Alternative rock group Blue October brought The King Tour to The Truman venue in Kansas City, Missouri on March 30, 2019.
It was a chilly evening in Kansas City on the night of the Blue October show. I arrived at The Truman a little over an hour before show time, just before doors were supposed to open. As I drove by the venue to find parking, there was already a massive line of people wrapped around the side of the building waiting to get in. This was a sold out show so parking was very scarce and I had to park a couple of blocks away.
Once inside, I noticed this was quite a diverse crowd. There were people of all ages inside. I saw adults of varying ages, teens, and even children that appeared to be no older than ten years old inside. This was neat to see because it shows how many different types of people Blue October’s music reaches.
After the opening band, Mona, warmed up the packed house, Blue October took to the stage and started playing I Want It. The crowd ate it up and was jumping up and down, clapping hands, and singing along the entire time. During the first couple of songs, lead singer Justin Furstenfeld’s energy and stage presence was amazing. He was all over the stage, interacting with the audience and with the photographers in the photo pit. Bands that interact with the media covering their shows are so much fun because you can walk away with some pretty unique shots that no one else got that night and it just makes the show more personal to you. The third song played was the playful tune Jump Rope. This was a fun song that heavily featured Ryan Delahoussaye on the violin. Justin Furstenfeld donned a pretty sweet Ibanez guitar throughout this song as well.
Throughout the rest of the show, Blue October kept the crowd engaged and singing along. They played through several of their hits such as Into The Ocean, Home, Coal Makes Diamonds, Hate Me, Fear, and of course their recent hit single I Hope You’re Happy. This was an amazing concert for anyone who’s a fan of Blue October. Don’t miss this show if it comes to a venue near you!
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