I didn’t plan to write
about the Zac Brown Band concert I went last night. I went as a regular fan that
loves Zac’s love songs and takes pictures with an iPhone. We spent the weekend
in Palm Beach Shores in Singer Island, in a very relaxed mood, having piña
coladas and enjoying my kids while they were running waves. But this was my
first Zac Brown Band live concert and there were so many good things that I
couldn’t help but write about its performance at the Cruzan Amphitheater in
West Palm Beach.
Zac is a better singer
and musician than I ever thought. Besides, with a nicely trimmed beard, 30
pounds less and an immaculate and perfect smile, he's also a handsome, sexy
man. In my mind, he and his band were country/folk music guys who took country
music to the next level. After the concert, I honestly believe they are the
most spectacular fusion of good rock and roll with country and folk music, and
yes they take country music and love songs to the next level and they are one
of the best American bands ever.
I can’t tell you what
was the opening song because I was so much into enjoying the show and being
part of a 20,000 people crowd of happy campers. Because I literally reached the
"nirvana" with this World-class show, I merely realized they didn’t
play Free / Into the Mystic, or my
favorite Whatever It Is or Sweet Annie.
But I didn't care. I
danced as if there was no tomorrow when they played Toes, or Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t
She Lovely. I kept bouncing and singing with all my heart when they played Keep Me In Mind, Good Bye in Her Eyes, As She’s
Walking Away, Colder Weather and No Hurry. I also jumped when they
performed Billy Joel’s Piano Man. And
of course, I shared a tear while listening to Highway 20 Ride.
Man, what a show! Like
pretty much everybody else in the audience, I was standing almost all night long.
All about this concert was having us, the audience, involved. We weren’t
entertained. We were part of a show that for me was a testament of how solid
this band is and the high caliber of all its members.
Zac Brown (lead vocals
and guitar), my beloved Jimmy De Martino (violin and vocals), John Driskell
Hopkins (bass guitar, banjo, ukulele, upright bass and vocals), Coy Bowles
(guitar, keyboards), Clay Cook (guitar, keyboards, mandolin, steel guitar and vocals),
Matt Mangano (bass guitar), Chris Fryar (drums), and Daniel de los Reyes
(percussion), performed for more two and a half hours with a 10-minute break.
When I thought the show was over, they came back wearing skeleton suits and catrina-like masques and played The Day
for The Dead, among other songs. It was a crazy but great grand finale.
I came back to my
beach resort happy, inspired, in love and ready to fill my iPod with more of
Zac Brown’s music (which I'm doing, while I write this), now that I’m convinced
he’s one the greatest American musicians ever. Life is beautiful and Zac and
his band are proof of that.
What is your favorite musical genre?
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