Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band + Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA

Zac Brown Band and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. played the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA for two nights, July 26 and 27.

It was quite an interesting pairing being that the groups have very different in styles. However, they played one unforgettable show!  From the age of four, Shorty was bound for success when he played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with Bo Diddley.

At the age of 19, Shorty was in Lenny Kravitz’s band. More recently Shorty has been opening for groups like Hall and Oates and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. For several years, Shorty has been the closing act of New Orleans Jazz Fest taking over for the legendary Neville Brothers. Shorty and his group, Orleans Ave., played one funky show with songs like “Hurricane Season” and “Do To Me.” Shorty returned later in the show to play along with the Zac Brown Band.

The Zac Brown Band (ZBB) has been making quite a name for themselves over the last two decades as one of the top country groups worldwide.  In 2010, ZBB won the Grammy for Best New Artist. It’s not uncommon for a group to win that category and lose fame over a few years, but for ZBB this was not the case. They have since won another two Grammys as well as being nominated and winning numerous awards including CMA’s, CMT Awards, ACM awards, and iHeart Radio Music Awards.  ZBB has also collaborated with many greats like Alan Jackson, Dave Grohl, Chris Cornell and Jimmy Buffett.

For the first night, ZBB played a grand total of 20 songs over (2.5+ hours). The show was a mix of hits and covers. A ZBB show really is one big party. ZBB opened up with “Homegrown,” and for their third song played a very intense version of the Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went to Georgia.” The second half of the first set included two songs which Shorty joined in on.  ZZB played a cover of The Wood Brother’s “Shoofly Pie,” and the Allman Brothers’ jam band classic, “Whipping Post.” Set one ended with an acoustic part of the show consisting of three songs that started with James Taylor’s “Country Road.” The band had a double catwalk, one on each side of the stage. They came to the edge of the right stage for the acoustic songs.

After a 15-minute intermission, ZBB took the stage again starting with “Colder Weather” and played only their original songs until the encore. The encore started with a guitar duel followed by three guitar-heavy songs. ZBB ended the show with Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher,” Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and Rage Against the Machine’s “Bulls on Parade.”  This is definitely one of the must-see tours of 2019.

The Zac Brown tour ends on Oct. 27 in The Woodlands, TX.

ZBB Setlist

  1. Homegrown
  2. Knee Deep
  3. The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
  4. Someone I Used to Know
  5. Uncaged
  6. Highway 20 Ride
  7. Keep Me in Mind
  8. Goodbye in Her Eyes
  9. Shoofly Pie - The Wood Brothers (W/ Shorty)
  10. Whipping Post - Allman Brothers (W/Shorty)

Acoustic

  1. Country Road - James Taylor
  2. Toes
  3. Leaving Love Behind

Set 2

  1. Colder Weather
  2. Me and the Boys in the Band
  3. Beautiful Drug
  4. Warrior
  5. Jump Right In
  6. Sweet Annie
  7. The Woods
  8. Free/Into the Mystic
  9. Chicken Fried

Encore

  1. Guitar Duel
  2. Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
  3. Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
  4. Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine

Zac Brown Band

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. 

Photo Credit: Alex Kluft