311 Brought Good Vibes And Good
Doug SA Martinez
Nick Hexum 311
September 20, 2021
311, the rock/reggae/funk band brought their Live From The Ride Tour to Jacobs Pavilion on a perfect Saturday evening.
The Nebraska based outfit has been around since 1993, but they really gained prominence with their self-titled third album that was released in 1995. The nearly sold-out audience of mostly thirty and forty-somethings totally vibed with the band and sang every lyric back to the band.
Opening with "Come Original" animated lead singer Nick Hexum got the crowd on its feet by jumping and waving his arms as he sang.
Both Hexum and singer/keyboardist "SA" Martinez were all over the stage, dancing and vibing with with audience. The singers seemed to both do "the robot" at various times through out the show, proving that everything, even dance moves come back into style.
"All Mixed Up" a Top 40 hit for the band found the entire audience singing and dancing along.
311 is known for mixing up their set list and indeed, they mixed it up Saturday night. Playing all the songs you would expect like"Beautiful Disaster" and "Amber" and a few you wouldn't, like "There's Always an Excuse." The biggest surprise is that they didn't play their cover of The Cure's "Love Song" which was a Top Ten hit for them.
The crowd didn't seem to mind at all as they were too busy having a good time.
The first set closed with the appropriately titled "Feels So Good." After a short break, the band encored with "Beyond the Gray Sky" and their biggest hit, "Down."
Hawaii natives, Iration opened the show with a great set of their own. They set the tone for the evening with upbeat, good time music.
Plenty of originals were played but when they broke into Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love," the party really started.
This is a band that I would love to check out again.
Photos and review by Greg Drugan