Folk Legend Shines Sunny Vibes Upon South Florida Despite Rainy Weather – Review of the Jack Johnson concert at the Coral Sky Amphitheater (West Palm Beach, FL)
The rainy weather didn’t stop the thousands of fans coming out to see Jack Johnson close out his US tour in West Palm Beach October 5th. The show kicked off with Canadian Folk band Bahamas opening with two of their unreleased songs before playing their better known hits such as “Stronger Than That” and “Already Yours”. The band’s frontman Alfie Jurvanen quickly won the crowd over with his charismatic personality and self aware humor. At one point he made a comment about being the opening band stating, “It’s like you bought a ticket a movie and they gave you a free movie to watch before, even though you didn’t really want to see the free movie.” The band closed out their set with a cover of “Don’t Do Me Like That,” paying tribute to the recently deceased Tom Petty.
Fans jumped out of their seats as soon as Jack Johnson made his way out on the stage playing “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” which blended into a cover of “Won’t Back Down,” also paying homage to the late Tom Petty. This was my first time seeing Jack Johnson live and he was just as loveable and down to earth as I hoped he be, maybe even more. He spoke to the crowed about the Reusable Pint Program, an alternative to disposable plastic cups which allows you to buy reusables pint at concerts in an attempt to reduce single-use plastic waste. He then explained how all the lights at the show were made out of plastic that washed up on the shores from littering.
Now I always knew that Jack Johnson was an extremely talented individual so it was no surprise seeing him own the stage playing hits like “Monsoon” “Inaudible Melodies” and “Horizon Has Been Defeated”. I was, on the other hand, blown away at the incredible talent brought to the stage by Johnson’s pianist Zach Gill. Gill was an absolute rockstar with his killer piano solo’s on “Staple It Together” and “Flake” as well as his insane vocals on “Wasting Time”.
Jack Johnson didn’t just cover songs throughout his set, he took classic bands such as Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Steve Miller and perfectly blended them in with his own songs making beautiful melodic mash ups. But the most memorable cover of the night was when he brought Bahamas back out on stage to pay one last tribute to Tom Petty by playing “Last Dance with Mary Jane”. I got chills as I looked around and saw men and women of all different ages singing along, everyone in the stadium knew all the words. It was visual proof that Tom Petty was a legend, and Jack Johnson is a legend in the making.
The set ended with “Mudfootball”, Jack thanked everyone and headed off stage. The crowd stood and cheered until he came back out for an encore. Jack spoke about falling in love with his wife which lead into “Do You Remember?”. Then told a story about his time hanging out with Willie Nelson before playing the humourous “Willie Got Me Stoned”. And inevitably closed the night with “Better Together” ending an incredible 30 song set spreading almost 2 hours of positive energy throughout the packed Coral Sky Amphitheater.