Gnarls Barkely @ The OC Fair

The OC Fair Concert series always has a great group of performers. In the past Counting Crows, Beck, Flogging Molly, and others have performed to packed houses of fair goers stuffed with deep fried twinkes and trying to get their balance back after the tilt-o-whirl. Last night’s concert was no different Peeping Tom and Gnarls Barkley delivered a great night of entertainment.

I don’t know much about Peeping Tom, the group wasn’t bad, but I couldn’t understand the words to his songs (of course that’s not the point sometimes). The speakers were turned up way past 11 and made it muddled. Some in the crowd knew who Peeping Tom was and they rocked out, I just enjoyed my beer and hot dog as I waited for Gnarls.

Gnarls remained true to his stick with the entire band coming out dressed in a costume. Last night they came out dressed as tennis players, which I’m not sure if it was a homage to The OC. If there ever was an event that looked like something out of an Orange County based Television show, last night’s crowd could have been considered “Open Casting.” The crowd knew most of Gnarl’s short song list (he only has one CD out) and we all pretty much rocked out. “Crazy” the only song that Gnarls is mostly known for, was saved for the middle of the show, and it re-energized the crowd for the last three songs.

Overall, Gnarls Barkley was a great concert and a great continuation of performers that have rocked the Pacific Amphitheater over the years. Once again the OC Fair stands out on top of other county fairs in both value and entertainment.

4 Comments so far

  1. Justin (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

    I beg to differ. I felt that the concert was a HUGE let down. I probably shouldn’t have had very high expectations knowing it was a concert at the fair and would be filled with a bunch of drunken KROQ listeners who had only heard “Crazy” prior to the show. It was exactly that and then topped off by a lackluster show by Gnarls Barkley that was FAR too short. I would think they could have come up with at least a couple more cover songs to do and/or do a new song since they have stated publicly that they have new material in the works. If they are only going to play for 35-45 min. this concert should have been half the price.

    On a positive note I agree that the tennis outfits were a very fitting theme for a show in OC.


  2. Richard (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2006 @ 9:14 am

    I actually enjoyed the show. Everyone in the area where I was sitting actually knew most of the songs and was singing along for the most part. I agree about the OC crowd looking very, well “OC”. I didn’t expect a huge set from them, which should’ve been expected with just one CD out. Overall a great show for a decent price.


  3. Myles (unregistered) on July 25th, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    Have to mostly agree with Justin, but have to blame the crowd/venue and not the band. The sound was too low, and that encouraged people in our vicinity to talk loudly to each other throughout the whole show. The concert-goers around us couldn’t stay seated, and we kept having to let the same people in and out of our row over and over and over again. Kids kept trying to sneak into our section from rows further back. One guy and girl got into a bitch-slapping match when the guy got kicked out of the row for not having a ticket, and then he threw his cup of ice at the girl who did have the ticket to sit there. When you looked around, you’d always see at least a dozen people in the immediate area talking on cellphones or text-messaging. Plus, when the short attention span crowd did talk to each other, it was in the annoying tones usually reserved for drunk kids at a frat party. No one seemed to know the songs in the set, save for “Crazy” and perhaps “Smiley Face”. And when “Crazy” did come on, the folks on the crowd acted like they were Gnarls’ biggest fans. It was way too aggravating an environment to actually enjoy the show.

    Wish I could say more about the performance, but we were seriously too distracted the entire time.


  4. not-from-oc (unregistered) on July 30th, 2006 @ 8:46 pm

    FYI, Gnarls Barkley is the name of the band, NOT a particular person. The lead vocalist is NOT Gnarls.

    Gnarls Barkley is essentially two guys: Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and singer Cee-Lo (Thomas Callaway).



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