Fans packed The Pageant for punk band and activists Rise Against with special guests TouchÃ© AmorÃ© and Radkey.
Rise Against is much more than a band, the four members are also vegetarians and political/social activists who support Amnesty International and PETA, and causes such as voting rights and immigration reform (among many other organizations and causes). While their show is quite energetic and highly entertaining, audience members will also receive an education on these (and other) issues.
The band’s influence, dedication to inclusion, and dialogue with their fans was apparent during the performance, with all eyes glued firmly to the stage, singing along with each song, and hands raised. Their 19-song set captured a wide range of aspects from their 15-year career, covering subjects such as immigration and environmentalism, and kept the rapt attention of the sold-out crowd.
Playing right before Rise Against were the Los Angeles basedÂ TouchÃ© AmorÃ©. They’ve departed somewhat from their previous hardcore sound, playing a more melodic (yet no less explosive) set featuring songs from their newest album, Is Survived By, and material from their prior releases. The band was more than well received, many in the crowd as excited to see them as they were Rise Against.
Opening the show were Missouri natives,Â Radkey. Hailing from St. Joseph (north of Kansas City, MO), the band is a trio of brothers, Dee, Isaiah, and Solomon Radkey, who are relative newcomers to the scene, forming less than four years ago. While it was apparent the band was unaccustomed to playing on a stage as large as that at The Pageant, their performance was nonetheless energetic, hard, and yet heartfelt.