The Zac Brown Band Scores a Hole in One!
by Jennifer Huehns
The Zac Brown Band scored a hole in one with the crowd at the National Sports Center on Friday, July 5, 2019. The band held a charity concert in conjunction with the 3M Open at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, MN. Even though dark skies and rain lingered, fans still rocked out no matter the weather.
The multi-platinum Grammy award-winning band started the evening with their hits “Homegrown” and “Knee Deep,” then moved on to the dueling sounds of Zac Brown on guitar and Jimmy De Martini on fiddle with their rendition of The Charlie Daniel’s Band, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” These energetic songs got the crowd pumping and wanting more!
Fans were shouting lyrics with the band’s lineup of sing-a-long hits like “Toes,” “Keep Me in Mind” and “Jump Right In,” as well as cover songs like Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” mashed up with ZBB’s “Someone I Used to Know.” Zac showed off his voice’s range and musical talent on the harmonica with the classic cover of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” and with the rock anthems of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”
The band has always honored the men and women in uniform and tonight was no exception. Active, retired and Veteran military members were allowed free access to Friday night’s concert. During a compilation of “Free” and Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” the band paid tribute to our service members by bringing a soldier on stage to salute our men and women of the armed forces.
More musical highlights included “Chicken Fried,” as fans enjoyed a “cold beer on a Friday night and belting lyrics with the crowd, along with another perfect mashup of “Colder Weather” and the Eagle’s “Take It to the Limit.” Zac points to the sky as he sings the line “It’s a shame about the weather,” but all the fans, with their toes in the AstroTurf or asses in lawn chairs, did not mind. It was a mystical feeling with the rain hitting the stage lights and, despite the wet, a warm summer night of music!
After almost a 2-hour setlist, the Zac Brown Band ended the night with a rock-out of Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” and a night sky of fireworks. Blaine, MN hopes we see them back again soon!
The 3M Open Fund sold Golf ticket packages and Zac Brown Band concert tickets to support the fund along with the 3M Open’s charity partner, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital as well as named charities, the Science Museum of Minnesota and the National park Foundation.