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The Handlebar To Host First Outdoor Concert Series

Pensacola based bar & music venue, The Handlebar, is partnering with Reaction Presents to put together its first outdoor concert series this August featuring Hawthorne Heights, Thursday, Anberlin, Armor for Sleep, Emery, and This Wild Life.


The 20 Years of Tears tour, a once-in-a-lifetime 56-date, U.S. Trek kicks off this June before wrapping up in mid-September and takes place on August 10, 2024 in Pensacola at an outdoor facility hosted by The Handlebar.

Since 1983, The Handlebar has always been known as the home for Pensacola’s music scene. Now in its third rendition, The Handlebar reopened to stand behind that message to make sure that Pensacola always has a place to experience underground & alternative music. Music is a unifier among people from numerous walks of life. The Handlebar extends beyond its walls and into the community, connecting its music diehards with its bar regulars. The Handlebar is the place for everyone, especially those who don’t (or don’t want to) fit the mold.

JT Woodruff, Hawthorne Heights vocalist and the architect behind the tour, as well as the co-founder of the ongoing Is For Lovers Festival, explains the inspiration for this not-to-be-missed touring event, which sees his band playing their debut album, The Silence in Black and White, it its entirety:

“20 Years of Tears is a celebration of the genre that raised an entire generation, with basement-born bands to stadium headliners. Emo comes in all shapes and sizes and has touched the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. With some of the biggest names of the Myspace Generation, this lineup is designed to give you the energy you had while feeling so misunderstood, as a ‘misguided youth. This is not just a summer concert, it is a must-see event that can reignite the fire inside of all of us as we sing and scream together like it’s 2004.”

Tickets for all dates on on-sale this Friday, April 19, at 10 am local time with various pre-sales offered beginning tomorrow. For further information, VIP packages and ticketing links, visit hawthorneheights.com.

The 20 Years of Tears tour dates:
June 22 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Is For Lovers * June 23 Salt Lake City, UT Granary Live
June 24 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
June 27 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Summerfest June 28 Chicago, IL The Salt Shed
June 29 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection Outdoors June 30 Cleveland Heights, OH Cain Park

July 1 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
July 3 Charleston, SC The Refinery
July 6 Clearwater, FL The Sound at Coachman Park
July 7 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater July 9 Atlanta, GA The Eastern
July 10 Greenville, SC The Foundry
July 11 Asheville, NC Salvage Station
July 13 Charleston, WV West Virginia Is For Lovers *
July 14 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
July 16 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
July 17 Wallingford, CT The Dome at Oakdale
July 20 Manteo, NC OBX Is For Lovers *
July 21 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
July 23 Knoxville, TN The Back Alley at Creekside
July 24 Nashville, TN Skydeck
July 25 Fort Wayne, IN The Clyde Theatre
July 27 Sauget, IL Pop’s Is For Lovers *
July 28 Rogers, AR The Walmart Amphitheater
August 3 Hot Springs, AR Magic Springs Theme Park August 8 St. Augustine, FL The St. Augustine Amphitheatre August 9 Orlando, FL House of Blues
August 10 Pensacola, FL The Handlebar Outdoors August 12 New Orleans, LA The Fillmore
August 13 Katy, TX Home Run Dugout
August 14 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater August 16 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
August 17 Eau Claire, WI Reverb Music Festival
August 18 Superior, WI Earth Rider Fest Grounds
August 19 Fargo, ND Outdoors at Fargo Brewing
August 21 Green Bay, WI Epic Event Center
August 22 Cedar Rapids, IA McGrath Amphitheatre
August 24 Council Bluffs, IA Iowa Is For Lovers *
August 26 Dallas, TX Toyota Music Factory
August 27 San Antonio, TX Sunken Garden Theater August 28 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Events Center
August 31 Los Angeles, CA California Is For Lovers * September 1 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
September 2 Albuquerque, NM Revel
September 5 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
September 7 Cincinnati, OH Ohio Is For Lovers * September 8 Pickering, OH Pickering Casino Resort September 10 Bangor, ME Cross Insurance Center September 11 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
September 12 New York, NY Palladium Times Square September 13 Harrisburg, PA XL Live Southside Stage September 14 Wayland, NY FOrX Summer Stage September 15 Worcester, MA The Palladium
*-Is For Lovers Festival
The 20 Years of Tears line-ups by date:
June 23 to July 10
Hawthorne Heights/I See Stars/Anberlin Armor For Sleep
Emery/This Wild Life

July 11
Hawthorne Heights/Anberlin Armor For Sleep
Stick To Your Guns/This Wild Life
July 14, 17-28
Hawthorne Heights/Thursday/Anberlin Armor For Sleep
Stick To Your Guns/This Wild Life
July 16
Hawthorne Heights/Anberlin Armor For Sleep
Stick To Your Guns/This Wild Life
August 9-22
Hawthorne Heights/Thursday/Anberlin Armor For Sleep
Emery/This Wild Life
August 26-28
Hawthorne Heights/Thursday/Anberlin Cartel
Emery/This Wild Life
September 1-5
Hawthorne Heights/Saosin/Anberlin Cartel
Stick To Your Guns/This Wild Life
September 10-15
Hawthorne Heights/Anberlin/Cartel Stick To Your Guns
Emery/This Wild Life