In 2018, Tampa Bay fans of emo band Dashboard Confessional experienced the ultimate heartbreak: Ahead of his second performance at St. Petersburg’s Jannus Live that year, frontman Chris Carrabba had a family emergency that required his presence, causing Dashboard to cancel its appearance here, plus others in Dashboard’s hometown of Boca Raton, and Atlanta.
Co-headliners All Time Low and Gnash carried on without the quintet in St. Pete and Atlanta, (Boca Raton got flat-out canceled, understandably), but there hasn’t been any sign of Carrabba & co. rocking in Florida since then. Between COVID-19 halting the band’s 2020 tour with The Get Up Kids—which was set to stop at Orlando’s House Of Blues, and a June 2020 motorcycle accident that left him questioning whether he’d ever play again, who knew when Dashboard would be able to make it up to the emo kids of Tampa?
Luckily, the band’s sole songwriter has since recovered from his accident, and now, the icon behind “Screaming Infidelities” has plotted an acoustic “Unplugged” tour that visits Jannus Live on Sept. 10. Joining Dashboard on select dates of the tour—this St. Pete date included—is fellow emo royalty This Wild Life, as well as Armon Jay with his solo material. Jay has been playing lead guitar for Dashboard since 2015, so that’ll be twice in one night we’ll get to see him.
Tickets have already gone on sale, and cost $27.50 each, plus fees. This is Jannus Live after all, so needless to say, tickets are standing room only.
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