Review: Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Smash Mouth pack ‘em in at Stir Cove

Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms looks out over a huge audience at Stir Cove.

Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms looks out over a huge audience at Stir Cove.

A perfect way to pull yourself back into a decade from your past is by blasting some music from your particular era.

The same happened Friday at Stir Cove, but it was the real thing. Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and Smash Mouth played to a packed house that also witnessed short sets from Vertical Horizon and Fastball.

(View a photo gallery below.)

Sugar Ray rode on the enthusiasm of singer Mark McGrath who, even if you don’t like the guy, will put a smile on your face pretty quick. Gin Blossoms were freaking excellent, and they’re band whose songwriting has always impressed me. Singer Robin Wilson impressed me with his voice, which apparently hasn’t changed in more than 20 years.

Smash Mouth, on the other hand, was disappointing (even for those that like the band). Steve Harwell sang some songs off-key, there were lots of weird fills and covers and they just couldn’t match the earlier bands. The show would benefit a lot more if they were placed earlier in the band order.

Anyway, that’s my short version. Read my full review on Omaha.com.

If you’re not able to view the photos, head to my Flickr page.

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One Response to Review: Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Smash Mouth pack ‘em in at Stir Cove

  1. Sean H. says:

    Just wondering what you didn’t like about the show bud? Be honest :-)