This past weekend, I got the opportunity to attend the “Made In America Tour” featuring Sleep On It, Chapel, As It Is, and Waterparks. Before I even talk about this show, I have to say that out of the 87 shows I’ve been to this year, this was by far the best. Every band on this tour had something different and fun to offer and it was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve had.
My day at the Made In America Tour went a little bit like this:
First, I had Waterparks VIP, which was really cool because they’ve never done VIP before. They had a Q&A after they met everyone and apparently 2018 is going to be the year of Waterparks. Also, they didn’t play their song “Made In America” because apparently that song has nothing to do with the tour title.
Sleep On It, one of our favorites here at Spinning Thoughts, was first to take the stage. They were even better than the last time I saw them. It seems like they’ve really developed a sense of confidence on stage that wasn’t there before. They played a mix of old and new songs and even brought out Patty Walters from As It Is to sing “Fireworks” with them. Needless to say, I was hyped for Sleep On It, and they made me even more excited for the rest of the show.
I got to talk to the guys from Sleep On It after the show and it seemed like they were having the time of their lives. I asked if they had any plans for their own headliner as we head into 2018, and sadly, the answer was no. “It’s a big financial risk and we aren’t sure our fan base is big enough to pull off our own headliner,” guitarist Jake Marquis said. “Maybe this time next year we’ll be able to go on the road on our own tour.”
Next up was Chapel, a band from my home state of Georgia. You’d never guess that Chapel was made up of only two people. They have a different sound and an amazing stage presence. They really got into their performance which made everyone else get really into it too.
As It Is took the stage next. I don’t know what I was expecting, but they exceeded it. Every time I’ve seen As It Is, it’s like I’ve seen an entirely new band — which isn’t something I can say for many bands. They never seem to play the same show or say the same things twice, which is an admirable quality.
Last, but certainly not least, Waterparks took the stage. I’ve seen this band four times this year and each time I’ve seen them they’ve gotten better. I think their confidence on stage has grown a lot and it’s been amazing watching them move on to bigger and better things. When I first started listening to Waterparks, they were just openers and now they’ve completed their second headlining tour. Waterparks always has a lot of energy and always put on a good show. The crowd was kind of rough due to all the crowd surfers, but despite that I still had one of the best nights of my year. I can’t wait to see what Waterparks, Sleep On It, As It Is, and Chapel have in store for us next year; you can bet that I’ll be at every show I can possibly make it to.
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