Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Live review: Zac Brown Band

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Zac Brown Band
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 3, 2011

The Deal: The bearded man, Zac Brown and his band rocked out Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to a sold-out crowd. Emphasis on the word rock, because even though Zac Brown Band is a country group, they rock too.

The Good: There was no set dressing, no wardrobe changes, no pyrotechnic show or circus acrobats like a Lady Gaga or Britney Spears show. It was just some guys and their instruments on a stage with a big screen. It was about the music, not the show. A concert put on by true artist with a rockabilly sound.

Zac himself was even rocking a Kings of Leon shirt. His fashion and sound show a more rock-alternative theme than country.

Zac Brown also gave a shout out to Brain Balance — an organization that helps children with Autism and learning disabilities. Artists who use their voice and platform to help other people … that’s good.

The Bad: Considering their hit song is “Chicken Fried,” I feel like fried chicken should be readily available for sale at their shows. You can get turkey legs, but no chicken fried. In fact, you should get a free chicken tender with your beer.

The Verdict: Country concerts are more than just a show. They’re a cultural experience, like NASCAR. You might be a redneck if...

Setlist
Keep Me In Mind
Where the Boat Leaves From/Crazy Love/Island in the Stream
The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Let It Go
No Hurry
Whatever It Is
My Name Is Money (featuring Sonia Leigh)
It's Not Okay
Who Knows
As She's Walking Away
I Play the Road
Oh My Sweet Carolina
Runaway Train
Highway 20 Ride
Toes
Quiet Your Mind
Colder Weather
Neon/Isn't She Lovely
Knee Deep
Free/Into the Mystic
America the Beautiful/Chicken Fried
Won't Back Down (featuring Blackberry Smoke)
Restless (featuring Blackberry Smoke)
Make This Day

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