Last night was my first gig of the year at Klipsch Music Center, after months of assignments at Old National Centre and other venues not plagued by long lines of traffic on I-69. I evaded the traffic, though, by driving up to the area early and watching the World Cup final with friends at Hamilton Town Center. (The concert made for an interesting mix at the bar, where soccer fans were mingling with guys in boots and cowboy hats by the end of the match.)
I felt about Zac Brown Band the same way I felt about Rascal Flatts in 2012: They were listenable, but as I'm not much into country, I didn't pay them a lot of heed. (Unlike with Rascal Flatts, the photographers were stuffed into a small corner stage left of the thrust, as opposed to, uh, being able to move.) Two things stuck out, though. First, three band members played a bit before the main show, and their cover of "Blackbird" was quite inspired; second, as I filed the photos, I could hear Zac Brown covering Led Zeppelin, and I wished they had played it during their photographable first three songs. (Also, I found myself singing along with their rendition of "Piano Man" as I walked back to my car.) You can find all 14 photos from the event on the Star's website.
If this week fares well enough, I'll post a blog entry on the two weddings I've done this summer. I'll at least get to talking about the engagement photos I took last weekend around downtown. Keep your eyes peeled. ...That's an odd phrase.
Zac Brown Band fiddler Jimmy De Martini and guitarist John Driskell Hopkins play in front of a giant screen showing vocalist Zac Brown at Klipsch Music Center, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Zac Brown Band lead vocalist and guitarist Zac Brown looks toward the crowd during a performance at Klipsch Music Center, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Zac Brown Band fiddler Jimmy De Martini performs at Klipsch Music Center, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Zac Brown Band lead vocalist and guitarist Zac Brown performs at Klipsch Music Center, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Zac Brown Band guitarist John Driskell Hopkins sports one of the best beards in country at Klipsch Music Center, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
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