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.