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Concert Review: Maroon 5, Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY, 8/12/11

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With the Atlantic Ocean glimmering in the background, the intoxicating briny scent of the sea tickling your nostrils and the flirtatious wink from the day’s sun settling in for the sweetest of dreams, Jones Beach was a highly charged ion on August 12, 2011.  That day, crowds packed the parking lot waiting for the sizzling band Maroon 5 to take center stage. For those not fortunate enough to get tickets, the barbeque scents were billowing to-and-fro as tailgaters settled in to catch a few notes from the skilled band and to hear sensual Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine hum a few melodies.

Maroon 5 hit Nikon Theater stage at Wantagh’s Jones Beach Theater after 9pm, opening with “Misery” off their recent release, Hands All Over.  The crowd went insane.

The talented hit makers delivered energetic, mid-tempo and slow ballads with a powerful deliverance in the dry Long Island sky and the audience was mesmerized, singing along and gyrating along with the group. Maroon 5 is adept at getting a posse of admirers off their feet to “shake what their mamas gave them” and sing along in unison – in or out of tune.

Levine crooned song after song in his gifted falsetto singing “Harder to Breathe,” “If I Never See Your Face Again” (which is amazing even without Rihanna on the track), “She Will Be Loved,” “Shutter,” “This Love,” and “Wake Up Call” as talented members Jesse Carmichael, Matt Flynn, Mickey Madden, and James Valentine rocked on to an uproarious, ravenous and respectful array of fans.

It was old home night, as  Levine, keyboardist Carmichael, and yours truly returned to our Island roots to rock it out. Levine and Carmichael attended Five Town College in Dix Hills, and I was raised in the neighborhood.

The surprise of the night was when Levine and the band performed Alicia Keys’ chart-topping “If I Ain’t Got You” beautifully.

Maroon 5 ended the night with “Sunday Morning,” and the audience was satiated from the invigorating evening the group gifted their fans with.

My favorite moment will always be the words Levine shared with the enamored audience: “New York has the best attitude, you laugh when you’re happy, you cry when you’re sad and when you’re pissed off, you let everybody know, I like that.”

What really shined a radiant light and spoke of Maroon 5’s impeccable character was participating in Rock CAN Roll. Concertgoers were encouraged to bring a nonperishable and nutritious food item to Rock CAN Roll, which was collecting on site. The volunteer non-profit hunger organization helps keep local food pantries well stocked; please visit their website for more info.

Long Island’s South Shore was magical, resplendent and utterly enchanted by Maroon 5’s accomplished, astounding and artistic brilliance, as was I.

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About Diane Morasco

Diane Morasco is a triple fusion ethnically – vanilla, caramel and chocolate – and creatively – designer, media proprietor and writer. Ms. Morasco was born in the juicy apple and with a panoramic view of the Hudson River still calls the city home. She is the Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer, and Publisher of J Fox Ink™ (JFI), Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer of Diane Morasco Enterprises™ (DME), which is the parent company of Morasco Media™ (MM), and The Book Resort™ (TBR). Ms. Morasco first cut her teeth interviewing the immensely talented cast members of Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Sons of Anarchy, as well as Kurt Sutter himself. She counts Ron Howard, Eddie McClintock and the Sons of Anarchy cast and team members for inspiring her to spread her wings into the film and television arena. She is the former Editor-in-Chief for Alwayz Therro Magazine, former reviewer for RT Book Review and still guest scribbles as her schedule permits for Blogcritics, Examiner, The New York Review of Books, and a sundry of periodicals. Ms. Morasco has a genuine fervor for animals, butter cream cupcakes, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Castle, Major Crimes, Grimm, the beach, cinnamon gum, music, movies, shooting pool, hiking, Italy, HSN, QVC, and curling up near the ocean with a gripping novel !
  • Lisa

    I think she is new and was nervous.

  • J

    I think this is a review of their 2010 show at Jones Beach!!

  • towman

    I am still waiting for Xtina

  • Xtine

    What show were you at? They opened with “moves like Jagger, misery was played midway and they closed with an extended version of “She will be loved”. No Alicia Keys heard from a very sober me with floor seats!!!

  • chris

    I was there and they did a rendition of alicia keyes i was drinkn but do remember that much.lol

  • monique

    Ummm…the band closed with She Will Be Loved. They didn’t sing Alicia Keys…am I in the Twilight Zone????