Out of San Diego, California, the three-piece instrumental progressive rock band Chon took over Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, New Jersey. I have never listened to Chon, therefore I wasn’t sure what to expect from the San Diego prog-rockers. They are different from other rock bands since their sound allows people to connect on a sensory level. I was excited to see them live for the first time.
Chon is composed of Mario Camarena on guitars, Erick Hansel on guitars, and Nathan Camarena on drums. The band has played several sold out shows since they began recording music in 2008. After a brief hiatus, they released their debut EP “Newborn Sun” and continued packing venues all over the US. They have toured nationally building a significant underground following and have also provided direct support for Circa Survive and Thrice on their co-headlining nationwide jaunt.
The room looked very festive with Christmas lights hanging from all over the stage. Fake snow adorned the stage which resembled a winter wonderland. Mario walked out on stage wearing a Santa hat which seemed to be very appropriate for the holiday season. The fans were definitely in for a treat and for a surprise: a handful of violinists accompanying the music. This doesn’t usually happen at live shows or on the albums.
Chon’s set lasted about an hour and a half, they played their most recent album “Homey” in it’s entirety. Fans were very pleased with the band’s jazzy sound and had a circle pit going in the middle of the room. Everyone seemed enthusiastic and cheered during the performance. Lights went dim for a moment leaving people thinking that the show was over. The band shocked the fans by playing more songs from their previous albums. Their set list included popular songs such as “Splash” and “Wave Bounce.” Please check out their facebook page for upcoming shows and tour dates! https://www.facebook.com/musicofchon/