To be honest, I wasn't quite sure where to start with my review of the Emo Night Brooklyn show at Toad's Place in New Haven, Connecticut. I figured I could talk about the nostalgia of listening to the greatest anthems that emo and pop-punk have to offer while wearing my ripped black skinny jeans and "Ohio is for Lovers" t-shirt but, I don't think that focusing on nostalgia does Emo Night Brooklyn justice with respect to what they have to offer and the amazing show they were able to put on.
As you can probably tell, I had an absolutely fantastic time at Emo Night Brooklyn. If you have never been to an Emo Night Brooklyn Event, here's a basic run down. The premise of Emo Night Brooklyn is simple. Take the best parts about going out to a bar/club, replace the "Top-40" hits with the best songs the emo and pop-punk genres have to offer, add in an awesome DJ who turned the energy up to eleven, and you have a recipe for an unforgettable night out. I really can't speak highly enough of the DJ, Josh Douglas (find him on Instagram @oh_joshy). Spinning songs from bands like The Used, My Chemical Romance, A Day to Remember, Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy, Josh was able to keep the whole crowd engaged, entertained, and on their feet the entire night. The DJ is definitely the make or break point for these types of events and Josh without a doubt delivered. Jumping the barrier and moshing along with crowd is but one of the many examples of how Josh kept the energy up all night. The crowd was alive, jumping and jamming to the music that Josh put on.
If you at all enjoy emo, pop-punk, punk-rock or related genres, do yourself a favor and check to see when Emo Night Brooklyn is coming to your city. Personally, I had one of the best nights out at Emo Night. The music was spot on, the energy was up, and the people were fantastic. I think that last point is what really makes these types events special. Being surrounded by people who were just as excited as I was when the intro to “Downfall of Us All” kicked on was a breath of fresh air and warmed my twenty-five year old emo heart. The “About” page on the Emo Night Brooklyn website has a banner that reads “SCREAM. DANCE. RAGE. REPEAT.” Honestly, there is no better way to describe my night. Despite taking pictures for the event, I could not help but rage along with the rest of the crowd. I am making a point to keep Emo Night Brooklyn on my radar for the next time they’re in the area, and without hesitation I can recommend that you do the same. Check to see when Emo Night Brooklyn will be in your area here.
Check out some photos from the night: