Boy George and Culture Club

Written by Karen Freeman • August 2018

Stir Cove surely knows how to throw a party, and the one on Saturday night ranks in my top 5!  This was the scene of the long awaited and highly anticipated show with Boy George and Culture Club.  It was a kick from start to finish.  Their performance began with a fabulous cover of David Bowie’s “Just Dance” and throughout the night, he sprinkled in a great cover of “Addicted to Love” (Robert Palmer),  and a fantastic reggae version of Bread’s “Everything I Own”, but the meat of the show was all Boy George and all simply fantastic.

The band is releasing new music in October, and I didn’t realize just how long it had been since they did so.  I cannot wait.  The new music is just as soulful, funky and meaningful as his early hits are.  The music seems timeless, and it’s amazing how quickly all those words come back to you.  It was just pure joy to dance and smile and groove.

In his debut years, I don’t think I appreciated the true talent of Boy George.  His vocal chords are strong and expressive, and I loved his delivery.  He can pull off anything from reggae to rock, and do it with his own inimitable style.  You gotta love him.  His back-up singers had golden pipes, and the entourage of 12 very talented musicians and singers filled the amphitheater with astounding sounds and performances.  I kinda have a crush on his saxophone player.  I really want to be BFF’s with Boy George.   I want him to come to my next party.  Really….I do.  His banter with the audience was respectful and amiable, something not all performers can manage. 

The crowd was a myriad of ages, and the costumes were fabulous.  A tutu here, a top hat there, lots of neon and plenty of makeup.  By the end of the night, even those in their soccer chairs were on their feet to dance and sing along with “Karma Chameleon”.  It was a party you didn’t want to end.  Wow….

Opening the show was Tom Bailey from the Thompson Twins.  He put on a solid 45 minute-show with an all-female backup band, who rocked it well.  Dressed entirely in white, the set was simple, but the talent was abundant.  It was a lovely way to begin a night to remember. 

Thanks for the party Stir Cove!

 

 

 

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Portugal. The Man at Stir Cove

Written by Cydney Phelps • August 2018

 

Monday night at Stir Cove is one I won’t soon forget. There must have been something in the air that made it feel almost magical. The show opened up with a band called Cherry Glazerr, a 3-piece from Los Angeles. The band’s formation all began with lead singer Clementine Creevy when she was just 15 years old. Having only been around for 5 years, they do not portray the characteristics of a band who only just released their sophomore album last year. A young band indeed, but I’m willing to bet they go the distance.

And then the rain set in. We were lucky enough to be able to take refuge in the comfort of the back bar area where they have couches set up to relieve our stems. They also have projector screens filming the goings on of the stage, so we could keep track things while the roadies set everything up for the next band. Portugal. The Man was scheduled to come on at 9:15, but the band has something else planned for us. Members of the Winnebago tribe graced the stage and put on a performance of their own. It was beautiful to see this tribe carry on their traditions from so long ago. It really was a treat and I feel so privileged to have been able to witness it.

Not long after Portugal. The Man joined us. It went from a sprinkle to fairly steady rain at this point. But that wasn’t stopping them...right away. As the band came on stage, the screen behind them let us know that the band is not one for stage banter. Well, that’s just fine with me. I love it when a band just plays. Don’t get me wrong, I love a story, or a quip here and there. But when it’s all about the music, well that’s just something special. It wasn’t a big crowd last night. Given the weather and it being a Monday night, I’m sure a lot of folks didn’t venture out. For those of us who did, it was certainly worth it. It was intimate. And I think I got closer to the stage than I have been able to in quite some time.

Portugal. The Man hails from Wasilla, Alaska and began releasing albums in 2006. Originating with John Baldwin Gourley and Zachary Scott Carothers, the band has had a bit of a revolving door with other members. However, they’ve always stayed true to their sound. The shows was unfortunately cut short as the rain continued and the lightning picked up. But the set they gave us while it lasted, was full of non-stop energy.

Thank you, as always, to Stir Cove, staff, and security for putting on another great show and keeping us all safe when the lightning strikes. We’ll see you again on Friday for yet another sold out show, Halestorm, cheers!

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Billy Currington at Stir Cove

Written by Cydney Phelps • August 2018

Friday night we returned to Stir Cove after a long break in July. We kicked off the evening right on time with the impressive pipes of Ashley McBryde. She’ll tell you herself that her story epitomizes the upcoming country artist cliche. Growing up in Arkansas and moving Nashville to be discovered, you know it. Her lyrics are as strong as her vocals and she had a great presence on stage. I’ll be anxious to see more of her in the years to come.

Next up we had The Wild Feathers. These guys are a group of great musicians, all of whom were lead singers in other bands prior. They are classified as Country Rock, and it’s almost reminiscent of The Eagles. Very fluid and clean tunes and you could just tell how much fun they were having and how natural it felt to be playing for their fans.

Last, but certainly not least, the man of the hour, Billy Currington. Billy has been at it for 15 years now and hasn’t lost his fire. He’s had a total of 20 Top 40 hits in that time and it’s not hard to see why. One thing I always love about these country shows is how genuinely grateful the artists are to be playing for you. His music is fun and easy to enjoy. His voice isn’t your typical twang you expect, but there’s just something about it that gets you moving.

The night was beautiful and the cove was heavily covered in chairs with the crowd being mostly adult. It was a big get together with a lot of conversation taking place while the music was playing. Of course you saw the standard guys in cowboy hats and the girls in their brown cowboy boots. Pretty status quo for the genre. Beer and food lines weren’t long and the staff looked pleased to be back after the break. It was another fun night and we’re looking forward to more shows in the upcoming weeks. Thanks again, as always to Stir Cove, staff, and security! We’ll see you Monday night for Portugal. The Man, cheers!


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August is starting off with a bang and we have your tickets! ONL Fans get an additional discount!

Written by Kelly Klein • July 2018

 

Stir Concert Cove has some amazing shows coming up!  After taking a breather in July, the are going full speed in August with 4 shows in 8 days!  

Billy Currington August 3rd

Portugal The Man August 6th

Halestorm and IN THIS MOMENT August 10th

Boy George August 11th

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Use the CODE:  ONLFAN to get an additional 10% off your ticket now (Limited to the next 10 purchases so buy them now!)

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Cole Swindell

Written by Cydney Phelps • June 2018

It was a full house Friday night at Stir Cove’s 3rd sold out show of the season. The weather was pleasant, which made everyone comfortable in their jeans and cowboy boots. There were almost no children in sight. It seemed as if it was couple’s night at the cove. We found our spot and didn’t…well, couldn’t move for the rest of the evening.

Jay Allen kicked the show off in true Country fashion. After spending some time in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, Jay took a chance and moved to Nashville just 5 years ago. His hard work and persistence has led him on a path to success in that short period of time. He doesn’t look like your typical cowboy, covered in tattoos and all, but he fits right in with the rest of them. He’s certainly got a story to tell and I think we’re all pretty anxious to hear more from him in the future.

Now I have to be honest, I had never heard of Cole Swindell before now. Being more a fan of Classic Rock, I don’t venture into this genre often enough to catch on to the newest artists. I have the utmost respect for what they do and how hard they work. It’s not an easy business and there’s a ton of competition. Cole had a little bit of an advantage, however. He happened to be a member of the same Fraternity as one, Luke Bryan. The two kept in touch after Swindell left college and when he moved to Nashville in 2007, he began selling merchandise for Bryan and even wrote songs on the road. Fast forward a few years and he’s got people working his merch booth. The man has released nine singles, seven of which have charted within the Top 5 of Hot Country Songs and/or Country Airplay. Pretty impressive, to say the least. And boy is he grateful. It was after nearly every song he sang that he thanked the crowd for making it a success. It was really just a great big party and he was so happy to be the guest of honor. What a beautiful night for a show and how lucky we all were for being invited!

This was the last show for a while at Stir Cove, the next one being in August. So that means you’ve all got time to get your tickets! Come down to Stir and party with us, there’s never a dull moment! As always, thank you to Stir Cove, staff and security for putting up with all of us and we can’t wait to see you again! Cheers!

 

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Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys

Written by Cydney Phelps • June 2018

 

Stir Cove was bursting at the seams on Saturday night for their second sold out show of the season. The crowd was speckled with kilts and kelly green shirts. My red headed husband and I felt right at home. Temperatures were as high as our spirits. We all showed up and showed out for the drinks, the dancing, and the boisterous music that radiated from the stage.

Flogging Molly started right on schedule at ten minutes to 8. They came out swinging and immediately the audience started clapping to the all familiar Celtic punk. The band has been on the scene since 1997 when they began to play their music in a Los Angeles pub called Molly Malone’s. The band’s name is actually an ode to that pub where they would play every Monday night at the beginning of their careers. They carry the same heart and passion to this day. Though Dave King’s accent has thinned out over the years, you’d never notice as soon as he starts to sing. There was not one still body. The movement was contagious. Even those in the (very) long beer lines were dancing. Stir was offering Guinness last night as well as free water. Thank goodness for that because the drinks were flowing smoothly and swiftly. We were also lucky enough to take a break from the heat and hang out in the back bar area where we were still able to enjoy the concert on the projectors. What a great start to our night!

Next up, the almighty Dropkick Murphys. They too started right on schedule at 9:35 and kept the momentum. The sun had set and it actually ended up being a pretty decent night. As far as humid summer evenings go, anyway. The mostly adult audience was truly having a blast. Smiles all around and everyone was so neighborly. We had settled on our spot on the left side of the cove about ⅔ of the way to the stage. The sound is incredible over there and the view is almost unobstructed. The sweat started to drip as we continued dance. Every song like an anthem. Dropkick Murphys has been at it for 22 years now and have yet to skip a beat. These guys are from Quincy, Massachusetts with Ken Casey at the helm as the only remaining original member. Their most widely known song, “I’m Shipping up to Boston,” was featured in the 2006 film The Departed. Little known fact, the lyrics were actually written by Woody Guthrie, writer of “This Land is Your Land.” Needless to say, Dropkick Murphys put their own twist on the decades old song resulting in a double platinum record.

I was so looking forward to this show at Stir and the whole night was like a celebration. As always, thank you to Stir, staff, and security for accommodating such a large group of people in such hot conditions. Always a good time! Thanks again for a great night and I’ll see you in a couple of weeks!

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