American Idol Live! Tour: Not a Perfect Ten, but Close Enough

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The American Idol Tour stopped by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts this Saturday with almost all ten finalists from season 13 of the popular Fox show. This included CJ Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson, and Sam Woolf.

The concert kicked off with the whole crew doing a rendition of One Republic's "Counting Stars." Contestants came out one by one, starting out with finalist Caleb Johnson. But as they emerged with stunning vocals, we counted only nine. Weren't there supposed to be ten? Upon closer examination, we noticed that country singer Dexter Roberts was missing. Why, you ask?

The interwebs and a tweet from Jessica Meuse said the reason for his disappearance can be credited to an "illness." However, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a publicist stated that "both parties mutually agreed that he would be released from his contractual obligations to continue performing on the tour." Regardless of the reason, as the adage goes, the show must go on. And so it did.

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Dave Matthews Band - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - July 18, 2014

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James Argyropoulos

It was a sticky South Florida summer night when Dave Matthews and his band hit Cruzan Amphitheatre for the first of two evenings of world sounds, straight jamming, and displays of great instrumental prowess.

The entire crowd was dripping with sweat, so it's no surprise that by the end of the show, poor Dave was soaked. We didn't envy his spot under those glaring lights. Matthews cracked jokes with the crowd, smirking as he said, "This humidity is messing with my hairstyle." And man, it certainly was.

See also: Dave Matthews Band at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach (Slideshow)

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Lionel Richie & CeeLo Green - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - July 15

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Sayre Berman

"You're always going to remember three things from tonight. Where you were, what you were doing, and who you were doing," Lionel Richie told the large crowd at Cruzan Amphitheatre on Tuesday night before letting out that wide grin underneath his signature mustache. He then sauntered over to the piano to sing "Easy."

Say what you will about Lionel Richie, and many critics have over the years, but the man does not lack confidence. He named his tour All the Hits All Night Long, and for the two hours he was on the stage, nearly all of the two dozen songs he played were ones that anyone whose car radio ever got stuck on an easy-listening station would recognize.

Not that Lionel would let you forget how many hits he was responsible for.

See also: Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green at Cruzan Amphitheater (Slideshow)

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Tim McGraw - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - July 11

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Sayre Berman

Cowboy boots and skimpy duds were the look of the evening at Tim McGraw's Cruzan Amphitheatre show. This Friday, the singer stopped by West Palm Beach on his Sundown Heaven Town Tour. Tailgaters stumbled onto the lawn with freshly poured beers and taco drunchies from the food trucks, awaiting McGraw's arrival.

The legendary cowboy's silhouette hit the stage first. He fist-pumped in a black and white video. The opening song was "One of Those Nights," but it came with sound issues -- the singer sounded muffled, like a speaker had blown. But nothing was stopping McGraw from rocking on the eve on the supermoon.

He donned tight ripped jeans, a black tank top, and cowboy hat, and brought maximum energy. The audience didn't seem to mind and gladly complied when McGraw said he wanted "everyone on their feet." Excuse us for being direct, but with him looking that fine, how could we not?

See also: Photos of Tim McGraw at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach

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Moe. - Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale - July 6

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The energy coming off of the crowd in front of Revolution Live on Sunday night reverberated all throughout Himmarshee. It's hard not to be excited when you go to a moe. show. You know exactly what you're going to get -- blazing guitar solos, intricate bass lines, over-the-top unbelievable jams that take you on a mental journey, and a whole lot of vibraphone -- and it's always good.

See also: Moe.'s Jim Loughlin on Return Of the Jedi and the Vibraphone

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Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - June 12

David Elmes@cc2.0

Even though Toad the Wet Sprocket formed a year before I was born, when they started playing "All I Want" last night opening for Counting Crows, I had chills. It's funny how you can know songs that are about as old as you are, there's some kind of muscle memory from hearing it in the backseat of your mom's car, strapped into the car-seat, soaking up her musical influences.

The show was impressive whether or not you could identify anything other than the hits like "Walk on the Ocean." The band offered a combination of strong rock vocals enveloped in some very sexy guitar playing. Singer Glen Phillips' interaction with the audience felt natural. He thanked people for actually coming to the show "early," knowing how many waltz into a concert just in time to see the headliners. He also cracked some jokes, and asked if anyone had the score to the Miami Heat game, saying he knew it had to have been a hard choice for some of the people in the crowd, picking the concert over the game.

Counting Crows made an incredibly smart move by taking the stage and opening with "Round Here," one of their best known songs, which had fans screaming the moment they heard the intro.

See also: Counting Crows' Adam Duritz Doesn't Want to Sound Like Your Grandpa

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103.5 the Beat's Beat Down With Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz - BB&T Center, Sunrise - June 12

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Sayre Berman

Yesterday, at the BB&T Center, radio hip-hop was showcased in all its glory and folly for 103.5 The Beat's the Beat Down. Headliners Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, and Future were joined by Rico Love, Yo Gotti, Mr. Vegas, Ace Hood, and DJ Khaled.

The night started out with a Kafkaesque phone call to the arena to find out the cost of parking. Having never ventured from the county of Dade to this particular bhavan, I was concerned about the stack strain the parking might cause.

Monsoon rains then delayed the trek, so that I arrived just around the time when all of South Florida was sighing at the Heat (i.e. the start of the doomed Finals game against the Spurs). I nearly cried when I walked past the curtain leading to section 108/109, only to hear the announcer say "Give it up for Future everybodayyyy!"

See also: 103.5 the Beat's Beat Down

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Happy Together - Coral Springs Center for the Arts - June 11

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White Whale Records - Billboard, page 33, 4 March 1967

Happy Together
Starring The Turtles (Flo & Eddie), Mark Farner, Gary Lewis, Chuck Negron, and Mitch Ryder
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
June 11, 2014

Better Than: Watching an old YouTube video

At one time or another, we've all dreamed of living the life of a rock star, being able to walk out on stage every night to thunderous ovations from adoring audiences and later walking off into the arms (and most likely between the legs) of a gaggle of groupies. What better way to make a shitload of money for a couple hours of work? Especially when your work is really all about playing music with your friends?

That's the ideal of course, but most of the time that daydream involves a younger artist still in his or her prime, with the energy and stamina to leap about the stage and assume all sorts of well-planned, patented poses. What happens when you're a musician past your prime, one whose most recent hits are only played on oldies stations.

If you're a superstar in the category of, say, Paul McCartney or the Rolling Stones, it really doesn't matter; the demand is endless and you can still fill a stadium based on career accomplishments alone. If, on the other hand, your fan following is comprised mainly of senior citizens, then you get yourself a slot on a classic rock tour like Happy Together, and take your allotted time to relive your glory years by reprising your biggest hits.

See also: Gary Lewis on Happy Together: "I Just Wanted to Let My Fans Know I'm Not Dead"

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Weezer and JEFF the Brotherhood - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - June 5

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Monica McGivern

The internet is abuzz over Weezer's drummer Patrick Wilson catching a frisbee while drumming and continuing to play "Beverly Hills." That was at their St. Augustine show last week. And though it is impressive to say the least, I'm more excited that he played and sang Blur's "Song 2" on Rivers Cuomo's guitar last night at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood while the Japan-loving, sweater-wearing singer bit his lower lip and concentrated on the drums.

See also: Weezer's Patrick Wilson on Dubstep, "It Seems Like Aggressive Computer Rock"

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Drive-By Truckers - Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale - June 4

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John Sequeira

For the most part, the lead singer gets all the attention. Not too many frontmen are willing to share the largest spotlight. It is rarer than an honest cab driver to witness a band divide the role and the attention as evenly as the Drive-By Truckers.

On Wednesday night at Culture Room, the first song, "Primer Coat" belonged to Mike Cooley, who crooned with an alt-country twang. Any emotions he might have been feeling remained as obscured as his eyes behind the bangs of his hair as he recited his straight forward descriptive lyrics. The next song, "When He's Gone," was sung by Patterson Hood with a nasally, Neil Young, classic rock delivery. And so it went.

Through Drive-By Truckers' 22-song, every odd song was Cooley's, and every even song was Hood's. The yin followed by the yang. The country followed by rock. The wiry, clean shaven stoic followed by the stocky, bearded, jokester.

See also: Drive-By Truckers Is "Ideologically a Punk Rock Band"

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