The Eli Young Band returned to the iconic Stone Pony stage on September 1st to help kick off Asbury Park’s Labor Day Weekend festivities. With no opener where none was needed, the night was all about the music and the fans. For a full hour and a half, the guys delivered a stellar set list packed with favorites both old and new to an enthusiastic, and sold out crowd.
Classic Eli Young songs such as “Jet Black and Jealous” and “When It Rains” were just few that welcomed us to the show, and “Skin and Bones”, a track off their 2017 release, Fingerprints followed shortly after.
A cover of David Lee Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle”, one everyone knows and loves, transitioned us nicely into the ever so determined “Dust”, which after a listen, always leaves me driven. The mood was uplifted just enough that we did not want to come back down, much like the story in the magical and charming “Never Land”.
The Eli Young Band interacted just enough with the crowd to give us that personal touch, but kept music at the forefront. Not wasting any time between songs, their most recent single “Saltwater Gospel” acted as a summer anthem to the historic beach town, and a venue wide sing along broke out during the popular, “Drunk Last Night”.
The show went on with a stripped down, raw performance of one of my personal favorites, “Guinevere” which was then followed by the hit that started it all “Always The Love Songs”. They then sent us on our way with a song for all the dreamers, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”.
Their radio smash “Crazy Girl”, and an unexpected yet well received cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle”, a song that suited them very well in a live setting, made up the encore.
The Eli Young Band is always a must see when they come to town. Their massive catalog of music and authentic stage presence makes us eager to sit back and just soak up their words for hours. It is clear that every lyric means something special to them, and no detail, from the passion they exemplify, to the positioning of their set list, goes unnoticed. They are true artists with a show that will leave us on a high for days. Cue “Never Land”