The Entertainment US Tour – Castle Theatre – 11.16.18

Entertainment US Tour

Bloomington, IL – 11.16.18

Words & Photos by Grace Earley

On November 16th, 2018, the talent packed lineup of Waterparks’ Entertainment US Tour found themselves in Bloomington, IL at the sold out Castle Theatre. The 700 capacity venue was filled with fans squeezed shoulder to shoulder, anticipating the beginning of the show.

Not long after doors were opened to the public, rapper/singer De’Wayne Jackson, who first became known in the scene in 2017 when he opened a show for Jessie J, brought his presence to the stage. Performing songs including his most recently released single , “Top Man”, De’Wayne radiated an unbelievably upbeat energy that had every single person standing both on the floor and on the balcony jumping off their feet.

Secondly, Hip-Hop/Rap artist Nick Gray, who released his first album in 2016 under Golden Connection Records, brought his boy band esque attitude in front of the room and swept the fans residing in the first few rows off of their feet when he began to pass out roses. Playing multiple tracks off of his sophomore studio album, “Bitter Sweet”, which he released last month, the crowd reacted in an excited manner to the hype that Nick brought to the lineup.

Next on the lineup was Alternative/Indie four-piece Super Whatevr, a personal favorite of ours here at Acentric Magazine. During the stage setup, bassist Gianni Jinx began to help his team while wearing a Britney Spears t-shirt, which caused every voice in the room to erupt into song, screaming the lyrics to Hit Me Baby One More Time. This action brought smiles to the face of every crew member, as well as Gianni, who began to sing along towards the end of the song. Starting off their set with an overall incredible vibe, the group performed a mix of seven songs ranging from the pop-punk sounding Benjamin Alphabet to the tear jerking Someone Somewhere Somehow.

Bringing a close to the openers, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me came onto the stage last. Made up of bassist and lead vocalist Dallon Weekes, previous Panic! At The Disco bassist, and drummer Ryan Seaman, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (iDKHOW or IDKHBTFM for short) started off with a parody song known as Nobody Likes The Opening Band, which joked about how only mom and dad come to see you when you’re an opener, and encouraged the listeners to give them a chance. Emitting an ungodly amount of talent, the duo included an incredible amount of crowd participation into the set, including the moment when Dallon split the audience into two halves, and jumped in the middle to perform.

Around the time that the clock hit 9:45, the lights fell once again, and Waterparks walked onto the stage one member at a time. The pop-rock trio, consisting of lead vocalist/guitarist Awsten Knight, guitarist Geoff Wigington, and drummer Otto Wood, released their second album Entertainment earlier this year, and finally brought the album’s headlining tour to the states after completing it in other countries. With the crowd being an even mix of incredibly excited younger fans, and fans crowd surfing and opening up mosh pits, I can completely honestly say that of the three Waterparks shows that I have attended, this was the best one. Playing some older songs, including Crave and Royal, as well as newer music and even a rare Japan B-Side, the group put all of their energy into the show and it was well worth it.

If you have the means, make sure to hit one of the remaining dates of the Entertainment Tour! You won’t Regret it!

November 19th / Omaha, NE / Waiting Room

November 20th /  Denver, Co / Oriental Theater

November 23rd / Salt Lake City, UT/ The Complex

November 24th / Reno, NV / Jub Jubs

November 25th / Sacramento, CA /Ace Of Spades

November 27th / Pomona, CA / The Glasshouse (SOLD OUT!)

November 28th / Tucson, AZ /191 Toole

November 30th / San Antonio, TX / Alamo City Music Hall

December 1st / Houston, TX / Warehouse Live Ballroom