This year’s Big Ticket, presented by the X102.9 (now 106.5), brought us another great year of an amazing lineup of talented alternative artists at Jacksonville’s Veteran’s Memorial Arena accompanied by some dance moves, beach balls, and an inflatable duck floaty. Spoiler alert, The Lumineers weren’t the source of the beach balls, but they did bring some great folk music.
Mondo Cozmo kicked off the festivities with some positive vibes and some great vocals with his folk/rock style.
New Politics sped things up a bit with some their pop/rock. Their front man came up on stage feeling some holiday cheer with his Christmas sweater but when the sweater came off he broke out some dance moves showing off some nimble break dancing skills. Saint Motel couldn’t top those dance moves but they definitely got the crowd moving with a combination of catchy piano riffs and saxophone solos.
Speaking of catchy piano tunes, Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness took center stage with his grand piano which was later followed by the grand entrance of his duck floaty which he surfed the crowds with during his set, accompanied by several beach balls and wacky wavy tube men.
Catchy piano riffs and saxophones was a recurring theme with this lineup because Bleachers was there to rock it out like the rest of the bands.
Who could forget Walk the Moon with their song “Shut Up and Dance”? It was hard to say who had better moves between Walk the Moon and New Politics but by then everyone was probably too busy dancing to care at that point.
There was some chatter closer to the end of the night that the stadium was “full” and people were stuck waiting outside which is disappointing for them considering how great of a show it was. There was probably a great deal of people who missed out on The Lumineers and Walk the Moon. Let that be a lesson. If you have tickets to a show, get there early and don’t leave the venue. You might not get back in!
Hopefully they could at least hear The Lumineers from outside. This is a first time for me seeing any of these bands live but I had no idea how talented the Lumineers are. They’re all great vocalists, and play multiple instruments. It seem like they alternated between instruments or vocals each song. Folk music generally isn’t my cup of tea but a more chill tone was a great way to end the night. No flashy dance moves or crowd surfing but I’m not complaining. They still had a great stage show though and they had these beautiful light up chandelier fixtures. I guess that’s the point of folk music tho. You can still rock out with such a beautiful melodies.
Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Area is a great venue for shows. You take your pick of seating or stand in the crowds and parking is convenient. You can expect to see a great stage show at The Big Ticket whatever venue it may be at next year.