Tuesday night saw a trifecta of bands that lit up the airwaves in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Fastball, Vertical Horizon and headliner Everclear played to a very enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Agora Theater for a marathon three hour shindig.
Local band Hope For the Hollow warmed up the audience by getting the gig started at an early 7:00 sharp showtime.
After a rousing twenty-five minute set, the stage was shuffled and the Austin-based, Grammy-nominated trio Fastball took the stage. Vocal duties were handled by Miles Zuniga as he wailed away on his six-stringer. Bass and keys were handled by a grinning Tony Scalzo and Joey Shuffield pounded away amiably on his skins from the back of the stage. Playing through a forty-five minutes set, the outfit closed with their megahits “”Out Of My Head” and “The Way.”
Vertical Horizon, plagued by a revolving door of band members, took the stage next. The Georgetown-based band played for almost an hour; frontman Matt Scannell held the audience with his strong vocals and ample shredding while the spotlight stayed on him. Between tunes in the ten-song set, Scannell dropped a few anecdotes that kept the mostly-female crowd at attention. They closed out with their 1999 Billboard #1 hit, “Everything You Want.”
After an interminably-long stage reset, headliner Everclear took the stage. Frontman Art Alexakis and the band all dressed in the same jacket/tie combo, slightly reminiscent of an Ed Sullivan Beatles appearance. The band’s nine albums culminated in a ninety-minute effort, showcasing tunes from their entire discography. The sixteen-track set was wrapped up by a four-song encore, including such hits as “Wonderful” and “Santa Monica.”