Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars
On April 13, 2012, Southern Rock pioneers, “The Marshall Tucker Band” performed at the Orlando Jai Alai Center. The current incarnation of the “The Marshall Tucker Band” includes founding member Doug Gray, who performs as singer, lead tambourine, and emcee. Grey was fantastic as he worked the crowd with funny stories and jokes from the road that were tasteful but still elicited a loud and boisterous response from the several hundred fans in attendance. Though I can only compare the band’s performances to past albums and YouTube clips, as far as I’m concerned, Gray and company performed as well and probably better than they did 30 years ago. The vocals were sharp, the guitar solos soared, and of course the iconic flute was dead on.
The whole act performed as one experienced and cohesive unit in front of a diverse and enthusiastic crowd. Multiple generations of fans, including young children, yuppies, and retirees, all dressed in the requisite rebel flag t-shirts, cowboy boots, and basic black sang along as the band played for about 90 minutes and covered all of their hits including “Fire on the Mountain”, “Heard it in a Love Song”, and fan favorite “Can’t You See”.
As far as the venue is concerned, the Orlando Jai Alai Center has ample parking, comfortable seats, and several areas to purchase adult beverages. Interestingly enough, the Jai Alai Center, does not close down its gambling business during concerts, so you can bet on the ponies in between songs if you want to. The band performed on the wooden jai alai court and something about the structure enhanced the loud and rich acoustics. Unfortunately, tonight there were some technical difficulties with speaker feedback but all in all it’s a great place to see a show.
In short, “The Marshall Tucker Band” was and still is a great act. They are a must see for anybody who likes good music and I would definitely see them again.