Zac Brown Band
September 1, 2013
Just in case anyone doubted the live prowess of the Zac Brown Band, they surely set the record straight on Labor Day Weekend in Hartford, Connecticut. It was a hot, humid and sticky day in New England, but that did not stop people of all ages to fill the Comcast Theater pit, seats, and lawn to the very last spot. The parking lot was extra rowdy as tailgaters got themselves ready, for what I consider, the best Band in the land.
Zac and his crew of musical geniuses took to the stage at approximately 8:45 and performed one of the most action packed shows I have ever witnessed. The summer anthem “Jump Right In” got everyone dancing and singing off the bat and ZBB never looked back. Armed with a laser light show and stunning visuals on the big screen behind them, every portion of the performance was masterfully executed.
But as much as the visuals were impressive, the real star of the show was music. And for anyone who regrettably has not seen Zac Brown Band live yet, they are not your typical country act. In fact, they are far from it. What other artist or band out there, who churns out #1 after #1 on country radio, can play just some of their “hits” and the fans are left satisfied? What other Band can play Metallica, Nirvana, David Gray, Van Morrison and James Taylor covers with such authenticity? The answer is there is only one.
And as it such with every ZBB show, Zac is the obvious ring-leader, but makes it known that every member of the Band is equally as important. From Clay Cook and Coy Bowles’ rousing electric guitar solo’s on “Who Knows” to Jimmy De Martini’s face melting fiddle solo’s on songs like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” to John Driskell Hopskins’ surprising rendition of “Enter Sandman” to Chris Fryar and Daniel De Los Reyes perfection on the percussionist instruments, each member shows how truly superior ZBB is from anyone else in the game today.
Of course, no show would be complete without ZBB’s signature song, “Chicken Fried”, which produced an eruption of vocal chords all singing in unison from the stage to the very back of the lawn. Zac was extremely demonstrative with his stern and focused look as he picked and strummed his guitar with intensity.
What really surprised me and much of the crowd was when the band came out for their encore dressed in glow in the dark skeleton outfits that brought an air of mystery and darkness. And the song selections fit right with costume stage as they rocked out to “Uncaged”, Led Zeppelin’s “Kasmir” and a stirring rendition of The Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”. I may get knocked for it, but I think ZBB’s version of the song one ups the original as Jimmy De Martini absolutely destroys any other fiddler I’ve ever seen.
All in all, the Zac Brown Band is the best in the business for my money. The overall excitement and true appreciation for all genres of music makes them truly unique. In an age where music acts play the same songs and same setlist night after night, no Zac Brown Band show is like one before. Simply put, ZBB is the best band in land.
- Jump Right In
- The Wind
- As She’s Walking Away
- Whiskey’s Gone
- Who Knows
- Day For the Dead
- Sweet Annie
- Colder Weather
- Into the Mystic (Van Morrison Cover)
- Seven Bridges Road
- Babylon (David Gray Cover)
- Me & Julio (with Brad Stella)
- Love the One You’re With/Iko Iko (with Brad Stella)
- All Apologies (Nirvana Cover)
- The Frozen Man (James Taylor Cover)
- Percussion Solo’s
- Keep Me In Mind
- Settle Me Down
- Highway 20 Ride
- Knee Deep
- Sic ’em on a Chicken
- Goodbye in Her Eyes
- Enter Sandman (Metallica Cover)
- Chicken Fried
- Kashmir (Led Zeppelin Cover)
- The Devil Went Down to Georgia (The Charlie Daniels Band Cover)