Gin Blossoms 2008
San Ramon, CA 4/19/08
San Ramon, California isn’t really known for its
music scene… yet. But if last nights sold out performance of the Gin
Blossoms at the San Ramon Performing Arts Center is any indication
of the future then I can’t wait to see what’s lined up for this
suburban soccer mom’s paradise. The 600 seat venue, reminiscent of a
community theater with modernized features thanks to the upper-class
neighborhood it serves had more of a high school musical feel then a
Never the less, without an opening act the band went on stage
promptly at 9:00pm to an eager but untypical concert going crowd.
The staging was elementary at best, simply utilizing the basic black
drapes positioned at the back of the stage but once the colorful
lights and gentle hum of the sound system began the audience started
to rock out!
Good times continued with "Until I Fall Away," where the unique
sound of Robin Wilson's voice reminded everyone of why they came.
With band mates Jesse Valenzuela, Bill Leen Scott Johnson and Scott
Kusmirek they continued to belt out classics for their hit albums
“Congratulations I’m Sorry” & “New Miserable Experience”.
Following some mid-performance technical difficulties with the drum
kit, Wilson’s vocals began to faultier and kept deteriorating for a
couple more songs saved by a long awaited guitar solo. Guitarist
Scott Johnson and Jesse Valenzuela brought the crowd back to life
with their powerful riffs, saving the show from utter dismay.
Returning to the stage and reading the crowd like a book Wilson
kicked off the encore by playing a magnificent acoustic version of
Elton John's "Rocket
It seems like “unplugged” is more his style, hitting all the high
notes right on cue. Maybe the monitors were disconnected or his
earpiece was broken but my only thought was he just couldn’t hear
himself when all his band mates were doing their thing.
If the crowd was any indicator of a successful show
then the band had done their job and entertained another full house
and the San Ramon Performing Arts Center should continue to
entertain for years to come.