Stir Cove opened their 2016 series this weekend with fantastic shows at two completely different ends of the melody spectrum. That’s the beauty of the Cove – there is music for all ages and genres.
Kicking off on Friday night, Gregg Allman brought his portfolio of awesome blues, ballads and country rock to the stage, and it was amazing. While Allman’s voice has mellowed a bit, at 68 years old, this man can still hit the notes and bring on the emotions. He treated us to great Allman Brothers tunes as well as the all-time favorites of Midnight Rider and I’m No Angel. He threw in some of his new tunes, and pressed it hard from beginning to end. His band included lots of brass and sass – what a great combination!
Friday night the amphitheater saw a predominantly male audience of well….middle aged former stoners. Lots of hair and beards in the crowd and it just proves that you can take the stoner out of southern country rock, but you’ll NEVER take the country rock out of an old stoner! It was highly entertaining to watch them sing every word and dance like they did in high school. The air might have had a chill, but it was nothing but heat and happiness in the Cove.
The Indie Folk crowd filed into the venue on Saturday night for a rousing performance by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. To the delight of the spectators, Sharpe took us all on his magical musical tour and kept the audience engaged and active for tune after tune. This ensemble group has an incredibly unique style and the layered voices are extraordinary. Lots of musicians, lots of guitars and brass and lots of harmonies that filled the air. Sharpe likes to be ‘one’ with the audience and roamed the stage and spent time in the fringes of the crowd a great deal of the time. He is quite pleased to be the ‘star’, but it is the marvelous sound of his assemblage that gives me the most satisfaction.
Fans surrounded the stage for the entire performance, shedding their chairs and blankets. They wanted to be close and they wanted to share this unique Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros experience with others indie music lovers.
Opening on Saturday night was the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a crew of New Orleans brass musicians that fill the air and the soul with superb jazz sound. Their set was invigorating and standing still was just not an option. They were a special treat and a bonus to the entire weekend.
The Stir Cove concert series for 2016 has a sound for everyone. There are a host of performances just waiting to happen, and you need to ensure that you are part of this beautiful venue. Get your DISCOUNTED NightlifeCo tickets at here and join us all for a happening in the bowl!