Third Eye Blind Brings Classic Show to New Jacksonville Amphitheater – Liz Pena
Third Eye Blind’s recent appearance in Jacksonville, FL was a fun throwback for fans of nineties hits like “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper.” The group played at the new amphitheater attached to the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium, Daily’s Place. The venue has some of the most expensive drinks I have seen outside of Aspen or Miami, but it is nicely set up whether you want a family experience with a seat and some popcorn or a more personal experience in the pit. Daily’s Place is spacious and smoothly operated so the venue itself has a bright future.
The show opened with Samantha Ronson’s new band Ocean Park Standoff. They play an upbeat mix of jazzy pop rock, at times reminiscent of Cold War Kids. Lyrics like “let’s take our clothes off and jump into the ocean” radiate the group’s signature sense of freedom and optimism. That night was my first time hearing of Ocean Park Standoff but they were a great opener for Third Eye Blind. They easily could fill a similar space on alternative radio today and have a timeless, interesting sound. Their honesty will strike listeners in a way similar to the way Third Eye Blind did when they first came to the genre.
Silversun Pickups followed Ocean Park Standoff with the night’s best set by far. They played hits like “Panic Switch” and “Lazy Eye” but live they have a surprisingly different presence. They quickly established themselves as a hard act to follow. Their set was full of dynamic indie rock that equally embraced heavy, sensual, and dissonant elements. They have a unique chemistry both within the group and with the audience that makes for an electric live show. Between their performance and Ocean Park Standoff’s, the audience was focused on the stage and full of energy by the time Third Eye Blind came onto it.
On this tour, Third Eye Blind has been playing the entire first record, but one of their newer tracks “Shipboard Cook” was actually a stand out of the night. I had to look it up after the show and was pleasantly surprised and a little hopeful for a return from the group. Their front man, Stephan Jenkins, has lost a lot of his voice and his falsetto live, especially compared to record quality, but of course his voice has changed over 20 years. Drum solos are rare to see and Brad Hargreaves delivered one of the best I have seen in a while on that hazy Jacksonville evening.
They played atop a platform raised stage on two different sets, each equipped with massive glowing lights depicting the bands logo and name. Jenkins got truly emotional explaining that their first record is the “most important to me…I think about this record and I’m not a nostalgic person at all…I’m all about right here right now. This record was made off desperation. It is completely honest and completely open and I wish that for all of you”.
Overall, it was a great night for fans. Many seemed to become enamored with Silversun Pickups for the first time and our nostalgia for Third Eye Blind was easily satisfied. It is a feat for an artist to preform songs they wrote 20 years ago, so I will still say they do have some promise moving forward. It will be worth keeping up with their next releases and we plan to here at Raras Farm.
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