Brett | Missick | Photography: Blog en-us (C) Brett | Missick | Photography (Brett | Missick | Photography) Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:46:00 GMT Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:46:00 GMT Brett | Missick | Photography: Blog 120 120 311 @ St. Augustine Amphitheater 8-2-2017 Celebrating 27 years as a band this summer, 311 hit up St. Augustine Amphitheater in the middle of their summer tour in support of their twelfth album "Mosaic" which debuted earlier this year. With a career spanning almost three decades, it may come as a surprise to many that 311 continue to tour but make no mistake about it, these boys are still throwing it down with a mix of high energy music and a plethora of stage charisma that still make them an amazing live act to see. Pulling into St. Augustine in the height of summer can be a tough gig for many acts. The heat and humidity reach levels that most never experience outside of Florida. However, Mother Nature gave those in attendance a reprieve as  the temperature was pleasant and the rain was kept at bay. 

Walking out of the dark wearing his flying V guitar, singer Nick Hexum came onstage for the opening tune "Perfect Situation" off of "Mosaic" and the band was off to a flying start. Both Hexum and bassist, P-nut were animated all night long sticking out their tongues and bouncing around while lead guitarist Tim Mahoney did his best Angus Young impersonation tossing his long hair around. The crowd was into it and gave as much energy back to the band throughout the show. While playing many new tunes off of "Mosaic", 311 delivered a steady stream of older , radio friendly tunes for those who were just casual fans. "All Mixed Up", " Come Original", and  90's alternative hit "Amber" were played without much variance from their original album form. "Mosaic" has some very catchy tunes and does not deviate from the 311 formula which has made them so popular over the years. The opener "Perfect Situation" was a great way to introduce the crowd to a new song while still setting the hook for a catchy tune to get everyone's interest. Other songs that clung onto the catchy pop vibe were "Too Much To Think", and " 'Til the City's On Fire" with its "raise your glasses, strike your matches, burn, burn, burn" lyrics. 

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Anyone who has ever been to a 311 show knows that there are three things that happen at each show. One, you will hear a P-Nut bass solo which will melt your mind and tonight's was no exception! Two, you will hear a drum solo that will segue into a collaborative group drum off and three, you will hear "Amber".  The bass solo was quick yet soulful and while most times a bass solo would have people scrambling for a restroom break, P-Nut showed his bass prowess with some skillful slapping while still working in a cover tune meshing in the theme song from the Netflix series "Stranger Things". Looking around I could see people's attention hanging on every bass note. Later in the set drummer Tim Mahoney did a nice little solo which segued right into the whole 311 band walking back onstage with their own drum which went right into a group drumming session. Similar to a football marching band, each member played in synch and each had their own part to create a very cool jam. 

Playing a solid 2+ hour, 23 song set, the encore featured a nice 3 songs wrapping things up with "Livin' & Rockin'", " Don't Stay Home" and finally an energy packed "Down" to wrap it up. 

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I was happy to see 311 return back to the St. Augustine Amphitheater again after playing here so many years in a row. With the opening of the new Daily's place Amphitheater in Jacksonville, I was concerned that it would draw the major acts away but it's good to see that that hasn't been the case this summer.  Be sure to check out 311 on tour in a town near you where they will be swinging out West and wrapping things up in early September and be sure to check out the new album "Mosaic", available at all online retailers. 

Full setlist here: 311 Setlist @ St. Augustine 8-2-2017

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Bush @ Hard Rock Live Orlando 5-9-2017 Nineties rock is still alive and kicking despite the lack of flannel and Gavin Rossdale and Co. are the proof. Bush played an incredible high energy show to a mostly full Hard Rock Live Orlando Wednesday night in support of their latest effort 2017's  "Black and White Rainbows". This is their 7th studio album and this tour has taken them all across the U.S. with a rare appearance in Central Florida. From the show's opening chords of " Everything Zen" off of 1994's breakthrough album "Sixteen Stone", Bush came out firing on all cylinders. Bush isn't a band on everyone's mind  these days but when you see them live you realize that they have quite a lengthy catalog to pull from. A majority of the show's setlist were known tunes that we've all heard at some point or another in your college dorm or car radio. Playing for over 2 hours, Gavin and Co. weaved in and out of their band's catalog sprinkling in a few new tunes while playing a majority of their biggest hits. While doing so, Rossdale was a man not showing his age jumping and running from the first moment up until the quiet end with a solo "Glycerine". During "Little Things", Gavin abruptly jumped offstage and ran down the security barrier while singing then sprinted to the back of the venue out of sight and reappeared in the upper balcony. Clearly having a great time running around high fiving the people in the balcony the band kept a solid jam going as Gavin found his way back to the stage and reappeared to finish the song with guitar blazing. Highlights included a laid back cover of R.E.M's " The One I Love" as well as an electric version of " Everything Zen" to kick off the show. The encore featured "Glycerine" and "Comedown" in stripped down versions with Gavin playing solo guitar.

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The Hard Rock Live Orlando is a bit of an enigma for concerts. While the venue itself is wonderful, it draws a transient crowd being situated right in the middle of Universal's Citywalk. As a result, the folks who pay for a show are often times there just to fill time and give them something to do. A majority of the audience are the vacationers which can give many shows at HRL a rude vibe with people talking throughout the show and not even paying attention to the music. Despite this, Bush still played one hell of a show and certainly surprised many of the attendees. If you see Bush are playing near you, definately buy a ticket and don't forget your flannel shirt.



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Bastille "Wild World" Tour St. Augustine Amphitheater 5-7-2017 It was a perfect night for some live music at the oh-so-comfy St. Augustine Amphitheater as London based indie group Bastille and L.A. Based Mondo Cozmo shared the stage for a night of music that had everyone dancing.

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Los Angeles band Mondo Cozmo took the stage first and did not disappoint from the first note. Playing a mix of high energy tunes that had the crowd warmed up, infused with some personal life anecdotes from singer Josh Ostrander. Though the set was a short 8 songs it infused some much needed high energy into the lackadaisical crowd as they slowly filled the 4100 seat venue. With songs such as "Chemical Dream" and a brilliant cover of The Verve's hit "Bittersweet Symphony" , Mondo Cozmo created some new fans and certainly deserve to be the headliners in their own outright.

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As the lights went, out a screen showing a fake news commentator from the fictional Wide World News Network began speaking as the band walked onstage. With the first notes of  "Send them Off" hitting the beach air, the crowd was shown a brilliant display of lights and videos that would normally be used in a much larger venue. Hands were raised into the air and the people were dancing. Singer Dan Evans danced and encouraged everyone to do the same and they obliged. Highlights of the night included the hits "Bad Blood" and " Things We Left In The Fire" while the encore featured the return of opener, Mondo Cozmo to the stage to help with vocals on Bastille's worldwide hit "Pompeii".

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Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals @ Jannus Live St. Petersburg, Florida 5-2-2017 A decade is a mighty long time. It's a tenth of a century, to be exact and it's been just that long since Ben Harper and Co. last made a trip to the Sunshine State. In that span of time away, Harper made six albums including albums with his mother, blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite and he formed the Relentless 7. The Innocent Criminals went on hiatus while Harper did his thing and it seemed like they would never reunite. Then, in 2016 the band finally reunited in the studio and recorded their latest offering "Call it What It Is". Playing to a packed Jannus Live venue, BHIC played for over 2 hours including twenty songs that had the crowd engaged from the start. Playing a hit-friendly setlist, the band covered it all and left no stone unturned including "Steal My Kisses", " Burn One Down", and " Ground On Down". Highlights of the night included a rousing "Burn One Down" with percussionist Leon Mobley's blistering bongo skills and smiles and the ever impressive "Amen Omen" which begins with a quiet lull crescendoing into a raging river of emotion. Florida's sticky air made for some small gaffs that Harper playfully laughed off and gave the show personality. At the final encore it was apparent that BHIC were humbled to be playing to such an appreciative audience as they stood on stage arms entwined bowing for many minutes. It was clear on this night that the band were enjoying themselves and having a good time. Let's hope that another ten years doesn't lapse before we Floridians gets treated to another fantastic show again.

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Prophets Of Rage/ Awolnation - St. Augustine Amphitheater 9-30-2016 Supergroup The Prophets Of Rage brought their "Make America Rage Again" 2016 tour to St. Augustine for a head banging night of some hard core rock and roll. Formed from the ashes of 90's alternative rock favorites Rage Against The Machine, TPOR consists of bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilk and members of Public Enemy (Chuck D and DJ Lord) and Cypress Hill (B-Real). This show was an homage to days past when flannel and grunge ruled the airwaves.

Opening up the show was Commerford's punk trio Wakrat, whose hard core style filled the venue as fans slowly meandered around the floor. Wakrat played for a short 30 minutes which was more then enough for many due to the excessive volume. While it would have been enjoyable to hear what was being played, sadly it was not possible. As a result the floor was left virtually empty for their short set.

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Following up Wakrat was LA based band, Awolnation who gave a tight performance to the many fans. It wasn't until late in their set where they broke out their hit song "Sail" which got everyone singing and finally settling down into the show. Front man Aaron Bruno provided a solid vocal performance complete with a beautiful lighting backdrop. Awolnation's electronic sounds filled the St. Augustine amphitheater as Bruno had the crowd chanting and singing along while drummer Issac Carpenter put on a solid display performing the entire set with one giant smile. Guitarist Zach Irons was bouncing around dancing in and out of the shadows amidst several solos that drove the fans crazy. After a solid 45 minute set, the table had been set for some "in your face" rock and roll but first came a quick 15 minute set from DJ Lord of Public Enemy. While his set was short, it was made memorable by some great rock classics mashed together to get the crowd singing and dancing.

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The lights dimmed and slowly walking out were The Prophets Of Rage. From the first notes of "Guerilla Radio", it was obvious that this band came to kick ass and take names. Blistering through a heavy RATM setlist, the Prophets of Rage proved that good music never dies. Despite the obvious lack of RATM lead singer Zach de la Rocha's vocals, both Chuck D and B-Real did a strong job of holding the lyrical portion down and honestly, the band was so fired up as were the crowd that Micky Mouse could have been singing and it would not have mattered. The smashmouth force of the music hit you like a ton of bricks. Morello's blistering guitar work is the stuff that many aspiring young guitarist's look up to and he brought it. Additionally, it was clear that Morello was having a great time being very animated throughout the set raising his fist and shouting at the crowd. The set consisted of many RATM anthems such as "Killing In The Name Of", "Testify" , and " Calm Like a Bomb" but a great segue happened mid show when B-Real and Chuck D did a mashup of Public Enemy/Cypress Hill songs "Hand on the Pump/Cant Truss It/Insane in the Brain/Bring the Noise/I Aint Going Out Like That" and got out into the crowd to sing which was quite good. All in all, this show was a fantastic one from many perspectives and certainly one of the best I've had the pleasure of shooting in a long while. Let's all hope that The Prophets Of Rage keep the music coming and that this wasn't a one off tour.


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Flight of the Conchords @ St. Augustine Amphitheater 7-17-2016 It was a sweltering July night for the Flight of the Conchords, as the New Zealand duo of Brett McKenzie and Jermaine Clements brought their summer tour to Florida. This was the first time the FOTC had played to Florida in almost a decade and from the sold out crowd you knew that it was a much anticipated show.

In 1998 McKenzie met Clements while at University and developed a bond quickly. Fast forward to 2007 and the Conchords were given a show from HBO which was only on for two seasons. Despite the huge popularity of the show, the duo walked away from it and a handsome payday extension when the network tried to resign for a third season. The show had become "work" and the art of creating had begun to get lost. The Flight of the Conchords haven't done much since the show ended other then continue to tour here and there and bring their infectious humor with them.

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The show opened up with comic and Flight of the Conchords regular, Arj Barker who played Dave the pawn shop owner. Warming up the already sweaty crowd for 30 minutes, Barker delivered a strong delivery supported with personal anecdotes which received a lot of laughs.

The Conchords are known for their quirky sense of humor and their self deprecating approach but are probably best known for their music which was the backbone of their HBO show. This concert brought many of the fan favorites which were included on their first two albums as well as some new music the duo has been road testing this summer.  The songs though that received the greatest response were  fan favorites " Business Time" and " The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)" while the quirky " Robots" received a great response with the "binary breakdown". Throughout the night the band was joined by the "New Zealand Symphony Orchestra" which consisted soley of Cellist Nigil Collins as he supplemented the music with cello and bass. While the songs were catchy and laughable, the best parts were what was in between the songs. The duo have made a name for themselves with their witty banter which was on full display. At some point during the show Clements quipped that ," It was hot" and that " in New Zealand  people pay good money to sit in this kind of heat. But legally, they can only stay in it for 15 minutes" which drew a huge applause as it was literally a sauna down on the floor. There was a great fairness of music and comedy that kept the crowd engaged throughout the show and while the new material may have strayed a bit too long at times, the addition of older favorites kept the audience in check.

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Twenty One Pilots "Emotional Roadshow" @ St Augustine Amphitheater 7-2-2016 July is typically Florida's hottest month and with it comes some of the best summer tours. North Florida was treated to one of the best shows of them all when the Twenty One Pilots "Emotional Roadshow" was booked to play to a sold out St. Augustine audience months ago as one of the hottest tickets around. As soon as the show was announced it was immediately sold out with only a few select seats left. However, being that this was at the SAA there really is no bad seat anywhere and anyone lucky enough  to gain admission gets a great view anywhere they may find themselves as the capacity is under 5000 seats under the circus-like canopy. Joining TOP were New Orleans band "Mutemath" as opener.

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Formed in 2009 by college friends in Ohio, the duo consists of singer/keyboardist Tyler Joseph and Drummer Josh Dun. Their meteoric rise has been fueled by their high energy live show which has gained them fans all around the world. This tour dubbed " Emotional Roadshow" is in the midst of the U.S. leg of their world tour which will continue well into 2017 with stops in New Zealand and Australia. Of note, in February the duo will be returning for a show in Tampa at the Amalie Arena.

The humidity was thick and coupled with the heat, it made for a very hot and sweaty evening for the many throngs of fans who were noticeably younger and who had waited outside the gates since the early morning for a chance at the rail. This was a recipe for disaster as throughout the night many people began to pass out from the heat and lack of hydration. I encountered a young girl who had passed out from the heat who I assisted with icing down while waiting for medics to arrive to the scene.  Additionally, our photography set was abruptly cut short after the second song when another young concert goer passed out in the pit and singer Tyler Joseph pointed it out as medical staff rushed into the pit and jumped over the barricade. It was at this point that security gave us the hand across the throat gesture and quickly ushered the photographers out of the pit area.

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As the crew prepared the stage, a black curtain draped the front of the stage as they worked behind the scenes. Once house music quit, the stage went dark and curtain dropped to the heavy beats of "Heavydirtysoul" as drummer Josh Dun clad in red sport coat and black ski mask smashed away at his kit while singer Tyler Joseph casually walked onstage in the same outfit slowly walking around as a microphone descended from above, much like a boxing match. Red and white lights flooded the stage which was a welcome change from their past shows which were typically known for being quite dark and almost impossible to photograph.

"Migraine" followed up as Joseph sat on keys for a slower tune taking some of the attention away from Dun who was smashing his kit unabashedly.

As the show progressed along there was never really a moment of low energy. The band did a great job of mixing old and new material into their set making sure that everyone got to hear material that represented their whole catalog including 2015's " Blurryface". Additionally, they made it a point to get close to everyone in the audience as they suddenly appeared at the top of the venue by the lighting board where security suddenly pulled off the tarp on a mini stage with drum kit and piano and broke into "The Pantaloon" and gave those lucky people at the rear of the venue a seven song mini set.

After heading back down to the main stage after this mini set, Twenty One Pilots brought out opener Mutemath for a few songs which included covers of "Twist and Shout" and House Of Pain's " Jump Around"  which included break dancing and some impressive audience participation.  As if the night could not get any better or more impressive the lights went down onstage as Joseph quietly sat down on the stage and crew rushed out with a giant inflatable ball of which Tyler was inside of. Lights came on and Tyler ran offstage in this ball right over the top of the audience as he frantically ran around on top of the pit crowd to keep his momentum going and not get stuck eventually landing back onstage. This was certainly a visual thrill and no doubt entertaining.

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It's clear that Twenty One Pilots have earned a great reputation for their live shows. Years of non stop touring as an opener playing for small crowds has primed them for the larger venues in the world like Madison Square Garden where they will be headlining two nights. However, on this night they brought this high energy and immensely entertaining show  to the comfy confines of St. Augustine of which will likely never be done again. Those lucky enough to see TOP in such a small venue as this got a show that they will never forget. For this writer it ranks right up there with some of the very best shows I've ever seen

The complete setlist is here

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Moon Taxi @ The High Dive Gainesville, Florida 2-5-2016 It has been some time since the local music scene in Gainesville has had anything to bite it's teeth into until this year. During the late 90's and early 2000's The High Dive (formerly called Covered Dish) had many high profile acts perform such as Dave Matthews Band, 311, and Kenny Chesney among others. In the mid 2000's Gainesville's only local music hall was shuttered and all live music shows with national touring acts went DOA. Then in 2009 The High Dive was resurrected over the  formally called "Common Grounds", by new owners. With some improvements to the lighting and sound system it has become THE place for live music in the Gainesville area.

Nashville's Moon Taxi have been making a living the old fashioned way since the late 2000's. Formed in college while at Belmont University they have been recording and touring endlessly while continuing to grow both fans and acclaim through a grass roots approach. With a style influenced by the sounds of Kings Of Leon and Imagine Dragons they have become known for their live shows. With four studio albums and a live album under their belts and a string of high profile sets at multiple festivals around the country such as Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest, and 10,000 Lakes Festival, the band has developed a fanbase worthy of any jam band.

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Playing in support of their latest album "Daybreaker" released in October 2015, the band delivered a very high energy show to a near capacity filled crowd despite the late start time of 11:15 and the venue remaining near capacity for much of the show into the wee hours. The great thing about seeing a Moon Taxi show is that the music is just so good. Simply put, the songwriting, especially on "Daybreaker" has yielded some very catchy and infectious tunes starting things off with "Red Hot Lights" with a very Muse-esque drum beat driving the opener running into "All Day and All Night" which can currently be heard on a Mcdonald's commercial. Surprisingly, the song that got me hooked on Moon Taxi "Year Zero" got thrown in rather early in the set to the crowds delight. One view of their 2015 Bonnaroo performance of this song was all that it took to get me hooked and know that I had to shoot their set and see what all the fuss was about.  A highlight of the show and set closer was David Bowie's "Fame" which included the use of a talk box, the instrument made famous in the late 70's by guitar players Peter Frampton and David Gilmour.  Regrettably, I was unable to catch the encore set as it was already into the wee hours of the night and with a 5am wake up call I could no longer hang with it. I'm told by a fellow fan that a cover of "Killing in The Name Of" By Rage Against the Machine was the highlight of the encore and caught everyone off guard.

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Moon Taxi will be on tour throughout the spring with a stop at the Guns N' Roses reunion show at Coachella in April so check out their website to see if they are coming near you. If they are, do yourself a favor and get your ass there.

In the meantime, be sure to check out this video of "Year Zero" from Bonnaroo 2015 below and the entire gallery of images from the show.


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Damien Rice @ The Tampa Theatre 11-9-2015 It isn't often that Irish singer Damien Rice plays the U.S. It's even more rare that he play Florida but that is just what happened as he kicked off a very short 6 date theater tour through the Southeastern U.S. hitting Tampa on his way north for a show at the historic Tampa Theatre on November 9. Built as a vaudeville movie theater back in the 1920's, the Tampa Theatre showcases some of the most ornate architecture from that era in all of the United States. Garish gargoyles perch overhead while lights simulate stars in the ceiling and it is listed by the Motion Picture Association of America among one of the top ten theaters in the entire world. That's quite the distinction. However, the real honor was the show delivered by Rice as he belted out his soul for over 2 hours of emotionally draining music to the sold out crowd.

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Coming off of a several year hiatus of live performances, 2014 brought the release of his latest effort "Favorite Faded Fantasy" which has been met with critical praise. The Rick Rubin produced album (best known for his work with Beastie Boys, No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers) follows in the familiar footsteps of previous albums yet finds new territory that stretches Rice's songwriting and vocal skills. The show consisted of much of this album plus many of his older favorites that gave the attentive crowd everything that they had hoped for and more. I admit that I was skeptical as to how Mr. Rice would pull off the lush sounds of his albums that are filled with beautiful strings while playing solo. However, my fears were quickly swept aside employing many tactics such as looping pedals and multiple instruments throughout the show. The effect was in essence, a one man band that left the audience hanging on every note. What was most impressing was the attention of the audience where at several times you could hear a pin drop. Lacking was the scattered white glow of cell phones on record throughout the audience and whispered chatter. It was clear that this was Rice's night.

Despite not being too chatty with the crowd it was clear that all of his energy was going into this performance. Highlights of the night included crowd favorite "Blower's Daughter" and the new tune " Trusty and True" that showcased his pedal organ skills and made it feel more like attending church then a concert as he sang bathed in smoke and back light and "Colour Me In" with the catchy "Come Let me Love You" lyrics.

The lighting throughout the night was a very simple scheme yet powerful. A few spotlight with smoke created a very moody and dramatic atmosphere that accompanied the music being played. Other highlights of the night included "Volcano" which divided the audience into thirds in a choral round while Rice sang over the top. The result was a very melodic merry go round effect that just kept going and going.

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The encore opened with the quiet "Delicate" then he brought out Scandinavian duo "My Bubba" to sing a tune and then that's when the real fireworks began as "It Takes A Lot To Know A Man" concluded the show. This was an epic show closer as it began as a quiet ditty with clarinet and organ peddle and rose to a drum thrashing and crashing climax some 8 minutes later. There was nobody left sitting as the seats emptied for a standing ovation to this performance. By this time it was obvious that Damien Rice had left everything he had in the music and was tapped out. With a solemn bow he was greeted with roaring applause and disappeared into the darkness. Despite being a one man band, it was clear that he held the audience in the palm of his hand all night long right where he wanted them to be.

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Mark Knopfler @ St. Augustine Amphitheater 10/27/2015 It has been 36 years since the initial release of "Sultans Of Swing" when the world first took note of yet another young English guitar phenom by the name of Mark Knopfler and his band Dire Straits. At the height of their success, Dire Straits was without a doubt one of the biggest rock acts in the world after the release of the 1985 mega hit album "Brothers In Arms" which made us all "want our MTV". However, just like with any super successful band of it's time, the point came when it would no longer ride the wave of success and eventually fall apart. Dire Straits dissolved in the early 90's as Knopfler took some time off and began working on some solo material. 

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On Tuesday night Knopfler brought his 2015 "Tracker" North America Tour to the St. Augustine Amphitheater for a show billed as "An Evening With Mark Knopfler". With over 30 years worth of material to draw from it is difficult to decide what to play but this show catered mainly to his post Dire Straits solo work much to the disappointment of many fans I overheard grumbling.

Drawing heavily off of his 8th studio album "Tracker", Knopfler brought with him several very talented musicians to accompany him on the road. While being billed as an "Evening With..." it was clearly a group effort and Knopfler gave each of the band members time to shine as he stood quietly nearby and even giving them an eight minute introduction.

The show got started with the mellow "Broken Bones" followed by "Corned Beef City" as the band eased their way into more familiar territory. Despite these beautifully played songs you could tell the audience was pining for more then what was being served. It wasn't until the 8th song where Knopfler broke out his National Resonator guitar (Brothers In Arms album cover) to play a gorgeous "Romeo and Juliet" to the cheers from the audience. It was clear that this was what everyone was hoping to hear despite the wonderful solo material being performed. 

With the first chords of "Sultans Of Swing" the crowd erupted with loud cheers and whistles. The amphitheater was clearly re-energized as this rock staple was jammed out with the famous guitar solo played on every classic rock station in the country making it look easy with nothing more then a mild shoulder shrug as he hit the high notes. 

A highlight of the night was the "Postcards From Paraguay" off of 2006's "Shangri-La" album that really showcased the band's various talents with mandolin and penny whistle being front and center. "On Every Street" came next and Knopfler explained to the crowd that he wanted to play a song that displayed his amazing saxophone player's skills which is a song that he hadn't been playing for the last 23 years from Dire Straits last album in 1991 of the same name. A sax-centric song that slowly builds up to the catchy guitar rhythm of Knopler building over the course of four minutes.

"Speedway at Nazareth" followed with another slow buildup into frenetic energy that closed out the first set. The quiet interludes and sweet melodies that give way to boisterous guitar solos.

As much as the music was enjoyed you could tell it still fell short of the the audience's expectations. This was not a night to relive the glory of rock n' roll past but rather to enjoy the music of a new beginning. While the hit "So Far Away" closed out the show in the encore, it still left you wanting more. Perhaps Knopfler has been doing this far too long or simply he was set on playing what he wanted regardless of the audience. Either way it was a laid back affair and maybe that is the sign of a good show where you leave wanting more.

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]]> (Brett | Missick | Photography) Mark Knopfler Show Review Mark Knopfler St. Augustine Brett Missick Concert Photography Concert Photography Florida Music Reviews Live Music Photography Mark Knopfler St Augustine Amphitheater Sultans of Swing Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:51:14 GMT
Incubus and Deftones @ Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa The gloves came off and Tampa was treated to a killer night of music under the stars when the Incubus/Deftones tour rolled into town for a stop at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater on August 13th. This show lived up to it's expectations in many ways. Having never seen either of the bands live before, I was pretty excited to see what they would bring on this night. I was not disappointed and left the show feeling like I had just witnessed an epic rock show.

There were four bands slated to play on the tour however, due to traffic in the Tampa area and an early 6:15 start time I was unable to make the first band play, The Bots. However, I did arrive in time to catch Death From Above 1979 hit the stage. This Canadian rock duo played a very impressive set consisting of guitar,drums and a synthesizer. Nothing more. Guitar player Jesse Keeler wailed on the strings while tossing his long black hair back and forth while drummer/singer Sebastien Grainger kept the groove flowing pulling double duty on vocals and drums. They were a great band to shoot and look forward to seeing these guys again.

After a quick set change Deftones hit the stage and from the moment of the first note of "Be Quiet and Drive" these Northern California rockers shook the stage.  Frontman Chino Moreno's ability to belt out the high notes all the while jumping around the stage made him a fun person to photograph. Adding backing vocals and holding down the back end was new bassist Sergio Vega whose vocal ability added a nice compliment to Moreno's wailing. Powering into "My Own Summer" and " Diamond Eyes " wound the energy up to such stratospheric levels that at times it seemed almost impossible to top. Moreno's vocals after awhile though began to sound strained and lost it's luster as they went into "Headup" and "Bored" and finishing with "Engine No. 9". 

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It's been a long time coming that I've wanted to see Incubus. Formed in 1991 while still in high school in Calabasas, California by singer Brandon Boyd and guitarist Mike Einziger these guys have had a number of hit singles and successful albums. Coming onto the national scene in 1999 with their album "Make Yourself" and it's single "Drive", the guys of Incubus never had a quick road to fame or success. There was a lot of hard work touring in vans and playing small, dark clubs before they even had a taste of success. Things really turned around in 2001 though when Incubus holed themselves up in a Malibu mansion and recorded what would eventually be titled "Morning View". This album spawned the radio hits "Wish You Were Here" and "Nice To Know You" and blasted the band into orbit. Fast forward to 2015 and several albums later Incubus released the first of two EP's to be released this year titled "Trust Fall (Side A)" with "Trust Fall (Side B)" due out later this year. This tour was in support of the Trust Fall EP.

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Lights go out  andthe crowd begins cheering wildly. The opening riffs of Einziger's guitar bring to life the music of the band's biggest hit "Wish You Were Here" when the lights flood the audience in bright white light. Instantly, I am taken back to living in San Diego when this song came out and am suddenly sitting on the seawall at sunset again while the last remaining rays of warm sunlight hit my face. Not a bad way to start a show. By the time photographers are allowed to get to the pit it is already 3 songs deep and Incubus bring out a new tune from Trust Fall called "Absolution Calling". I can suddenly see why this band has such a great following. Singer Brandon Boyd commands the stage like a field general striking a pose at every opportunity and just oozes rock star. Guitarist Mike Einziger plays some mind blowing riffs while barely lifting his head up from underneath his long hair. After "Absolution Calling" comes yet another great song off of Morning View with "Are You In".  As Boyd sings along he is bathed in lights of all colors. First green then yellow then red all the while surrounded in a sea of smoke which creates a very ethereal scene to match the light mood of the song. In fact, the best part of the night aside from Boyd's theatrics was the lighting. The set designer made excellent use of multicolored lights and a backdrop that showed random images throughout the show. It was great to be seated so far back as I was able to take in the entire show and it's theatrics.

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After meandering through the beautiful "In The Company of Wolves", Incubus shifted things back into high gear as they went into "Nice To Know You"at a lightning pace. Later in the set the lights went red and white as Einziger's guitar intro to "Megalomaniac" got the crowd frothing with the lyrics " Step down, step down" which some people hinted at the song being about former POTUS George Bush when it originally was released. In fact, this tune got banned from daytime MTV and was thrown into the late night rotation for it's perceived political message. "Dig", "Drive" and "Crow left of Murder" filled out the remainder of the set as the black clad patrons held their cell phones and lighters in the air demanding more. You know a concert is great when the last song gets played and it leaves you wanting more. Incubus put on a classic rock concert complete with lights, smoke and plenty of hard rock guitar to make me wanting more. Let's hope it's not another several years until they return to the Sunshine State.

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Counting Crows 8-2-2015 @ St. Augustine Amphitheater The Counting Crows have a religious following. They are the kind of band that once you see them once, you'll be back to see them again. On August 2 the Counting Crows brought their roadshow to Florida with a stop at arguably Florida's best outdoor venue, the St. Augustine Amphitheater. Situated mere steps from the Atlantic Ocean it is here where you can camp at Anastasia State Park right next door and walk to the concert or even stay at your campsite and listen to the show.Opening up the show was Citizen Cope aka Clarence Greenwood, who brought his full band with him for some bluesy soul rock that received a very nice welcome. Ordinarily, Cope could and does headline shows himself but being a warm up act for such a beloved band as  the Counting Crows is a tremendous honor. Citizen Cope only played for about an hour set and photographers were not allowed to shoot his set therefore there are no pictures to accompany this entry.

Once Cope's set was done after a quick set change Counting Crows hit the stage at 8:15 to a rousing reception from the St. Augustine crowd. Photographer's were allowed to shoot the first 3 songs from the seated pit but that meant all shots were from the side stage area so as not to block seated patrons view. After the first 3 songs however, we were free to roam the venue and shoot from elsewhere inside except the pit.

Originally starting out as just a duo in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991 by singer Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson, The Counting Crows eventually evolved to become a full fledged rock band. Their 1993 debut album "August and Everything After" has sold over 20 million albums and spawned the hit song" Mr. Jones" which brought the band to rock radio. This was a night the band catered to a lot of it's older and more popular material which seemed to satisfy the crowds appetite. Things opened up with three older songs right out of the gate with "Sullivan Street" " Scarecrow" and  their 1993 breakthrough hit " Mr. Jones". Once done with those they were not done with the older stuff however and we were treated to a great version of "Omaha" and " Mrs. Potter's Lullaby". Having never seen or shot Counting Crows before I was captivated by the bands energy and how they just seemed to get along so well together and looked like they were having a great time the entire show. This made for some great images as well as memories for the audience.  Arguably, the best part of the show was when the house lights dimmed and there sat Adam Duritz alone at the piano with nothing but a lone spotlight on top of him. Then the chords to "Long December" begin and the crowd cheers loudly while he starts the opening verse. There is something that resonates in this song with me when the words "It's been so long since I've seen the ocean, I think I should" get sung. I am not alone in this feeling. It is something that is clearly felt by others as well.

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"Hanginaround" closes out the first set and after a quick encore break the boys come back out for the encore. Prior to beginning, Duritz begins to read to the audience and thank the great people of the St. Augustine/Jacksonville area who have always been so nice to the band over the years. It's at this point in their shows where Duritz informs the audience of local charities that could use help. After some quick banter about a local domestic abuse safe house, Counting Crows launch into "Palisades Park" and "Rain King which gets a tremendous applause as it is played a bit differently then the original but no less fun and comes in at 8 minutes. Duritz gets the crowd singing "I belong in the service of the king" as he turns the microphone towards the audience to hear them sing. It's quite a moment. Finally, as all shows do, this concert must come to an end and things are brought down for the final song "Holiday in Spain" which is a nice way to end the show. It's no secret that Counting Crows really enjoy this venue as they have played here many times prior but they make it a point to tell the audience this and that they will definitely be back. This tour is the band's longest in a few years and will take them across the U.S through middle of October.

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Barenaked Ladies - Last Summer On Earth Tour 2015 @ St. Augustine Amphitheater The Barenaked Ladies brought their annual Last Summer On Earth Tour to the St. Augustine Amphitheater on July 11 with special guests Colin Hay and Violent Femmes. BNL is  best known for their self deprecating sense of humor as well as their ability to freestyle and ad lib songs on the fly while Colin Hay was the lead singer in the 80's group Men At Work. The Violent Femmes are also a band best known for their many 80's tunes such as "Blister in The Sun" and "Kiss Off".

As is typical for midsummer Florida weather the humidity was thick and heavy. The show kicked off with an early start of 6:30 with the Violent Femmes taking the stage and playing a 40 minute set consisting of their better known songs many of which had the audience singing along. Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin the Femmes (as they are nicknamed ) have been around since the early 80's and have gone through many phases much like most bands who have stayed together. When you've been together as long as they have, band members will come and they will go. Most notably with drums/percussion. They are currently on the third drummer while the original singer and bassist have stayed true.

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Colin Hay is best known for his work in the 80's Australian group Men At Work. Their success won them a Grammy in 1983 for Best New Artist and their songs " Down Under" and " Who Can It be Now" are still radio staples today. While Men At Work permanently disbanded in 2009 after a couple of failed reunions, Colin Hay has not let that stop him from continuing his music career as a solo artist. While best known for his MAW material, he has subsequently recorded 12 solo albums. Not bad for a guy who was left without a band. In the the mid 2000's Hay's career got a boost from actor/director Zach Braff as he included songs in both the tv show "Scrubs" as well as in movie "Garden State".

Hay worked the St. Augustine audience with his mix of MAW material while playing solo stuff which received a nice response from the slowly filling crowd. Playing songs that were written for a full band is a lot different then when you are solo and left feeling vulnerable to the music and the audience. Hay did a very nice job of rearranging his MAW material and giving it new life by means of slower melodies and stripped components leaving the songs with nothing but bare bones. Throughout his set Hay would interject in between songs and let his sense of humor shine through which will prove to be a perfect fit for touring with BNL.

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After delivering a strong 45 minute set, the Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies stormed the stage opening with "Get Back Up" and " Old Apartment" which set the mood for a great night of music. Lead singer and guitar player Ed Robertson was all smiles as he took the stage as was bass player Jim Creeggan who bounced around the stage all night as if he had springs in his shoes. The band delivered a variety of songs from throughout their 25 year career including songs from their latest effort "Silverball" which was released June 2, 2015. One thing that BNL have always done is improv songs on the fly and on this night the band broke out a rap about a fish sandwich. Other highlights of the night include a cover version of Men At Work's "Who Can It Be Now" with Colin Hay singing lead vocal and saxophone support from the Violent Femmes sax player. In 2007 BNL got asked to write an intro for a new tv show pilot. That show would go on to not only become a tremendous hit but it would bring BNL an entire new audience. That show was "The Big Bang Theory" and the 20 second intro spawned an entire new generation for the band. You can imagine that everyone was as surprised as me when the "Big Bang" theme song started but then continued for another 3.5 minutes of never before heard lyrics which was a great treat.

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The night concluded with a great rendition of the Led Zeppelin cover "Rock and Roll" which again, was a total surprise to everyone and left the audience on a high note for what was surely a fantastic night for music out by the beach!

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Ed Kowalczyk @ Plaza Live Orlando 5-16-2015 It's been 20 years (over) since 1994. Kurt Cobain died and O.J. Simpson was in a white bronco chase. ER and Friends debuted as "Must See TV" and Pulp Fiction made Tarantino a household name. Grunge music was on it's way out the door and LIVE's iconic album "Throwing Copper" was released. This album spawned 4 top 10 songs and made LIVE one of the most popular musical acts of the 90's.

At the front of LIVE's presence was singer Ed Kowalczyk and his lyrics consisting of aspects of spirituality penned into aggressive rock anthems. LIVE went on to record and tour until 2009 when they went on a 2 year "hiatus" only to permanently disband due to legal actions taken by the band against Kowalczyk. Afterwards LIVE continued to tour with a new lead singer while Kowalczyk pursued a solo career of his own. With the 20th anniversary of "Throwing Copper" having been released April 19, 1994 Kowalczyk decided it was time to revisit these songs again and deliver them to the long time fans in a new yet complete package by playing the album front to back in an acoustic format. Having started this tour in 2014 , it finally arrived in Orlando for a sold out show at the Plaza Live Theater in the old Milk District near downtown Orlando on May 16th. Formerly an old movie theater, Plaza Live has found new life as the home of the Orlando Philharmonic as well as to multiple concerts throughout the year.

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The set was minimal and to be expected for such a stripped down show. Just a singer and his guitar plus his touring guitarist. The mood of the venue was subdued as lights were dark with nothing more then a screen of flickering candles while the crowd arrived to their seats. Once the show began it got even darker and I knew immediately that I was gonna have a rough go with photography despite the liberal photo policy. Imagine if you can trying to photograph someone in a wine cellar with nothing more then ambient light to illuminate the subject and you can get an idea of what I was up against shooting this show. For the photo nerds out there I was shooting at ISO 4000-5000 the entire show as there was literally very little lighting to be had.

As Ed walked onstage he immediately went into "Damn at Otter Creek"  for the first track off of Throwing Copper. From there it was the entire album front to back and song by song with some verbal interjection in between. Prior to LIVE's biggest song to date (IMO) "Lightning Crashes" Ed told the crowd the story of his "little song that could" as he put it. The album had already been out for 10 months and the record execs were not too keen on the song before the album's release. As LIVE finished up the recording process, Ed drove off in his Honda and listened to the tape and knew the song would be a success. It took awhile but eventually it went on to become a #1 blockbuster and has been a radio mainstay ever since with it's muted beginning rising to a climax some four and a half minutes later. Following in the set was some banter regarding a song written about Ed's hometown and how the mayor wasn't very happy with him back then before launching into "Shit Towne". With it's lyrics depicting life in a post industrial wasteland it's not difficult to see the desire for Kowalczyk and his band mates to make it big. With the first set coming to a conclusion with "Horse" a song not even listed on the album Ed returned back to the stage a few minutes later for set two.

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The second set commenced with the launch into the energetic"Lakini's Juice" off of LIVE's  follow up album"Secret Samadhi". This set included two solo songs "All that I Wanted" and "Seven" before finishing up with "Heaven" written about the birth of his first daughter and finally concluding with the very powerful and moving "Overcome" which became the reference point for everything post 9-11. This song was used in a montage depicting the horrific events that happened to the U.S. on that fateful day. It leaves you reminded just how fragile life is and just how vulnerable humans are to the terrible intentions of other human beings. While not a flashy show by any means, Ed delivered a very solid performance and delivered what was promised. A night with Ed Kowalczyk and his LIVE songs played in a stripped down bare-to-the-bones manner that left everyone still feeling like 1994 was just yesterday and that we are all still 18 years old. Grey hairs and all.  Ed Kowalczyk will continue his run of shows again on the 3rd leg in October starting in Portland, Maine October 5 and running though October 24 and hopes to have a new album out due later this year.

A complete setlist can be seen here:

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Sammy Hagar and The Circle @ Hard Rock Live Orlando 4-26-2015 The anticipation was high as Sammy Hagar brought his latest band configuration to Orlando for what proved to be one of the best shows this year without a doubt. It's been well over a decade since Hagar last set foot in Central Florida with a show on the now infamous Sam and Dave tour in 2002 with past and present Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth co-headlining shows. Everyone knows how that one ended. It's now been twenty years since Hagar left Van Halen and went back the way he came into Van Halen. A solo artist. This does not mean he has gone on to playing the retirement circuit. In fact, nothing farther from the truth could be said. The energy and excitement was palpable as soon as the band hit the stage April 27 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando. What made this show so memorable for the the Red Heads (Hagar's name for his fans) was the band that is traveling with him this time around. After playing with his main band The Waboritas off and on for the last 2 decades as well as his super group Chickenfoot, Hagar brought his latest incarnation "Sammy Hagar and The Circle" to Orlando for a very high energy set. The band consists of long time Waborita guitarist Vic Johnson, original Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham on drums (son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) and Hagar. The name "The Circle" was given to the band as Hagar felt that this music being played really brought his career around "full circle". It consisted of music from his days in Montrose, his early and later solo material, Van Hagar,  as well as the music of Led Zeppelin which has always been so important to him.

Lights out began with a nice video montage of various images spanning the career of The Red Rocker such as the "I Can't Drive 55" video, various Van Hagar album covers and his super group Chickenfoot. Once the boys hit the stage it was immediately apparent that they were not here to go through the motions and really "put the pedal to the metal" and wasted no time with "There's Only One Way To Rock". At this point it became obvious that this was already going to be the best show I've seen in quite some time as well as the most fun to photograph. With so much energy being spent the photographs almost took themselves. This lead into "Rock Candy" and finally "Good Times, Bad Times" hitting the first of several Zeppelin tunes of the night where Hagar channeled his inner Robert Plant.

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Throughout the entire show Sammy Hagar seemed like he was having the time of his life and wanted to be that guy with the great house throwing the really awesome party down the street as he imbibed onstage with his own line of "Beach Bum Rum"" even going so far as to share it with the few lucky people in the front row as he topped off their glasses with some out of the bottle. One thing that really stood out for me at this show was the cover of another song made popular by Led Zeppelin "When the Levee Breaks". The lights became dark and the stage filled with smoke to set up a moody, swampy vibe as the band jammed right on through this tune as Hagar played this one on guitar. The imagery that was set was of an early Zeppelin concert such as in their famous movie "The Song Remains The Same" complete with a zeppelin moving across the giant video screens. Later, prior to breaking into the party anthem "Mas Tequila" Hagar brought out an air canon and said to the crowd that it wasn't a party until he got to shoot into the air which rained down confetti and streamers onto everyone cheering below. Other highlights included the Van Hagar tunes "Runaround" off of their 1992 release " For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" and "Right Now"as well as a stripped down acoustic version of "Dreams" off of 5150. This tune received a complete makeover arranged by Vic Johnson that was performed by just him and Sammy and got the entire crowd singing along "Higher and higher straight up we'll climb". Johnson plays the part of Eddie Van Halen so well that it truly felt like I was at a Van Hagar concert all over again it was that realistic. Those are some very tough shoes to fill and Vic does an amazing job at filling in those seemingly impossible guitar riffs of EVH.

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Another member who does a lot of the heavy lifting without getting the credit he deserves is bass player Michael Anthony. In Van Halen, he was the anchor to the VH sound with his impressive backing vocals. If you listen back to any of the Van Halen albums you can hear how his presence was so important and they've not been the same since his replacement by Van Halen's son, Wolfgang. Anthony came out all smiles and was pumped to play for the Hard Rock crowd.  At the end of the show, Florida resident Jason Bonham thanked the crowd for supporting him and his Led Zeppelin family over the years and that it truly is an honor to play these Led Zeppelin songs " For dad". This was as close to seeing a Led Zeppelin show as I could have ever hoped to see. I never thought I'd see another Sammy Hagar show again in my life as most of his shows are on the West Coast or in the Northeast. I was so impressed by this performance that this show is going to be a very, very difficult show to top. Sammy Hagar and The Circle will continue touring on and off again throughout the year so check out for more tour info and dates.

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Sarah McLachlan "Shine On" Tour @ St. Augustine Amphitheater 3-25-2015 It has been many years since Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan last played Florida but this week she finally brought her production to the St. Augustine Amphitheater for a much anticipated performance drawing off of last year's album "Shine On". The show was billed as an "Evening With" as there was no opening act to warm up the crowd. It looked as though this format may have caught many people off guard as the 7pm start left a vast sea of open chairs several songs into the show.

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It was many years ago that I had last seen Sarah Mclachlan play on the tail end of her breakthrough "Surfacing" tour which brought her music to the masses. With several hit singles including "Adia", "Sweet Surrender" and " Building A Mystery" and an 18 month long world tour, I happened to catch her as she was road worn and flat. With very little spoken during that specific show I left feeling somewhat let down by the lackluster, mechanized production I had just seen and knew that this surely cannot be the show I heard about. Fast forward 18 years and the audience was treated to anything BUT lackluster and boring as Mclachlan belted out all of her best known tunes as well as working in some of the newer material to freshen things up for her. Throughout the night she was quite vocal and interactive with the audience in between songs often telling an anecdote about a song or just speaking her mind freely. In addition to her stories, this tour brought a new concept. As a point of trying to reach out and interact with her lifelong fans there was an online contest run through social media where concert goers were invited to write a short story about how they define "shining on". Winners were chosen for each show and invited up on stage for part of the show's set to sit in couches and chairs just a few feet away from Ms. McLachlan. Winner's were then given the opportunity to meet and talk with Sarah on stage and ask any questions they might have. This happened for the first set before intermission and then again after for the second half of the show. To make the show even more interactive all concert goers were invited to leave any questions they might have for her and to leave them in a box near the front of the venue. At a couple points in the show she reached into it and pulled out 4 or 5 questions posed by fans and gave very frank and humorous answers. 

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Coming right out of the gates with the new song "In Your Shoes" and going into "Building a Mystery" and "Adia" there was no delay in giving the fans what they paid for and getting right to the songs they knew. Highlights of the night included some absolutely mind blowing vocal work on "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" and "Fear" and goose bump inducing electricity of "Possession" which really brought the crowd to it's feet. The encore included a 4 song set which included "Angel" and "Ice Cream" which got a very strong crowd sing along much to McLachlan's pleasure. 

The St. Augustine Amphitheater never seems to disappoint. The quality of shows it attracts as well as the venue itself allows for attendees to have a great time in a gorgeous setting just footsteps from the shores of the Atlantic.

You can click here for the complete setlist

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Guster at House of Blues Orlando 2-14-2015 In early 2014 Guster holed themselves up for 3 weeks in the tiny town of Cottage Grove, Oregon just south of Portland to begin recording their first album in 4 years with producer Richard Swift (The Shins,Black Keys) at his small studio. "Evermotion" was recorded in a different manner then albums of the past. Swift pushed and pulled Guster into new and perhaps experimental territories forcing the members outside of their comfort zones. However, being pushed outside these zones is where great ideas are born from and this was no exception. Brian (drums) did a humorous studio journal during the recording process that you can follow here that documented the journey.

Valentine's Day marked the last night of the first leg of Guster's "Evermotion" tour in the U.S. The tour started with several shows beginning on the West Coast that worked it's way through the South finally ending at House of Blues Orlando. Four years removed since their last studio album "Easy Wonderful", Guster have returned to the road and to doing what they do so well playing live. In support of their latest studio effort "Evermotion" released in January, the show mixed in 25 songs of new and old material clocking in over 2 hours.

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Opening for all shows on both the first and second U.S. leg is Athens, GA based violin player Kishi Bashi whose eclectic playing mixed in violin looping effects with a very solid vocal performance. Bashi's 35 minute set mesmerized the audience as he wove his way through more upbeat songs showcasing his strong singing ability as well as lush violin driven serenades that lulled the audience into submission at times. Throughout the set Bashi engaged with the crowd and was very lighthearted and comical as he brought his music to the masses. Of note was the fact that Kishi Bashi was scheduled to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman a couple days away for the very first time which generated some excitement among the crowd. Bashi follows in the same musical vein as Andrew Bird with his experimental use of looping pedal effects for his violin but with a much stronger voice to back it up. That's not to take anything away from Andrew Bird who is a genius but rather is a distinction between the two artists that sets them apart from one another. This is definately an artist to keep an eye on with Guster singer Ryan Miller quipping at one point that he was on the rise true to the Guster Reverse Curse. Various artists have opened for Guster over the years such as John Mayer and Train to go on to have careers that overshadowed their own career. You can hear more about him at his website

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Guster wasted no time getting to it with crowd favorites "Demons" and "Center of Attention" opening before diving into the new "Doin' it By Myself" off of "Evermotion". The band did an excellent job of weaving the new album material in with the older songs. Speaking with Brian after the show I was told that there were some 40 songs Guster could pull a setlist from with only 25-28 songs that could be played in any given show. With that many choices you can see how several songs could be neglected and not all of the favorites played. In fact, both "Airport Song" and "Barrel of a Gun" were left out of the set much to the dismay of many fans including myself. A third of a way into the show Kishi Bashi made a guest appearance for two songs highlighted with his beautiful contribution to "Satellite". Mid set lead singer Ryan Miller announced they were going to play a rarely played song yet due to the circumstances felt it was appropriate being Valentine's Day and then went into "Dear Valentine" that was then followed by a Florida improv jam with stage chat. Guster has always had a self proclaimed awkward relationship with the state of Florida. Going all the way back many, many years where they were once booked to play a heavy metal show in South Florida with some of the hardest rock acts of the time. They then took to the stage with Violent Femmes covers only to be booed at the end of their set. Such is the history of Guster in Florida. Miller then told of his day learning to surf in Cocoa Beach and professed his love of Earl Of Sandwhich. Guster has never been a band known for taking themselves seriously and this was no different. With his own sense of self-deprecation, Miller explained to the audience his interaction with the "surfer dude" who gave them wet suits and his experience out on the water that day culminating with his catching his first wave albeit almost sitting down which found several laughs. Many songs were played and in the end you realized just how many catchy and poppy songs Guster has in their catalog to play. The show came to an end some two hours later with two faux encores where the band walked offstage for a total of 10 seconds before reappearing with the look of surprise on their faces. "Amsterdam" closed out the first encore and was followed by the beautiful and quiet "Jesus On The Radio" played acoustic in the round at the edge of the stage. No amps and no electricity. All acoustic. What a beautiful way to end another fabulous Guster show in Orlando. In all this was a very impressive showing from the band four years in the making. I can only hope that it's not another four years before they return back. Thank you Guster for sticking it out and always coming back down to Florida to play for the fans. Though they may not be as popular as they are back home in the Northeast, the fans that are here will always come out and support one of their favorite bands.

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Guster will take a brief couple weeks off before heading to Europe for a run of shows and will be back in North American March 29 for the start of leg 2 that runs through to June with a stop in Manchester, TN for Bonnaroo 2015.  You can see the full setlist here.

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John Butler Trio drives into Plaza Live Orlando 11- 6- 2014 Orlando was treated to an intimate evening with the John Butler Trio at one of Orlando's funkiest venues, the Plaza Live Orlando on November 6. Having seen JBT several times over the years starting in 2001, I've been fortunate to see them in a variety of locales and venues. Most recently they played to a sold out crowd of 9500 people at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. This time around it was a much different affair in a more intimate setting. With a max capacity of only 1200 people, the Plaza Live Orlando has been around since the early 1960's located in the Milk District just east of downtown Orlando. Originally built as the city's first dual screen movie theater in 1963, it was revived and converted to a live performance venue in the early 1990's. There truly is no bad seat in the house and the acoustics are sublime. Recently, the Orlando Philharmonic partnered up with the venue to be the future home for the orchestra starting next concert season. Additionally, there are some great food and drink places only a few blocks away for your pre show meal grub such as Gringos Locos tacos and the Barley and Vine Biergarten offering a diverse tap list of brews.

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This was John Butler Trio's very first trip to Central Florida and a very overdue one at that. While they've previously played St. Augustine they've never ventured any further south. When the show was announced I could not believe it as many people had waited years and years for it. Making this show even more memorable was the fact that this was their ONLY Florida stop on their winter tour. The opening act for this brief run of shows was Norwegian artist Monica Heldal. Sounding eerily similar to the sweet voice of Alison Krauss and the soundtrack of " O Brother, Where Art Though?"  she brought her songwriting skills to Central Florida on her first US tour in support of her new release "Boy From The North". Sweet and enchanting she played for 35 minutes to the people slowly filling in the theater.

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In support of their latest release "Flesh and Blood" which came out last February, the show consisted of a heavy diet of the new material while still throwing in some of their older songs and opening with the quiet "Spring To Come" off of Flesh and Blood. Amid the new music JBT worked in some classic songs such as the jam happy "Pickapart"  as well as the iconic instrumental  "Ocean" which is to JBT what "Stairway to Heaven" is to Zeppelin. It's simply an amazing song that quietly builds into a crescendo of blazing finger picking leaving you wanting more.  I was in a fortunate position to be standing right on the rail in front of John Butler throughout the performance and to see "Ocean" from a few feet away will be definately be a concert highlight of my life. You can check out a studio version of it right here.

John Butler was quite vocal during this performance and seemed to genuinely be enjoying the experience and the new city while speaking in between songs. One thing that seemed to really resonate with the band about Orlando was not a certain mouse but rather the food. Citing the fact that finding and eating good food while on the road can be a daunting task the band gave a shout out to Dandelion Communitea Cafe which received rave reviews from the band for it's vegan friendly menu.

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Playing for two and a half hours to a packed house the band brought their high energy show to many fans who had never seen them live before delivering a performance that is sure to bring them back again. I met several people who either knew of JBT but had never seen them live or those that knew nothing of JBT but were only going because of a friends recommendation. Everyone that went were blown away and it's safe to say they earned themselves some more new fans. I can only hope that this show was a means to test the waters of the Central Florida fan base and will mean more Florida shows in the future. One can hope after waiting 12 long years.

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David Gray shines at The Florida Theater 10-1-2014 David Gray is an artist's artist. He has been around long enough now to know that making music is not all about the big monster hits. While he has had his share of them, Gray is now at a point in his musical career where he is making music on his own terms. For himself and by himself. The other things will work themselves out and Jacksonville was lucky enough to welcome him on the second leg of his "Mutineers" tour at the Florida Theatre on October 1st. First built in 1927, the Florida Theater is a majestic venue with crystal chandeliers located in downtown Jacksonville. It is one of the few remaining theaters in the US that display Mediterranean Revival Architecture with near perfect acoustics. In a very intimate setting with a capacity of 1900 there is no bad seat in the place. Surely, it was one of the smallest venues he was playing on this tour in the US. Typically in such a small setting the crowds can get noisy however, the audience was very attentive and courteous. Just the intimate setting alone made everyone feel compelled to be on good behavior. The acoustics were so excellent that a pin could drop and be heard. Fortunately, the staff security took their jobs very seriously and were quick at snuffing out talkers and to eject repeat offenders.

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Leading up to the show there was some concern over Gray's voice. He had been making it known that it was beginning to have some troubles due to fatigue and I was not sure what to expect. Prior to this show he posted on social media that he would be limiting some of his more challenging songs including "Snow in Vegas" and " Alibi"  and that they would be temporarily omitted in the near future until his voice improved. Needless to say, his voice was a non issue. The show began with several new tunes off of Mutineers opening with the lovely "Birds on the High Arctic" followed by the upbeat " Back In The Real World" to get things going. After the new tunes, Gray began to delve into his musical library and dust off some old crowd favorites beginning with the always popular "Sail Away" off of the smash hit album "White Ladder" which ultimately launched his career into the stratosphere in 2000. (As a small side note, it should be noted that while "White Ladder" was re-released in the US in 2000 on Dave Matthews label, ATO, it was originally released in 1998 elsewhere. It's odd to think that by the time "Babylon" began to gain traction here in the US, it was already two years old.)

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By mid set Gray began to open up and interact with the audience in between songs. Right before the quiet "Flame Turns Blue" he began with a story that inspired the song with a 5 minute tale which involved a bus driver named Toby, a groupie, a stolen tour bus, police and a walk through the woods over train tracks in the black of night. The expletive filled story was humorous and even now he seems to look back on it and laugh at just how outlandish the whole thing was.

"Nemesis" has proven to become a crowd favorite the last few years played live and when Gray and Co. began to perform this song we knew we were in for a real special gift. This has become his "Stairway to Heaven" and has changed from year to year constantly evolving becoming the dynamic show stopper it is today. "Nemesis" begins rather innocently enough and then rises to a climax only to fade away again into submission with Gray whispering lyrics from "Davy Jone's Locker"  quietly playing into nothingness. The audience sat quiet as a church mouse some ten minutes later in complete awe. It was certainly one of the most memorable concert experiences of my life and I am sure others were feeling the same way. Epic can only describe it's power.

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The bar had been set and by the time crowd favorite "Babylon" made it's appearance everyone was full smiles and ready to help out with light vocal duty. Playing just solo guitar, the song began with him singing while the audience sat back and enjoyed it. But when Gray asked for crowd support in singing they obliged eagerly with the chorus "Let go of your heart, let go of your head and feel it now" repeatedly which pretty much summed up the evening perfectly in a nutshell before launching into "This Year's Love".

Rounding out the night were the delicate "Life in Slow Motion" and the always crowd favorite "Please Forgive Me" which had everybody up and moving around while Gray jumped and shaked onstage with his infamous bobblehead nod. Sadly, the show ended somewhat abruptly and was only given a brief one song encore. More then likely the show ran past curfew and was forced to end quickly.

David Gray's performance was simply one for the ages. There are no words that can put into emotions how delightful and enjoyable this show was. He does not play Florida very often and when he does you must see him. In fact, this was only the second time in at least 12 years he has played Florida just to put it into context. If this show comes to your town do yourself a favor and go. You just might find yourself with a new favorite artist. I know I did.

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3 Doors Down "Songs From The Basement" @ Orlando House of Blues 9/3/2014 3 Doors Down Orlando HOB (16 of 20)3 Doors Down Orlando HOB 9/3/2014

It has been 14 years since the debut release of "The Better Life" by 3 Doors Down. In that time span there have been lineup changes and multi-platinum albums in an evolving music world. On September 3, 2014 3DD brought their "Songs From The Basement" tour through Central Florida with a show at House of Blues Orlando. This tour which has been on the road since 2013 brings all of their songs stripped down to their bare bones and played acoustic in a cozy confined setting. Adding to the ambience of the show are the addition of two couches that sit on stage throughout the show allowing a few lucky fans who get to enjoy a very intimate performance from only a few feet away from the performance. I was not expecting a sell out show but was surprised to see a near capacity crowd filling nearly every nook and cranny  of the venue. Just the ability to move around was limited due to wall to wall people filling the place. However, the crowd provided some great energy that was well received by singer Brad Arnold who in turn gave back a very solid vocal performance overall. 3 Doors Down are one of those bands who have been around for awhile now who have quite a catalog of hits to work with yet you don't realize it until they start playing a song you know. Then another is played and then another until a whole show has passed and you realize to yourself "Damn these boys have some hits". Amid the crowd favorites such as "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You", 3DD mixed in a couple of cover songs to add variety. The first was a rather surprising song choice but one that singer Arnold said " was a favorite of his growing up" back in Mississippi with a cover of Garth Brooks' "The Dance". The camera phones were up by many for this song as it also took me back to my formative years in the mid 1990's. Later, the band pulled out an excellent cover of Metallica's " Nothing Else Matters"  which the majority of concert goers were pretty enthusiastic to hear and a total departure from Brooks' cover. Mid point in the show it was hinted that after the tour ended the band were heading back into the studio to finish an album in progress and hope to have some new material out later this year. All in all there were about 90 minutes of hit songs played that were much loved and sung along to which culminated with the first #1 hit " Kryptonite". The tour is wrapping up after an extensive run so if you missed it chances are you won't see it again soon. If you were lucky enough to see this tour count your blessings as it was a real treat to see the songs bare bones.

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