The crowd at Saratoga Performing Arts Center was treated to a fantastic season opener with Jack Johnson headlining the show while Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros handled the opening duties. This was the perfect pairing for a great summertime kickoff party. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros conveyed their abnormal, genre bending sound to the masses which was very well received. Everyone was very into the 10+ piece band and were unable to stop themselves from dancing to the exotic fun sound.
This set the table perfectly for the man of the hour: Jack Johnson. He too has a sound in which bends genres. Early on in his career Johnson was an acoustic surfer dude from Hawai’i who just played his guitar and recorded albums, while laying in the sun, enjoying a nice warm breeze. This, however was not the man who played SPAC on Saturday night. There was a full band, which is his steady touring band, and they jammed hard. Highlighting the evening was Johnson playing his lively “Bubble Toes” and segueing it into Buddy Holly’s classic “Not Fade Away”, a well-received surprise to any fan of any type of music. Johnson had the crowd in his hands the whole night, even as the rain began to fall. If this show is any indication of how the rest of the SPAC summer will be, we are all in for some good times.