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article imageReview: OneRepublic performs at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 30, 2014 in Music
Wantagh - Pop-rock band OneRepublic headlined their concert at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York on June 29.
They played for a sold-out venue, and American Authors and The Script opened for them.
OneRepublic is made up of front-man Ryan Tedder, as well as Zach Filkins, Drew Brown, Eddie Fisher and Brent Kutzle.
They commenced their set with "Light It Up," as the stage was graced in a white backdrop that featured the band members' shadows.
Tedder was dressed in a black leather jacket, a white T-shirt and black plants.
It was followed by "Secrets," which featured blue and purple laser lights, as an electronic ocean background displayed on the televised screen. Tedder showcased his distinct falsetto on this tune.
They continued with "All the Right Moves," which commenced with a video clip of school-children singing the song, and it ended with a neat cello solo by Brent Kutzle.
In "What You Wanted," the stage alternated between yellow and orange lights, and he had the audience clapping along.
"New York. This is the greatest city on Earth," Tedder exclaimed.
Tedder began "Stop and Stare" in an acoustic fashion, as the stage consisted of green lights, and it featured an a-capella ending. "This is a lot of fun," he said. "It's crazy. We've never played here before. It feels amazing."
He asked for the audience's help, to sing the chorus of "Something I Need," and noted that it would sound "infinitely cooler" if 14,000 people sang along to it, as opposed to the six band members.
Tedder played his smash single "Apologize" on keyboards, which was a haunting rendition, where he was accompanied by cello, and it incorporated it as a medley with the Sam Smith hit "Stay With Me," where he did the song justice.
In the acoustic "Preacher," he paid homage to his grandfather and he had the crowd clapping on "Come Home."
A neat guitar solo preceded their performance of their hit single "Counting Stars, which was one of the highlights of the evening.
The clarity of his tone and range were evident in "Good Life," where the stage was decorated in purple lights.
The Verdict
Overall, OneRepublic delivered at their show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Their vocals were catchy and they were able to connect with the audience through their music.
Particularly impressive about all of the three bands that played at this venue is that all three lead singers (Danny O'Donoghue, Zac Barnett and Ryan Tedder) had distinct falsettos and control over their vocals.
For more information on OneRepublic, visit their official website.
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