Make us your home page

Interview: Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba found himself in Florida

Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional will perform Thursday at the Ritz in Ybor City. Carrabba, who moved to Florida when he was 16, said tour stops in Florida feel like mini vacations.
Reybee, Inc.

Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional will perform Thursday at the Ritz in Ybor City. Carrabba, who moved to Florida when he was 16, said tour stops in Florida feel like mini vacations. Reybee, Inc.

Chris Carrabba didn't want to move to Florida.

The Dashboard Confessional frontman was 16, in those formative years when your friends and your home are the only things that feel permanent.

But when the move from Connecticut to Boca Raton came, "I ended up finding everything," Carrabba, 41, said last month during an interview from a rehearsal space in Nashville. "I really found out who I was supposed to be when I got there."

Carrabba is making a visit back to the Sunshine State on Thursday when Dashboard, known for angsty anthems such as Screaming Infidelities and Vindicated, makes a stop at the Ritz Ybor as part of a nationwide tour.

The tour traverses intimate venues, a move Carrabba said allows the band to connect more with fans after several years playing in arenas and at festivals.

"Playing to such large amounts of people … leaves me awe-stricken from the moment I step out to the moment I'm off stage because there are all these people there kind of feeling one thing," Carrabba said. "But when you're in a club, that sensation is really very palpable to me. I feel like the audience guides the show from that."

The closeness is reminiscent of Carrabba's south Florida beginnings as a singer and guitarist in bands like Further Seems Forever and New Found Glory. Tours often skip the trek that far south, so local acts banded together to support each other and bring music to their communities.

"That spirit of inclusion had a really big effect on me," he said, "and it would later apply to Dashboard in that one of my biggest intentions when I began touring is that I wanted there to be little to no division between the guy who wrote the song and everyone else."

The stop in Tampa and another the day before in Fort Lauderdale fall in the middle of the tour, a purposeful move for Carrabba. He said stops in Florida were like mini vacations, as rejuvenating as they are nostalgic.

"I look forward to it from the get-go," he said, "and then I carry something through the rest of the tour."

Contact Kathryn Varn at (727) 893-8913 or Follow @kathrynvarn.


Dashboard Confessional

Vinyl Theatre and Wild Life open the show at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. It's sold out, but limited tickets might be available at Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg.

Interview: Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba found himself in Florida 02/15/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 5:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Andy Serkis' directing debut 'Breathe' is not so inspiring


    After such a revolutionary acting career, Andy Serkis should be expected to make an equally inventive directing debut. Breathe is anything but that.

    Clare Foy and Andrew Garfield star in Breathe as Robin and Diana Cavendish, an English polio victim and his devoted wife, who pioneered disability rights and wheelchairs with ventilators. [Imaginarium]
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 18


    Dali and Schiaparelli: Opening Day: A retrospective exhibit of designer Elsa Schiaparelli and her collaborations with Dali. It features gowns, accessories, sketches, objects and photos, as well as new designs from the House of Schiaparelli. Remains on display through Jan. 14. 10 a.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. …

  3. Fresh figs take a starring role in this fig cake


    Figs are showy fruit.

    They can't help themselves. Even the plainest, drabbest fig will reveal a scarlet belly, flecked with shimmering seeds, once you take a bite. Whether they're sliced or halved, arranged in a tart shell, on a crostini or just on a plate, there are few visions more enticing. This is why most fig …

    Chopping fresh figs and folding them into cake batter is not something you usually see, but that’s exactly what happens in this recipe for fig cake.
  4. As Faith Hill and Tim McGraw come to Tampa, here's why their love fascinates and endures

    Music & Concerts

    Eight years ago, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill stood on the sidelines of Raymond James Stadium, waiting for Hill's cue to perform America the Beautiful before Super Bowl XLIII. He held her hand and they kissed as the Steelers, Cardinals and a television audience of 150 million waited in the wings.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw perform during the “Soul2Soul” World Tour at Staples Center on July 14 in Los Angeles.
  5. From the food editor: Five things I'm enjoying in the food world right now


    Sometimes your notebook is scribbled with little thoughts here and there, things you come across in the food world and want to share but aren't sure how or when. Well, folks, I need to get some of this off my chest. Here is a somewhat random collection of culinary things I am really enjoying right now:

    Espresso Sea Salt Cookie Sandwiches with a cooked buttercream frosting, from St. Petersburg home bakery Wandering Whisk Bakeshop. Photo by Jennifer Jacobs.