Week Recap: Goo Goo Dolls, One Republic

In the wake of Harvey, Goo Goo Dolls and OneRepublic were a welcome escape.

Thursday Night: Donation Drive, Phillip Phillips and Goo Goo Dolls

The Pavilion comes alive on concert days – as the staff arrives in the morning, we can feel a different air around the place. It’s excitement, anticipation and emotion floating around the place we call our second home. On Thursday, our excitement gathered for more than just the two great bands that would play that night. We couldn’t wait for what was going to take place beforehand.

At 3 PM, our Donation Drive opened and cars immediately started rolling in. SUV’s unloaded a full stock of toiletries, canned goods and cleaning items.

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Concertgoers and friends of The Pavilion brought items on foot, too. We were astounded at the response that these people had to Hurricane Harvey’s impact. They simply weren’t willing to let their neighbors go without. It was genuinely impactful to see, in this small way and in so many other ways, a city come together to take care of its own.

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The people who came to donate weren’t alone, however. With extreme generosity, both Phillip Phillips and Goo Goo Dolls aided in the collection of goods. Fans were not only excited to see and meet their heroes, but also to see them serving the city of Houston and its surrounding areas.

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Unity is a powerful force – Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips helped remind us of that on Thursday night.

We were equally impressed with the show both bands put on that night. Phillip Phillips has an outstanding voice and backing band. His genuineness on stage really can’t be understated; even in a venue that holds over 16,000 people, Phillips’ show was aimed straight at you.

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His biggest hits, “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone” were bolstered by an incredible and energetic set of songs that highlighted Phillips’ voice and skills on the guitar. It’s extremely clear that he’s grown since his time on American Idol – we just can’t wait to see what’s next.

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Goo Goo Dolls have played The Pavilion’s stage many times – each time, they find a way to make it special for the people in attendance. On stage, they feel like old friends that you’ve been dying to see again. We’ll tell you – the reunion was something beautiful.

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Classics like “Iris” and “Slide” were special, but with Goo Goo Dolls every song is a blast. John Rzeznik and Robby Takac bring their trademark velocity to the stage with every drum beat, bass hit and guitar strum.

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More than anything, a Goo Goo Dolls show is just fun. Jumping around with a crew of talented musicians, singing your (and their) favorite songs on a cool summer night – what could be better? We hope you made it.

Tuesday Night – James Arthur, Fitz and the Tantrums, OneRepublic

Sometimes going out on a school night is the best thing you can do.

The night kicked off with an impressive set by James Arthur of “Say You Won’t Let Go” fame.

His set got the night moving in the right direction with upbeat jams that had the crowd grooving, as well as a few slower and more emotional songs that gave people a chance to stop and think. Arthur is a talented artist with a seriously bright future ahead of him.

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As the days get a little shorter and summer draws to a close, night hits The Pavilion a little quicker. On this beautiful, cool September evening, the night sky provided the perfect backdrop for what would prove to be an outrageous Fitz and the Tantrums set.

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After watching them come out of the gates roaring, laughing, dancing and jamming in every direction, we couldn’t help but dance along. They’ve got an old school, 50’s popular music style that clashes perfectly with their blend of electronic, beat-based hits. If you’re not tapping your feet and clapping your hands during a Fitz show, you’re doing something wrong.

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The audience proved Fitz right when he sang “I can make your hands clap” as every pair of hands in The Pavilion tapped along to the beat.

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As Fitz closed their set, anticipation began to build for the entrance of OneRepublic. We knew their set was going to be impressive, but we had no idea how incredible it would truly be until they actually took the stage. As lead singer Ryan Tedder took the stage, the crowd erupted.

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And with good reason – he was incredible. He commanded a presence on the stage that felt both familiar and spectacular all at once. It was clear that a large portion of the crowd connected deeply with Tedder’s songs – he finds a way to get to the heart of issues this world is facing.

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OneRepublic had a few surprises up their sleeve, too. Tedder wrote two massive hits that you almost certainly know: Beyonce’s “Halo” and Adele’s “Rumor Has It”. OneRepublic played both hits in their own style. We were blown away by hearing these classic songs sung by their original writer.

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More than anything, these shows helped provide the chance for the people of Houston to get away from all the craziness of the past few weeks. Tedder said as much – he was excited to give the crowd a chance to just fade away into some incredible music for an hour and a half. He absolutely delivered.

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Check Out What’s Next at The Pavilion:


9/16 – Zac Brown Band – Get Tickets

9/16 – Pre-Concert Dinner and Fundraiser – Get Tickets

9/21 – Sublime with Rome – Get Tickets

We’ll see you at the show!