EMO Orchestra and Hawthorne Heights combine for an unforgettable evening in Louisville.
A wonderful evening in Louisville, the picturesque Louisville Palace as the perfect backdrop with the EMO Orchestra and Hawthorne Heights taking a non-traditional leap of faith by combining to play some special EMO mainstays as they have never been done before. Emo Orchestra, created by Ben Mench-Thurlow, kicked off it’s inaugural tour September 27th at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre and judging energy and success of the evening, has something special on their hands.
“Our goal with Emo Orchestra was to create an inclusive experience that appeals to a wide audience of music fans,” says Mench-Thurlow. “It’s an opportunity for early fans of the emo genre to share the music that we all loved with the next generation, and it was curated to be family friendly. The addition of the orchestra adds a cool texture and depth to these nostalgic hits and may also expose fans to instrumentation they’re less familiar with in a new setting. And orchestra lovers will experience what they enjoy with an exciting twist!”
Addressing the crowd after the opening song of the evening, “Niki FM” Hawthorne Heights frontman JT Woodruff shared some ground rules for tonight’s set-list, the songs had to be bangers, everyone has to like them and … they had to be songs they could play. He also set the stage for what was in store for the night. “These songs mean so much to everyone which fans share with the band all the time, tonight we get to share special times, meanings and importance of songs to us.”
Because of the uniqueness of this tour and the evening I’m not detailing very much of the evening, You HAVE TO buy the ticket and go to this show when it comes close to you! That said there were two goosebump moments. The first was coming out of the brief mid-set intermission where The EMO Orchestra performed an rousing rendition of “Welcome to The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance, with the delightful sounds of strings wafting all around you and the crowd singing the words to the song – Just simply WOW! The other “Goosebump” moment was having the tour’s photographer/videographer K, fronting a fiery rendition of Paramore’s “Misery Business”.
Listed below are the remaining tour stops on this run. It might be a bit cliché but don’t walk, RUN to get tickets for this show, you won’t be disappointed. Fingers crossed that another series of dates comes out shortly after the first of the new year.
10/30 – St. Paul, MN @ Fitzgerald Theater
11/01 – Wichita, KS @ Orpheum Theatre
11/02 – Davenport, IA @ The Capitol Theater
11/03 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place
11/05 – Omaha, NE @ Admiral
11/06 – Denver, CO @ Paramount
11/09 – Palm Desert, CA @ McCallum Theatre
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
11/11 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/12 – Anaheim, CA @ Grove of Anaheim
Onstage this evening with JT Woodruff were Hawthorne Heights band mates, bassist Matt Ridenour, guitarist Mark McMillon and drummer Chris “Poppy” Popadak joined by special guest Will Deely on guitar (Beartooth) and of course EMO Orchestra conductor/arranger, Evan Rogers.