Harrisburg University recently brought everyone’s favorite pop punk band, All Time Low, to Harrisburg as part of their expanding concert series. I had the incredible opportunity to shoot and review the show, and All Time Low absolutely shut the place down.
The show took place at XL Live in Harrisburg, and it was completely sold out. It was the biggest crowd in all of XL Live’s history, thanks to the Harrisburg U Concert Series. The line was wrapped completely around the building, and the energy was buzzing with excitement; some fans had driven seven hours to see this show! Sleep On It opened the show, and they rocked the entire room; it really set the tone right for the rest of the night. All Time Low was next, opening with a fan favorite, “Weightless”. The entire crowd was jumping and dancing as soon as the first chorus hit, and the energy from the audience was contagious. There was a great variety of old and new songs, but some of the classics they played that night were “Lost in Stereo”, “Therapy”, “Dear Maria, Count Me In”, and “Cinderblock Garden”. After I left the photo pit, I watched some of the show from the balcony. Although it was a packed house, there was not a phone in sight for about three songs straight. That’s how you know you have a good show! The band also performed an unreleased song called “Getaway Green”, which some fans in the front row seems to already know all the words to.
Harrisburg University is the only nonprofit STEM-focused school between Philly and Pittsburgh, currently comprised of just over seven thousand students. Within the past two years, Harrisburg University has worked (and succeeded) to bring some of the biggest names in music to the Central Pennsylvania area. Past acts have included Atlas Genius, Death Cab for Cutie, Earthgang, and The Struts; these shows were extremely well-attended and caught people’s attention. Over the course of the next few months, the Harrisburg University Concert Series continues with acts including: Misterwives, The Revivalists, Young the Giant, Barns Courtney, Of Monsters & Men, Cage the Elephant, and Steve Aoki. Harrisburg University is reviving the live music scene in Harrisburg, and these shows are just the beginning. To learn more about the upcoming shows and Harrisburg University, visit https://concertseries.harrisburgu.edu/.
The audience went crazy for All Time Low, and it resulted simply in a great night of good music, community, and excitement for what’s to come. Harrisburg is definitely getting something right, and this show proved it. Obviously get to an All Time Low show, because you will do nothing but dance the entire time. While you’re at it, check out the Harrisburg University Concert Series!