At Eight o'clock sharp on Friday, March first, a spokesman for The Coalition For The Homeless took stage and thanked the audience for their support over the past 25 years. He then introduced several of the night's sponsors and noted a few key supporters for their efforts. The venue was packed, attentive and, seemingly teeming with anticipation. There was then a raffle for a pair of airline tickets that went to an audience member that had to be located.
After an intermission, the stage went dark and the band members slowly sauntered onto stage, the crowd reacted by erupting in cheers that faded as soon as “Rockin Into The Night”erupted before them.
As the setlist unfolded and the crowd was doused in a shower of southern rock, they responded by dancing, cheering and singing along: obviously enjoying the show, which by the way, was fantastically performed, closely resembling what you hear on the radio (digital, not that radio wave [AKA FM] garbage).
After another break and an extended guitar solo, “Trooper With An Attitude” (“recently” featured in 2001's Super Troopers) proceeded to rock the crowd into submission, with 90% of them finding themselves back into their seats.
What came next was a drum solo accompanied by a light show with a smoke machine that acted as a catalyst for utter pandemonium up through and to its close.
The band went back into fan favorites, until 9:45, when “Caught Up In You”'s final notes rang and they left stage.But the crowd remained stalwart and unwavering in their fandom until the gun caliber named rockers returned with a single song encore, bringing things to a close at a prompt 9:50.
However, the fans remained, persisting for more from the Jacksonville based rock band; until .38 Special Acknowledged their plea with two more classics. They then thanked the audience and removed themselves for good.