Concert Review

Diverse crowd enjoys show by Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty

lheaton@thetribunenews.comJuly 25, 2013 

Toddlers, teenagers, 20-somethings, and baby boomers … Sunday’s concert at the California Mid-State Fair offered a range of music to please all generations.

Singer-songwriter Kate Earl opened the show at the Chumash Grandstand Arena with an eclectic blend of blues and rock. She has performed on the hit reality show “The Bachelorette.”

Her soulful voice and thoughtful lyrics filled the arena as she sang “Lock and Key” and “Crying Over You.” This girl has an amazing voice. The falsetto that she hit during the song “Honey” brought the crowd to their feet with an explosion of cheers.

She definitely left a lasting impression that people were still talking about as they waited in line for the refreshment stand. What a way to start an evening at the Mid-State Fair!

From the very first note, the Goo Goo Dolls had the crowd’s attention. Concert patrons erupted as lead singer John Rzeznik crooned the 1998 hit song, “Slide.”

He worked the stage, switched between electric and acoustic guitars, and even danced around a bit.

His smooth vocals echoed in the heads and hearts of the crowd, and you could tell by how many people were singing along. The amount of people dancing to every single song was astonishing.

When the band started playing “Iris,” cell phones illuminated the darkness of the arena floor as people swayed back and forth to the tune.

It was almost 9 p.m. by the time the Goo Goo Dolls wrapped up their set. Much to the dismay of the fans, we did not get an encore out of them.

The final act of the night, Matchbox Twenty, was absolutely incredible.

From the first song, “Bent,” Rob Thomas was at the top of his game. His vocals were crystal clear, and he took time between songs to acknowledge the fans by encouraging audience participation.

During the song “How Far We’ve Come,” footage of historic events flashed before our eyes on the jumbo screen behind the band, evoking whoops and hollers from the crowd.

“3 AM” was a fan favorite, especially given the passion for the song written all over Thomas’ face as he belted out the lyrics.

Matchbox Twenty even gave us a taste of the new music they’ve been putting out, including their latest hit, “Our Song,” which I promptly downloaded to my iTunes playlist once the concert was over.

Through and through, all of the performances that night were definitely aimed to please the surprisingly large and diverse crowd.

It was a high-energy, rockin’ time at the California Mid-State Fair!

Watch Matchbox Twenty in concert at the fair

Video by Michael Mariant

California Mid-State Fair: Matchbox 20 from California Mid-State Fair on Vimeo.

Watch Goo Goo Dolls in concert at the fair

Video by Michael Mariant

California Mid-State Fair: Goo Goo Dolls from California Mid-State Fair on Vimeo.

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