DALLAS – Local hot spot and the jewel of Deep Ellum, The Bomb Factory hosted the Van’s Warped Tour Pre-Party, last night. The free, all ages concert featured Blindwish, Teenage Bottlerocket, and hometown heroes, Bowling For Soup. Lines of anxious guests waited to enter the venue, and they were greeted with smiles from The Bomb Factory’s polite staff. The venue was packed and fueled for excitement as soon as the doors opened at seven. The Bomb Factory was circulating with a pleasantly diverse crowd, thanks to the show being available to an audience of all ages (and free)!
Patrons’ secured available tables that they would anchor themselves for the night while the younger crowd went straight to the front of the stage. Having an hour to kill before Blindwish’s performance, visitors of drinking age were able to get a cold beer or beverage from the two conveniently placed bars on either side of the stage. The cool refreshments were not the only relieving escape from the Texas summer heat, but also the delicious BBQ from The BBQ Barrister was available for guests to satisfy their hunger. After refueling with a drink and dinner, the audience of the night’s event were ready to kick off the show.
Blindwish was the first band to play at the Vans Warped Tour Pre-party and they were thrilled to stir the emotions of the crowd. It’s always a pleasure to see a band get on stage and go all out, but this band took it to an even greater level.
They were not afraid to move around the stage and reveal their fearless nature.
After their first song the band took a quick moment to talk to the crowd; they were excited to hear that many of the guests have heard of their band.
With great pleasure, Blindwish played their single “3:am” and the audience cheered with elation.
Even though Blindwish was only played a short set, they announced that they would be also performing at the Vans Warped Tour at the Gexa Energy Pavilion the next day.
With thirty minutes to spare, guests moved in and out of the concert area to take a glance at the band merchandise. Patrons re-upped on their beverages and got some fresh air by taking a step out on the outdoor patio.
After the brief intermission, Teenage Bottlerocket played a set of their own and they elevated the audience in a whole new way. A lot you may remember their first music video, “In The Basement” from their album Warning Device, from 2007.
The band has been together since 2001, and they recently released their most current album, Tales From Wyoming, including their two singles, “Haunted House” and “They Call Me Steve” in 2015. The punk rock band from Laramie, Wyoming rocked the souls of the crowd, inducing most pits of epic proportion. Sweaty teenagers and guests leaked onto the outdoor patio to catch a breath, but they went right back to the fun.
It seemed as though the night couldn’t have gotten any better, but Bowling For Soup would show the audience just the opposite. What better way to start a great set than announcing the band with “Here Comes Bowling For Soup”.
The band was not only brilliant in person, but also hilarious. On countless measures, Jaret Reddick, the front man and guitarist, had the crowd doubling over in laughter.
The playfulness of the band commenced between each song, which gave a welcoming and relatable feel to the band’s home state of Texas.
Chris Burney, the lead guitarist, had a stack of picks attached to his mike stand and he fed the audience with several picks that he had been rocking away with. Bowling For Soup never seems to disappoint, playing hits like “High School Never Ends”, “Ohio (Come Back To Texas)”, and “Punk Rock 101”.
To have a little fun, the band even played a cover of “Stacy’s Mom”. They played a hard set of seventeen songs, but no show is over without a solid encore, finishing out the night with “Belgium” and their solid cover of “1985”.