OneRepublic at The Woodlands, 8/22/2014

Categories: Last Night

However, perhaps the most definitive and enjoyable elements of the show came when the band stripped it down, leaving Tedder's powerhouse vocals to do all the work. OneRepublic's discography may consist of masterful pure pop songs, but there is an overwhelming sense of authenticity there when you actually see from the little camera placed on the side of the piano the concentration in Tedder's face as he plays the keys himself and pushes to hit that one high note -- and hit it he always does.

It was the perfect family show, not only because of the high volume of recognizable songs for everyone to sing along to, but also because the band knows how to put on a show and gives the audience something to look at at all times. Whether it was the Spanish guitar solo in the middle of the set, the interesting mashup of "Apologize" and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," or Tedder snatching the cameraman's camera and running down the aisles filming audience members, the crowd was engaged and excited the whole time, even those loungers in the lawn seats.

Other bands out there may have a similar sound, like The Script or Imagine Dragons, but on Friday night -- and during their whole "Native Summer" Tour -- OneRepublic is most definitely cementing themselves as the best pop-rock group of their kind.

Personal Bias: I gravitate towards any band that absolutely slays in the vocals department like One Republic does.

The Crowd: The whole range of the spectrum: hip youngsters, families with children, ladies with beer in hand clutching onto their designated-driver boyfriends.

Overheard In the Crowd: "No, Liz! It's actually the word 'one'!"


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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music

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