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311 Rocks Myth Live

Dynamic icons, 311, returned to Minnesota with a rocking set at Myth Live

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Jon Wayne & The Pain opened the night with some mellow rock tunes and were a logical paring to play with 311. The dread-headed band used a plethora of eccentric instruments including an electric clarinet, flute, bongos, and a melodica for an eclectic sound.

Photo Credit: Sara Fish
Photo Credit: Sara Fish

311 brought a fan-service set of genre-melding hits spanning their twenty-seven year career. Touring for the eighteenth consecutive year, Omaha natives Nick Hexum (vocals), S.A. Martinez (vocals), Tim Mahoney (guitar), P-Nut (bass), and Chad Sexton (drums) performed a hype show at Myth Live.

Photo Credit: Sara Fish
Photo Credit: Sara Fish

The quintet opened with their 1999 track, “Freeze Time.” The song utilized heavy metal-influenced powerchords, Martinez’s rapping (and magnificent popping and locking), and Hexum’s robust vocals to set the tone for their hip-hop, rock, funk, and ska hybrid sound. They continued with fan-favorite, “All Mixed Up” highlighting P-Nut’s groovy bass line and continued with new song, “Perfect Mistake.” Over the years 311 have gathered a bit of a cult following and die-hard fans responded to their new music just as positively as they did with their tunes from the 90’s.

Photo Credit: Sara Fish
Photo Credit: Sara Fish

Sexton was able to use his elaborate setup of drum heads and cymbals for his solo during “Applied Science” before the entire band brought out even more drums for an extensive percussion battle.

Photo Credit: Sara Fish
Photo Credit: Sara Fish

They included quite a few songs off of their latest LP, Mosaic, including single, “Too Much to Think,” which Hexum states is about “the highs and lows of life- seeking an escape from the everyday stresses of life.” The song impressively remains true to their original sound, but still has a modern twist. Their ability to remain relevant while putting out solid music for longer than some of their fans have been alive is an impressive accomplishment.

Photo Credit: Sara Fish
Photo Credit: Sara Fish

Sick Tight,” “Down,” “Livin’ & Rockin’,” and “Creatures (For A While)” closed out their set with light moshing but high energy from the crowd. 311’s tour will continue through early November and as always the band will celebrate 311 day with a weekend of shows in Las Vegas. Find tickets for remaining shows here and listen to Mosaic here.

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Setlist:

Freeze Time

All Mixed Up

Perfect Mistake

Beautiful Disaster

Wildfire

Jackolantern’s Weather

Come Original

Extension

Large in the Margin

[Bass Solo]

Face in the Wind

Amber

Visit

Too Late

Applied Science

‘Til the City’s on Fire

Flowing

Beyond the Gray Sky

Too Much to Think

Sick Tight

Down

Livin’ & Rockin’

Creatures (For a While)

Written by Sara Fish

Minneapolis photographer and music lover.

sara.js.fish@gmail.com | @sarajsfish

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