As summer draws to a close and students are returning to college for the next semester, Samsung and AT&T teamed up with touring artists across the country to make an inexpensive concert series for fans to see for cheap (and in many cases free!) I was lucky enough to see Cee Lo Green at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida for free by registering on the Summer Krush website ahead of time. The venue was definitely filed to capacity with fans and Universal Theme Park visitors looking to have some fun to end their summer.
After going through the hectic process of finding a parking space (just like any theme park) we walked over to the venue to find a line had formed for quite a distance to the doors. The always helpful Hard Rock Security was able to properly assess the situation and reassure us that there was plenty of space for everyone to get in. As we waited in line, the crowd continued growing at a pretty constant rate until we were through the doors. Total wait time: 45 min.
Inside, there was plenty of loud club music and dancing going on. AT&T did a great job making sure the event appealed to everyone, by posting a Twitter feed of incoming messages on both sides of the stage. Even if you weren’t with someone, you could get into the feel of the crowd by texting in your thoughts. The best part of this mass-tweet system was the prize giveaways including a Samsung Infuse 4G phone and a custom Summer Krush 2011 Guitar, given away to two lucky followers.
Cee Lo Green has one of the most interesting stage presences I’ve ever seen. While he doesn’t really do to much on stage, you feel so much energy given off by him. He does a few small dances and takes his bling off when it gets too hot, but man can he sing live. There is so much natural talent in his voice, I have no idea why he hasn’t been singing soulful music longer. The venue didn’t help clarify his words, but you could definitely see why he was selected as a judge for The Voice. His pipes could take on Christina Aguilera any day.
Green’s band also kept the energy high, consisting of four women dressed for a 70′s/80′s glam rock show. His drummer shows amazing talent while playing along to the fast-paced rhythm without a break and his pig-tail rocking bassist has stage antics that would make Angus Young jealous. Every aspect of this show finds a way to take you back to when soul/funk was in it’s prime.
While the set list seemed short, it was very well put together. The crowd is introduced to the band during Cee Lo’s 007-esque introduction, and goes into his synth-pumping radio hit, “Bright Lights Bigger City.” He continues to work his way through several other songs on the album, mixed in with his rendition of the Pussycat Dolls’ “Don’t Cha” and a slowed down anthem of his Gnarles Barkley hit, “Crazy.” Winding down the night, Cee Lo played *ahem* “Forget You” without singing many of the choruses since it was an all ages show. Needless to say, the mostly college-aged crowd had no trouble filling in the lyrics for him.
If you’re interested in any of the other upcoming Summer Krush shows, please check out:
Or if you are interested in any upcoming shows at Hard Rock Live, we recommend:
Oct. 8th, 8 PM
$31 General Admission
Oct. 20th, 9 PM