Blue October at The Fillmore Silver Spring

By Kaitlin Follmer

Published on Saturday, November 26, 2011

I came in this show knowing little to nothing about Blue October, having “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean” as my only points of reference. Waiting for Blue October to take the stage, Justin Furstenfld came out to talk about an issue that weighs very heavily on him, single parent laws. When Furstenfld’s daughter was born, his wife filled for divorce and claimed custody over their daughter, stating Furstenfld still suffers from bi-polar disorder and is a danger to himself and the child. While he had suffered from bi-polar disorder, it is no longer an issue in his life. To this day he is not allowed to see his child.

Once Blue October stated playing their set, I was immediately drawn to them. Fursenfld’s voice was absolutely entrancing, complimented by Ryan Delahoussaye on the violin. I never realized how emotional these songs are for them to perform, it makes perfect sense, but we tend to get so tied up in a song and what it means to us, we forget that there is a person behind these words who lived through these lyrics. I was reminded of this during the third song Blue October sang, “Picking up the Pieces” when Furstenfld turned around he looked up, holding back tears in his eyes, it was obvious how real this is for him. As far as the audience, they absolutely loved the set, they were screaming and singing along song by song. I am so glad I was able to come out and hear these guys live, they sounded fantastic, I would definitely recommend checking them out.

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