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article imageReview: American Authors rock the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 30, 2014 in Music
Wantagh - On June 29, rock band American Authors opened for such musical groups as The Script and OneRepublic at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.
American Authors is made up of Zac Barnett on lead vocals and guitar, James Adam Shelley on lead guitar and banjo, bassist Dave Rublin and drummer Matt Sanchez.
They commenced their set with "Think About It," which featured Barnett on drums.
"Long Island, how are we feeling tonight?" Barnett asked the audience. "It feels amazing to be back home tonight," and they immediately broke into the upbeat and melodically-stunning "Luck," which was an early favorite, especially since it deals with home and family.
"Cheers," Barnett said. "New York. Are we going to have some fun tonight or what?"
Barnett had the fans get their hands up in the air, while clapping along with them on "Believer." The banjo played by James Adam Shelley on that tune was a real treat.
The group noted that they have living in Brooklyn for four years now, but this marked their first time performing at this venue in Long Island. Their song "Home" displayed their wide range as a band, including their strong harmonies, and their performance was electrifying and ended with a bang.
Barnett explained that it is an "amazing" feeling "to start out in Bushwick, Brooklyn," where they would play for a crowd of 25 people, to hanging out at an incredible venue in New York. He commended the audience for coming out early and hanging with them.
He dedicated "Trouble" to all of the ladies in the audience, and it was a beautiful acoustic vocal that ought to be enjoyed for its simplicity. It commenced with acoustic guitar and banjo, prior to the drums kicking in.
"Are you ready to have a party tonight?" he asked, prior to belting out the high-energy "Hit It!"
"This has been the best show of our tour," Barnett stated, and subsequently noted that the fact that it's in their hometown makes it even more "incredible."
American Authors praised their follow-up musical acts The Script and OneRepublic for being two of their favorite bands.
They closed their set with their smash hit "Best Day Of My Life," where they got the crowd off from their seats, and midway through the song, they had them jumping. This song earned them a standing ovation, and similar to "Home," it ended with a bang.
The Verdict
Overall, American Authors were able to get the stage warmed up for The Script and OneRepublic. Zac Barnett's vocals were soaring and impressive. The group showcased a tremendous amount of talent, and one could only wish that their set was longer. This marked my first time seeing them live, and it most certainly won't be my last. Their show garnered an A rating.
For more information on American Authors and their tour dates, visit their website.
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