Matchbox Twenty Presented by Stir Cove

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Written by Cydney Phelps


Here we are, the end of Stir Cove’s lucky season 14. What an incredible year it’s been. It’s hard to believe it’s over. And with a finale like Matchbox Twenty, it’s really only gotten me pumped for what season 15 will offer.


Friday night we had a change of venue due to the weather. And given the lightening storm we had, I’m so grateful that decision was made. So we packed the MAC! The Mid-America Center, that is. It was a little different, but Stir and staff made it happen! The attendees were a mixed bag of teenagers to middle-agers. And though there were plenty of seats all around, all I saw were people standing. It was a little more difficult to gauge the crowd in a venue like the MAC, but from what I saw, there was not a disappointed patron in the house. The amount of dancing and singing was a joy to witness. Just a free spirited party that was so incredibly refreshing.


Matt Nathanson opened the show with a short, but very sweet set. A veteran to the scene, Nathanson has been making music since the early 90’s. He’s been a very good compliment to this tour.


Being the second to last show of this tour, Matchbox Twenty was full of a magnetic energy. This was my second time seeing them, the last time was about 15-ish years ago. Let me tell you, they haven’t changed one bit! They sound exactly the same in the best way possible. One of my favorite shows Stir has put on, if I’m being honest! I will mention once again how grateful I am that the show was moved indoors. The light show that came with the music was a spectacle in itself. At one point, Mother Nature’s light show outside caused a power surge with some technical difficulties. Rob Thomas suggested it was a good time to use the facilities, how thoughtful! We were then treated to a beautiful acoustic cover of Cyndi Lauper’s Time after Time. Rob warned that his earpiece wasn’t working yet, so he couldn’t hear anything and invited us all to sing with him. There aren’t words to describe that moment. One I will remember for a very long time. The band’s first (yep, first) encore was kicked off with a tribute to the late, great Tom Petty. Matt Nathanson joined in for I Won’t Back Down. It was therapeutic, really. We all felt it and we all meant it. Just as we all turned around to leave like a herd of turtles after the encore, we were pleasantly surprised to hear Matchbox come back on stage! One more glorious song, Simple Minds’ Don’t You Forget About Me. Those “La La La’s” went on and on and I’m still singing them! What a blast! In between all the covers, they offered up the best of their best. I seriously can’t say enough about this show. I’ll be talking about it for days to come!


Matchbox Twenty has been blessing us with their talents for over twenty years now. Hailing from Orlando, Florida, the band is still going strong with all but one of the original members. After a couple of hiatuses, we’re so glad the band is finally back together and doing what they do best. They promised to keep on going as long as we keep on listening. I know I will!


I want to thank Stir Cove from the bottom of my heart for continuing to provide us all with the opportunities to see such amazing artists. From the legends to the newbies and the inbetweeners. We are so very lucky. Again to staff and security, we literally could not do it without you! I am already itching to hear the lineup in the spring time for Season 15. I’ll see you all at the Cove!!  

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