Alternative rock band Blue October returns to the Norva this Saturday. The Texas-based band is touring to showcase their newest album, “Home.” I was able to see this band last year at the Norva, and the combination of the band’s connection with the audience, and the intimate venue afforded by the Norva, makes this a highly recommended show.
For those not familiar with Blue October, the band that began in 1995 currently consists of brothers Justin and Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, Matthew Ostrander, and Matt Novesky. If you think that this band is just one of those with a few older hits, you’ll get a very happy surprise by attending the live show.
It’s lead singer Justin Furstenfeld that draws you in so well at a venue like the Norva. Each lyric he delivers drips with emotion, and the rawness of his voice puts that pain in your heart and that sting behind your eye. If you’re not feeling it at a Blue October concert, get your pulse checked. I am absolutely fascinated with his ability to create a person-to-person connection from the stage, while filling a space with such a charged voice. Justin has battled some demons in his past, and the honesty of those battles comes through so well in the band’s music. Attendees can relive those ups, downs, successes, and hardships in the span of a few hours.
Opening for Blue October is Danny Malone from Austin. A music genre chameleon, Danny Malone rides a fine line between indie pop and folk, indie rock and country. The nice part about this artist is the easy maneuvering from one genre to the next. You’re unaware it’s happened until you’re well into the next song.
It is well worth the ticket price to experience this show at the Norva. Blue October’s lyrical and melodic delivery transcends the walls of the venue and takes you through your own journey of pain, loss, love, and salvation.