SOUTHINGTON — Apple Harvest Festival headliner Vertical Horizon put on an upbeat and energetic hour-long show Saturday night.
“It’s nice to see all these beautiful faces after this crazy year and a half,” lead vocalist and guitarist Matt Scannell said at the start of the show. “It’s so good to be back in New England.”
The concert was a part of the second weekend of the festival, which ended Sunday.
Andrea DeChristofaro traveled from Rhode Island to see the alternative rock band who helped define the sound of the early 2000s. She stood in the second row, dancing and singing to every song.
“I loved the whole show,” she said. “I’ve been a fan forever. I follow them everywhere they go and coming here wasn’t far from me.”
Vertical Horizon was founded in the early 1990s by Scanell and Keith Kane while they attended Georgetown University.
Along with Scannell the band is now comprised of John Wesley, guitar and backing vocals, Ron Lavella, drums, and Mark Pacificar, bass and backing vocals.
The band has released seven albums since forming, most recently "The Lost Mile" in 2018.
The band's first big hit came in 1999 with the album "Everything You Want." Billboard Magazine ranked the album's title track as its most played single of 2000.
Scannell told the crowd he required full participation during the show and they did not disappoint, singing and dancing to the band’s biggest hits.
The show comes after Vertical Horizon’s Summer Tour across the country with the band Train.
Vernon resident Meghan Khairallah was another longtime fan who turned out.
“I have seen them so many times,” Khairallah said, “It just feels so good to be able to see them in person.”
The show ended with performers tossing their guitar picks to the closest fans as they performed “Instamatic.”
“We have talked to the kind people of Southington for about two years trying to make the show happen,” Scannell said.
“We’re so grateful to you all for having us here to play in this beautiful town.”
The band was scheduled to play at last year's Apple Harvest Festival, which was canceled because of the pandemic.