I need to backtrack for a moment to talk about one of the biggest events I attended in 2010: the Bamboozle festival in Chicago. My friends and I took a roadtrip from Rochester for the single-day show to see Something Corporate reunite. The band had been on hiatus since 2004, but came together again in 2010 for the Bamboole festivals in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Jersey.
Something Corporate was one of the first bands that really meant anything to me. They introduced me to a world of music that I never would have explored otherwise, as a 13-year-old mainly brought up on showtunes. In the two years that I knew of them before their hiatus, my best friends and I managed to find our way to a handful of their shows. When the announcement came six years later that we would have the opportunity to finally see them perform again, of course we found our way to that, too.
The day also included newer favorites like Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, and 3OH!3, all of whom I managed to capture, however poorly. When Something Corporate took the stage, my camera sat, forgotten, as I was swept away by nostalgia and joy. Later, I would regret not at least trying to get a photo or two, but whether documented or not, we were there and the memory will forever remain.
There’s nothing quite like standing in a crowd, singing along to your favorite songs, surrounded by your favorite people.