Stir Cove was a bowl of heat on Friday night, but much of it was coming directly from the stage as three fantastic indie bands shared their messages with a sold-out crowd.
It all began with Tribe Society, who just knocked me out of my sandals. These guys were amazing to say the least. Their missives are deep and prophetic, and their sound was epic. It was a short set, but one to be remembered. Front man Gavin DeWitt commented that they were having a ball riding the coat tails of the Goo Goo Dolls, but I’m telling you, with the beats they deliver and the words they trill, these guys could be headlining a stage at any moment. Grab them off of You Tube and you’ll see just what I mean. I want more!
Collective Soul was next up, and we, the masses, were elated. Not just because they delivered a heart pounding rendition of “Shine”, but because their entire set was strong, powerful, and tight. This group from Atlanta just keeps on pleasing their fans with their energy and ability. With nine studio albums in their vault, we all want nine more of the same beauty and quality. This band never disappoints and just keeps the vibe alive with a non-stop performance.
Headlining the night were the Goo Goo Dolls. Having seen them a few times before, Friday night’s recital was, in my opinion, among their best. They, too delivered tune after tune and played to the audience oh, so well. While they brought out their A game early with “Slide”, they nevertheless shared with their Midwest admirers some new harmonies and it was a night of exhilaration and pure fun. This band somehow never loses the allure, and although there are smoke guns and bright lights, some of the best moments are just that acoustic guitar and John Rzeznik’s voice.
Heads were bobbing, feet were moving and the all-ages crowd could have cared less what the temperature was, because the night, to us, was perfect.