Zac Brown Band
with Levi Lowery, Sonia Leigh and Nic Cowan
Bowery Ballroom, New York City
February 3, 2009
My first ZAC BROWN BAND experience dates back to February 3, 2009 in New York City. My wife and I had just purchased “The Foundation” a few weeks before after hearing “Chicken Fried” on radio and heard that this new band was playing an intimate performance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. We bought tickets and had NO idea what to expect. While we were really enjoying the cd we bought, we did not know if they would play a long set, be a talented live act, or even sound good live.
We were treated to an acoustic set by Levi Lowery and Sonia Leigh with her band as opening acts, both of who were fantastic. Before they got on stage we had no idea who they were or what they would turn out to today. To this day, we are huge fans of both.
But when Zac, Clay, Coy, Jimmy, John and Chris came on stage that snowy night in NYC, magic happened. My wife and I were absolutely mesmerized by the Band.
They sounded incredible, were talented as can be, and went on to play a three hour show complete with every track from “The Foundation”, as well as covers of other songs and soon to be released classics. I have been to well over 150 concerts and never have I ever been so impressed by a band after seeing them live for the first time.
In fact, if I recall correctly, Zac said to the crowd that it was the first concert that Clay Cook was performing with the Band and was officially set to join them. Moreover, Nic Cowan came out at the end of the set and sang a few songs with the Band.
Of course Zac’s vocals and guitar skills were impressive, but it was Jimmy De Martini’s fiddle skills that blew us away more than anything. Never have I seen a musician play an instrument so skilled and with such smooth passion.
Being in a New York City venue, where Country Music is typically frowned upon, everyone was in firm agreement that the Zac Brown Band was something special. I actually turned to my wife that night and said “in a few years, this will be the biggest act in Country Music”. My words are becoming truth.
Zac actually stayed on the stairwell after the show and we took three pictures with him and spoke about his music.
He said his Mom was in the crowd that night and he was so humbled to have played in New York City with her there.
It was an incredible experience and although we have been to over a dozen ZBB shows since, nothing will ever compare to the first time.