“And now here we are… What are we going to do with this night, that’s the question right? It’s up to us, and it’s up to you guys… what are we going to do with this night? It’s a Monday night… I propose that we had a Monday last week, and we’ll have a Monday next week… but this is our Monday tonight. And if we don’t make the most out of it, we’re just wrong. So the only question I have is, who’s with us? Front to back, side to side, who’s with us? Alright, let’s do this…” Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, bonding with the massive crowd at Ironstone Amphitheatre at Ironstone Vineyards. Touring alongside Counting Crows on their “A Brief History of Everything Tour”, it’s all about giving the fans what they wanted, and it would seem that they delivered.
What: A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017
Who: Matchbox Twenty
Who: Counting Crows
Supporting: Rivers & Rust
Venue: Ironstone Amphitheatre at Ironstone Vineyards
Where: Murphys, California
Promoter: Richter Entertainment Group
When: July 24, 2017
Seating: (house photographer)
Richter Entertainment Group’s Summer Concert Season at Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys is now half way through it’s season this summer. Artists have included Toby Keith, Boston, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, John Mellencamp, The Moody Blues, Jason Mraz, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, with a number of artists still to come such as Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, Kenny G, and George Benson.
Richter Entertainment Group assembles an eclectic mix of musical artists, styles and genres every year, all benefiting from the state-of-the-art concert facility with top quality sound and lighting to placed each artist in the spotlight to showcase their music.
The amphitheatre features traditional assigned seating in the section directly in front of the stage, with a vast area behind that is designated general admission and allows patrons to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets with an opportunity to find the best spot from which to enjoy the show.
The greater setting of Ironstone Vineyards is stunning a beautiful – one of the rare concert venues where you can show up hours early and just take in the scenery, do some wine tasting, as well as have a stellar meal.
Learn all the details about this year’s concert line-up and where to buy tickets on the official REG website at www.richtergroup.net.
This was definitely one of the biggest crowds I’ve ever seen turn up for an event.
Rivers & Rust
- Sheila Marshall (vocals)
- Kyle Cook (guitar, vocals)
- Scott Steinsiek (rhythm guitar)
- Richie Martinez (drums)
- Casey Twist (bass guitar)
- Tyler Cates
The first band to perform for the night was Rivers & Rust, which is comprised of singer Sheila Marshall and guitarist/vocalist Kyle Cook (of Matchbox Twenty). They are currently working on their first album. They put out a self titled EP in 2015.
Their music is definitely a departure from the sound of Matchbox Twenty, and a bit more of a bluesy and soul style of rock and roll.
This was actually my favorite set of the night – they were really awesome. You can check out their latest single on their official website.
- Hole in My Heart
- Dead and Done
- Never Goodbye
- South of Lovin’ You
- What Kinda Man
- Welcome to the Show
- Fault Line
Below are some photos of Rivers & Rust performing on stage (scroll downward and photos will begin to appear – click any image to open a virtual lightroom with higher resolution versions of each photo). Photos by Jason DeBord have the Rock Subculture watermark and those by my wife Shelley DeBord have the watermark of our other website, Pixel Dust Moments:
“…very personal, very moving for me song, and I thought who the fuck cares, it smells like popcorn! I dunno… That is some seductively delicious smelling shit, I have to say…” Adam Duritz interrupting his own introduction to a song with an aside about popcorn. That kind of paints an image of the tone of the set put on by Counting Crows.
The genesis of Counting Crows is with Singer Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson performing as an acoustic duo in San Francisco coffeehouses. The band formed in 1991 in Berkeley, California. The Academy Award nominated rock group found early success with their debut album, August and Everything After, in 1993.
The band have released seven studio albums to date, most recently Somewhere Under Wonderland in 2014.
- Adam Duritz (lead vocals, piano)
- David Bryson (rhythm guitar, vocals)
- Jim Bogios (drums, percussion)
- Charlie Gillingham (keyboards, piano, accordion, clarinet)
- David Immerglück (lead and rhythm guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals)
- Millard Powers (bass guitar, keyboards, vocals)
- Dan Vickrey (lead guitar, banjo, vocals)
It was obvious that much of the crowd turned out for Counting Crows specifically, since it was a double headliner show, and the band did not disappoint, putting on a full set.
They had great energy and Adam had people laughing in-between songs, especially with his running commentary about popcorn.
- Hard Candy
- If I could Give All My Love
- Washington Square (acoustic)
- Cover Up the Sun (acoustic)
- Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell cover)
- A Long December
- Mr. Jones
- Palisades Park
- Rain King
Below are some photos of Counting Crows performing on stage (scroll downward and photos will begin to appear – click any image to open a virtual lightroom with higher resolution versions of each photo). Photos by Jason DeBord have the Rock Subculture watermark and those by my wife Shelley DeBord have the watermark of our other website, Pixel Dust Moments:
- Rob Thomas (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, piano)
- Kyle Cook (lead guitar, banjo, backing vocals)
- Brian Yale (bass)
- Paul Doucette (drums, rhythm guitar, backing vocals)
- Matt Beck (touring member on rhythm guitar, keyboards)
- Stacy Jones (touring member on drums)
Matchbox Twenty was formed in Orlando in 1995 by Rob Thomas, Brian Yale, and Paul Doucette (who were previously in the band Tabitha’s Secret) after bringing Adam Gaynor and Kyle Cook on board.
The band released their debut album, Yourself of Someone Like You, in 1996, selling 12 million copies in the U.S. alone. The found immediate success with songs like “Long Day”, 3 A.M.”, “Push”, “Back 2 Good”, and “Real World”.
All in all, the band released four studio albums, with 2012’s North being the most recent.
Amidst their ongoing success over the years, the band has taken a hiatus a few times and Rob Thomas has cultivated quite a solo career as well.
This year, the band announced that Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Brian Yale, and Kyle Cook would reunite for this “A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017”.
I was honestly not familiar with the work of either Counting Crows of Matchbox Twenty prior to the show, but I was impressed with their energy and impressive performances.
- Real World
- Girl Like That
- She’s So Mean
- All I Need
- If You’re Gone
- Hand Me Down
- How Far We’ve Come
- I’ll Believe You When
- All Your Reasons
- Mad Season
- Back 2 Good
- 3 A.M.
- Long Day
- Bright Lights
Below are some photos of Matchbox Twenty performing on stage (scroll downward and photos will begin to appear – click any image to open a virtual lightroom with higher resolution versions of each photo). Photos by Jason DeBord have the Rock Subculture watermark and those by my wife Shelley DeBord have the watermark of our other website, Pixel Dust Moments: