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August Burns Red and Between the Buried and Me joined forces this spring on a co-headlining North American tour that kicked off on March 4th in Sayerville, NJ. As a big August Burns Red fan I was beyond excited to catch them at Lupos Heartbreak Hotel on their way through New England.
Jake Luhrs fronted August Burns Red have quickly become not only my favorite group to photograph but my favorite group to see live. While their recent Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance came as a surprise to much of the music world, In my opinion the group deserves the recognition they have been given. Their tight performance is dialed in to a science and the group works together like a well-oiled machine. That being said, they never lack spontaneity and are always delivering a handful of surprises with every new set. Jake Luhrs pairs his powerful metalcore lyrics with his beautifully quirky dance moves, including his signature mic tricks like a musical puppeteer. The production for the group is always on point, their beautiful lighting adding and extra element of awe to the show.
It was clear that much of the audience came to see August Burns Red, for a good part of the crowd thinned out after their powerful performance.
Between the Buried and Me were next to take Lupo’s stage. The group immediately hooked fans that were already at a 10 after the performance from August Burns Red. BTBAM entertained with over an hour of material spanning the band's entire discography (including a song from their 2002 self-titled release). All five members left everything on the stage as front man Tommy Giles Rogers moved from his keyboard up to the front of the stage to interact with fans, as guitarist Paul Waggoner head banged his way through the set mesmerizing the crowd with his killer locks.
While Between the Buried and Me delivered a solid performance as per usual, they were easily outshined by the stellar set delivered that night by August Burns Red. Clearly proving to Providence why they were recognized as Grammy worthy.