As the chilly October night descended upon Madison, Wisconsin, The Sylvee transformed into a pulsating epicenter of pop-punk energy. Headlined by the iconic Boys Like Girls, the concert promised a trip down memory lane with support from the talented State Champs, The Summer Set, and the dynamic Lolo.
The result was an unforgettable evening that left the audience electrified and craving for more.
The evening kicked off with a bang, thanks to the opening act, Lolo. Armed with a powerhouse voice and boundless stage presence, Lolo wasted no time in capturing the hearts of the audience. She lived up to her self-proclaimed “Emo Cheerleader” title by passing out pom-poms to the crowd before her song “Debbie Downer”. Lolo’s engaging banter and genuine connection with the audience set an invigorating tone for the night.
Following Lolo’s stunning performance, The Summer Set took the stage by storm. Known for their infectious pop-rock sound, the band delivered an energetic set that had the crowd dancing from the first chord. Tracks like “Boomerang” and “Lightning in a Bottle” showcased their knack for crafting irresistibly catchy hooks. The Summer Set’s chemistry on stage was palpable, and their infectious enthusiasm was contagious. By the end of their set, The Sylvee was a sea of bouncing fans, completely immersed in the music.
As the anticipation reached its peak, State Champs exploded onto the stage, igniting a frenzy of excitement. Known for their high-octane performances, the band delivered a set that was nothing short of explosive. From the anthemic “Outta My Head” to the heart-wrenching “Slow Burn”, State Champs showcased their versatility and musicianship. The seamless interplay between guitarists and the relentless drumming provided a solid foundation for Derek Discanio’s emotive vocals.
The crowd’s energy reached its apex, with mosh pits swirling and voices raised in unison.
Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived: Boys Like Girls took the stage amidst thunderous applause. The band wasted no time, diving into their classic hits with unmatched fervor. “Love Drunk” and “Five Minutes To Midnight” ignited a nostalgic fervor, transporting the audience back to the golden era of emo-pop. Martin Johnson’s raspy yet poignant vocals resonated through the venue, carrying with them a wave of emotion that engulfed every fan.
What set Boys Like Girls apart was their ability to infuse each note with raw emotion, creating an atmosphere of shared memories and unbreakable bonds. Prior to this evening, it had been over 10 years since Boys Like Girls had played a show in Madison, Wisconsin. The way the crowd welcomed them back so fervently is a testament to the connection the band has formed with their fans.
After 100 incredible minutes, the night was coming to an end, and Boys Like Girls left the crowd begging for an encore. When they returned to the stage, the venue erupted into a frenzy of cheers and applause. The band delivered a final, unforgettable performance of “Two Is Better Than One”, leaving an indelible mark on every heart in the audience.
The Boys Like Girls concert at The Sylvee was a tour de force of pop-punk excellence. With stellar support from State Champs, The Summer Set, and Lolo, the evening was a rollercoaster of emotions, a journey through the anthems that defined a generation. The Sylvee, with its impeccable acoustics and intimate atmosphere, provided the perfect backdrop for this musical extravaganza. This concert will undoubtedly be etched in the memories of all who were fortunate enough to be a part of it.