Mondays are usually quiet and boring, but at Starland Ballroom it was anything but quiet and boring. Frank Turner brought his last United States tour of the year to New Jersey he wasn’t leaving quietly. Opening the show was The Homeless Gospel Choir which is Derek Zanetti on acoustic guitar. His set was very inspirational and motivational. With the most honest and brutal lyrics, Derek started each song off with saying, “this is a protest song.” Indeed they were, some political protest, others just a protest against the world. Derek has the world figured out, it isn’t all about money and fame, but about the moments and doing what is in your heart. Even though the crowd was laughing during his set over his lyrics and talk between songs, I think everyone took home what he really meant. Pittsburgh native, I hope to see The Homeless Gospel Choir again next year.
Next up was another Pennsylvania band, Philadelphia’s Restorations. Restorations just create a wall of sound in their music that you can’t help but be enthralled by. I didn’t know what to expect when seeing Restorations, but I was blown away by how much energy they give. I think seeing Restorations in a smaller setting would be more intense. They do have a hardcore background and I believe that live setting never left them.
Closing the night was Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls. Frank Turner is a machine. Playing for about 2 hours and almost 30 songs, no one on stage stopped moving around. The Sleeping Souls are a great backing band to have, great musicians and stage presence. While Frank Turner knows how to get he crowd off their feet and at one point on the floor. Playing everything the crowd wanted and a Springsteen cover of “Atlantic City”, Frank Turner is a true musician. He plays his heart out every night and gives the crowd what they want. He doesn’t seem to be slowing down either. If Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls or Frank Turner solo comes near a town by you, check out his show even if you don’t know who he is. You will leave being a big fan.