Gin Blossoms and Collective Soul at Stir Cove

Written by Cydney Phelps • September 2019


Great night for a rock show at Stir Concert Cove. The temperatures have cooled off and everyone was looking comfortable. A big crowd, fast moving beer lines, and good vibes was an excellent start to the night with the Gin Blossoms and Collective Soul getting ready to take the stage.


The Gin Blossoms were up first. The band sounded as awesome as ever. Lead singer Robin Wilson hasn’t missed a step and still has that very recognizable voice. The band played songs from all over their catalogue, including a number from the new record. They have a sound unlike anyone else and it still shows up strong on the new songs. The crowd was loving it and the band were keeping everyone clapping along.


Collective Soul showed up ready to rock. Front man Ed Roland was decked out in white with blue stars on his shirt and hat. They brought a lot of stage presence and fun to the concert and had people on their feet. It’s a funny thing when you are at a show with a band you think you know pretty well only for them to surprise/remind you just how many hits and great songs they have brought to the table over the years. It was just a great show and I look forward to seeing them again.


Thanks to staff and crew of Stir Concert Cove for putting on another great event. This was one for the books.


Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

Written by Cydney Phelps • August 2019


It’s hard to believe that I was sent to Stir Cove on Friday night to do a job. My job was to review a Beatle. A BEATLE. I am the luckiest girl in the world.


Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band stopped by the cove for what was one of my most anticipated shows of the season. I can’t believe it wasn’t sold out, it seemed as though the venue was bursting at the seams. There was not a still body in sight. Though I have had the pleasure of seeing them perform in the past, it was still such a privilege to be in the presence of such talent. The musicians that tour with Ringo are truly allstars. They include Toto’s Steve Lukather, Santana’s Gregg Rolie, Men at Work’s Colin Hay, multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham, drummer Gregg Bissonette; formerly of the David Lee Roth Band, and Hamish Stuart of The Average White Band. Hit after hit after hit mixed in with some incredible jam sessions. The band played several of Ringo’s hits and each member was given their own time to shine. It was a celebration of each artist’s achievements. I can’t explain to you how cool it is to see Ringo Starr play the drums for Toto’s Africa. Goosebumps, guys. If you ever have a chance to catch this compilation of incredibly talented and iconic entertainers, do not pass it up. Or call me, I’ll take your tickets!


I’m having trouble accepting that the season is winding down already. It really has been one for the books. But we’re not quite done yet. We even have a couple sold out shows remaining, including Blink 182! I’m so excited! Stir Cove, staff, and security, you guys are great as always! Peace and Love!


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O.A.R. at Stir Cove

Written by Cydney Phelps • August 2019


Saturday was another beautiful night for an outdoor show at Stir Concert Cove. Tonight brings us a couple of fun high energy bands that like to show the crowd a good time. Not a completely full show but enough for a damn good party.


American Authors is a New York based band that brings positive vibes and songs you can sing along to. Most people will know them from their megahit “Best Day of My Life” from 2014 that can still be heard on TV and radio today. But if you dig into their catalog of music, or see them live, you will know there is so much more to offer. The crowd was having a great time and moving to their anthemic sound.


Next up was O.A.R. You could tell there was a lot of excitement for them to hit the stage. This band has gained a huge following throughout the years and it was not hard to see why. The band is well known for their great live shows and tonight was no exception. People were singing along and dancing to the music throughout the show and the band was having a great time interacting with the crowd. I look forward to seeing them again in the future.


Tonight's show was another great one in a long string at Stir. I hope they keep coming because this season has been a blast. As always thanks to the Stir staff for making sure all the thirsty people had a great time. See you next time.


Wu-Tang Clan at Stir Cove

Written by Cydney Phelps • August 2019


It’s been quite a nostalgic season at Stir Cove this year and Thursday night hit a whole new level. Wu-Tang Clan graced the stage on this beautiful evening and it was as if all the 90’s high school graduates came out to play. And suddenly we all felt young again.


Wu-Tang formed in Staten Island in 1992 and to this day are considered one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time. All original members are still touring together, with the exception of Ol’ Dirty Bastard who passed away from an overdose in 2004. Wu-Tang is currently performing their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in full to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release. The album has since reached certified triple platinum status and is regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Each member has seen individual success; some more than others. But there’s a sense of brotherhood that is unmistakable when you see it live.


The cove wasn’t quite as full as I had expected it to be, but that just meant you weren’t standing shoulder to shoulder as we have been for some of their sold out shows this year. It was comfortable and truly a pleasant night. Hard to believe that we are running out of time this Summer, but Stir has no shortage of amazing shows in the remainder of their line-up. Thank you Stir Cove, staff, and security! We’ll see you again soon! Cheers!  


Earth Wind and Fire and Diana Ross at Stir Cove

Written by Cydney Phelps • July 2019


The weekend was full of icons at Stir Cove! We all braved the heat as we headed down to the river Friday night for some Earth Wind and Fire. Once again, we had no opening act, but in a sense it was a blessing to not have to be outside any longer than we wanted to be. The band came out blazing! I’m not sure they were aware of the weather given their choice in costumes, but they didn’t let it stop them! Thank goodness the sun went down shortly after their set began. There was a slight breeze which made a little more bearable. The crowd showed up nonetheless! I’m sure we may have seen a little more dancing had the temp not been so high. The guys on stage sure had some choreography for us though! Everyone had their moves down pat and they just looked like they were having so much fun! A lot of times these days, the music you see live is half electronic. It was so refreshing to see actual instruments being played and all different kinds to boot! We certainly stayed hydrated and it seems as though the warmer it gets, the shorter the beverage lines are. It’s so great that Stir opens up free water refills on nights like these. It was a great time, but we made sure not to spend all our energy as we geared up for Saturday!


Saturday night brought the one and only Miss Diana Ross. What a beauty! She came out in this gorgeous gold sparkly princess dress. The kind you see on any 74 year old! And this was the dance party I thought we’d have seen the night before. We had a bit of a cold front come in and it felt good. Walking into the cove, there was not a still body in sight. Everyone was smiling, singing, and moving. As Diana put it, the body wants to move. Truer words have never been spoken. The audience was packed with folks in their 50’s and 60’s, some maybe even older. What was great was seeing the younger people speckled in there enjoying the music just as much as the older, original fans. She even invited a couple lucky guests on stage to dance with her.  The wardrobe changes were fantastic. This woman is the epitome of a Diva. She’s still got the pipes, the attitude, and the essence. Such a privilege to have seen her!


Stir Cove is knocking it out of the park this year! We’ll keep the party going next weekend with another SOLD OUT show, Bush and Live! Can’t wait! Thanks to Stir Cove, staff, and security for your continued efforts even through this heat wave! Cheers!


Jason Mraz at Stir Cove

Written by Cydney Phelps • July 2019


Things are really starting to heat up at Stir Cove! Sunday night was a perfect night for a concert. The Cove seemed to be almost at capacity with a mostly Gen Y crowd ready and so excited for the highlight of the night, Mr. A-Z himself.


We did not have an opening act, which was perfectly fine with me. Jason Mraz came out right on time with smooth set that was seamless from beginning to end. It was very personal and intimate compared to shows he’s put on in the past that have featured strings and horns. It was simple and it was beautiful. The man is so open and honest with his music. And he’s got opinions that he’s not afraid to share. This is a show I had really been looking forward to this season and I’m so thrilled to have gotten the chance to see it all. Another privilege was getting to hang out with his band. I mean...not literally, but it felt as if they were playing exclusively for me. The guitarist was an actual doctor which is incredible to see her playing music because she wanted to. And then of course, Mraz’s musical soulmate, the infamous, Toca Rivera. Rivera is an understated, overly talented percussionist and the fact that these guys met when Mraz was playing at a coffee shop is the epitome of fate. 


This night was flawless. The music, the pleasant crowd, the short beer lines, I’ll say it again; pure perfection. We’re really on a roll here and have quite a weekend coming up with Earth, Wind, and Fire on Friday night and the one and only Diana Ross on Saturday. I love being a fixture at Stir this year! As always, thanks to Stir Cove, staff, and security. Cheers!