All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional Deliver Crowd-Pleasing Sets at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

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Last night, Cleveland was the latest stop last night for the Summer Ever After Tour featuring co-headliners Dashboard Confessional and All Time Low. It came to Jacobs Pavilion on a beautiful, breezy night, and fans gathered in Paramore T-shirts and checkerboard Vans to witness the double headliner show.

You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here.

After an opening set by gnash, Dashboard Confessional came onto the stage and started things off with “Vindicated.” Frontman Chris Carrabba looked sheepishly sweet, his midnight black hair falling over his face just long enough for Carrabba to jerk it back with a brisk head tilt. His black penny loafers acted as Wizard of Oz magic shoes, transporting downtown Cleveland back to the start of the millennium with the subtle click of his heels. After performing “Catch You,” Carrabba addressed the crowd by saying everyone seemed a bit tense, and then became an exercise instructor as he had everyone perform stretches. His dorky attempt at communal relaxation was endearing.

The night continued with Dashboard classics “Saints and Sailors,” “Screaming Infidelities” and a cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” which the band performed as if it were one of its own tunes One of Dashboard’s strengths is the poetry of the lyrics of each song, which unfortunately were drowned out a bit, even though Carrabba sang his heart out at every moment. The crowd reception was somewhat lukewarm, indicating that many there were waiting for All Time Low to hit the stage. Perhaps sensing this, Carrabba asked the crowd to sing along to the new single “Kinda Yeah Sorta,” which some fans did. “Heart Beat Here” and “We Fight” were met with enthusiasm. Arguably the band's biggest hit, “Hands Down” closed out the set, and Carrabba and the band performed it with such a ferocious vigor that fans was on their feet as Carrabba screamed out all the pain of young heartbreak, showing everyone why he's the eternal emo king.

All Time Low strolled out on stage as The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” blared on the speakers. Amped up and ready to take on the night, the band performed songs like “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t),” “Everything is Fine” and “Dark Side of Your Room,” raining confetti onto the jumping pit. Frontman Alex Gaskarth had a commanding stage presence as the band continued with “Do You Want Me Dead” and the most cleverly named track “The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver.” The All Time Low fans were diehard as they sang along and screamed to each lyric.

The open air venue was perfect for this summer tour, giving everyone room to dance and feel the music.

All Time Low's encore included its new single “Birthday,” “Lost in Stereo” and the 2008 mega hit “Dear Maria, Count Me In.”
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