Concert Reports


Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday

The Beaches

10/19/2021, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles

Jimmy Eat World & Taking Back Sunday brought their co-headline tour to a packed Vina Robles Amphitheatre on October 19 with special guest The Beaches. Both headliners are celebrating over two decades of music

All Photos: Ray Soto / Central Coast Rocks 


Jimmy Eat World, formed in 1993 in Mesa, Arizona. The band is composed of lead vocalist and lead guitarist Jim Adkins, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch, and drummer Zach Lind. They have released ten studio albums. The four-piece band's commercial breakthrough came with the release of several singles from their album Bleed American, with "The Middle" reaching No. 1. Their follow-up album, Futures, featured the No. 1 song "Pain". The band released their tenth album, Surviving, in October 2019.


Surviving is the band’s most personal, ambitious album to date and front man Jim Adkins once again proves himself as one of the most prolific songwriters in rock & roll.


As Adkins himself puts it, “Surviving explores some of the different kinds of weights my ego tells me I have to carry, what I see people around me choosing to carry and what I have found to be the truth when I choose to let go”.
“All The Way (Stay)” extolls the virtues of letting people discover the real you while exposing your vulnerabilities. As a heady rush of guitars give way to an irresistible middle-eight, Rachel Haden’s backing vocals and a saxophone solo lifted from the soundtrack of the-greatest-80’s-movie-John Hughes-never-made, ‘All The Way (Stay)” showcases the restless creative energy of a band at the peak of their powers.


The 10-track album was produced by the band and Integrity Blues producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen. An exclusive white colored vinyl is available through Independent Record Stores and Additional merch bundles can also be found on the band’s site.


Surviving is a timely reminder of just why Jimmy Eat World are still selling out venues, headlining festivals and scoring top 10 albums as new generations of fans adopt their songs as the soundtrack to their lives.




If you can't believe that Taking Back Sunday has been around for 20 years, you're not alone, because they can't either. The band's current lineup – vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist John Nolan, drummer Mark O'Connell, and bassist Shaun Cooper – have all been there since the beginning. From the band's landmark 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends to their most recent full-length, 2016's Tidal Wave, Taking Back Sunday have evolved from a key player in the early 2000s emo scene to a genre-defying rock band who have three gold albums without ever ceasing to push the limitations of their sound. This fact is evidenced on Twenty, a 21-song collection released in January 2019 via Craft Recordings that spans all seven of their full-lengths and solidifies them as an act with a catalog that will undoubtedly outlive them.


Taking Back Sunday have released a cover of a classic emo anthem.The band have put their own spin on Weezer's 'My Name Is Jonas', a song that still sounds as fresh and fun all these years. Whereas the original has an understated element to it, TBS go all in and give it their unique air of soul and rawness. The result is a celebration of both bands in one lovely little package.


Twenty is a celebration not only of those career-defining moments but of the landmark albums that chronicle the band's story: 2002's Tell All Your Friends, 2004's Where You Want To Be, 2006's Louder Now, 2009's New Again, 2011's Taking Back Sunday, 2014's Happiness Is and 2016's Tidal Wave, all of which are represented on this collection. Whether your introduction to the band was singing along to “A Decade Under The Influence” in a sweaty club or hearing “MakeDamnSure” or “Sink Into Me” on the radio, Twenty is a look back at some of the highlights from this unlikely group of musical misfits.


Additionally, fans are able to hear newly recorded songs which hint at the direction that Taking Back Sunday are heading in the coming years. Musical legacy aside, ultimately what's most impressive is the fact that after two decades and countless successes, Taking Back Sunday have managed to preserve that initial spark that excited them as teenagers.




Despite their chokers and platform shoes, The Beaches are not your typical 90’s like girl-band. Jordan Miller (bass guitar and vocals), Kylie Miller (guitar), Eliza Enman-McDaniel (drums), and Leandra Earl (keys) are killer Canadian musicians with a unique edgy flare!

The girls (also from the 6, more specifically the beaches!!), started learning how to play music just after completing preschool . By high school, they began experimenting with song-writing, where Jordan, Kylie and Eliza eventually formed their first band: Done with Dolls. While the band helped the girls gain a lot of experience, it was time for their music to reflect their growth from teenie-boopers to young women. And so, they hit up long-time high school pal Leandra, and The Beaches was formed.

Their love of rock and roll is obvious; with wide spanning influences including Nirvana, The Strokes, Amy Winehouse, St. Vincent, FIDLAR, and Blondie, their songs translate easily to live shows, connecting with any kind of audience.
Writing their music together, the girls share a chemistry (and likely a closet) both on and off stage. Kylie and Jordan are actually sisters, while Eliza and Leandra have been friends for ages — so it’s no wonder the bandmates consider themselves besties.

With wicked music, comes wicked style. These girls serve up tons of fashion inspo, rocking a mix of retro and ultra-trendy pieces. And the creativity doesn’t stop there. They’ve even designed some of their own pieces:
Long story short: The Beaches are tremendously warm cool girls with an infectious edge — the kind you’d want to introduce to your parents and then sneak out and party with.




About Vina Robles Amphitheatre


Welcome to the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, where European Inspiration meets California Character and the stars always shine. Here, two of California's great compositions meet, as exceptional wine and intimate live music are paired to create an unforgettable wine country experience.

The 3,300 seat boutique amphitheatre is nestled on a picturesque, oak-dotted hillside in Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. With its opening in the summer of 2013, the Vina Robles Amphitheatre became one of the largest outdoor venues for arts and entertainment in San Luis Obispo County. Featuring a style reminiscent of the California missions, guests are able to immerse themselves in a unique and intimate concert adventure as they enjoy modern amenities and first class hospitality. The concert season runs from May through November and features top tier acts from around the world in all genres. Various seating options all within 150 feet from the stage, including regular, VIP and general admission lawn seating, make events accessible to anyone in the community. We look forward to sharing our love of wine and the arts with you soon. For more information about the Vina Robles Winery, Click Here


« Back to Concert Reports