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PHOTOS: The Used, The Fever 333, and Keep Flying at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, 05/04/18

PHOTOS: The Used, The Fever 333, and Keep Flying at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, 05/04/18
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While popular post-hardcore band The Used are currently dealing with headline-grabbing drama behind the scenes as they split with guitarist Justin Shekoski, that didn’t affect their energetic concert at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Friday, May 4.

It began with an opening set by semi-local New Jersey/Pennsylvania band Keep Flying, which features former members of Survay Says! continuing the catchy, emotional ska/pop punk sound that they became known for with an exciting new group. Be sure to catch them in Scranton next month for “She’s the One: A Weekend for Doreen,” a three-day festival with some of the best musicians in the area.

The Fever 333, led by former Letlive vocalist Jason Butler, brought something decidedly different to the table, playing a politically-charged mix of rap, rock, and hardcore that immediately resonated with Rage Against the Machine and Refused fans. Only the drummer remained on stage (and only because he had to) as they ran, jumped, and climbed in every direction possible during an insanely memorable show.

The crowd exploded when The Used made their triumphant return to the Sherman, hearing songs from all seven of the Utah rockers’ studio albums, the most taken from their first two gold-selling releases and only one from their latest record, “The Canyon.” Supported by a tight-sounding band with rows of bright colored lights shining behind them, vocalist Bert McCracken gave everyone exactly what they came for in another lively performance, closing with an encore of “Blue and Yellow” and “A Box Full of Sharp Objects” from their self-titled 2002 debut.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of The Used performing at the second annual Rock Carnival in New Jersey in 2016 here.