311 rocks Oklahoma City

March 5, 2011 Review Print Print

Despite a chilly night in the middle of winter, the heat was turned up in a packed house for a show to remember at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City on Feb. 25.

With close to 20 years under their collective belts, the Nebraska-bred boys known as 311 rocked the house as if it were the ’90s all over again.

Following an admirable performance from the opening band, The Pretty Black Chains, the crowd’s anticipation built as chants of “Three-eleven, three-eleven” blared over the aptly-named opener, “Welcome.”

311, a band known for their energetic live performances, kept the crowd jumping all night to classic hits such as “Beautiful Disaster,” “Come Original,” “All Mixed Up,” and “Down.”

In what has become a concert tradition, during the song “Applied Science,” its five-member drum solo awed the crowd.

Other vintage gems, most notably “Hydroponic” and “What Was I Thinking,” were showcased for the old-school fans in attendance.

After a fantastic 19 songs played, 311 finished the main set with perhaps the biggest bang with the song, “Creatures (For a While).”

Leaving the crowd wanting more and aided by applause, the band topped the show off with a ceremonial two-song encore.

With a loyal fan base and an established reputation, there is no end in sight for the always entertaining 311.

Upon the completion of their spring tour, the band is expected to release their 10th studio album later this year.

One can only hope for another visit to Oklahoma on the next 311 tour.

Rating: A+

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