So initially I wanted to be there for the whole show including the opening act Mirk but I got stuck at the office until 6:30pm so unfortunately I missed some of the festivities. I am sure Mirk held it down as they always do and you can check out my review of their performance HERE from last year when they opened up for Living Colour.
So as soon as I clocked out at 6:30pm I hopped in my car and raced over to Troy to catch my favorite band in the world Rustic Overtones. Of course I got held up in a bit of drive time traffic but as I crossed over the Green Island Bridge I could hear Dave Gutter’s voice saying “give it up for”… the rest was muffled. I managed to get a parking spot on 3rd Ave and ran over to river front for the “Rocking On The River” concert series. As I approached the concert I could hear the Overtones playing what I think could be, it can’t be, yes it was their version of “Wrecking Ball”. Interesting to say the least, but certainly a crowd pleaser. They even played a portion of “Single Ladies” substituting the chorus for an original song and I’ve got to say it worked.
Rocking on the River is an all ages FREE show so the crowd was quite diverse. It was especially intriguing to see half of the crowd singing along with the band’s originals and the other half of the thousands in the crowd unsure of who Rustic Overtones are. Don’t worry I enlightened them. But I will say that even those that have just been introduced to their music for the first time were very impressed.
I observed three possible twenty-one year old fans singing along to the lyrics of “Combustible” and I thought that the first time I experienced Rustic Overtones live was probably the year that these kids were born. I also witnessed kids in the crowd with single digit ages and folks with white, grey and no hair jamming along just the same. The highlight for me was when the band played both of my two favorite songs off of Long Division: “History Crush” and “Iron Boots”. At one point they broke into “Wandering Star” and my jaw dropped; my favorite band was playing one of my other favorite band’s songs and although I know Portishead like there’s no tomorrow I am sure the cover was a bit obscure for the majority or at least half of this crowd. Kudos on that one.
The band played the essential crowd pleasers and the true fans called for “one more song”. The encore was “Rock Like War” and the twistable tune “Bonfire”. I am thankful that the Overtones still exist and even more grateful that they played a free show within walking distance from my house.