All photos by Mike Wilson.
Taking Back Sunday (pictured) when, midway through their set at The Ritz in Ybor City, the power suddenly went out while the crowd continued singing the song to the beat of only the drums.
Needless to say, Taking Back Sunday, Anberlin and Envy on the Coast brought it, and brought it hard. Except for the bass being turned up way too loud, and occasional feedback interfering with a set, this show set the standard for alternative rock shows. (MORE PICS AFTER THE JUMP.)
It all started with the musical stylings of
After about five or six songs, EotC left the stage and the crowd's anticipation grew for Anberlin (frontman Stephen Christian pictured at left), a Tampa/St. Pete native band who's made it big time. When Anberlin took the stage, the crowd went wild for one of their own, screaming the words, jumping around, and elbowing the people that tried to confine them to a square foot of space. Anberlin ended their set with "Feel Good Drag," a fan favorite (and mine!) and left the stage with the crowd begging for more.
This was my second time seeing TBS in concert; the first was at Ford Ampitheatre and then, I was in the nose bleed lawn seats. If there was ever a place to see TBS, it was here, at The Ritz in Ybor, just intimate enough to feel like you really saw the band, but big enough to fit the hundreds of waiting fans.