Ep.268 – Jonas Brothers @ Sommet Center – Nashville, TN
Aug 28th, 2009
Category: Jonas Brothers, The, Nashville, Sommet Center, Uncategorized, Video Concert Reviews
I wanted to love this show more than I actually did. I’m not saying that it wasn’t fun, or that the guys aren’t great performers or super talented. It just wasn’t as good as the last time I saw them. But then, it was a smaller venue, and I had great tickets.
Photo Credit: JAE S. LEE/The Tennessean
This time, the stage was huge! And as they say, it’s not the size of the ship, but the motion of the ocean. Giggity, Giggity.
The stage was set up in the middle of the arena floor, spanning its length, so the whole arena could see. I get what they were trying to accomplish with the design -try to give everyone a good view, and add special risers and platforms that bring the guys closer to the balcony seats.
However, it felt like it was too much stage for three boys to fill. That’s a lot of ground to cover, and although the JBs were busting their a$$es to work the stage – it didn’t look like it or feel like it.
It seemed like sides were abandoned for long periods of time except for a quick visit from an ensemble band member. Eh..No offense though. The band was very energetic, and an important piece of the show musically and visually.
I wanted to see more of the three guys together, and you’d only see that when they took the center stage which actually rotated – moving for them. I’m sure that gave them a much needed breather every now and then.
The sound was lacking clarity. My friend noticed that it sounded muffled, and I agree. It wasn’t until later that I realized, maybe it was all the high-pitched screams drowning out the treble. I wanted to hear more of the horns and strings.
Enough with the negative – doesn’t matter, the kids had fun – and it was a blast to watch them get all excited. Okay, I got excited too. When the guys would stop and let the crowd sing, it was precious. Their young munchkin voices tickled my heart.
I have to say, the lights were the best I’ve ever seen. I appreciated the boys singing “Sweet Caroline” for the mothers in the house. The Jonas Brothers really tried hard to please everybody, and are sincerely thankful for their success and deserving of it.
I loved how fans could text pictures and messages to the ‘jumbotron’ from the audience between opening acts.
How smart was Everlife (last minute local band addition, after it was announced that Jordin Sparks wouldn’t be performing due to a scheduling conflict)? In between numbers, they asked the audience to take out their camera phones. On the count of three, everyone took a picture of them on stage. They were then instructed to tweet it to @everlife.
Oh, and the Jonas Brothers graffiti tour bus signed by all the fans outside was genius.
It’s interesting to see how much the top boy band concerts have evolved in technology, spectacle, marketing and structure over the years. I’m happy that I’ve seen some of the best in the whole phenomenon. As my cousin said at a Backstreet Boys show years ago, “It’s like an alternate universe.” These shows are exactly that.
So really, looking back, it was a great concert. It just wasn’t the same for me as it was for most of the audience, as I’m not in the JoBro demo.
And for the record, I have nothing but love for JB. As I always say, if you are featured in a South Park episode, you’ve made it.
Stay tuned for my interview with the opening act Honor Society. Honor Society is signed to the Jonas Brothers label under Hollywood Records.