Review: Counting Crows at White River 

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Counting Crows, Good Old War, Filligar, Foreign Fields
Sunday, July 1
White River State Park

On the first July evening of the year, The Outlaw Roadshow Summer Tour wrapped up the first leg of their tour at White River State Park to a packed audience. Adam Duritz put this group of emerging acts together and picked venues around the country that he wanted to play at, and it worked remarkably well. Duritz introduced each band as they played, and then took the stage himself with Counting Crows. One reason that the evening worked so well was because of Duritz's place as the emcee, and because the pace of the night was perfect: each band played for around 30 minutes, and then the next act started almost immediately afterward. Good Old War started things off at 7pm; they were hilarious and into it. Tim Arnold did his Harry Belafonte "Day-O" impression. Their song "Amazing Eyes" was the highlight of the set.

Filligar, from Chicago, took the second slot of the performance; they were memorable mainly for the energy that they brought to the stage - it might as well have been the first night of the tour. They danced around and seemed genuinely happy to be there.

Foreign Fields, from Wisconsin by way of Nashville, TN, had a sound akin to Bon Iver. Duritz introduced these guys by saying, "This is some of the most beautiful music you'll hear." Their song, "Rivers and Races" stood out.

Counting Crows made their way out at 8:45pm. But, by this time, the audience had been thoroughly entertained already: no one was anxious, just enjoying it all. Duritz is one of the most comfortable guys on stage ever. He's spent a lot of time there. He opened with "Round Here," because, why not? The Counting Crows just released an album titled, "Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation)," and it's packed with covers. Duritz made his way through several songs on the album, such as Pure Prairie League's "Amie," which he introduced by saying that they had finally, finally gotten to the point of performing it really well. They even played some covers that aren't on the album, such as Gillian Welch's "Look at Miss Ohio," which they transitioned into "Long December" seamlessly. Duritz ended the show with an encore of Dylan songs and a nod to Woody Guthrie when he urged the crowd to please vote, and then sang "This Land is Your Land" like a pro.

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