From the dramatic a cappella opening of “Dark Night” to their final acoustic version of “Learning” performed unplugged on the floor amidst their fans, Green River Ordinance provided an entertaining show to their Central Florida fan base at The Social.
Their robust set prominently featured cuts from their excellent 2012 release Under Fire (see our review here), as well as other selections spanning their decade long career. The polished quintet out of Fort Worth, Texas was making their long awaited return to Orlando, and played to a fairly full room.
The cozy Social stage was packed with a nice assortment of the band’s lighting, a second drum kit, and a slew of guitars. The sound and lights were excellent throughout the evening, definitely a nice set-up for the room. These guys are seasoned professionals. Lead singer Josh Jenkins split his time between guitar and keyboards throughout the show and was in great voice all night. The entire band, including brothers Jamey (guitar) and Geoff (bass) Ice is talented, and they play off of each other incredibly well – it’s a nice benefit of playing together for so many years.
Despite not playing Orlando in years, GRO drew a nice diverse crowd, most of whom were singing along to all of the band’s offerings. Jenkins is an engaging front man, who interacted with the fans all evening and often implored them to join in the singing, which they did gladly, particularly on “Healing Touch” and “On Your Own.”
“Love Laid Down” was the highlight of the night. The strong rocker started off by weaving in a nice version of “Amazing Grace,” featured Jamey Ice playing a sweet mandolin, and included a fantastic brief two man drum solo with drummer Denton Hunker and guitarist Joshua Wilkerson. It was a great spotlight on the breadth of talent in the band in a rare song that is both powerful and tender – great stuff!
Other highlights included “Outside” which was one of the night’s most powerful rockers, “Endlessly” another beautiful mandolin song that featured a nice singalong, and a rollicking version of “With A Little Help From My Friends.” The latter, appropriately featured the band pulling their talented opening act Nathan Angelo onto the stage to help out.
They closed the night with a nice touch, eschewing a cheesy encore and instead unplugging their equipment, jumping off of the stage into the crowd and offering up a totally unplugged version of “Learning” on the floor in the middle of their fans. It was a great way to end a nice night with these lads from Texas.
(see the full setlist at the bottom of the article)
Where the West Wind BLows
Love Laid Down
On Your Own
A Little Help From My Friends
Heart of Me