Atlanta’s Q100 hosted the Moonshine Grind October 27 at Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, featuring co-headliners OneRepublic and Flo Rida. Despite the autumn date, the weather was that of a typical Georgia summer night, warm and breezy and perfect for an outdoor concert. Fans who arrived early enjoyed sets from openers Marc E Bassy, Tinashe and Nick Fradiani, before OneRepublic hit the stage.
Foot-stomping “Love Runs Out,” from 2011’s critically acclaimed Native, started things off right, and mega hits “Secrets,” and “Good Life” kept the vibe going. OneRepublic released latest album Oh My My in early October, with singles “Wherever I Go” and “Kids” getting steady radio play in the last few months. “Kids” was a highlight of the set, showcasing front man Ryan Tedder’s impressive (and frankly, underrated) vocal range against the unique, upbeat music of the song. The best performance of the night, however, was “Let’s Hurt Tonight,” the first track on the new album, which Tedder dedicated to anyone who has ever been in love. The song was a slow build until the chorus, with Tedder’s stunning vocals soaring through the stadium and all but quieting the crowd. A drum-heavy “If I Lose Myself” finished the set, then it was on to Flo Rida.
The rapper burst onto the stage with hit “Good Feeling,” backed by a talented co-vocalist and dancers. The energy was infectious and it didn’t slow down as “Right Round” kept the crowd dancing. At one point during the song, Flo appeared to walk off stage, only to come back with a fistful of dollar bills, which he then threw into the audience. As if that wasn’t enough to keep the crowd pumped, the back-up dancers then popped bottles of champagne, drenching the fans up front. The fun continued with Flo Rida’s breakthrough hit “Low,” with fans singing along to every word. Flo’s set also included current single “Zillionaire” and “My House.”