Live Review- Gin Blossoms Perform at Mentor Rocks !

Mentor, Ohio- The cities annual Mentor Rocks hit a high note this weekend with national act The Gin Blossoms hitting the stage to a delight of a packed house eager for original music .

Packed crowd for Gin Blossoms
Packed crowd for Gin Blossoms

I have had the rare opportunity to see them perform before , once last month at MGM Northfield as support for Collective Soul and a few years ago as the headliner for the LOpen Charity Golf Weekend ( Rockin’ Fore The Kids .

Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks
Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks

The evening opened with singer/songwriter Diana Chittester  as direct support for the band and she did a great job warming up the crowd. She performed music form her two releases ” Paradox ” and ” Find My Way Home”

DIana Chittester Live at Mentor Rocks
DIana Chittester Live at Mentor Rocks

The crowd was ready and so were the band , with a thunderous noise the band hit the stage and immediately started with the track ” Lost Horizons” and continued with  another 90 minutes of hits and beloved songs .

Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks
Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks

Some of the set included ” Here Again ” ” Competition Smile ” and ” Until I Fall Awake” .The mega hits were played toward the end of the set including ” Hey Jealousy ” and ” Found Out About You ” ,

Gin Blossoms at MGM Northfield Park
Gin Blossoms at MGM Northfield Park

The band from Arizona who started in 1987 have proved to be one that has the tenacity to be a fan favorite for decades. On the ” Now That’s Time Tour 2019 ” This was treat from the city of Mentor and The Lake County Visitors Bureau ”

 Gin Blossoms at LOpen Charity Golf Weekend
Gin Blossoms at LOpen Charity Golf Weekend

The band features

  • Bill Leen – bass guitar (1987–1997, 2001–present)
  • Jesse Valenzuela – lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar (1987–1988); rhythm and lead guitar, backing and lead vocals (1988–1997, 2001–present)
  • Robin Wilson – rhythm and lead guitar, backing and lead vocals (1988); lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica (1988–1997, 2001–present)
  • Scott “Scotty” Johnson – lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1992–1997, 2001–present)
  • Scott Hessel – drums, percussion (2012–present)

To learn all the band is up to please see the official website at http://www.ginblossoms.net