Pardon Me, but Incubus at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion was Stellar

Sublime with Rome provided support on a steamy Friday night filled with nostalgia

Sublime with Rome

Since former Sublime members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh came together with the relatively unknown Rome Ramirez in 2009, Sublime with Rome has sought to bring the same quality and relatability to the songs that Bradley Nowell’s voice made famous.

Few things feel more like summer than the Sublime catalog. Attendees couldn’t care less that it was almost 100°. Once the opening riff for ‘Doin Time’ rung out, a palpable wave of nostalgia washed over the crowd. The hits kept coming as ‘Wrong Way’ and ‘Pawn Shop’ highlighted the middle portion of the set. The trio of ‘What I Got’, ‘Badfish’, and ‘Santeria’ offer a closing few bands can match.


Not enough people realize how iconic Incubus’ catalog is. I try to not be too over the top when expressing my admiration for a band, but Incubus is easily in my top 5. I listen to the live Morning View Sessions set every time I edit photos. It seems like everyone at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion on Friday would’ve agreed.

Brandon Boyd’s stage presence and energy is hard to match. He effortlessly whipped the crowd into a frenzy the second the group came out. Opening with ‘Nice To Know You’, Incubus seamlessly weaved through the Morning View tracklist – ‘Circles’, ‘Wish You Were Here’, and my personal favorite, ‘Are You In?’.

A Crow Left of the Murder hits ‘Sick Sad Little World’ and ‘Megalomanica’ followed before a downtempo portion that featured ‘Echo’ and ‘Mexico’. A cover of Lenny Kravitz’s ‘It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over’ set up some of Incubus’ biggest hits – ‘Pardon Me’ and ‘Warning’. Not wanting to let the crowd go home without hearing all the favorites, Incubus closed out the night with a ‘Drive’ encore. This was everything that 12 year old me dreamed of when I fell in love with this band, and more.

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