311 at Jiffy Lube Live
Metromix Street Teamer Katie MacGregor filled in for our Pop Insider music blogger Jody Taylor for this week's 311 "Unity Tour" show:
My friend Natasha and I packed up the mini coop and headed towards Virginia with 311’s CD "Evolver," recovered from my high school days, playing on the stereo.
Walking through the stadium at Jiffy Lube Live, Sublime with Rome had the crowd singing the classics like “Santeria” and “What I Got” and I couldn’t help but join in . . . "love issss , it’s what I got , said remember that..."
The crowd for 311 was electric and the heat and excitement intensified with a mix of shirtless, sweaty, tatted guys, bikini topped girls, adolescent boys and 311 T-shirted girl groupies yelling as the lights went on and 311 started their set with “Hive”, “All Mixed Up” and “You Wouldn’t Believe” and then the appropriate “Sunset in July” from their latest CD “Universal Pulse."
While in the press pit, I dodged crowd surfers and rowdy fans getting bounced trying to get close to the band. I don’t blame them, lead singer Nick Hexum is a very handsome man who managed to keep shedding clothes during the concert and ended up shirtless holding a guitar at the end.
No special effects needed for this concert with an awesome bass solo by crowd-chanted favorite Aaron "P-Nut" Wills .
Lighters and cell phones flickered throughout the venue for "Amber," and you couldn’t help but jump for “Beautiful Disaster” and “Come Original”. The show ended in an encore performance that had the crowd cheering for more with “Down”.
Add these songs to your end of summer playlist from 311 and Sublime with Rome:
“Wild Nights” – 311
“Beautiful Disaster” -311
“What I Got” – Sublime with Rome
“Sunset in July” -311