Grand Funk Railroad Live in Cocoa

Grand Funk Railroad

w/Confederate Railroad and Hot Pink

Sunday, May 7, Riverfront Park, Cocoa, FL

Grand Funk Railroad are legends for a reason. Whether you are a casual listener or long time fan, there’s no getting Grand Funk RR 00 (442) vgaround the fact that they are exceptional live. Their most famous songs still live on in steady rotation on classic rock radio. But here in the cooling night air, as the moon rose over the riverfront park, these numbers sounded fresh, the band spry, and the audience appreciative.

Grand Funk Railroad currently tour as a five piece, with founding members Don Brewer, Mel Schacher sounding positively invigorated. As Brewer approaches his 7th decade, his drumming was energized, and his voice in fine form. And the rest of the band, Max Carl, Bruce Kulick, Tim Cashion, delivered a spirited performance. The band’s formula of melding Detroit style soul with thunderous riffs had something for everyone. Closing number, the iconic “We’re an American Band” was an uproarious sing-along; the song now a secular hymn on the tongues of all present.

Confederate Railroad played immediately before hand and with a set laden with radio friendly tunes, were warmly received. Singer Danny Shirley introduced each tune, noting it’s place on the charts. This wasn’t arrogance or a reminder to the band’s glory days on the radio, but an appreciation of their fans and pride that the confederate Railroad (170) vgyears of hard work bore fruit. That sense of awe that they have been fortunate enough to earn their living playing music was clear when he thanked the audience and took a moment to acknowledge local support act, Hot Pink.

Hot Pink is a five piece from the Space Coast played who classic rock covers but took the time to do it right. They committed to the performance and their delivery was exceptional. All in all a great way to spend a Sunday evening, with several thousand close friends and the best backyard party ever.