some blistering rockin beats. He has such a high energy and  delivers precision drumming that connects all the music together. These five guys together created the perfect storm and a performance that I will be talking about for a long time.

If there is one tour you go to this year, I advise you to make it a Blue October SWAY show. If you are a long time Blue October fan you will just be overwhelmed with how this might be the golden crown of their performances. If you are a new fan or maybe just know a couple songs, get to the show and see what you have been missing. You will be drawn in and captivated. You may come in knowing a couple songs but you will be leaving a life long fan and a new member of the Blue October family.

We spoke to many fans on the way out and heard so much: “This was the best ever!” “Breathtaking show”, “Best concert” “The band seems so perfect right now”.  The list of compliments went on and on.  You can always judge an amazing performance when you look at the crowd and you don’t see a whole bunch of cell phones or cameras because everyone is truly “caught up in the moment” and just want to be present there.

Every time I have seen Blue October, I always leave thinking that they just put on their best performance and that they are at their peak of perfection! Then, I go see them again and they  have done the impossible by proving that they are full of surprises and continue to raise bar once again.

If you don’t have it yet, make sure to pick up SWAY their latest release. It takes you on a journey as you are emotionally embraced with captivating lyrics and alluring melodies.  You can’t help but be drawn into each song. Jeremy has said about this album:  “The band is in a really great space now, everyone is healthy, happy, and doing well. That’s changed our point of view, and you can hear that new perspective on the album.”

Make sure to visit the social media sites and check the tour dates to see if you can catch this great concert. Check out a slide show of some amazing photos by Rockin Ryan from the concert as well as a tribute video he made for “Calling You” which includes photos and footage of the evening.

~ Enjoy, Marisol

 

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(August 19th – New Video Release of Bleed Out below)

Well we are almost there! I told you a month ago about the most anticipated CD release of SWAY by Blue October. Well here we are the night before the release on August 20th and I can’t contain my excitement. We had pre-ordered the CD through the Pledge campaign and received the download early this morning. Well, I have to tell you, I spent my entire day listening to this great CD. If you are new to Blue October, you will take one listen and forever be joined with us in the Blue family. It really takes you on a journey as you are emotionally embraced with captivating lyrics and alluring melodies.  You can’t help but be drawn into each song.

Now if you have been a Blue October fan, I can just tell you… Yes, it is everything you were waiting for. After being part of the Blue family and having Blue October music be there for me as I ride my rollercoaster of a life of ups and downs.  As I mentioned in my earlier post:

I have been a long time lover of Blue October and their emotionally driven music that truly has a life of its own. Their music has been there for me in my darkest times as well as my most celebrated moments. They are like that true friend that is always there for you; whether it is to ride out the storms or admire the beauty of the rainbows.  You can’t call us fans of their music, because once you fall in love with their music, you become a family.  I can’t tell you how  many times I have heard from people about how Blue October changed their lives, helped them through their deepest struggles, kept them going and inspired them to be a better person.  I have my own personal stories of how Blue October helped me and you can read more about those in my previous posts.

For now, I want to make sure everyone knows about this new album. I have heard several of the songs, and I am in awe of how they can continue creating such wonderful works of art. This album truly represents such a wonderful time in their lives. Justin Furstenfeld has always written straight from the heart, whether it was hard times, struggles, divorce, pain, happiness. He truly reveals himself through his songs. This time is no different as Justin allows us to share in his beautiful world and positive outlook. He simply makes me want to be the best me that I can be.  As Justin states:  “This album is about why life is so beautiful. It’s about facing fears and recognizing miracles every day. It’s about enjoying yourself and realizing that life is not something you can half-ass.”   Justin’s brother, Jeremy has also said:  “The band is in a really great space now, everyone is healthy, happy, and doing well. That’s changed our point of view, and you can hear that new perspective on the album.”

It is almost as if we have all grown with Blue October, we have faced our fears, met challenges, survived hardships and we can all now try and enjoy our new life in a positive way. For those who are still suffering, we can be there to pick them up and help them along the way. One thing rings true with Blue October (fans) family, when one hurts we all want to help. We share in troubles, pain, good times, and more. Even if we are all the way across the country, we stay connected through Twitter or the Blue October Fan Community.

So tomorrow is the big day, in case you don’t already have the CD, make sure to head out to your favorite music store to pick it up or online and download it. You are going to LOVE IT! If I didn’t convince you yet, watch the just released video of “Bleed Out” from the SWAY Album right here:

 

Immediately after the CD release, they will be setting out on a 45 major city plus international concert tour.  Check the list below and see when they are coming to a city near you.

~ Enjoy and welcome to the Blue Family, Marisol

 

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Sway Tour Dates:

AUGUST
21 Barnes & Noble, Dallas, TX – 12:30PM (in-store appearance/acoustic performance)
21 Barnes & Noble, Frisco, TX – 6:00PM (in-store appearance/acoustic performance
22 House of Blues, Sway Release Show at House of Blues, Dallas, TX
27 Barnes & Noble, Austin, TX – 7:00PM (in-store appearance/acoustic performance)
28 Barnes & Noble, San Antonio, TX – 6:00PM (in-store appearance/acoustic performance)

SEPTEMBER
4 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
6 Jannus Landing, Tampa, FL
7 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
8 Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
9 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
11 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
13 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
14 Irving Plaza, New York, NY
15 House of Blues, Boston, MA
17 Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
18 Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
19 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
20 St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI
21 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
22 Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
27 Stubb’s, Austin, TX

OCTOBER
3 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
5 Knitting Factory Concert House, Boise, ID
6 Showbox At The Market, Seattle, WA
8 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
9 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
10 House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA
11 Talking Stick Resort and Casino, Scottsdale, AZ
12 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
13 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
15 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
18 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
22 The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
24 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN
25 Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
26 The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

NOVEMBER
7 Ivestia Hall, Moscow, Russia
8 A2, St. Petersburg, Russia
9 Music Palace, Kiev, Ukraine
12 Backstage, Munich, Germany
13 Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
14 Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
15 C Club, Berlin, Germany
16 Burgerhaus, Koln, Germany
17 Institute, Birmingham, UK
18 Academy, Manchester, UK
19 KOKO, London, UK
29 House of Blues, Houston, TX

DECEMBER
7 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
8 VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s, Kansas City, MO


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With less than a month away, I am having a hard time containing my excitement for what is my most anticipated album release. Their seventh studio album “Sway” by Blue October is set to release on August 20th and it is definitely one I have been anxiously waiting for.  I have been a long time lover of Blue October and their emotionally driven music that truly has a life of its own. Their music has been there for me in my darkest times as well as my most celebrated moments. They are like that true friend that is always there for you; whether it is to ride out the storms or admire the beauty of the rainbows.  You can’t call us fans of their music, because once you fall in love with their music, you become a family.  I can’t tell you how  many times I have heard from people about how Blue October changed their lives, helped them through their deepest struggles, kept them going and inspired them to be a better person.  I have my own personal stories of how Blue October helped me and you can read more about those in my previous posts.

For now, I want to make sure everyone knows about this new album. I have heard several of the songs, and I am in awe of how they can continue creating such wonderful works of art. This album truly represents such a wonderful time in their lives. Justin Furstenfeld has always written straight from the heart, whether it was hard times, struggles, divorce, pain, happiness. He truly reveals himself through his songs. This time is no different as Justin allows us to share in his beautiful world and positive outlook. He simply makes me want to be the best me that I can be.  As Justin states:  “This album is about why life is so beautiful. It’s about facing fears and recognizing miracles every day. It’s about enjoying yourself and realizing that life is not something you can half-ass.”   Justin’s brother, Jeremy has also said:  “The band is in a really great space now, everyone is healthy, happy, and doing well. That’s changed our point of view, and you can hear that new perspective on the album.”

It is almost as if we have all grown with Blue October, we have faced our fears, met challenges, survived hardships and we can all now try and enjoy our new life in a positive way. For those who are still suffering, we can be there to pick them up and help them along the way. One thing rings true with Blue October (fans) family, when one hurts we all want to help. We share in troubles, pain, good times, and more. Even if we are all the way across the country, we stay connected through Twitter or the Blue October Fan Community.

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If you haven’t already got your pre-order in you can do so on their website and they have some incredible bundle packages available as well as a SWAY Pre-Order Contest where you might win a call from Justin.  You also still have time to be involved in their Pledge  campaign for the album and not only get the album but exclusive rewards like t-shirts, autographed CD/Vinyls, Lyric Lithographs and much more. Also as soon as you pledge, you can get an exclusive download of the song, “Bleed Out” from the new album.   Once you hear it, it is like feeding your soul everything that is beautiful. I can’t stop listening to it and am just so excited for the album. In addition, they will be setting out on a 45 major city plus international concert tour.  Check the list below and see when they are coming to a city near you.  Here is the amazing lyric video for their song, “Bleed Out“”

 

~ Enjoy, Marisol

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 Sway Tour Dates:

AUGUST
21 Barnes & Noble, Dallas, TX – 12:30PM (in-store appearance/acoustic performance)
21 Barnes & Noble, Frisco, TX – 6:00PM (in-store appearance/acoustic performance
22 House of Blues, Sway Release Show at House of Blues, Dallas, TX
27 Barnes & Noble, Austin, TX – 7:00PM (in-store appearance/acoustic performance)
28 Barnes & Noble, San Antonio, TX – 6:00PM (in-store appearance/acoustic performance)

SEPTEMBER
4 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
6 Jannus Landing, Tampa, FL
7 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
8 Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
9 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
11 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
13 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
14 Irving Plaza, New York, NY
15 House of Blues, Boston, MA
17 Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA
18 Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
19 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
20 St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI
21 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
22 Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
27 Stubb’s, Austin, TX

OCTOBER
3 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
5 Knitting Factory Concert House, Boise, ID
6 Showbox At The Market, Seattle, WA
8 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
9 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
10 House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA
11 Talking Stick Resort and Casino, Scottsdale, AZ
12 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
13 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
15 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
18 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
22 The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
24 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN
25 Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
26 The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

NOVEMBER
7 Ivestia Hall, Moscow, Russia
8 A2, St. Petersburg, Russia
9 Music Palace, Kiev, Ukraine
12 Backstage, Munich, Germany
13 Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
14 Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
15 C Club, Berlin, Germany
16 Burgerhaus, Koln, Germany
17 Institute, Birmingham, UK
18 Academy, Manchester, UK
19 KOKO, London, UK
29 House of Blues, Houston, TX

DECEMBER
7 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
8 VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s, Kansas City, MO