The 8123 Tour was a night of friends sharing the stage and great music all around. The Maine was joined by A Rocket to the Moon, This Century, and Brighten. The music was a mix of soft acoustic and fun upbeat tunes, but no matter what the tempo the crowd was overrun with enthusiasm and energy.
Brighten has been a small project that Justin Richards has been working on long before he joined the stage with A Rocket to the Moon. The set was typical Richards’ style, which consisted of sweetly written acoustic love songs and fun songs that you just can’t help but sing along. The set was a great opening to the tour.
This Century has had its fair share of steady growth in fans, but this show revealed that their fan base has skyrocketed over the past few months. Girls and guys alike were eating up every last song. It is only a matter of time before this baby-faced group makes their big break into the mainstream music scene.
Sadly it was Rocket’s last show here in Florida. The band announced that they would be splitting up at the end of this tour. Justin Richards, guitar, will continue with his long time project Brighten while Nick Santino, lead vocals, is working on a solo project. There is no word of when new material will be released from the two projects. All news aside this was probably the best that they have ever sounded or preformed. They have a long way from auto tuned demos to soulful country-esque songs. It is sad to see them breakup but as the saying goes all good things must come to an end.
Last but not least The Maine rounded out the night perfectly. Their latest release Forever Halloween has taken a toll on the bands persona and sound. They have grown up quite a bit over the years, but so has their fans. Making them one of those groups that no matter what will have something for everyone to enjoy. The set was concluded by the groups coming of age/ growing up anthem We’ll All Be. The band was joined by the other musicians on tour. It was a lovely ending to a match made in heaven tour.