Despite it being a Sunday night, the crowds gathered at the Coastal Carolina Music Pavilion in Raleigh, NC to jam out to 311 and The Dirty Heads this past weekend. Coming off of an extra cool week, the typical NC humidity and heat was starting to creep back, bringing the summer and beach vibes to the venue along with the rock/reggae roots.
The show started early in order to make time for the 5 bands performing that night. To kick it off, Bikini Trill played their set to a crowd that was slowly trickling in. Even with the gathering crowds, the band was able to perform an energetic set and definitely won over fans in the front row. They were followed on stage by DREAMERS. The trio is currently promoting their latest release LAUNCH FLY LAND, and had more of a crowd to play to as the lawn started to fill up. Another short set later, The Interrupters took the stage. Punk vibes were an all-time high as you could clearly hear the Tim Armstrong influences. It did not even take one song before front woman Aimee Allen (better known as Aimee Interrupter) jumped down into the crowd. The band definitely has a following of their own as there were people in the front talking about how many times they have seen the energetic band. They were definitely the most crowd involved band of the show and definitely made a name for themselves for those who had not heard them before, though considering their song “Take Back The Power” has been the theme songs of TV shows and commercials alike.
The Dirty Heads finally took the stage as the sun set and was replaced with their brightly lit back drop. Percussion was on the risers while keyboard and vocals traipsed on the stage. Opening with “Burn Slow” the audience was all packed in at this point and you could hear the echoes of Dirty Head fans singing back the lyrics. Playing popular songs like “Mad At It”, “My Sweet Summer”, “Medusa”, and “Oxygen”, the set list spanned their discography in the best way. Looking out into the crowd during “Medusa” was quite impressive. The band was able to get the hands of everyone in the amphitheater up in the air and bouncing to the beach. Definitely made me go back and jam out to it after the show, for sure! The band closed with “Vacation” from their most recent album SWIM TEAM, which is one I definitely have to listen to when I am trying to convince myself that I love my occupation (who’s with me? haha).
A speedy set change later, and with a Voyager countdown displayed on the back screen, headliners 311 finally take the stage. Starting strong with “Homebrew” the 29 year old band gave the crowd their second wind and jammed from start to finish. Like the band before them, their song list spanned a number of their many records to appeal to all of their fans, old and new (no songs from Mosaic though, surprisingly). Classic songs like “All Mixed Up”, “Beautiful Disaster”, “Come Original”, and “Beyond the Gray Sky” were sung back just as loudly as they were delivered. Quite a number of songs were sung from the new album Voyager, understandably so as the band just released the album a few weeks prior. Songs from Voyager included “Stainless”, “Don’t You Worry”, “Good Feeling”, and “What The?!” which is the band’s newest single. The band has generally stayed true to their sound, ranging from both reggae jams as well as heavier riffs, with the best songs including a bit of both. 311 took the time to talk to the crowd to make sure everyone was having a good time and dance the night away on stage while the audience danced down below. Naturally, a 311 set can’t go without “Amber” and the band finished with popular “Down”.
This is a summer tour if I ever saw one! Be sure to check it out if it is coming to your town! Discover some new bands and jam out to your old favorites! your old favorites!