From Ashes to New – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis MN – DECEMBER 4TH 2022

From Ashes to New with The Word Alive, Dragged Under and Dropout Kings – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN – December 4th, 2022

Review and photos by Kate Klaus

From Ashes to New made a stop at the beautiful Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis on Sunday, December 4th for their “Until We Break Tour”, bringing along a powerhouse set of bands on the bill, including The Word Alive, Dragged Under, and Dropout Kings.

Dropout Kings opened the night with an animated set, with vocalist Adam Ramey at times climbing into the crowd and hyping everyone up for the show, and Black Cat Bill was equally as spirited on stage, jumping, dancing and energizing the crowd.  Their nu-metal rap infused set was full of great songs that filled the venue with energy.

Seattle punk rockers Dragged Under were up next and continued that drive, opening their set with “I’ll Be There for You”, with lead singer Anthony Cappocchi delivering the same high-energy, but with an edgy punk rock vibe.  Their 8-song set was non-stop action and dynamic music.

They were followed by The Word Alive, another Phoenix formed band.  Lead vocalist Tyler Smith always instantly connects with the crowd and is a captivating performer.  They opened with “Made This Way”, a heavy hitting song that got the mosh pit started and multiple crowd surfers, including two kids who were also later invited up on stage to rock out for the last few songs, with the band referring to them as the “future of rock music”

Headliners From Ashes to New closed the night with an unbelievable performance. Their whole show is perfectly executed, from the music to their stage presence and outfits, with the lights and the effects completing the performance.  Opening with the tour name inspiration “Until We Break”, they brought fast paced lyrics and heavy musical intensity.  From Ashes to New are highly emotional performers, bringing an instant connection with the crowd.  In a beautiful moment, they slowed it down for an acoustic performance of “Let Go”, with a beautiful message of living life and choosing to take advantage of every precious opportunity.  They also drew attention to mental health struggles, and urged the crowd to look out for each other.  Ending with “Through It All”, the closed out a night of great music from a perfectly matched set of performers, who obviously really just enjoy being on tour together and supporting each other, which just made the show that much more enjoyable.