Kid Rock at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/19/2013
I really never did think that I'd ever find myself at a Kid Rock show. I still am not sure what I got myself into Friday night -- aurally, visually or emotionally.
What I do know is that somewhere among all of the craziness, Kid Rock seemed to pull off a top-notch performance without a hitch, and had no trouble entertaining the sold-out Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion crowd at for a solid hour and a half.
While it was actually a very entertaining, and Kid Rock had a rock-star presence that commanded the stage from start to finish, it was quite the interesting night. I met some of the most intriguing people, both bad and good, and experienced events at a concert that I've never experienced at any other show ever in my life.
The night was billed as "The Best Night Ever," but heading into the show I could tell you that that was an extreme overstatement. I'm sure for many it was the best night they've had in some time, but best night ever? Really? Kid Rock at the Pavilion? Better than your wedding or the birth of your first child? Better than the first time you got drunk with your buddies? Better than the first time you got laid? Sorry, Kid Rock. You're wrong.
Opener Jamey Johnson, played a pretty awesome set of originals and covers that fit on a Texas stage better than either of the other bands on the bill (Uncle Kracker's crew also opened, but due to Houston traffic, were missed). Johnson was well-received by the lot of the folks who weren't out filling up on the tour-special $4 domestic drafts.
His set's slow-paced, relaxed vibe would have fit much better at smaller venue like Fitz or House of Blues. Still, though, the crowd was very enthusiastic, specifically during his last few songs which included covers of Johnny Cash's "Big River" and the traditional, fitting "Yellow Rose of Texas."
This is where things got interesting.