When I found out Frank Turner was coming to Milwaukee, I knew in that moment that I had no choice but to go. The concert last night was so lovely in a way that I have not experienced at any other concert thanks to Frank Turner.

Frank Turner. Turner Ballroom, Milwaukee.

The concert started with an acoustic opening set from Beans On Toast which was colorful to say the least. From forgetting the words to most of his own songs to stopping the crowd from clapping along because it inhibited his ability to play the song correctly, the crowd was left laughing with their heads cocked in confusion.

Beans on Toast & Architects. Turner Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Next up was Architects (the US band). I had never heard these guys before, but their songs punched you in the face with hard-hitting guitar, moving basslines, and raw vocals in a way that left you asking for more.

The Turner Ballroom is quite a large venue yet Frank made it feel like an intimate coffee house show where he shared stories of travels and sang his heart out with the voice we’d all grown to love.

From the heart wrenching songs that gave us goosebumps to the songs where we passionately screamed in an overwhelming unison, Frank Turner captured our attention and hearts in a way that left everyone feeling as if he was an old friend of ours.

As if the experience hadn’t already been completely wonderful, he wrapped up the set by calling a young boy to the stage to sing the chorus of Photosynthesis with him (shown in the image above).

It was a miraculous show, and if you’re Frank Turner fan, I summon you to make EVERY effort possible to go see him live. Seriously. Print this blog and show it to your boss. I’m sure he or she will understand.

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