Last Friday and Saturday, on the steps of The Grant County Courthouse in Ephrara, the "Basin Summer Sounds" music fest took place. Closing the fest and headlining Saturday night was "Bowling For Soup" all the way from Denton, TX.
The band, together since 1994, consists of (in order as shown in the photo from l-r), Gary Wiseman drums, Chris Burney, guitar and backing vocals, Jaret Reddick, lead vocals and guitar and Erik Chandler on bass and backing vocals. They tour quite extensively (personally I've seen them in Yakima, Seattle, George and now Ephrata) in the states and the U.K. and they have 11 albums to their credit.
The show started late at 9:40 pm (ever notice how bands never start early, occasionally they'll start on the posted time but they have no problem starting late) but as they hit the stage Jaret did say that they weren't trying to be like Axle Rose but they had actual technical difficulties.
The show started with a recording of their anthem as they walked onto the stage and started the night with "Almost".
Most of the songs they played were of their biggest hits. One thing Bowling For Soup does quite often when playing is that they'll stop mid song, talk with the audience or do some little schtick, then continue on. With that in mind, during the following song "Ohio" they take a break to discuss "jazz hands" and "spirit fingers".
They did do a couple of cover tunes with one being "Stacy's Mom". I remember when this song came out and everyone seemed to think it was theirs but it's actually a song by "Fountains Of Wayne" but as Jaret said, if people think we did it well let's do it and make some money from it.
This next song is for Doug as yes, they played the theme song that they wrote for "Phineas And Ferb". It was a real crowd pleaser.
The following is "Girl All The Bad Guys Want" played with no stoppage, what's up with that?
Over all it was a good show with literally thousands of people and one snake in attendance. Only crowd issue I had was, as usual, I'm 6'3" and just before the music started the only guy that's 6'10" pushes his way through the crowd and stops right in front of me. I move to a new spot then another 6 footer sets his kid on his shoulders in front of me so moved again, third time was the charm. Thus the hazards of filming in a crowd, I'm sure I've annoyed my share with the camera.
I'm looking forward to next year to see who they get to play in Ephrata. If you've never checked out Basin Summer Sounds, I highly suggest you do.