Star Tribune photo by Renee Jones Schneider
Zac Brown was too busy serving up 130 minutes of feel-good music Sunday at Target Center to talk much.
He did mention a woman at the pre-concert "eat and greet" who tried to get him to put on "a Green Bay beanie." When he said that (and the sell-out crowd of 15,000 booed), the video camera cut to drummer Chris Fryar, who was wearing an Adrian Peterson jersey.
So much for small victories. As my review explained, this was one big triumph for the Zac Brown Band in its first arena headline appearance in the Twin Cities. Except for the nifty lights (strobes during drum solos) and nice video closeups on five screens of varying sizes behind the stage, this was pretty-much a no-frills presentation. The singer and his bandmates hardly even used the runway that extended from the stage.
As for Brown foisting two little-known Atlanta acts from his label on fans for too long, well, Nic Cowan was as eclectic as ZBB but more soulful (think a countrified Black Crowes) and very hooky, and Sonia Leigh was a strong voice in search of a style (why cover a Springsteen song when you’re promoting your own album?) Her best number was her most country-flavored — a jazzy solo intro lifted from Peppermint Harris’ "I Got Loaded" that segued into her honky-tonking two-stepper "Bar."
It’s too bad that Brown didn’t join each opening act for a duet, as he’s done on their debut albums on his Southern Ground label.
Enough about the openers. Here is the ZBB set list from Sunday:
Keep Me in Mind/ As She’s Walking Away/ It’s Not OK/ Free> Into the Mystic (Van Morrison)/ Where the Boat Leaves From>Crazy Love (Van Morrison) >Islands in the Stream (Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers)/ Whatever It Is/ Day I Die (new song, recorded for next album)/ I Play the Road/ Knee Deep/ Who Knows/ Sic Em on a Chicken/ Highway 20 Ride/ Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels Band, which was in town Sunday night at Mystic Lake Casino)/ Runaway Train/ Toes/ Make This Day (with an unidentified rapper) ENCORE Can’t You See (Marshall Tucker Band)/ Colder Weather/ Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)/ Chicken Fried