Mid-State Fair

Zac Brown Band unleashes boot-kicking tunes at the Mid-State Fair

Zac Brown performs at the California Mid-State Fair on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, opening day of this year's fair. Find full fair coverage here »
Zac Brown performs at the California Mid-State Fair on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, opening day of this year's fair. Find full fair coverage here »

As part of The Tribune’s coverage of the 2014 California Mid-State Fair, we’re running a series of concert reviews. Below, Tribune staffer Lori Scott reviews Wednesday’s Zac Brown Band concert.

Wednesday was opening night of the California Mid-State Fair, and the Zac Brown Band got the honor of kicking it off.

The floor and grandstand seats that faced the stage at the Chumash Grandstand Arena were full. The grandstand seats to the left and right sides of the stage still had room for more people, but all in all there was a good turnout.

The crowd, which ranged from young kids to older adults, was excited for the concert to start. Some people dressed in western wear, while the younger crowd wore tank tops and short-shorts, jeans and T-shirts and everything in between.

Performing without an opening act, Brown and his band started on time and played for two hours with just one short break about three quarters of the way through the show to change from jeans and T-shirts to skeleton costumes reminiscent of the cover of the band’s latest album, “Uncaged.”

They looked cool under the colored lights as the white bone designs glowed green or red or blue, depending on where each band member was standing on stage.

The Zac Brown Band played several of its chart toppers, including “Toes” — my second favorite song of theirs — and “Chicken Fried,” “Sweet Annie,” “As She's Walking Away” and “Keep Me In Mind.”

They also did covers of Pink Floyd and Charlie Daniels Band songs, which the crowd really got into, and a musical mash-up with a Stevie Wonder song intertwined.

Unfortunately, they didn't play my favorite Zac Brown Band song, “Highway 20 Ride.”

Brown didn't really interact much with the audience except to tell a story about a mean chicken that segued into the song “Sic 'Em On A Chicken.”

He was all about playing a whole lot of boot-kicking tunes for us all to enjoy.

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