Written By | Brad Reiter
On Sunday November 4th, the multi-platinum music group Third Eye Blind brought their high energy act to the Motor City for a night of pop-rock anthems at the Sound Board
The Sound Board is a newer, state of the art concert facility inside the Motor City Casino. It’s a multi-level venue with great site lines from all corners of the 2,400 seat theater. Those not wanting to brave the floor are rewarded with 2nd floor seating that feels like it places the audience directly above the stage. Noticeably absent was a security barricade separating the general admission guests from the stage. While a bummer for the photographers onsite (argggg!) It made for a more inclusive experience for the those on the floor. Nice touch!
Opening the show was Tom Butwin, a rising singer-songwriting hailing from Detroit. Butwin is a talented guitar player and singer who more than held the stage on his own with an acoustic set. Butwin began the show with a funky version of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, mixing in some original content with some other good covers throughout the set. With a powerful voice and a confident guitar, Butwin created an intimate atmosphere, reminiscent of a night with your favourite pub troubadour.
Butwin soon gave the stage to Third Eye Blind. A product of the post-grunge genre of the mid-1990s, the band has had no shortage of massive hits from Semi-Charmed Life to Jumper, selling no less than 12 million records worldwide. They also have had their share of turnover and turmoil as only lead singer and forming member Stephan Jenkins remains from the original band. The current iteration of 3EB still has a lot of polish and was able to crank out a robust collection of fan favourites.
Songs like Graduate (the show opener) and Never Let You Go still had the same jump to them but Jenkins also felt equally at home solo-acoustic with a stripped down version of Motorcycle Drive By. Having mostly played large festival shows in recent years, Jenkins lamented not playing more of these smaller more personal venues. He clearly enjoyed the experience taking extended breaks to communicate with the audience.
While the band hasn’t released a full length album since 2015, the current band has lost none of its passion for the music and performing it for their legions of still loyal fans. During the show, Jenkins announced they would be heading to Texas after the performance to begin the recording process on a forthcoming 6th studio offering. Perhaps a few more shows like this one will give them to inspiration to capture some of the fire that made them one of the biggest recording artists in a generation.