And everybody on South Main Street knew that last night. The Peace Center delivered yet another fantastic concert with New Orleans Rockers Cowboy Mouth. After an incredibly impressive night with ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro inside the Peace Center, the TD outdoor stage was lit up with this second show of the Summer Night Concert Series.
And lit up it was. Texts and emails I sent last night typically started with “HOLY CRAP!!!” and “BLOOOOOOWN AWAY!!!”. Yes, I used that many exclamation points. And the way these guys (and girl) made me feel last night, I could have used a hundred more!!!
Led by outrageous frontman Fred LeBlanc, Cowboy Mouth has a habit of getting fans so riled up it leaves them as drenched and spent as the band by the time the show is over! I will definitely attest to that. Hair and shirt were as if it poured rain on us. As Cake Magazine aptly stated, “…on a bad night they’ll tear the roof off the joint and on a good night, they’ll save your soul.” Last night was definitely a good night, but I will say my soul was definitely saved (again). I was convinced of that during a rousing gospel rock version of This Little light of Mine. AMEN! AMEN!
I can’t honestly remember where the show started and ended. I remember them walking on stage with an erupting of crowd applause – not a huge crowd, but as loud as any packed Bi-Lo Center show I’ve seen. Then I look again, and Fred is walking through the crowd, making sure EVERYONE was on their feet, as close to the stage as they could get, and did a little playful bullying to make those stragglers join the show. He even offered one older gentlemen $20 if he’d show a teeth exposed smile through an entire song, and then $40 if he kept it through the show. The rest is a blur of jumping, clapping, singing, shouting, laughing, cheering, dancing joy. And then the show was over – almost 2 hours later.
Now, as I have said in a previous blog, I am NOT a clap-along, wave-my-arms, jump-up-and-down kind of guy at concerts. EVER. But I think I forgot who I was last night, cuz that’s what I did most of the show. The crowd ranged from ages five to eighty-five. But they all had one thing in common – as Tasmanian Devil drummer Fred told the audience, “Cowboy Mouth is about pretending that you’re five years old, naked as a jaybird and about to turn the hose on your parents, and there’s nothing they can do about it.”
There were some particular moments that stick out from that haze of joy. Fred displaying his amazing voice – at the request of a fan – by standing and singing a beautiful, heart-stopping solo, a capella rendition of “Over The Rainbow”. A shower over the band of audience thrown red, plastic spoons at the end of the song Everybody loves Jill. Fred seeming completely unfazed and not missing a beat as crowd-thrown beads hit him in the chest, head and drums. A family of a Dad and three young kids being given drumsticks and instructed to help Fred “bang the hell” out of his drums during a song – which they did enthusiastically.
It was a great show. No, a GREAT SHOW!!!!!!! I highly recommend you catch them next time they are anywhere nearby. Fortunately, my girlfriend and I will be jumping and clapping like idiots with the band at their show this Saturday night at The Windjammer at the Isle of Palms. See them again so soon? YES! I can honestly say – and I am definitely not one to ever say this – this was by far one of the best live shows I have ever seen. And in my 37 years of seeing concerts, I have seen a lot! Be sure to check out some photos from the show on Fête Mobile Music’s Facebook Page.
Again, THANK YOU Peace Center for having such an amazing knack of finding the great music acts – and more – to Greenville. I have friends all over the country who are envious of the music-centric city Greenville has become. And much of that is thanks to you. Be sure not to miss the remaining great acts coming to the Peace Center’s Summer Night Series at the TD Stage:
Bluegrass takes the stage on August 2 when regional favorites The Kruger Brothers show off their Flatt and Scruggs-inspired style of banjo, acoustic guitar and bass picking.
August continues to crank up the heat on the 8 with one of the world’s most legendary reggae bands, The Wailers – formed by the remaining members of the incomparable Bob Marley & the Wailers.
The new, reigning Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland, graces the TD Stage on Friday, August 16 for what promises to be a sizzling performance.
The Peace Center’s Summer Night Series at the TD Stage concludes on August 22 with one of America’s most successful alternative rock bands, the BoDeans. The BoDeans’ sound is influenced by elements of blues, rock, country and soul that combine to form “roots rock.”
Tickets for each of the six concerts are sold individually and there are two ticket options for all shows: $20 – General Admission Lawn Seating or $35 – Genevieve’s General Admission. All performances within the Summer Nights Series begin at 7:30pm with seating starting at 6:30pm.
Contact the Peace Center’s Box Office at 864-467-3000 or 1-800-888-7768 or order online at the official ticketing site www.peacecenter.org.
And, as always, be sure to check out and bookmark Fête Mobile Music at music.fetegreenville.com to find out where and when all the best music is happening in Greenville.
Jack DelGado is Co-Founder, Creative Director and music lover of all things Fête, along with Editor Jay Spivey. You can reach jack at firstname.lastname@example.org.