TWDS: Concert #3 Recap

On last Sunday, February 11th, Hope For The Day hosted the third concert in the "Things We Don't Say" concert series at Evolution Music in Downers Grove, IL! It featured a lineup consisting of Howell, Bad Planning, As We Once Were, Safe Bet, and Better Love. You can listen to a Spotify playlist featuring music from the concert here.

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Many of you know the Things We Don't Say as our blog series that provides mental health education with the goal of reducing the stigma attached to it. Thanks to the Community Memorial Foundation, it is also a concert series that we are producing in the west suburbs of Chicago.

Hope For The Day focuses on proactive prevention and mental health education through self-expression platforms such as music, which makes this concert series a great method of creative outreach.

Our volunteers often partner with local bands to give speeches and to pass out resources at concerts as well, so working with the local pop punk and acoustic scene for this concert resulted in a great, positive response that made for a wonderful night.

 Howell performing on February 11th at Evolution Music.  Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

Howell performing on February 11th at Evolution Music. Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

Howell, an alternative rock/emo band, kicked off the show! After releasing their debut EP (Departure) last month, they played a set full of new songs that pleased the audience. Heartfelt lyrics such as "Motion pictures in my head / Playing images I dread / I’m swimming in oceans of lost time / I’m slipping up again" from their song "Motion Pictures" made their set the perfect way to start off the night. Make sure that you check out Departure and keep your eye out for future music and shows from Howell.

 Howell performing on February 11th at Evolution Music.  Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

Howell performing on February 11th at Evolution Music. Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

 Bad Planning performing on February 11th at Evolution Music.  Photo: Sammi Mika.

Bad Planning performing on February 11th at Evolution Music. Photo: Sammi Mika.

Bad Planning performed next, treating everyone to a special acoustic set. As a pop punk act, they noted that their set is normally much louder and faster; which made it really cool to see the band from a different perspective.

They are currently preparing to release new music, so keep an eye out! Until then, you can listen to their existing music here on Bandcamp

 Bad Planning performing on February 11th at Evolution Music.  Photo: Sam Netisingha.

Bad Planning performing on February 11th at Evolution Music. Photo: Sam Netisingha.

 As We Once Were performing on February 11th at Evolution Music.  Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

As We Once Were performing on February 11th at Evolution Music. Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

Next up was As We Once Were, an alternative rock/pop punk band from Tinley Park, IL. It had been quite a while since they played their last show, so we were all looking forward to having them perform. 

The band spent their set playing mostly new songs, which were dynamic and caught the attention of everyone there. This included their new single, "More (Better Days)", which you can listen to here! The single is a part of their new EP, Day In | Day Out, which will be released next month. For more information on it, check out this interview that they recently did with Surreal Music Magazine. 

 As We Once Were performing on February 11th at Evolution Music.  Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

As We Once Were performing on February 11th at Evolution Music. Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

 Safe Bet performing on February 11th at Evolution Music.  Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

Safe Bet performing on February 11th at Evolution Music. Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

Safe Bet, an Indiana-based acoustic act by Gino Savarino that is a fan favorite (and anything but commonplace) performed next. With a set full of sing-a-longs, hugs, and plenty of emotion, it was definitely a highlight of the night. 

Everyone was treated to a new song as well, titled "Erased" which included lyrics that touched on mental health. Gino has been a long-time supporter of Hope For The Day and it's always wonderful seeing him using his music as a platform to talk about the Things We Don't Say. He is currently working on his third EP, so stay tuned for more details on it. Until then, make sure you listen to Safe Bet's existing music here!

 Safe Bet performing on February 11th at Evolution Music.  Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

Safe Bet performing on February 11th at Evolution Music. Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

 Better Love performing on February 11th at Evolution Music.  Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

Better Love performing on February 11th at Evolution Music. Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

Better Love closed out the night with a surprise full band set! They had previously planned to play an acoustic set for this concert. Once they realized that drummer Trevor Hancock (from Arvia, a Chicago pop-punk band) knew how to play their songs and As We Once Were offered to let them borrow their gear, they decided to do an impromptu full-band set. 

We Were Younger And Less Put Together, the debut EP from Better Love, was released last month. Its wide variety of influences, catchy hooks, and memorable lyrics are refreshing; you definitely do not want to miss out on it! Make sure that you give it a listen here.

 Better Love performing on February 11th at Evolution Music.  Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

Better Love performing on February 11th at Evolution Music. Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

Thank you to everyone who attended, played, and supported this show. We'll see you next time! Until then, have hope and know that It's OK to Not Be OK.

Event Gallery:

 Howell.  Photo:  Matt Campbell .

Howell. Photo: Matt Campbell.

 Howell.   Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

Howell.  Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

 Howell.  Photo: Sam Netisingha.

Howell. Photo: Sam Netisingha.

 Bad Planning.  Photo:  Sam Netisingha .

Bad Planning. Photo: Sam Netisingha.

 Bad Planning.  Photo:  Sammi Mika .

Bad Planning. Photo: Sammi Mika.

 As We Once Were.  Photo:  Sam Netisingha .

As We Once Were. Photo: Sam Netisingha.

 As We Once Were.  Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

As We Once Were. Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

 As We Once Were.  Photo:  Kaitlyn Johnston . 

As We Once Were. Photo: Kaitlyn Johnston

 Safe Bet.  Photo:  Matt Campbell .

Safe Bet. Photo: Matt Campbell.

 Safe Bet.  Photo:  Rob Haberman.

Safe Bet. Photo: Rob Haberman.

 Safe Bet.  Photo:  Caleigh Stevens .

Safe Bet. Photo: Caleigh Stevens.

 Better Love.  Photo:  Rob Haberman.

Better Love. Photo: Rob Haberman.

 Better Love.  Photo:  Sam Netisingha .

Better Love. Photo: Sam Netisingha.

 Better Love.  Photo:  Rob Haberman.

Better Love. Photo: Rob Haberman.

 Fans Taylor Merrick and Denise Mariani.  Photo:  Sam Netisingha .

Fans Taylor Merrick and Denise Mariani. Photo: Sam Netisingha.

 Fans Mitchel Kelsey and Logan Krainik.  Photo:  Sam Netisingha .

Fans Mitchel Kelsey and Logan Krainik. Photo: Sam Netisingha.

 Photographer Kaitlyn Johnston hard at work.  Photo:  Sam Netisingha .

Photographer Kaitlyn Johnston hard at work. Photo: Sam Netisingha.

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