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Love Out Loud and The Radiance Effect Concert

posted Jul 23, 2011, 1:30 PM by Sarah Brehm   [ updated Jul 23, 2011, 1:42 PM ]

The summer heat has been threatening to drain the energy out of everyone. Luckily, the Warehouse has air conditioning and provides a cool environment for fun entertainment. On July 22, Yankees invaded in the form of the Minnesotan band Love Out Loud, kicking off their tour with The Radiance Effect from Missouri. Also performing were locals 100thandMay, and for the last time (maybe not forever) The Beautiful Crayons.


Love Out Loud partied so hard on the first song that the lights died. While waiting for the lights to be fixed, front-man Dillon Jones asked the one question all northerners ask: “Is it pop or soda?” The audience corrected him with the proper term of “Coke.” Then he told an impromptu story about a kitten named Jorge with “dramatic” background music. And then the lights came back on and the party continued. Love Out Loud combines rock with funky pop beats and even a little choreography (which had to be difficult on the small stage)—it all reminded me of Family Force 5. They got the crowd moving and dancing and fist pumping (I blame Jersey Shore). This was their first time playing Chattanooga, and hopefully it won’t be the last.


The three-member band The Radiance Effect had a powerful, melodic sound reminiscent of Switchfoot. They were a delight to listen to as they performed various songs including “Out of Control,” “Hello Beautiful,” and the title track from their upcoming album, “Mad Mess.” But creating excellent music isn’t their only goal. The Radiance Effect have a deep passion to get to know their fans personally so they have no fans, only friends. They want their music to impact lives and bring hope to those who so desperately need it. Mad Mess comes out on September 3, so mark your calendars.


Singer/songwriter Evan Dial, who plays under the name 100thandMay, describes his music as “cheesy love songs.” And that’s exactly what he delivered. He even had a song written about the movie The Notebook. But 100thandMay is a very good guitarist and excellent songwriter. His vocals need a little work (he even admitted that he’s not the best singer), but overall 100thandMay was fun to listen to.


I’m not sure how to describe the final band, The Beautiful Crayons. The six-member band included keyboards, a viola, and a tambourine. They all wore oxford shirts and ties or bowties and jokingly commented that they looked like waiters. Punk. Yes, definitely fast-paced, in-your-face, screaming punk with a bunch of pop and a dash of jazz… and a tambourine. Lead vocalist Heath Locke spastically danced all over the stage. And with the final note, Locke crashed into the drum set and dramatically pushed it over. This was The Beautiful Crayons final performance because the band members are all headed off to college. With a shout out to their fans and parents, The Beautiful Crayons ended with a bang. Now it’s time for the reunion tour.
Words by: Sarah Brehm
Pics and Videos by: Sarah Brehm
The Radiance Effect

The Radiance Effect "Hello Beautiful"


The Beautiful Crayons