It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then a tour lineup is announced where I’m familiar with every band. This tour touts one of those lineups and, trust me, every band is worth the ticket price!

First up was Balance and Composure. I’ve seen this band quite a few times over the years and they never disappoint. Whether it’s a large venue like the Shrine or a small living room in Silverlake, Balance and Composure always put their best performance efforts forward. Their head-bobbing tunes had the audience in a trance and immediately had the crowd warmed up.

Although they’re from just down the road in San Diego, I’ve only seen Chon once before and it was in Chicago. Despite their predominantly instrumental style, Chon can really get an audience pumped up. Whether it was the face-melting guitar riffs or grooving percussion, the Shrine was in awe of the sounds coming from the stage.

If it weren’t for their music, you’d swear Circa Survive was actually some EDM DJ. If you’ve never seen them perform live, it is quite the visual experience. Seizure-inducing is a term that gets tossed around quite a bit, but their lighting is only equaled by the energy they put out on stage. Circa Survive is easily one of the most entertaining acts I’ve seen and their music is always on-point. The audience in the sold-out Shrine was singing along loudly to every song, showcasing a strong connection with the band. Amazing.

Not to be out-done, local stars Thrice came on to rock the venue filled to the brim with core fans. I spoke with a few people before the set and found common ground in that we’d been listening to Thrice for at least 16 years. I’m sure the same could be said for the majority of the audience, so it should be no surprise how connected the fans are to Thrice. Cheers when the first notes of fan-favorites almost overshadowed the music, but quickly switched to singing harmoniously along with the band. The energy in the room was amazing and still gives me goosebumps to remember it. Although there wasn’t an encore, the fans left happy and are surely looking forward to the next time Thrice returns to a home stage.

Thanks to Nathalie for helping to set me up!