Singer/guitarist Nick Hexum slithered through the same dance moves that have been a part of his stage act since the George W. Bush administration.
  • Singer/guitarist Nick Hexum slithered through the same dance moves that have been a part of his stage act since the George W. Bush administration.
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For the diehard 311 fans who crammed into the House of Blues for a rare small-venue performance, the band’s extensive merch offerings were a treasure trove of brand-new items ranging from $100 posters to T-shirts emblazoned with the logo of the band’s new beer brand (synergistically named 311 Amber Ale).

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"Down"

...by 311

...by 311

Too bad not everything could be as new and exciting, though, as anyone hoping for a fresh stage show once again walked away disappointed. A warm-up gig for its super-sized concert event known as 311 Day, held in New Orleans every other year on March 11, the band’s 20-song, 90-minute show in the Gaslamp was, performance-wise, a carbon copy of any other concert it has played for the past ten years.

Singer-guitarist Nick Hexum slithered through the same dance moves, stripped down throughout the show to the same wife-beater T-shirt, used the same verbiage to introduce songs, and read lyrics off the same teleprompter that have been a part of his stage act since the George W. Bush administration, saying nothing off the cuff to the sold-out crowd in between familiar hits such as opener “Freeze Time” and finale “Down.”

Come original? Hardly.

  • Concert: 311
  • Date: March 7
  • Venue: House of Blues
  • Seats: GA (center stage)
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