With the sun shining down on Dublin on a Wednesday evening, it seemed like the perfect time to enjoy some Counting Crows and Seasick Steve. The venue was filled with an audience of all ages, a blend of fans travelling from across Ireland and even overseas, with fans voyaging all the way from New York to see supporting act Seasick Steve in particular.
Rough ‘n’ ready frontman Seasick Steve casually took to the stage around quarter to seven and opened with hot ‘n’ heavy “Thunderbird”. He also played material from his new album Sonic Soul Surfer including psychedelic surf rock single “Summertime Boy” and the groovy feel good “Bring it On”, all performed with playful swagger. By the end of the set, he had the crowd stomping, clapping, singing, and laughing. Seasick Steve talked us through some of his personalised handmade instruments including his washboard guitar, cigar box guitar, and his three-string trance wonder. Bopping around stage slightly drunk from the bottle of wine he was nursing, it was clear he was having a blast. The set wrapped up at half seven with Seasick Steve thrashing the hell out of his guitar – only returning to the stage to retrieve his bottle of wine.
California rockers and headline act, Counting Crows came out at quarter to nine and and finished near half ten. They opened with their 90’s hit “Around Here”, and played some of their most popular hits including “Mr. Jones”, “Colourblind” , “Accidentally In Love” and “Big Yellow Taxi”. Frontman Adam Duritz confessed how much they loved performing here especially last time they were in Ireland and apologised for not coming back sooner. Counting Crows proved to be passionate performers and superb musicians and their set was highly nostalgic and intensely soulful. Their two most recent albums, Underwater Sunshine and Somewhere Under Wonderland, were heavily represented, along with a handful of Hard Candy. The band silenced the audience with beautiful piano ballads “Colourblind” and “A Long December”. With no surprise, the biggest audience response was reserved for tracks from their smash 1993 debut August and Everything After, notably “Omaha” and “Mr. Jones”.
The evening offered a great joining of quality musicians. Sunny weather, great venue, and chill vibes to go along with fantastic music.