“Free / Into the Mystic”
On a warm summer evening, the GRAMMY award-winning Zac Brown Band brought music back to the historic Forest Hills Stadium in Forest Hills, NY with a hit-filled performance for the sold out stadium crowd under the stars. Zac Brown Band, one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed acts of its generation, incorporated a mix of country, bluegrass, reggae, Southern rock, and jam music into its performance which included such fan favorites as the Caribbean-inspired “Jump Right In,” lush ballad “Colder Weather,” free spirited anthem “Free” before sending the frenzied crowd home with the boisterous “Day For The Dead” from the 2013 EP, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.
Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music’s most heralded acts. The band’s three platinum-selling albums, Uncaged, You Get What You Give, and The Foundation have sold over seven million copies total and produced a historic series of eleven #1 hit singles. The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, was released in 2013 and features a 45-minute film by Southern Reel on the making of the album. In 2014, Zac Brown Band performed for two million fans including a sold out, two-night stand at Fenway Park, a packed show at Wrigley Field and a Veteran’s Day performance with Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl on the National Mall in Washington, DC. “Homegrown,” the band’s first single off their forthcoming new album, is out now and marks the first release through the band’s new label partnership on Southern Ground Artists/John Varvatos Records/Big Machine Label Group/Republic Records.
Forest Hills Stadium, located in Queens, New York, was built in 1923 by the West Side Tennis Club as the home of the US Open tennis tournament, which it hosted until 1977. In addition to hosting such tennis greats as Althea Gibson, Billy Jean King, and Arthur Ashe, the stadium has welcomed many legends of music. During the stadium’s heyday in the 1960s and 70s, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, and Simon & Garfunkel all graced the stage at Forest Hills. After nearly 20 years of silence, Forest Hills Stadium has been renovated and reopened as a concert venue.
Photography courtesy of Kyle Dean Reinford