CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (July 13, 2014) — The Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids hosted the multi-platinum album selling Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down. Although there was some confusion about what state they were in (geographically speaking) they still put on a pretty solid show.
Hilary Mahoney writes:
About 13 years ago, I was supposed to go see 3 Doors Down at the UNIDome, but immediately beforehand I came down with a case of the chicken pox ( yes, as an adult). Though I was no longer contagious, I figured that my fellow concert-goers might not feel comfortable hanging out with me and opted not to go. And up until July 13th at the Paramount Theatre, I never had another chance.
This time around was more of a laid-back affair than I’m sure than the show over a decade ago was. For the “Songs from the Basement” tour, Brad Arnold and the boys rocked the crowd acoustically. The idea is for the crowd to feel like they are in the basement with the band during band practice. The stage setup matches this idea, with couches, lamps and a funky carpet. All of the common 3 Doors Down were played, such as “Kryptonite” and “Be Like That” in addition to some new tunes. The stripped down performance put the focus on the musical technique and on the ever so important crowd connection. Since the seating setup at the Paramount isn’t very conducive to standing room only, and rocking out hard, this was a perfect show to bring to this venue.
Opener Amy LeVere was equally as entertaining. Who doesn’t love a chick with an upright bass? Backed up Will Sexton, LaVere reacted with ease when a bat flew across the stage and into the audience and performed some of her tunes such as “Big Sister” and “Damn Love Song.” If you didn’t have a chance to see her performance, she is definitely worth checking out.
Overall, it was a relaxing Sunday evening for those who love their rock but also enjoy sitting in the comfort of their basement, jamming and singing along with their favorite band.
Amy LaVere at the Paramount (opening)
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3 Doors Down at the Paramount
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