Alabama Shakes | Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour | Barker Hangar | 11/6/14 [Photos & Review]

I don’t often “win” prizes, but when I do, I love it when those prizes are music related. I’m not sure when I registered for it, but apparently I had registered to win tickets for a Mercedes-Benz sponsored concert event featuring Young the Giant and Alabama Shakes. I guess it goes without saying … I won tickets.

The concert was held in Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar, and free food and drinks were available. As an added treat, renowned street artist Mr. Brainwash “live-painted” a Mercedes-Benz. I’m wondering what Mercedes will be doing with that car. Would you drive it?

THOUGHTS: I love the Alabama  Shakes. I love Brittany Howard. I love the Alabama Shakes because I love Brittany Howard. Ever since I saw the Alabama Shakes perform at the Palladium, I’ve been waiting for more music. They’ve released/performed a few new songs here and there, and anticipation is high for their sophomore album. I’m know that I’m anxious.

You’d expect the band to be familiar with large audiences clamoring for their music, so it seemed a little odd to me when Brittany observed, “[t]his is a real big audience. Thank y’all,” before jumping into a new song titled “Gimme All Your Love.” So good. It’s a soulful song that uses the entire range for Brittany’s powerful voice.

Even with the free booze flowing, and audience members seriously inebriated (I had a girl, to the amusement of my female guest, fully acknowledge that she was grinding on me during “Hold On” … trust me, I didn’t mind), when Brittany asked the crowd to bring it down for a song, the audience respected her request to the point where you could hear a pin drop.

She then introduced another new song about a man who couldn’t stay out of jail. At that point, I was salivating to know what other gems would be on the new album.

The set was a mix of old songs and new, and all I knew was that I can’t wait for the new album to be released.

PHOTOS: I didn’t bother to ask for a photo pass for the event, so I went to the concert with my trusty point-and-shoot.

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