(FOX 11) As Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray danced on stage singing, "Just close your eyes and I'll take you there," the audience at The Greek went wild!
All of us immediately taken back to the late '90s with the band's most popular songs. I found myself dancing along to the great music even though it was clearly a bad idea since I was shooting photos of the band.
I was there to photograph "Under The Sun 2015 Tour" featuring Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6. Great concert!
Two weeks later, I was back to shoot American rock band Blondie and Melissa Etheridge. Another amazing night of great performances. First thing that caught my attention.... a young-looking Debbie Harry. According to wikipedia she is 70 years old!! Seriously?! The woman looks like she's in her 30's and she sounds amazing! "Heart of Glass," "The Tide is High" and "Rapture" sounded exactly as they did when I first heard Blondie back in the late 70's and 80's.
Rock singer and guitarist Melissa Etheridge put on the best show. She started with several new songs from her latest album, "This Is ME". Then she continued with some of her most famous songs, "Come To My Window" and "I'm The Only One". Her soulful performance felt raw and intimate. Just imagine a girlfriend telling you stories about her past lovers...except, she's singing those stories with the most amazing, raspy voice. Yeah, Melissa was great!
Truth is, if you love music and nature, The Greek Theatre is the place to be this summer. There's nothing better than enjoying your favorite artists on stage surrounded by beautiful towering pine trees. To me, it always feels like I'm at a great concert in the middle of the forest. If you haven't had the Greek experience, I highly recommend it.
Here's a list of the upcoming summer concerts:
Aug. 5: Wilco
Aug. 11: Hot Chip, !!!, Com Truise
Aug 12: Of Monsters And Men
Aug 13: Alabama Shakes
Aug. 14: Jackson Browne
Aug.15: Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads and Stick Figure
Aug. 16: Shawn Mendes
Aug. 17: Lindsey Stirling
Aug. 19: Jill Scott
Aug. 20: Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat
Aug. 21: Gloria Trevi
Aug. 22: Ramon Ayala
Aug. 23: R5, Jacob Whitesides, Ryland
Aug. 29: Joe Bonamassa
Sept. 5: The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo
Sept. 6: Yes/Toto
Sept. 10: Little Big Town
Sept: 11: Lenny Kravitz
Sept. 12: Social Distortion
Sept. 14: Ms. Lauryn Hill
Sept. 18: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Sept. 19: "Weird Al" Yankovic
Sept. 27: Damian "Jr. Gong"Marley, Barrington Levy, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley
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