Zac Brown Band | 09.12.14

live zac-brown_smIn his signature stocking cap, Brown owned every song he sang, tickling his guitar strings with finesse and expertise.

 

 

 

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Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, St. Louis

Misty rain and steely, cold winds hovered over Maryland Heights, but the Zac Brown Band lit the stage on fire and took over the night by warming the masses. Their opening song, “Whiskey’s Gone,” sent the fans into a frenzy. Let the night begin! The energy of the crowd was amplified by a perfect rendition of “Cashmere” by Led Zeppelin. In his signature stocking cap, Brown owned every song he sang, tickling his guitar strings with finesse and expertise. The crowd was on its feet from the start.

The stage just got hotter when fiddle player Jimmy De Martini dominated the stage and more than flirted with the devil while playing the Charlie Daniels Band’s “Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The band’s lyrical style is upbeat, feel-good country with a touch of calypso. At intermission, Brown, accompanied by his security, walked through the crowd, shaking fans’ hands. Behind us, a group of teenage girls swooned with giddiness.

Later in the show, Brown pulled a young girl, Audra, out of the crowd, autographing his guitar and sending her back to her seat with it. I’m thinking Audra went home with a great big smile on her face and a memory that she will cherish for a lifetime. Brown made a grand tribute to our military men and women, which brought the crowd to their feet, saluting and showing big support for our troops

At the end of the show, the curtains were drawn and the band slowly left the stage. A few minutes later, the curtains parted and the band members returned, wearing very brightly colored skeleton suits and singing “Day for the Dead.” Next, there was fantastic ownership of the Metallica song “Enter Sandman,” which brought anyone not yet standing to their feet. (Even the sign language interpreter was jamming and dancing to the music all night. Kudos to her!)

Although the night was chilly, the fans stayed amped up from the energetic concert the entire night. To quote one of the band’s self-proclaimed biggest fans, “If you want to feel the music, see Zac Brown.” | Marsha Buehler

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