Blue October journey through their 20+ year discography at Chicago’s House of Blues

Blue October’s show at House of Blues Chicago on April 20th truly did not disappoint. With an especially energetic — though not particularly diverse — crowd, the venue was crowded, loud, and excited from the first song of the openers to the last note of Blue October’s encore.

The show opened with North Carolina natives Flagship bringing their unique sound to the stage in an impressively large way for a smaller supporting act; their energy was infectious from the moment the glittering synth of the opening song, Mexican Jackpot, began. Blue October seamlessly maintained the energy of the venue through their nearly two hour set, with frontman Justin Furstenfeld neglecting to pause his interaction with the crowd and band for little more than a breath.

Perhaps the only disappointing moment was the deletion of the band’s 2006 anthem Hate Me from the setlist, but Into The Ocean’s mid-set appearance more than redeemed this revision. Conclusively, Blue October still electrify 20 years into their career, and Flagship are only just getting started.

Upcoming tour dates are below.

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Blue October

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Flagship

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Upcoming Tour Dates
April 25 — Niagara Falls, NY — Rapids Theatre
April 26 — Toronto, ON — The Opera House
April 27 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
April 28 — Montville, CT — Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
April 29 — Wilmington, DE — The Queen
May 2 — Raleigh, NC — The Lincoln Theatre
May 3 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore Charlotte
May 4 — North Myrtle Beach, SC — House Of Blues
May 5 — Lake Buena Vista, FL — House Of Blues Orlando
May 9 — Pensacola, FL — Vinyl Music Hall
May 10 — Baton Rouge, LA — Varsity Theatre
May 11 — Biloxi, MS — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 13 — Springfield, MO — Gillioz Theatre
May 16 — Columbus, OH — Columbus Athenaeum
May 17 — Millvale, PA — Mr. Smalls
May 18 — Cincinnati, OH — Bogart’s
May 19 — Stroudsburg, PA — Sherman Theater
May 20 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage
May 31 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
June 1 — Wichita, KS — Cotillion Ballroom
June 2 — Council Bluffs, IA — Westfair Amphitheater
June 3 — Oklahoma City, OK — Tower Theatre
June 7 — Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine Theater
June 8 — Phoenix, AZ — The Van Buren
June 9 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues
June 10 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
June 13 — San Luis Obispo, CA — Fremont Theater
June 14 — San Francisco, CA — August Hall
June 15 — Sacramento, CA — Ace of Spades
June 16 — Las Vegas, NV — Brooklyn Bowl
June 19 — Reno, NV — Cargo
June 21 — Spokane, WA — Knitting Factory Concert House
June 22 — Portland, OR — Roseland Theater
June 23 — Seattle, WA — Showbox SoDo
June 27 — Missoula, MT — The Wilma
June 28 — Boise, ID — Knitting Factory Concert House
June 29 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
June 30 & July 1 — Denver, CO — Ogden Theatre

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Blue October journey through their 20+ year discography at Chicago’s House of Blues

Blue October’s show at House of Blues Chicago on April 20th truly did not disappoint. With an especially energetic — though not particularly diverse — crowd, the venue was crowded, loud, and excited from the first song of the openers to the last note of Blue October’s encore.

The show opened with North Carolina natives Flagship bringing their unique sound to the stage in an impressively large way for a smaller supporting act; their energy was infectious from the moment the glittering synth of the opening song, Mexican Jackpot, began. Blue October seamlessly maintained the energy of the venue through their nearly two hour set, with frontman Justin Furstenfeld neglecting to pause his interaction with the crowd and band for little more than a breath.

Perhaps the only disappointing moment was the deletion of the band’s 2006 anthem Hate Me from the setlist, but Into The Ocean’s mid-set appearance more than redeemed this revision. Conclusively, Blue October still electrify 20 years into their career, and Flagship are only just getting started.

Upcoming tour dates are below.

Blue October

Blue October

Blue October

Blue October

Blue October

Blue October

Flagship

Flagship

Flagship

Flagship

Flagship

Flagship

Flagship

Flagship

Upcoming Tour Dates
April 25 — Niagara Falls, NY — Rapids Theatre
April 26 — Toronto, ON — The Opera House
April 27 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
April 28 — Montville, CT — Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
April 29 — Wilmington, DE — The Queen
May 2 — Raleigh, NC — The Lincoln Theatre
May 3 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore Charlotte
May 4 — North Myrtle Beach, SC — House Of Blues
May 5 — Lake Buena Vista, FL — House Of Blues Orlando
May 9 — Pensacola, FL — Vinyl Music Hall
May 10 — Baton Rouge, LA — Varsity Theatre
May 11 — Biloxi, MS — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 13 — Springfield, MO — Gillioz Theatre
May 16 — Columbus, OH — Columbus Athenaeum
May 17 — Millvale, PA — Mr. Smalls
May 18 — Cincinnati, OH — Bogart’s
May 19 — Stroudsburg, PA — Sherman Theater
May 20 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage
May 31 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
June 1 — Wichita, KS — Cotillion Ballroom
June 2 — Council Bluffs, IA — Westfair Amphitheater
June 3 — Oklahoma City, OK — Tower Theatre
June 7 — Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine Theater
June 8 — Phoenix, AZ — The Van Buren
June 9 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues
June 10 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
June 13 — San Luis Obispo, CA — Fremont Theater
June 14 — San Francisco, CA — August Hall
June 15 — Sacramento, CA — Ace of Spades
June 16 — Las Vegas, NV — Brooklyn Bowl
June 19 — Reno, NV — Cargo
June 21 — Spokane, WA — Knitting Factory Concert House
June 22 — Portland, OR — Roseland Theater
June 23 — Seattle, WA — Showbox SoDo
June 27 — Missoula, MT — The Wilma
June 28 — Boise, ID — Knitting Factory Concert House
June 29 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
June 30 & July 1 — Denver, CO — Ogden Theatre

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