The Innings Festival 2019 was a HOMERUN…

Sheryl Crow at Innings Festival 2019

Review and photos by Robbie Flores
Venue: Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, Arizona
Date: Saturday and Sunday March 2nd & 3rd, 2019

Crowd at Innings Festival 2019
Crowd at Innings Festival 2019

The Innings Festival 2019 was not just a hit, but a HOMERUN!!  This years second annual Baseball themed festival was packed, drawing a much bigger crowd than last year’s, and for good reason.  From Arizona’s picture perfect Spring weather, to the clean and organized family-friendly event, and of course the incredible line-up with not one performance being anything short of amazing!!  It was a 2 day festival on Saturday and Sunday March 2nd and 3rd in downtown Tempe, Arizona at Tempe Town Lake.  They had 2 stages setup so as one group was playing on one stage, they could setup the next act on the other.  This made for an interesting time as both I and the crowd had to move from one stage to the other.

I was not able to make most of the show on Saturday due to other commitments, but I did get to see and review the headliner, Sheryl Crow.

Day One (Saturday March 2nd) of the Innings Fest line-up:
Sheryl Crow
Blues Traveler
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
Clack Pistol Fire
The Baseball Project

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow at Innings Fest 2019

All Sheryl Crow wants to do is have some fun! And it shows!  She opened her set with her hit, If it Makes You Happy, which got the crowd singing and swaying right along with her from the very start. She continued to work the stage in her sparkly silver pants and t-shirt, toting a fitting theme with the words, “Let’s start a revolution” with a heart replacing the O. The light hearted and cheerful set continued as she made her way through many of her greatest hits, such as Everyday is a Winding Road, All I Wanna Do and My Favorite Mistake.  While I could have listened to her sweet voice all night, one of my favorite parts of her show was seeing her son come and switch out her guitars between her songs.  I love that she is a Mom, just like us, trying to balance it all.  She even told the audience about a funny story of her and her son eating at a local Zinbuger and trying to eat a succulent that they passed on the way in.  She quickly warned about giving into your curiosity, being that her mouth and throat were on fire for the next several hours!  Crow then finished out her set with a crowd pleasing, Soak Up the Sun, which kept everyone on their feet and singing along.

Photos © Robbie Flores 2019, All Rights Reserved

Sheryl Crow Set list:
If It Makes You Happy
Everyday Is a Winding Road
All I Wanna Do
My Favorite Mistake
A change Will Do You Good
Steve McQueen
Can’t Cry Anymore
The Good Old Days
Best of Times
Soak Up the Sun

Day Two (Sunday March 3rd) of the Innings Fest line-up:
Eddie Vedder
Jimmy Eat World
Band of Horses
St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Shakey Graves
Liz Phair
Mat Kearney
Love and Special Sauce
The Record Company

The Record Company

The Record Company at Innings Fest 2019

After hearing so many good things about this band live, I couldn’t wait to see them perform!  And they most certainly did not disappoint!  The amount of sound just the three guys, Chris Vos, Alex Stiff and Marc Cazorla, can put out is incredible.  Their eclectic sound, with a range from blues to rock, had the audience entertained the from their opening song, Baby I’m Broken.

Photos © Robbie Flores 2019, All Rights Reserved

The Record Company Set list:
Baby I’m Broken
On the Move
Hard Day Coming Down
The Movie Song
Rita Mae Young
Make It Happen
Off the Ground
This Crooked City
Life to Fix
I’m Getting Better

G. Love and Special Sauce

G. Love and Special Sauce at Innings Fest 2019

My husband has been a fan of G. Love and Special Sauce for decades, so getting to see them perform live for the first time was a thrill!  The three-man band from Philadelphia has an unordinary mix of alternative with hip hop, which seems to be fitting for today’s current popular music.  The quirky band opened their set with Peace, Love and Happiness, which encompassed the entire Innings Fest weekend for me. Their audience grew as they made it through their fun set which included a few unlikely covers such as Snoop Dog’s Gin and Juice and Jack Johnson’s Rodeo Clowns.

Photos © Robbie Flores 2019, All Rights Reserved

G. Love and Special Sauce Set list:
Peace, Love and Happiness
Rock & Roll
Hot Cookin’
Cold Beverage
Paid in Full
Buggin’ Out
Gin and Juice
Rodeo Clowns
This Ain’t Living
Booty Call
Why Don’t We Do It in the Road

Mat Kearney

Mat Kearny at Innings Fest 2019

Mat Kearney, singer/songwriter from Eugene Oregon, brought fans together from all over!  As I walked into his set, a young girl with a poster quickly caught my eye. She had travelled here from Denver just to see Mat Kearney for her 18th birthday!  The charismatic Kearney kept the audience smiling through his entire set of several hits including the catchy hit, Hey Mama.  He made reference to his pink stage back drop, joking that he now knows where the pink colored medicine, Piptol Bismol, comes from.  Everyone laughed and continued dancing and singing along.

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Mat Kearney Set list Unavailable

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves at Innings Fest 2019

Shakey Graves was the one I was here for.  Getting to see and photograph one of my favorite artists is an experience like no other.  Shakey walked on just as the sun was starting to set and immediately captivated the audience with his one-man band performance of Roll the Bones.  Shakey Graves, born Alejandro Rose-Garcia, combines blues, folk and rock and roll and is known for his one-man band set up.  As his set continued, he also brought in traveling band members to perform hits from his newest album, Can’t Wake Up.  Shakey is pure magic any way he performs, whether alone or with his band, and this performance was one of my absolute favorites.

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Shakey Graves Set list Unavailable

Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder at Innings Fest 2019

Pinch Me.  Not only did I get to relive my glory days with Pearl Jam’s greatest hits, but I also had the privilege of photographing a rock legend. Vedder’s nearly two hour set was not at all what I was expecting, but it absolutely blew me away. I am thrilled to say that I go to a ton of concerts, so trust me when I saw that you KNOW when you are in the presence of someone or something special.  Vedder’s performance was more than just an artist putting on another show in a string of cities. Of course he sounded amazing, yet he mixed in a sense of humility and comedy, that tied his perfectly imperfect set together.  It was stripped down, no fancy lighting or stage set-up, just Vedder sitting alone with a kick drum and variety of guitars, which even included a uekele. During one song, he gave us a quick lesson on the ukulele in hopes of inspiring others to give it a try too.  Vedder had a few covers, but I had goose bumps when he played the late Tom Petty’s, Wildflowers and tears rushed to my eyes during his emotional performance of my favorite song, Just Breathe.  The audience seemed to be just as mesmerized as I was, with nobody leaving a second before it was over.  His set was magical, and not something I will ever forget.

Photos © Robbie Flores 2019, All Rights Reserved

Eddie Vedder Set List:
Keep Me in Your Heart
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
In God’s Country
I Am Mine
Maybe It’s Time
Far Behind
Soon Forget
Just Breathe
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
Unthought Known
Isn’t It a Pity
Lask Kiss
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Open All Night
Hard Sun


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