With summer in the rear view mirror and autumn quickly approaching, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s concert season was winding down. Apparently, thousands of Kid Rock, ZZ Top, and Uncle Cracker fans didn’t get the memo.
The mostly Gen- X crowd sported bandanas, faded blue jeans and American flag T-shirts. “Blue collar” was definitely the evening’s required dress code. Many stood in line to have their photo taken on a brand new Harley motorcycle while others waited to try free samples of good ole’ American whiskey. The crowd, though not one the summer’s largest, was certainly the most patriotic!
Robert James Ritchie, aka Kid Rock, began his career as a hip hop and rap performer. Evidence of this was heard in his performance of the rap-rock single “Bawitdaba” which originally came out in 1998. Rock progressed through the evening, singing more of his gritty, in-your-face tunes including “Devil Without a Cause” and the hit single “American Bad Ass”. Other crowd favorites included “Cocky” and “All Summer Long” and the country ballad “Picture”.
Southern blues-rock icons ZZ Top opened the show. With their infamous long beards (except for drummer, Frank Beard, ironically) and purple guitars, ZZ Top performed one hit after another. Among them were the classics “Sharp Dressed Men”, “Cheap Sunglasses”, “La Grange”, and “Legs”.
American rocker Uncle Cracker also provided support performing an early 30-minute set. Highlights included “Follow Me” and “Drift Away”.