The Who's Driving Tour, which featured bands such as Every Avenue, The Audition, The Summer Set, and Sparks the Rescue, made a stop at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY. Playing to a packed house, the show kicked off what should be a very big year for the Poughkeepsie area.
Ian Walsh, from Boston, Massachussetts, started the night off on the right foot. Having already played at The Chance in October, he had a sizeable fan base in attendance. Despite after seeing him for the second time, I still wasn't impressed by his set all that much. However, I can certianly see the appeal that he has. After his set drew to a close, Sparks the Rescue took the stage. The band played material exclusively from their record, Eyes to the Sun. I was a bit disappointed by their set list for this show. It was almost identical to the set they played when I had seen them with Hit The Lights back in November. A little varierty would have been nice, but there's only so much a band so new into the careers can do. However, the crowd was fairly responsive to the band's energetic performance. Arizona natives, The Summer Set, followed Sparks the Rescue. The band made their most recent appearnace at The Chance with the aforementioned Ian Walsh in October. The band sounded great as they played a wide variety of their material in terms of age. The biggest of the supporting acts, The Audition, played next. Led by vocalist Denny Stevens, the band blazed through their set, which was a pleasant surprise, as a majority of their set consisted of songs off of their debut record: Controvery Loves Company. They also threw a new song into their set, "The Art of Living", off their upcomng record, Great Danger(for those waiting on a band to really break in the coming year, keep an eye on these guys). To cap off the night was tour-headliner, Every Avenue. Crazy antics aside, it was an extremely entertaining set. The crowd was drawn toward the band and were even informed that line shots from "Tell Me I'm a Wreck" would be used for an upcoming music video, adding even more excitement to the night. After the conclusion of their set, the auidience called for an encore and the band re-took the stage to play "Trading Heartbeats" one last time for their enthusiastic fans.