Dashboard Confessional singer performs in Lancaster

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Dashboard Confessional’s lead singer and songwriter, Chris Carrabba, will be touring at various music venues in the Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Boston, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia areas. He will play acoustic solo shows at eight clubs, including the Chameleon Club on Dec. 2 in Lancaster, Pa., located only a half hour from Elizabethtown College. The tickets are $25 when purchased in advance and $28 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.

For those who are not familiar with Dashboard Confessional, they are an alternative rock band consisting of John Lefler, Mike Marsh, Scott Schoenberg and Carrabba. In Billboard Magazine’s online biography of Dashboard, their lyrics are referred to as “soul-baring.” Dashboard Confessional is often thought of as an emotional band.

Fans of the band have debated whether they prefer the group performing together or Carrabba playing alone. Carrabba previously toured in 2010 and 2011 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of his band’s first album, “The Swiss Army Romance.” He loved being on tour, and was satisfied with the outcome, leading to these upcoming shows, according to the event’s press release.

What songs Carrabba will play are not yet known. Carrabba’s manager, Andy Adelewitz said that he believes Carrabba may perform songs from all of his albums, but the lineup is in his own power. “What to expect is entirely up to Chris,” Adelewitz said.

“Music is all things to me,” Carrabba said in his biography on Dashboard Confessional’s website. “It’s a respite from real life, but it’s also a place to contemplate and begin to understand what you’re going through. Music can clarify how things are affecting you.” Carrabba’s music relates to his life, as he expressed about the band’s most recent studio album, “Alter The Ending,” released in 2009. “My whole life was on fire as I made this record. Life felt like it was burning through me,” said Carrabba.

Dashboard Confessional has six albums, and various songs from each may be played at the Chameleon Club. The albums are: “Swiss Army Romance;” “Places You Have Come to Fear the Most;” “A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar;” “Dusk and Summer;” “The Shade of Poison Trees;” and “Alter the Ending.” Some of their most popular songs include “Vindicated,” “Hands Down” and “Screaming Infidelities.”

During his 2010-11 tour, fans were pleased, as he played a range of his songs, covering all albums. Carrabba was passionate, capturing the crowd with every sound. The same is expected during this set of concerts. “There’s this magical thing when you find that people are connected through your songs,” he said in his website bio. “It’s a stroke of luck, really. And I feel lucky that it happens with our music.”

Tickets are already on sale, and can be purchased at www.dashboardconfessional.com and other websites, such as www.ticketmaster.com. Carabba is starting off at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, Ill. on Nov. 17 and ending at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pa. on Dec. 4. For more information, visit www.paradigmagency.com/materials/Dashboard/.

“Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional

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