On March 25th, the 2014 Take Action Tour stopped in Baltimore for an amazing night of heavy music for a good cause. The Take Action Tour has been an annual trek for bands of many genres for over a decade, and each year, a portion of the profits are donated to a charitable cause. This year’s tour benefited the Living The Dream Foundation, an organization that makes dreams come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses. The Living The Dream Foundation is unique in its approach to making dreams come true with their close ties to the music industry. The foundation has connected many sick children with their musical heroes.
With all of the positive vibes that good charity work brings, the show was opened by up-and-coming rap-rock five-piece, Dangerkids. The band mixes old-school Linkin Park-style rapping in with modern, heavier influences for a sound that is uniquely theirs, and uniquely awesome. For a band that is new to the scene, they captured the audience’s attention, with an unexpected amount of audience members screaming along to every word. They’re currently confirmed to play this summer’s Warped Tour, and are definitely a band to watch.
After Dangerkids came Australian metalcore legends I Killed the Prom Queen. They played a high-energy, seven song set that got the audience ready for the heavier acts to come. The band is currently touring to support their latest studio release, “Beloved.” Though their set was fairly short, they managed to play some new material, including “To The Wolves,” “Calvert Street,” and “Brevity,” and they closed their set with their older classic, “Say Goodbye.”
Los Angeles natives The Ghost Inside took the stage after I Killed the Prom Queen. Their set was probably the most energetic of the night, with frontman Jonathan Vigil taking time to smile and recognize fans throughout their set. They played a ten song set, featuring songs from their breakout album, Get What You Give.
The night wrapped up fairly early, with The Devil Wears Prada taking the stage around 9:30 for their 14 song set. Their set was dominated by tracks off their 2013 album 8:18. Their stage setup included strobes and fog machines, which gave the small venue an almost otherworldly atmosphere. As metalcore legends, they hit it hard and heavy through their entire set, culminating in a two-song encore that included “Mammoth,” and “Danger:Wildman.”
Overall, the 2014 Take Action Tour proved itself to be an incredible way to donate to a good cause. Patrons not only enjoyed a great show, featuring some of the biggest heavy bands in the scene, but they also got to go home knowing that a portion of their ticket price went to help kids with Living The Dream. Check out the foundation’s website here.
Check out our exclusive gallery from the show, taken by Alex Messick:
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