My first winning show was Matchbox Twenty and Phillip Phillips. What a great experience. The show was at Mystic Lake Casino. I've never been there, let alone a casino in general, and the auditorium was great. The seats were super nice and it seems like there was no bad seat in the house.
First Phillip opened. He came on with 3 other guys and they played all unplugged. I was so impressed by his voice. I'm such a big fan of Phillip Phillips. I watched his American Idol season and he was one of my favorites since auditions. It was such a pleasure to see him as my first show. What a great start! His voice was great. I was extremely impressed with his cello player too. He caught my eye throughout the show. It was funny, every other song Phillip had a guy come and give him a new guitar. I'm thinking, why don't you just play all the songs that require the one guitar in a row and then switch? But I guess it doesn't work that way. He did a great job and I can't wait to see him again.
On to M20. Wow. I can't believe how GREAT they were. I've been listening to them since.. Oh.. 6th grade. They played a 2 hour set and I knew EVERY song. I couldn't believe how much I remembered and how many hits they actually had. Rob Thomas was all over the stage. He had these cute little dance moves (you can tell he's not a dancer) but I loved them. His moves actually reminded me of my not-so-skilled dance moves. I really enjoyed watching him. At one point in the show, he took an audience member's phone and recorded the guitar player up close and even flipped it back on to himself. You could see her jumping up and down, going crazy that he's actually doing that. Man, that was neat.
One thing that I liked, along with many others, was that Rob didn't steal the stage from the rest of the band. There were a couple times when he literally walked off stage and let his band sing and play a whole song without him. Rob wasn't the forefront, it was a whole band playing. Very cool. Actually, one of his guitarist/played everything else, was really entertaining. They called him Reverend, and after watching, I can see why. He was all over the place and very enthusiastic.
Overall, Matchbox Twenty put on a great show. I'd definitely go see them again!!