After going on the ‘A Black Mile To The Surface Tour’ last fall, Manchester Orchestra announced a handful of shows for this summer to extend the tour. I was lucky enough to catch them at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT along with Vundabar and Kevin Devine. It was my first time seeing all three acts and it was incredible.

The show opened up with the indie rock artist, Kevin Devine. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be to go on stage alone to play in front of hundreds of people, but Devine showed nothing but confidence. He stunned the crowd with his powerful voice and guitar playing. At times he would even go without the mic and let his voice echo throughout the silent room. Usually a silent room full of people could seem uncomfortable, but you could tell everyone was amazed by his talent. I can already tell Devine is going to have a very successful year.

Next up was the alternative rock band, Vundabar, and I can easily say they’re my new favorite band. Vundabar had the most fun and enjoyable stage presence I have seen in a long time. From the beginning they were cracking jokes with the crowd and doing quirky things during their songs. You could tell the band loves what they do and their passion for music is undeniable. The band was full of energy while they played their set and took advantage of the entire stage. The crowd laughed and sang along through the entire set and you could only feel positive energy in the room. I definitely can’t wait to see these guys again.

Finally it was time for Manchester Orchestra to come on stage. There was so much anticipation and excitement in the room, it was an intense feeling but in the best way. I’ve been a fan on Manchester Orchestra for awhile and photographing while it was my first time seeing them was amazing. The crowd was immediately singing along to the music and everyone in the room was getting into the music. I walked around the venue at one point and everyone, even the people all the way in the back, were singing every lyric. Manchester Orchestra had one of the most passionate stage presences and every word sung and string plucked was full of energy. I loved Manchester Orchestra before, but finally seeing them live made me love them even more.

My night was full of amazing music and good people and I couldn’t of asked for a better time. Make sure to go check out all the bands/artists mentioned, you’re not going to want to miss out on them!