Location: Sedalia, MO
Venue: Missouri State Fair
Bands: EMPHATIC, Adelitas Way, Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman
EMPHATIC Setlist: Do I, Get Paid, Beg, Put Down, Original Sin, Bounce
EMPHATIC rolled into a pretty beat up town of Sedalia, MO Saturday. In talking to some of the grounds crew we found out that the day before the town had been hit with 83mph winds, golf-ball sized hail, severe downpours, and had been without power the entire day and night. Fortunately for The Carnival of Madness the weather decided to cooperate. There were a few showers/sprinkles, but nothing significant enough to cause too many problems.
I’ll be completely honest… I went into the day thinking it was going to be a relatively lame day for merch and attendance. I could not have been MORE wrong. We tip our hat to Sedalia for bringing it and bringing it hard.
The stage was quite wide and set up on the infield of the race track in front of the bleachers. Once the gates opened people poured in and were amped to see a great rock show. The guys hit the stage at 6:30 and put on one hell of a show. Doing the lights outside while it’s still light out isn’t the most exciting, but the crowds energy and the bands performance kept me pumped. I’ve neglected to give props to the amazing crew on this tour. Nick (our soundguy) has had us sounding amazing every night. The rest of the crew has been nothing but supportive and helpful every night.
A highlight of the show was after the first song when Grant (singer) said to the audience ‘this is a fuckin’ rock show – get out of those seats and lets have some fun!’ – and EVERYONE DID! Just proving that the guys really are making an impact and Grant is getting more comfortable in his roll.
After their set, the merch booth was MOBBED with fans looking to get CDs, T-shirts, autographs, and pictures. The band barely got a break from the end of their set until Theory of a Deadman finished the night. Everyone was extremely cool and patient.
The only downside for me was that with everything going on I didn’t get a single picture. I really do have to pay attention to that.
Thank you Sedalia… we look forward to coming back and doing it again soon…