Having some familiarity with the headlining artist Big Daddy Weave (mostly through radio singles), along with a promotion for the show that promised a unique approach to the concert, had me intrigued about this concert, more than most I've been to. With a great artist in Plumb, who I've had the opportunity to see multiple times before, and an exciting newcomer in Jordan Feliz, my anticipation for this show was great as well. What I witnessed was a distinctive concert that flowed smoothly, however left a few things to be desired.
In a bit of a surprise, Big Daddy Weave opened the show up, taking the stage immediately to play "The Only Name (Yours Will Be)" and "Beautiful Offering." Once their name was announced to perform, you could sense the surprise in the audience's reaction to them coming on stage first. Jordan Feliz came on immediately after, playing 2 songs of his own, "The River" and "Beloved." While his performance was great, it was unfortunate to see him only play those two songs before leaving the stage for Plumb to come on. She was given the opportunity to play four songs, including hits like "Exhale" and "I Need You Now" (probably her most popular song to date). Big Daddy Weave then took the stage again for three more songs before the intermission. During this portion of the show, one of my favorite moments happened as they played "Maker of the Wind," the most upbeat and energetic song they did all night.
As much as I respected the unique approach to the first half of the show, especially the smoothness between artists (which was assisted by all other band members staying on stage throughout), it was unfortunate to see the openers in Jordan Feliz (with only 2 songs played) and Plumb (4 songs) get shortchanged on their solo time on stage. They did make the most of their opportunity and shared some personal stories of overcoming obstacles through Christ, which given the time on stage they had, showed their true motivation for performing.
After the intermission, all three artists closed out the night with 5 of the last 7 songs they sang together. Included in this was "This is Amazing Grace" and one of my favorite worship songs, "Oceans," which Plumb took the lead on and Mike Weaver sang backup. After "Good, Good Father," Mike Weaver took time for an invitation so that anyone who had the desire in their heart to accept Jesus, or needed to come back to God, could. After that, the last two songs of the night, "Redeemed" and a short version of "How Great is Our God," closed out the concert. It was an appropriate end to a night designed to worship God.
As mentioned in previous reviews, the Dothan Civic center is an ideal place to hold concerts, and this was no exception. The acoustics were great, with no echoing, and it held the audience nicely. The lighting was simple, but very effective, adding to the mood set by the artists, but not taking away from them as well. The video screen at the back of the stage was great, as it showed lyrics to all of the songs performed, allowing attendees to sing along the entire night. The biggest drawback was the lack of songs played by the artists, though, even Big Daddy Weave, as they only played 11 entire songs on stage. It also seemed like the ones who paid for premium VIP tix got shortchanged, as not all that was promised to them was delivered. As great as the concert was, and its approach to be unique, the problems I saw were just too big to ignore. Thankfully, everything else ran smoothly and the attendees were treated to a good show.-- John Breuer, 6/4/16
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