There is a certain vibe that is captured in a smaller venue that can sometimes get lost in an arena setting. This was the case last night at River City Casino’s Events Center when the Summerland Tour made a stop to perform in front of a near capacity crowd.
The tour this year includes alternative bands Sponge, Filter, Live and Everclear.
Unlike last year’s lineup (which featured Everclear, along with Gin Blossoms and Sugar Ray) this year’s lineup has a much heavier vibe.
Everclear’s lead singer Art Alexakis introduced each band before their sets. Sponge was first up and performed a short set that included “Wax Ecstatic” and “Plowed”.
Filter cranked it up a notch or ten when they hit the stage with “(Can’t You)Trip Like I Do” and their newest single “Hey What Do You Say”, which is their first charted single in five years and it comes from their latest CD “The Sun Comes Out Tonight”.
Filter (vocalist Richard Patrick, guitarist Johnny Radke, bassist Phil Buckman and drummer Jeff Friedl) only slowed down to perform their hit “Take a Picture” wherein Patrick switched the lyrics from “Hey dad, what do you think about your son now?” to “Hey son, what do you think about your dad now?”
Patrick explained afterwards “It’s cool to be a dad, I can reverse the lyrics.”
Patrick’s gruff vocals accent well with the songs like “Hey Man Nice Shot” and they really tested the Event Center’s incredibly dynamic sound system.
Their sound system incorporates the Martin MLA Compact (Muliti-Cellular Loudspeaker Array) audio system, which enables sound to be placed precisely at the footprint of the audience. For example: they can push the sound heavy to the back of the room and keep it low up front, therefore providing a more uniform sound throughout the venue.
River City Casino’s Events Center is only the second venue in the United States to have this groundbreaking sound system permanently installed.
Live performed next and nearly stole the show with dynamic performances of hit after hit, creating a vibe that filled the room and didn’t stop. From “Lakini’s Juice” to “I Alone” (where Alexakis and Radke joined them onstage) their set didn’t slow down either, except for their mega hit “Lightning Crashes” which was the highlight of the night. (Funny how times have changed; instead of fans holding up lighters, now we have cell phones glowing)
This is the first tour with new lead vocalist Chris Shinn, who replaced Ed Kowolczyk. And by the sound of it they found a solid replacement.
Everclear finished off the night with a solid set that included “So Much for the Afterglow”, “Wonderful” and “Santa Monica”.
Most of the crowd left happy and while some went home, many stayed and either tried their luck in the casino or filtered (no pun intended) into one of the fine eating establishments in the complex like The Beerhouse.
With risers installed and more major label concerts being announced River City Casino’s Event Center is lining up to be a major player in the St. Louis market.