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Blue October plays to sold out crowd at The Pageant

by Danya Artimisi

Although Blue October fans got a small taste of the band over the summer when they opened for The Goo Goo Dolls at St. Louis Music Park, this was the show that die-hards have been waiting  for since COVID postponed their last scheduled show.  The band brought it hard and made up for the long-awaited anticipation.

Austin, Texas band, Beatnik Bandits, opened the show with a highly energetic set which pumped up the crowd as they lie in wait for Blue October to hit the stage.  There are a handful of bands of which I’ve become a fan after seeing them for the first time as an opening act and this is without a doubt one of those bands.

At approximately 9:00 P.M., 105.7 The Point’s newest on air personality, Liv Maddix, appeared on stage to introduce the band while recognizing the vibe and spirit in the room brought by radio legend and Blue October superfan, Jeff Burton.  The crowd erupted, showing their love for Jeff as Liv shouted “Jeff Burton” and the crowd responded “Forever!”  It was a very touching moment and the night just didn’t seem the same without him there.

Justin, Matt, Jeremy, Will, and Ryan entered stage left to a roaring crowd, backlit by darkness with hues of blue.  They began the show with an ominous prelude to The Kitchen Drawer.  Justin burst into his explosive performance without wasting any time and it carried throughout the show as it always does.

Justin, too, paid homage to Jeff and his family by sharing a memory of his and  Jeff’s late night phone calls while Jeff does what he always did; sat on his deck, cigar in hand.  Justin asked the crowd to fill the venue with  “fireflies” (flashlights from cell phones) which lit the room like a big, warm hug from Jeff before they broke into the song dedicated to Jeff’s family, “Home”.  Justin also announced that  they will be back in town on December 6th performing for a show dedicated to Jeff’s legacy.

Many fans of Blue October have heard of Justin’s recent separation from his wife.  He addressed the situation by acknowledging that he loved someone enough to let them go before going into Spinning The Truth Around.

The crowd was on their feet throughout the set with a mixture of  smiles and  tears all around.  It was a very emotional night as usual, with the sentiment and raw depth that comprises the music of Blue October.


  1. The Kitchen Drawer
  2. The Way I Used to Love You
  3. This is What I Live  For
  4. Oh My My
  5. Say It
  6. Fight For Love
  7. Into the Ocean
  8. All That We Are
  9. 18th Floor Balcony
  10. Home
  11. Hate Me
  12. Spinning The Truth Around
  13. Sway
  14. Shut Up I Want You to Love Me Back
  15. James
  16. Colors Collide
  17. Italian Radio
  18. Fear


  1. Congratulations (Acoustic performance with Justin and Ryan)
  2. Where Did You Go I’m Less of a Mess These Days
  3. Moving On (So Long)
  4. I Hope You’re Happy
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Danya is a music junkie and an accomplished producer and writer. With over 20 years in the music and media industry, she worked in St. Louis radio as an on-air talent for 16 years, in television as a writer/producer/assignment editor at KMOV-TV, and started her own podcast at Radiodanya.com showcasing St. Louis’ local music scene, is currently the host of
Arch City Live and is an on-air talent on 105.7 The Point. She received her Bachelor Degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and her Masters Degree from Saint Louis University. In addition to contributing to Arch City Media, she is a writer/editor/photographer for an online publication dedicated to documenting live shows throughout the U.S.: The Spectatour: We Spectate, We Tour. Aside from music’s spectrum of genres, she is also an avid hockey, baseball, and soccer fan.

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