Community, Charity, and Change. When I hear these 3 things, my mind immediately goes to the band FEVER 333. The band recently released their debut album Strength in Numb333rs back in January of this year and they’ve been nonstop touring since. The band brought their “D333monstrations Tour” to Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, and I was beyond excited to finally catch them. I knew going into it that I was going to be blown away, but I still wasn’t fully prepared for the experience I was about to have.
The band does not have any opening acts for the tour, but instead give the message, “There are no opening acts at these demonstrations. While here with others we encourage everyone to talk amongst themselves and respectfully discuss issues in a safe environment. Thank you for sharing your community and culture with us and thank you for being a part of tonight’s demonstration.” on flyers. The band opened the performance up with a projection on a white sheet across the stage. When ready to start, the sheet was torn down and the chaos started. Jason Butler walked out in his signature jumpsuit, wearing a black hood over his head. FEVER 333 are well known for the crazy energy they provide on stage and that was certainly apparent. If you look away, you could miss Jason Butler dumping water and sliding across the stage, Aric Improta jumping in the air from his drum kit, or Stephen Harrison getting major air off of anything he could launch himself from. Butler was also found roaming throughout the crowd during the set as well. The band performed tracks such as “Burn It”, “Made an America”, and “Prey for Me”. Throughout the performance the band kept with this idea of community and worked to provide a safe environment for attendees. Jason Butler also gave several shout outs to both women and POC in between songs.
When it was time for the encore and the band started playing “We’re Coming In”, I heard a yell from my friend next to me who excitedly exclaimed, “THIS IS THE SONG THAT HELPED ME QUIT MY JOB!”, and I knew with that kind of energy that it was going down. The encore was a particularly notable part of the set as Butler is notorious for climbing anything he sees. During “Hunting Season” he jumped off stage, ran to the balcony of the TLA and climbed over the railing to perform above the crowd. He slid down the support beam and stood on top of the ledge that separates the bar from the GA floor. From here he performed a trust fall into the audience and surfed his way back to the stage, all while Harrison and Improta were doing moves of their own (I have never seen someone swing a guitar as wildly as Harrison had!). To say that the end of the set was wild would be an understatement.
FEVER 333 have a unique way of captivating the audience’s attention and really giving everything they have on stage. Their set is incredibly fun and full of passion.
Nicole DiBenedetto is a photographer based out of New Jersey. She likes making new friends and meeting new people so catch her out in the pit and say hi!