The Big Ticket Jacksonville FL Dec 1st – Photo Review

 

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.