OneRepublic, Sept. 6 at USANA Amphitheatre
This summer marked the third time I’ve had the privilege of seeing OneRepublic in concert. And for the third time I was, once again, completely bowled over by the incredible talent of not only frontman Ryan Tedder — he has written hits for Adele, Taylor Swift and Beyonce to name a few — but the musicality of the entire band. In fact, I’ll never tire of listening to the cello talents of Brent Kutzel on “Secrets” and Zach Filkins’ masterful skills on his signature Spanish guitar medley.
Regulars on the Utah concert circuit for the past 10 years, playing to packed audiences, OneRepublic enthralled a generationally diverse group of fans that welcomed the band back to the Beehive State with suitably deafening cheers and applause.
Kicking off the performance with the surprisingly subtle opening song, “Stop and Stare,” the concert quickly gained momentum. From stark white lighting and backlit performers to a dynamic pyramid-style lighting structure featuring triangular LED screens capturing the onstage magic, the staging also illustrated the gradual building of energy throughout the night.
Two iconic OneRepublic concert elements were also ever-present during the performance — Tedder’s black fedora and the cleverly lit upright piano. While that dapper chapeau was not present right away, and eventually emerged about six songs into the 20-song set, that piano, played so masterfully by Tedder, was the first instrument to kick off the evening’s musical festivities.
Among songs like “Good Life,” “Apologize,” “Kids” and “Rich Love,” OneRepublic proved once again exactly why Utahns, like myself, adore this great band.
— Jenn Durrant