OneRepublic Puts On All The Right Moves At Darien Center

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Darien Lake PAC
Darien Center, NY
Saturday August 9, 2014
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto


Saturday evening the Darien Lake PAC played host to a trio of bands who have made a name for themselves by releasing songs that have made some noise on the charts. OneRepublic headlined the affair with The Script and American Authors who supported.

OneRepublic took the stage for their first show in the surrounding area in a few years. The band was scheduled to play at CMAC PAC last year but after opener Mayer Hawthorne was done playing, OneRepublic never came out as scheduled. Following a lengthy delay the band minus vocalist Ryan Tedder finally came out to announce they had to postpone due to a medical emergency for Tedder.

Forward to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Saturday night. The lights went down as the band played behind their curtain which completely covered the stage for the instrumental intro “Don’t Look Down”. It was a little annoying seeing the band members in shadows playing behind this curtain for two solid minutes. It was good to see Tedder sporting his customary fedora once the curtain finally dropped down during “Light It Up”.

The band quickly grabbed the audience’s attention with a pair of hits from their Waking Up release in “All The Right Moves” and “Secrets”. Perhaps the highlight of the night was a powerful “Stop and Stare” which resides on the band’s debut album Dreaming Out Loud.

Alongside Tedder was original members and multi-instrumentalists Zach Filkins and Drew Brown. Drummer Eddie Fisher and bassist and cellist Brent Kutzle rounded out the lineup who may not be original members but have been with the band and played on every release the band has put out thus far.

The Script, a band who hails from Dublin Ireland played prior to OneRepublic. The band consists of three main members in singer, keyboardist Danny O’ Donoghue, lead guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power. The band was rounded out with a pair of touring musicians.

The short pleasing fifty-five minute set that saw the band dig through a good mix of their catalog as well as a few top-40 hits that had the crowd singing along including “Nothing” and “For The First Time.” The biggest response came during the band’s very popular and perhaps best known song “Hall Of Fame” as lighters and voices actually seemed to slightly drown out the band at times.

Opening the whole enchilada was American Authors who played a rapidly paced thirty-minute set that featured their two top-20 hits in “Best Day Of My Life” and “In A Big Country”.

The three band package seemed to go over well with the audience being a younger crowd. They got to hear the hits, enjoy the weather, (albeit a little on the chilly side as the night went on) and some of them even avoided being stuck in the parking lot as quite a few left early. If there is one problem that the venue really needs to curtail it is clearing out their parking lot after the show. It’s just a shame that some of the parents who brought their kids paid some pretty good money for tickets but chose to leave early and miss a portion of the show just to avoid the traffic jam afterwards.

Set List
Don’t Look Down
Light It Up
All The Right Moves
What You Wanted
Stop and Stare
Something I Need
Apologize/Stay With Me
Come Home
Spanish Guitar Medley
Counting Stars
Cant’ Stop
Ordinary Human
Feel Again
Good Life
I Lived
Love Runs Out
What A Wonderful World
If I Lose Myself

The Script
Paint The Town Green
Before The Worst
The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
For The First Time
You Won’t Feel A Thing
Hall Of Fame

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About Joseph Suto

Location: Buffalo, NY Photographer/Reviewer
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