The Klipsch Music Center closed out the season on Sunday night with a solid performance from the Zac Brown Band. The Jekyll + Hide tour comes to Noblesville in support of the band’s latest album, “Jekyll + Hyde”. Before Zac and the boys took the stage, the crowd was greeted by two lovely ladies with powerhouse vocals that will knock the hat right off of your head. Kallie North and Jessy Wilson make up a new duo that goes by the name Muddy Magnolias. Kallie is a country girl who grew up in a rural Mississippi River town and Jessy is a city girl from Brooklyn, NY. These two girls have a great stage presence and the differences in their vocals compliment each other nicely. Muddy Magnolias is a name to watch for as they rise in the spotlight and will soon be playing in a variety of venues throughout the country. The duo showcased an ability to perform music of just about every genre from Country to R&B, Gospel to soul, and Rock and Roll. Rolling Stone Magazine named Muddy Magnolias the best unsigned duo at CMA Music Fest 2014.
The crowd continued to file into the Klipsch as quickly as they possibly could and steadily filled the pavilion and lawn sections in preparation of the headliner for the evening. The Zac Brown Band consists of Zac Brown on lead vocals, guitar and piano; Jimmy De Martini on violin and vocals; John Driskell Hopkins on bass and vocals; Coy Bowles on Guitar and organ; Clay Cook on guitar, organ, mandolin, pedal steel, and vocal; Chris Fryar on drums; Daniel de los Reyes on percussion; and Matt Mangano as bassist for the band. The band would take to the stage with an elaborate double deck stage setup and a walkway out into the crowd which would be utilized to bring the entertainment closer to the crowd as ZBB would perform a mini acoustic set from this location. The acoustic set began with the crowd favorite ZBB hit from 2007, “Toes. Zac would then have a seat at the piano and perform a touching version of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” followed by a song from the new album “Jekyll + Hyde” titled “I’ll Be Your Man (Song For A Daughter).
The confetti began to fly as the band played a feel good Caribbean party song from Jekyll +Hyde titled, “Cast Away”. This was the moment in which the show really began to captivate the crowd as many stood throughout the entire show. Much of the audience could be seen singing along to every word and dancing the night away as the Zac Brown Band would play hit after hit and many from the new album as well. Zac would mix it up and even perform covers ranging through all genres of music from artists such as The Marshall Tucker Band, Metallica, Bruno Mars and even Queen. No other country artist could pull off Bohemian Rhapsody quite like the Zac Brown Band. ZBB could not have picked a better song to showcase the many different talents that this band possesses from the variety of vocal ranges and amazing instrumental talent. The ZBB would also display their patriotism toward the United States Armed Services through song as they would cover Jason Isbell’s “Dress Blues” paying tribute to those service men and women. After a two and a half hour performance including all of the hits, some new stuff from “Jekyll + Hyde”, and some surprising covers; I would highly recommend that you do yourself a favor and check out this tour when it comes your way. For upcoming tour dates and ticket information: Please visit ZacBrownBand.com
Muddy Magnolias photos courtesy of Jason Evans at JEvansPhotos.com:
Zac Brown Band photos courtesy of Jason Evans at jevansphotos.com: