Top 10 Concerts of 2018 - #6
Zac Brown Band – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Indianapolis, IN – August 3rd 2018
Hope you all had a merry and safe Christmas! We are up to number 6 on the list of the top shows of 2018 and that is the Zac Brown Band. Even if you’re not a country fan, you should at least check out the Zac Brown Band once in your life as they are an amazing group vocally. The 8-piece group plays their hits of course, but what makes their concerts so unique is when they decide to dive into covers of other artists. ZBB hit 12 covers during the show and their entire encore was nothing but covers. People around me were split on this decision as they didn’t know that going in and were expecting to hear some more Zac Brown Band songs during the encore, but they did work 21 songs into their main set, so one can’t complain too much.
Some of my personal faves include ZBB’s ballads such as “Highway 20 Ride”, “Colder Weather”, and “Free” which they excelled at on this evening in August. Zac Brown’s voice sounded great and his supporting cast knew they roles well. They were highlighted when appropriate during some songs and took a back seat on others depending on the instrumentation.
Back to their covers, I think some of them work and some of them don’t. Honestly seeing Zac Brown Band cover Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” and the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” is a little odd and doesn’t totally fit their dynamic as a group. The harder rock covers such as “Enter Sandman” “Thunderstruck” and “Sabotage” seem to work better for their group, at least they did at this show.
You should check out Zac Brown Band at some point when they roll through town if you’re a fan of great musicians and some excellent harmonies. Maybe on the next tour they will hold back on some the covers and showcase some more of their original music, which is what it seemed like most fans wanted at this show.
Come back tomorrow for show #5 in the Top 10 Concerts of 2018!