Story of the Year celebrates 20 years of Page Avenue in Indy with Plain White T’s

Right in the middle of their co-headline tour with The Used, Story of the Year made a one-off pitstop in Indianapolis, where they continued their 20th anniversary celebration of Page Avenue with a headlining show with Plain White T’s and local band Radio Flower.

Radio Flower kicked it off early with an eclectic set of genre-bending and high energy, getting the crowd amped up from the very start.

It can be hard to find a local band that has “it” but Radio Flower stand out from the rest of the pack and they’re a local band to really watch. If you hadn’t been told they were local going in, you would have assumed they were a national band on the tour.

After they wrapped up, Plain White T’s took the stage for a set that included some classic favorites and a few newer tracks from their latest self-titled album. Their lineup has been together for over 20 years now and it shows.

Singer Tom Higgenson mentioned at one point during the set that the first tour they ever did was with Story of the Year so they were more than excited to be playing this show in Indy. As they wrapped their set with “Hey There Delilah” and “Rhythm of Love,” the crowd was deafening in singing along with the band.

Story of the Year wrapped the night with a set that spanned their 20-plus year career, playing songs from almost every album and making sure to push their latest record- Tear Me to Pieces– which may be their best album (They played “War,” “Real Life” and “Tear Me to Pieces” from the record BUT NOT “SORRY ABOUT ME).” They joked about not remembering the last time they played the Egyptian Room in Indianapolis- they did play White River State Park last year with Yellowcard; they also cracked a few jokes about a fight they got into with Godsmack way back in the day in Indianapolis too.

The band was in great spirits, poking fun at each other off and on and really bantering back and forth with the fans in between songs. After all the years and decades, you can tell the band still really loves each other and is still having fun and this show was the perfect example.

This concert proved Story of the Year are nowhere close to slowing down and are still firing at a level that’s unmatched. There was something on this show for fans of every era of SOTY and everyone left ready to see the band again.

-Reggie Edwards