Club Vibe at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa was infiltrated Friday night by loyal K-Froggers reveling in the heritage radio station’s 27th Birthday celebration.
Headlining the concert was Darius Rucker, who despite being under the weather, never let down the energy of non-stop array of hits from both his solo career as a country artist and as lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish.
He revealed that “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” would always be special to him, as his first #1 hit, then followed it up with the rowdy country classic “Friends in Low Places” as a mashup with Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” to the delight of the crowd.
It was a nice contrast with, later in his set, the haunting “Let Her Cry,” for which he was surrounded by an eerie fog and single spotlight.
He closed the show with a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” which has become a staple for him, and which found a few audience members coupled up to dance to the bittersweet song.
Opening the show was the winner of the final season of “American Idol,” Trent Harmon, whose acoustic set gave the crowd a sonic glimpse of what his forthcoming full-length debut album will sound like. Trent, who has decided that his “frog name” is “Trent Froglezz,” included his debut single, “There’s a Girl,” as well as AI “Winner’s Song,” the sultry “Fallin'” (the title track from his EP), and covers from AI judge Keith Urban, as well as classic country artists like Marty Stuart and Patsy Cline, that showed the range of his vocal ability.
As they left the venue, several K-Froggers commented that this was the best Birthday Bash they’d attended so far.
Here’s to another 27 years of the best country music!
- Light Her Up
- If I Told You
- First Time
- It Won’t Be Like This for Long
- Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It
- Friends In Low Places (Garth Brooks cover) / No Diggity (Blackstreet cover)
- Let Her Cry
- Hold My Hand
- Homegrown Honey
- I Only Wanna Be With You
- Comeback Song
- Wagon Wheel
- Purple Rain (Prince cover)