Zac Brown Band concert review

Amazing voices but average performers

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Zac Brown Band concert review

My view from the lawn seats as the Zac Brown band walks onto the stage.

My view from the lawn seats as the Zac Brown band walks onto the stage.

Photo provided by Tori Valby

My view from the lawn seats as the Zac Brown band walks onto the stage.

Photo provided by Tori Valby

Photo provided by Tori Valby

My view from the lawn seats as the Zac Brown band walks onto the stage.

Tori Valby, Staff Writer

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Although I almost fell asleep at school on Monday, the Sunday night Zac Brown Band concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre idea was not bad. Parking proved to be the first challenge of the night. This concert was sold out so as you can imagine, the parking lot showed no mercy. However, there ended up being a positive to come out of parking what felt like a mile away- being the first to get out when we left. The amphitheater was packed with thousands of country-loving, sweaty individuals- a show in itself. The concert started at 8:30, with the Zac Brown Band singing an opening song that was not theirs. It was Use Somebody by Kings of Leon, which is a great song, but I was surprised they didn’t open with something of their own.

An hour goes by and I thought I had prepared myself for this night, listening to every song I had by Zac Brown Band on my phone, but they must have written ten new songs that morning because I didn’t know the words to a single one! Toes, Family Table, No Hurry, and Mango Tree were just a few of the pieces sung that weren’t ringing any bells. So, I simply sat done in my lawn chair and watched as the mosquitoes ate me alive. Everyone around me was silent, except for the occasional “sing Chicken Fried!” It was nice to know that I was not the only fan disappointed in the song selection. After what seemed like another hour, they begin to play the iconic song that even those who claim that they don’t listen to country know- CHICKEN FRIED! The amphitheater lit up, voices screaming from all directions. It was the song we all came for, and they were smart to save the best for last.

The opening act Caroline Jones then came back out to do a tribute to an American veteran that had just returned home and that was extremely nice. I am glad I stayed for that. I was very surprised at how, despite being live, the Zac Brown Band sounded almost exactly as they do on the radio or iTunes. A lot of the singers can’t sing successfully without the help of technology these days, but it was nice to hear some that could. Overall, it was an 8 out of 10 experience for me. They didn’t interact with the crowd very much, but I thoroughly enjoyed the select few songs that I knew the words to. I would recommend seeing the Zac Brown Band, but just make sure you bring bug spray.

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