F.M. Kirby Center
71 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18701
Region: Upstate PA
Hours of operation: 8:00PM
Admission fee: $30.00, $32.00, $36.00, $55.00, $65.00, plus fees
Blue October will return to the F.M. Kirby Center on Saturday, November 26 at 8:00 p.m. The San Marcos, Texas-based band (vocalist Justin Furstenfeld, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Delahoussaye, guitarist Will Knaak, bassist Matt Noveskey, and drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld) have earned a reputation for being remarkably dynamic, consistently delivering anthemic songs filled with rousing melodies and precision playing. And with this latest release, The Is What I Live, For the members are even more in synch than ever because they wrote much of the material while they were on the road supporting their last album, 2018’s I Hope You’re Happy (Debuted #1 on the Billboard Alternative Album Chart and #1 Billboard Independent Album Chart.), often fine-tuning songs in front of live audiences. In this way, the song “I Will Follow You” has already become a favorite even before it was recorded for the new album. Justin, Jeremy and Ryan formed the band in 1995 when they were still in high school. When Matt joined three years later, Blue October really coalesced as the members found inspiration in bands like A Perfect Circle, Jimmy Eat World, Radiohead, and The Cure - then reworked those disparate influences into an epic yet introspective sound that is entirely their own. Blue October members themselves have admitted in characteristically candid fashion, things certainly haven’t always been easy. Their struggles over the years with substance abuse, and their subsequent treatment and recovery, have been well-documented in their songs.