Dashboard Confessional at the Newport

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

I'll admit it: Back in the day, I was emo. No, I didn't whimper in dark corners or embody any other off-base stereotypes. I just did what every emo kid did - blast Dashboard Confessional and Saves the Day. (At least I got it out of my system while Fall Out Boy was still playing tiny Illinois venues.)

Dashboard's semi-angsty music was easy to identify with - and even easier to sing along with. Teens related to Chris Carrabba's boy-next-door voice crooning about relationship troubles, and they famously drowned out his emphatic guitar strumming by singing loudly at concerts.

It's been more than a decade since Carrabba released "The Swiss Army Romance," Dashboard's full-length debut. Now he's playing the entire album on a solo 10-year anniversary tour. Most people didn't hear that record until 2003, when Vagrant Records re-released it. But "eight-year anniversary tour" just doesn't sound good.

Carrabba's show Tuesday at the Newport will be all about nostalgia. Frankly, the concert's meant for people who associate Carrabba's voice with their formative years. It'll probably make us feel a little emo again, in a happy way.

Dashboard Confessional

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29

Newport Music Hall

1722 N. High St., Campus