Finish Ticket at the Fox Theatre, by Brittany O'Brien

A few years ago, Finish Ticket were one of many up-and-coming Bay Area bands trying to break through to the national stage. Following a a tour opening for Twenty One Pilots and Echosmith, it’s fair to say they’re almost there.

“Being on this tour has been incredible; it’s been a tour (on which) we’ve been waiting for a long time,” vocalist Brendan Hoye said in a brief email exchange with The Bay Bridged. “It’s definitely a major accomplishment. (It’s) definitely leaving us more inspired than ever to get out there and keep doing what we’re doing.”

What Finish Ticket is doing is building a fan base outside of the Bay Area. Playing in front of 1,000-plus people each night (what they’ve gotten to do by touring with the larger bands) certainly has its benefits. The quintet, which includes bassist Michael Hoye, guitarist Alex DiDonato; and drummer Gabe Stein and keyboardist Nick Stein, has only a few shows remaining on the year, including a headlining show at the Great American Music Hall on November 5. This will be their last show at home before hunkering down to write new material. Next year will see another national tour. It also means the band won’t hold its annual Ugly Sweater Social, so the November 5 show is your last chance to catch them this year.

“We’ve sold out the Great American Music Hall and even bigger before,” Hoye said. “We’re doing this at a time where we’re making the transition from a more local-based band to a band with a community of fans across the country. … This show is going give the old fans that have supported us for a while an intimate show they might remember more. I think it will be a cool experience for the older fans to see the growth of our live show with songs from both “When Night Becomes Day” and “Tears You Apart.”

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Finish Ticket
Great American Music Hall
November 5, 2015
8pm, $16-$41