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The Wailers and 311 at DTE Energy Music Theatre 7-6-14


Sunday night, 311 brought their summer tour to Clarkston, taking the stage at DTE Energy Music Theatre along with openers, The Wailers.

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Celebrating their 24th year together as a band, 311 continues to bring their all to each and every show they play and Sunday night was no exception as they ran through a set list comprised of twenty-three songs that included songs from their latest release, Stereolithic, as well as some of their biggest hits and a few rarities.

The Wailers kicked things off for a small but enthusiastic crowd, many of which were dancing on the main floor, as they performed a number of Bob Marley reggae favorites including "No Woman No Cry", "Buffalo Soldier" and "One Love".

By the time 311 took to the stage, the lawn and pavilion seating had filled up with fans of all ages, all of which were more than ready for a great show and the band did not disappoint.

They kicked things off with "Don't Stay Home" and "All Mixed Up", which immediately got the crowd on their feet and jumping along.

The band's party atmosphere, feel good music and never ending energy is what keeps fans coming back for more and it was interesting to see just how well received the new songs were.

The band's performance of new track "Showdown" was the biggest standout as vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum and vocalist/dj SA Martinez shook the stage with the heavy bravado that the song exudes.

Older fans were also pleased as they ran through many of their older tracks like "Omaha Stylee" and "Beautiful Disaster" as well as hits like "Amber" and "Come Original".

The band doesn't do a lot of talking on stage, preferring to let the music speak for itself, but that doesn't mean they don't connect with the audience. They consistently encourage them to dance, sing and jump along and Hexum's humorous antics and dancing keep things light and fun.

311 is also known for the fact that they change up their set list nightly. This time around they closed out their set with a performance of "Creatures (For Awhile)".

After the crowd engaged in a long 311 chant, the band returned for a encore of new track "Tranquility" and crowd favorite "Down".


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