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311 rocks Jersey Shore @ House of Blues 10-21-2010

28 October 2010 No Comment

10/21/10 @ House of Blues
Atlantic City, NJ
by Alicia Longo

Celebrating 20 years of touring, 311 brought their Fall 2010 tour to the House of Blues on Atlantic City’s boardwalk for a night full of positive energy and eclectic music. Placed somewhere in the broad spectrum of the ‘alternative rock‘ genre, 311 has been described as a fusion of rock, reggae, rap/hip-hop, funk, and jazz, with a continuously evolving sound. Their 2010 tour follows last year’s release of Uplifter (2009 Volcano) their ninth  studio album with number ten expected summer 2011.

Known for their live shows, 311 literally rocked the ‘House’ last night at the House of Blues to a packed audience at the two-floor, 2,300-capacity Music Hall. I saw 311 for the first time in 1999, at a small venue on South Street in Philly, and hardly ever miss them when they come around my way. Nineteen shows and 11 years later, they still rock just as hard! This show was unexpectedly reminiscent of my first time seeing 311, and faithful fans appreciate their line-up of intimate venues for the Fall tour.

Opening was The Movement, a Rock/Reggae/Hip-Hop fusion quartet out of Philadelphia, PA. A perfect choice to open for 311, The Movement readied the crowd with high energy and positive vibes, and drummer Gary Jackson played on a unique Rasta-style drum set. The band played a short set including tracks off their second and debut albums, Set Sail (2008) and On Your Feet (2004).

As the crowd chanted the now infamous “3-11-3-3-11”, the guys took the stage and opened with “Sick Tight”, a track off their 2001 album, From Chaos. Bassist P-nut showed off a bass guitar rocking green LED inlays, as he laid down the opening bass line of Sick Tight. Their 23-song set list kept the people bouncing with crowd favorites of 311 days of old and new, and extraordinary solos by drummer Chad Sexton, bassist P-nut, and the ever-evolving group drum jam during Applied Science. This time around, the guys added some tricks, showing off with a flawless cross-stage stick toss, mid-jam! “All Mixed Up“, a track off their 1995 breakthrough self-titled album, included a hazy, dream-like breakdown known as “All Re-Mixed Up” to the die-hards. Following was one of my favorite tunes, “Nix Hex”, a tasty jam full of jazzy licks by lead guitarist, Tim Mahoney. The floor of the balcony shook like an earthquake as fans jumped to the beat during “Freeze Time” and “Creatures“, as SA Martinez kept the crowd dancing with his slinky moves, funky rhymes, and DJ skills.

311 came through with a 3-song encore to finish the show. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Nick Hexum dedicated “Down” to the old school fans, and the band closed with “Fuck the Bullshit“, a secret song off their debut album, Music. Nick bid farewell to the crowd as he proclaimed a long-time 311 motto, “Stay positive and love your life.”

*311 SET LIST*
1. Sick Tight
2. Freak Out
3. Prisoner
4. Plain
5. Beautiful Disaster
6. Wake Your Mind Up
7. Mix It Up
8. Lucky
9. Uncalm
10. Applied Science (with drum solo and group drum jam)
11. Purpose
12. Eons
13. All Mixed Up
14. Nix Hex
15. Freeze Time
16. Sun Come Through
17. What Was I Thinking
18. Amber
19. Jackpot
20. Creatures
21. Livin’ & Rockin’
22. Down
23. Fuck the Bullshit

On 3/3/11, 311 will host a four night Caribbean cruise from Miami to Turks & Caicos for their biennial 311 Day Celebration with a ship full of 311 fans! The event is sold out, but a waiting list is available for cabins that may become available. For more information about the 311 Caribbean Cruise, visit http://www.311cruise.com, and to join the waiting list, visit http://www.sixthman.com/booking.

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Photos & Review by Alicia Longo
Edited by Jeff Longo

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