Judah & The Lion, Jimmy Eat World, & Incubus @ Mid-Florida Credit Amphitheater 7/7/2017

With the heat of summer still steadily rising, nothing quite brings in cool vibes than music. This year I ventured out of my east coast element and drove down to the sizzle (no exaggeration) that is Tampa, Florida. Lyrical rock gods Incubus just kicked off their album "8" tour with special guests Judah & The Lion and Jimmy Eat World. The tour will be well into the fall season and certainly worth a click.

One of the reason I chose Tampa was for the amphitheater atmosphere and I was not disappointed. Fans flocked and flew from all over the globe (shout out to Glasgow!) and were quite friendly and accommodating. Moreover, the Live Nation crew were cheerful, humorous, and professional. They certainly added spark to our experience. The venue itself is showcased as a fair with several food and beverage options to choose from and clean rest areas. All accessible.


Being able to see first hand how the process of the stage set up adds to the performance really gives the attendee a better appreciation for technical personae.


I came in intoxicated for Incubus but left as a lion for life. Judah & The Lion gave one hell of an opening performance. Quoting their album "Folk Hop N' Roll", I could not have word it any better. They brought their Tennessee roots complete with a mandolin and banjo and mixed with modern influences. "Suit And Jacket", "Going To Mars", and "Take It All Back" were highlighted tracks which poured blood, sweat, and tears on stage. In addition they gave a little tribute to The Lion King and frontman, Judah Akers, encouraged the audience to "be anything" when they walked out of the venue.


"The Middle" men, Jimmy Eat World were certainly a loud and lively group hidden behind jeans and tucked shirts. They reminisced on their 21 year career from "Sweetness", "Futures", to "Get Right".


Even after 26 years, headliner Incubus still imitate pure emotion. The body language and ability to still sweat with a smile was intoxicating. Their concoction of tracks from albums "8", "Morning View", "Light Grenades", "If Not Now, When?", and "Make Yourself" were the right dose of medication to any fan's addition. Nothing seemed forced or exhausting as they flowed from one song to the next...just like a river, easing into a beautiful encore of "Aqueous Transmission".



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Mike Einziger during "Aqueous Transmission".



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