Vans Warped Tour today at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls

By kelly maile | Staff Writer Published:

The heat won't keep thousands of people away from the 19th Annual Vans Warped Tour on Thursday at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

This summer's diverse tour line-up will feature Hawthorne Heights, Bring Me The Horizon, Sleeping With Sirens, Crown The Empire, Never Shout Never, Reel Big Fish and Motion City Soundtrack to name a few.

"Absolute hilarity, exemplary musicianship and a good time," are some things to look forward to during Reel Big Fish's performance Thursday, said trumpet player of the Southern California ska-punk band Reel Big Fish, John Christianson.

"When you come to a Reel Big Fish show, you're going to have a good time," Christianson said. "You're going to sing, you're going to dance, you're just going to enjoy yourself."

Reel Big Fish saves up all their energy for their stage show.

"The show and the autograph signings are the most important things we do all day," Christianson said. "We're not running around playing pranks on each other or beating each other up. We do this eight months out of the year and the bands been doing it for 22 years. We save it all for our show."

In 2012, Reel Big Fish released their seventh studio album, "Candy Coated Fury," an inspired and infectiously catchy return to the hyperkinetic ska and biting wit of the band's early albums.

"It is our finest record that we've done so far," Christianson said. "It's a lot of fun. Aaron Barrett, our lead singer, always wanted to use that title, 'Candy Coated Fury.' That's what he thinks our music is."

Christianson said the best part of Warped Tour is reaching fans he wouldn't normally reach.

"The crowd here is so young," Christianson said. "Every day we ask the audience for how many of you is this your first Reel Big Fish show and 90 percent of the hands go up. It blows me away. At the autograph signings, people say, 'I've never heard of you until today, but you guys were amazing.' To have that reaction from young kids who have never heard us is really special."

Christianson said their live show is all about entertainment.

"It's about fun, singing along and audience participation," Christianson said. "It's not just the music, it's the whole show and interacting with the crowd. We're going to entertain you the whole time."

Christianson said the band is excited to get back to Ohio.

"We love Ohio," Christainson said. "We've had some great shows in Cleveland, Cincinnati and all over Ohio. It's been some of the best crowds we've ever played for, so we love you, Ohio."

American rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota Motion City Soundtrack will also play the Vans Warped Tour.

"What we try to do on this tour is come out and bring it every day," said bassist Matthew Taylor. "We have a nice little 35 minute set and it's really easy to feed off the energy of the people at the tour because this crowd is generally pretty crazy."

Motion City Soundtrack will give a performance spanning all of their records.

"We're doing a retrospective," Taylor said. "We have five records and we're working on the sixth one now. We're playing old songs all the way through to the current stuff and then we're also playing a new song that is not yet released to the world."

Keep your eyes out for the digital release of Motion City Soundtracks new song, "Inside Out" coming soon.

"We're working on songs while we're on tour," Taylor said. "Justin Pierre, our singer, is writing the lyrics. That poor guy, every time we write a record the lyrics are the last thing that happens. He gets really stressed out, but we're coming up with some really cool ideas. We're constantly working on everything and we're hoping to get into a studio after tour."

Taylor said its the shows that are the highlight of every day on tour.

"It gets pretty busy with the signings and the interviews and the shows scattered throughout the tour," Taylor said. "For me, and I think I can speak for the rest of the guys when I say the best part of the day is the show."

Today doors open at 11 a.m. at Blossom Music Center. Tickets are $47 will be available at the door.

The daily schedule of the times bands' are playing will be available after doors open and can be found at the giant inflatable next to the main Vans tent. Bring three canned food items and used cellphones to the front gate for a jump the line pass. Bottled water is available for $3 and there will be free filtered-water refilling stations throughout the venue. It's going be hot, so bring sunscreen and drink lots of water.

In addition, festival go-ers will experience an expanded Acoustic Basement, which features established and up-and-coming acoustic artists, such as William Beckett, Allison Weiss and The American Scene. In keeping with this year's tour theme, "Best Day Ever," the Vans Warped Tour will be a music lover's playground with artists from all genres: rock, punk, pop, hip-hop, folk, punk, rap and reggae.

For the full list of confirmed artists and dates they are playing, visit vanswarpedtour.com/bands.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Blossom Music Center at 330-920-8040.

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