Against Me!, The Sidekicks, The Shonds
Gainesville punk powerhouse Against Me! played for a packed Freebird Live Jan. 22 with touring acts The Shonds and The Sidekicks. Jacksonville was the tour’s first Florida stop, and punk enthusiasts turned out to give a warm and wild welcome on the chilly January night. Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace’s amplified voice, powerful as it is, could barely be heard over the excited pit audience, which sang every word of every song. Near the end of their set — just before a generous, three-song encore — Florida’s state flag was passed up from adoring throngs and draped across guitarist James Bowman’s shoulders.