The All American Rejects, a great millenial band with lots of energy and hope for the future. Been a band for 17 years, lead singer is only 32.
Andy Grammer is from American Idol or Dancing with the Stars or some TV show I never watched so I don't really care, but thousands of people knew the words to all his songs and sang along. Kind of a young crowd, I actually did know some of his songs. Kind of like a Bruno Mars wanna be. Good voice.
Chris Young is I think from one of those TV shows with singers and dancers and made it big. He totally has the fake country twang, and he talks a lot between songs. Lots of Plant City rednecks and camo clothing in the crowd. Another young crowd where they knew all the words to the songs, and I didn't know any of the songs, let alone the words.
Collective Soul has been around and we've seen them several times at various venues. They filled in last minute for Kenny Rogers when he fell ill so they came together from all around the nation and were pretty pleased with themselves to have a nice gig outdoors in FL in the winter. They were lovin it and played a great show, as always.
What can I say about the Commodores except they are still hanging on with 2 original members, the guy in navy Skyler Jett is about 78 years old belting out those tunes we all know and love. Another great sing along concert.
The Drifters have been around since 1953 so of course none of the dudes are original. I have a feeling they'll still be playing when its 2050's. But the songs are classic and and everyone loves "on the boardwalk".
Gary Puckett and The Union Gap have also been around for eons. I used to know how old he was, maybe 68 - born in 1942 in Hibbing, MN (you can google it), but he still looks great. He has a young blond wife, some grown kids with his grandchildren and it was a family reunion night on stage at the Florida State Fair. Oh and did I mention that all these concerts were free, yes every single one. FREE - you just gotta get your ass there which is more than some people I know can manage to do!
Kraig Kenning played blues guitar at the first Friday Extra Concert Series at Waterworks park, and there are 7 more weeks of great shows, many of which I'll miss by being in Phoenix, but Scotty will report back on how great they are.
One of the highlights this spring was finally after all our hundreds of live concerts we've seen, being able to hear George Thorogood and the Destroyers play live. Even though he's old, he still has his great bellowing voice and is sure a ham, he thinks he's hot and it was kind of funny.
Peter Noone still looks like a young man with that head full of long blond hair, and the way he swaggers around stage. We've seen his band Herman's Hermits at least a dozen times, but its always one of the most entertaining.
Huey Lewis and The News were great as usual, with lots of great hits to sing along to. Huey still has his great voice and has seemed to age well, I'm sure he'll be back playing in FL sometime again.
Third Eye Blind was good, not really my fav music but I like a live rock show and they delivered a good one.
There are still more shows to come, Meatloaf and Lynyrd Skynryd this weekend. And did I mention they were free? Jordan Sparks rounds out the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival with a show the last weekend in April.