Poughkeepsie, N.Y. is a cute little town with a big appetite for music. The Chance Theatre bares not one, but two stories, with a stage on each floor. It’s just the place to satiate that hunger.
Walking through a sea of black, band shirts, and skinny jeans, I know I’ve arrived at my destination. As I cross the threshold, I’m overwhelmed by herds of people moving about. I find a corner to gather myself and to take it all in. Immediately, I’m drawn in by brutal screams coming from the platform above masses of metal heads destroying each other in one kinetic moment.
“Knocked Loose,” says a guy standing behind me. Someone must have asked who they were. I was just about to find out for myself. I love finding new bands I like. Hell, it probably sounds like heaven compared to Bryan Garris’s brutal screams. Take the time to check out Knocked Loose if your soul can handle it. There can be one thing said for lineups like Souled Out Fest: make sure you wear deodorant and comfortable clothes, because will be armpit deep in mosh pits with no letting up from the opening band to headliner.
Local New York natives, A Story Inspired, who have an upcoming EP Overcome/Overthrow coming out, played effortlessly on The Chance Stage. Although ASI is a little more than a year old, they have played Warped Tour in 2015 alongside Asking Alexandria, Pierce the Veil and Memphis May Fire are no stranger to big crowds or screaming fans.
Looking at the schedule, I had to decide what bands I wanted to see most and pray it didn’t overlap someone new I wanted to check out. So, careful planning was the key. Every Time I Die was a must for me to see. Playing main stage, ETID came, slayed, and betrayed every preconceived notion I had in mind.
Keeping the momentum going, Beartooth closed tonight’s show. After ETID, how could there be enough left to give? No one moved and no one left. There wasn’t an empty space or a dry shirt in the house. Wall to wall, floor to balcony, eyes were watching closely just for a glimpse, all the while chanting, “Beartooth, Beartooth, Beartooth.”
The air was palpable and the crowd was spellbound. Walking out, Caleb Shomo grabs the mic, “I want free, I want change, I want it written on my grave.” Everyone explodes into song, like my mind, like we all expected.
Souled Out Fest showcased 27 bands on two stages. For one night a year, Souled Out Fest attracts all races, colors and, creeds who come together in one place to enjoy one common likeness, their love for music.