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Emo Nite at RBC in Dallas, TX

Since its inception, Emo Nite LA’s popularity has skyrocketed, and in result, it’s expanded and reached other cities in form of a tour—Emo Nite in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Michigan, Denver, Seattle and more. The punk/emo throwback night ventured to Dallas, TX at RBC (rhythm. beats. culture.), at the heart of Deep Ellum. This reviewer frequented at the original Los Angeles Emo Nites and was curious to see how Dallas would fare in comparison.

RBC is probably half the size of the Echo/Echoplex for Emo Nite LA, but the Dallas venue undoubtedly filled up both inside and outside, up- and downstairs, with a line hanging out the door. However, the crowd appeared to be younger than the regulars in Los Angeles and surprisingly didn’t get rowdy as quickly. It took a bit to warm up the crowd—concert goers crowd surfing and/or getting up on the stage to dance—but once heavier, screamo songs hit the airwaves, the audience let loose! Once that happened, the night turned into a cornucopia of karaoke for the emo kids.

Not only is Emo Nite great for reminiscing and rocking out to throwback favorites from the past but also that the songs are DJ’d by notables from the scene. Dallas was no exception. The night featured sets from local musicians but also AJ Perdomo from the Dangerous Summer—joined on stage by Mike Ziemer—and Jonathan Cook from Forever the Sickest Kids, which were major throwbacks in themselves for both bands have been MIA the past few years.

One of the best parts of Emo Nite Dallas was that there was seldom a time when a song was repeated the entire night. In Los Angeles, each DJ’s set list at least includes the usual staples: Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” Panic! At the Disco’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Paramore’s “Misery Business,” among others, so it was refreshing to hear a variety of songs every set in Dallas. In addition, the DJ’s didn’t shy away from playing harder songs such as selections from Pierce the Veil, Hawthorne Heights and more as well as pop-punk favorites—this reviewer’s personal favorites—from All Time Low (“Weightless,” “Remembering Sunday,” “Dear Maria Count Me In”). There were also songs audience members probably haven’t heard in ages—Forever the Sickest Kids’ “Hey Brittany” and “She’s a Lady;” Boys Like Girls’ “Love Drunk.”

It’s remarkable that no matter how many times someone can attend Emo Nite, the night’s experiences can be missed and heavily looked forward to, and with it expanding to other cities, more and more people can marvel in nostalgia, further breeding the unity around this era’s music. Recently, the Emo Nite founders premiered the documentary Every Nite is Emo Nite, which sheds light on how the trio contributed to the up-and-coming historic music event. Emo Nite Day has also been announced for the three-year anniversary, and tickets are now available for a larger venue, Shrine Expo Hall, for Dec. 3.

For more information and tickets, visit emoniteday.com.

Photos by Crystal Kirby